DIY Marble Coasters

Growing up, my mom had a lot of rules about what you could and couldn’t put on wood surfaces. As a child, I didn’t really understand why these were necessary, but when I became an adult with my own furniture that I worked hard to buy, I was glad my mother instilled in me how to take care of these surfaces. As a result, I always have a supply of coasters on hand for family and guests (and me) to use.

Recently, the set of cork coasters my mother gifted me several years ago when I moved into my condo, started to look worn. As the time to discard of those grew nearer, I decided to make my next set of coasters.

Having been looking at flooring a lot online recently for my kitchen, I decided to order a sheet of Carrara white marble 4inch hexagonal tiles to make the coasters. The sheet included 12 tiles and cost about $15 (shipping was free). I’ve always seen marble coasters in home stores and thought they were beautiful, but too expensive. So I was super excited to test out my coaster version of a “look for less.” Not only was this project budget-friendly, it was also quick, once I had all of the supplies.

Supplies

  • 12. 4-inch polished hexagonal marble tiles
  • 72 1/2-inch diameter adhesive felt pads

Feel free to make more or less than 12 coasters depending on your needs. Also, feel free to substitute the hexagonal shape tiles with round or square ones. I used 6 adhesive felt pads per tile. When I moved to my new home, my dad gave me a pack of hundreds of adhesive felt pads of varying sizes. No surprise, the leftover pads from the move ended up in my craft room. However, adhesive felt pads can be found in a number of stores for relatively cheap like Home Depot, Target, or even a Dollar Store.

Step 1

Carefully peel each tile off the netted backing that binds them together.

Step 2

Flip over each polished tile to the bottom (the side that was adhered to the netting) and apply a felt pad to each corner. Feel free to add additional pads if you see fit.

Step 3

Repeat for each additional tile you have and enjoy!

DIY Housewarming Basket

My best friend, Danielle, recently moved out of her parents home and into her own townhouse. While I knew Danielle had stocked up on kitchen supplies and the like prior to moving in, I was unsure of anything she really needed. Therefore, instead of buying her one big housewarming gift, I decided to put together a basket of smaller home essentials. Many items of which would still be nice and useful even if she already had one.

Here’s the breakdown of the basket:

1. Decorative “Basket”

Instead of getting a traditional basket or storage container (which would be another great idea), I chose a decorative wire basket from And That!. The rose gold basket is a great item she could display on her coffee table and use to minimize clutter on it. I paid $4.99 for mine. Here is a small storage option from Target, that would also make a great base for a housewarming gift and could then be reused by the homeowner in a closet, bathroom, etc.

2. Kitchen Towels

Something I learned quickly as a new homeowner is that you can never have too many towels! I found these nice gray striped towels at Home Goods. The color is neutral, so she can use in pretty much any setting. Luckily, she had a gray-themed kitchen as well. Similar ones are available at William-Sonoma.

3. Candle

Since my friend is a teacher, I thought a “Snow Day” scented candle would be a cute and humorous choice. The scent was also light, which would appeal to a wide range of tastes. I found this item at TJMaxx.

4. Aromatherapy Hand Soap

Coming home after a long day is such a nice feeling. Like many, the first thing I do when I walk in the door is wash my hands. Therefore, I found a Stress-Relief Hand Soap at Bath and Body Works as a first step to relaxing after a long day. The dispenser would be perfect for any kitchen or bathroom setting.

5. Aloe Plant

Personally, I think it is so important to have house plants. And often, a plant is a common housewarming gift. Aloe has many uses, so I thought I would get Danielle one. It was a little difficult to track down one in winter, but I ended up getting the very last one that Home Depot had.

6. Quote Sign

I saw this little sign at Michaels Craft Store and just had to get it! The sign reads “HOME is the nicest word there is.” I thought it was perfect for a new homeowner or really any homeowner for that matter! Such a sign would also be super easy to make if there is a specific quote or words of wisdom you’d like to share (just print it out and frame).

7. A Mini Champagne Bottle

Moving or buying a home is a big undertaking and a big accomplishment. It is definitely worth celebrating. I personally am not a big alcohol drinker and my friend lives alone, so I got a mini Barefoot Pink Moscato Champagne bottle. A similar option should be available at a local wine or liquor store.

As a housewarming gift-getter or gift-giver, what would you add to my housewarming basket? I’d love to hear in the comments below.