Dec 18, 2012

Finished Quilts and Toddler Coaster Christmas Presents

I finally finished my girls’ quilts this past weekend.  They both turned out beautifully.  All that is left to do is decide who get’s yellow and who gets green!

I had to add these little heart details in honor of my brother in law who is currently serving in the military.  The girls miss him dearly so I thought it would be a special reminder of him.

Only a few more days until I can finally give these to Lilly and Grace! I hope they love them as much as I do.


Still need a gift for someone special on your list?  Have your toddler preserve their adorable scribbles on these super easy (and cheap!) DIY tile coasters.

If you saw my post on DIY Sharpie Mugs you already know I’m kind of obsessed with drawing on ceramic things with sharpies.  At $0.16 / tile, this project is incredibly inexpensive but so cute.  Maybe because I’m an art teacher (but probably just because I’m a parent) I adore the way Lilly draws pictures right now.  Her marks and scribbles really mean something to her and signify important milestones she is making in her development.

Toddler Sharpie Coaster Set


Tiles (literally $0.16 at Home Depot)

Sharpie Markers (the thick colored ones work best)

Roll of Cork available at JoAnn’s, Michael’s, etc.

Hot Glue Gun

1. Have your child draw all over the tiles.  Trace their hand, write down something funny that they say.  Obviously these are not crayons so make sure to cover your work surface! Sharpie washes off hands (eventually) but not off of tables and clothes!

2. Put tiles on a cookie sheet and place in a cool oven.  Turn oven on to 350 degrees and set timer for 30 minutes.  When timer rings, leave tiles in the oven but crack the door open an inch and turn off the heat.  Leave tiles in the oven until they are completely cool.

3. When tiles are cool, remover them from the oven and add cork backs.  To do this, simply measure around your tile on the cork and cut out the squares.  I used a rotary cutter to do this but sharp scissors would work fine too.  Add a dot of hot glue to each corner of the cork and press on the tile square.  That’s it!

You could make these yourself too- not just for your kids!  Write special notes, fill each tile up with a pretty quote.  The possibilities are endless here.  Parents, grandparents, family members and friends will be sure to treasure this special little gift.  Plus, your little one can really feel proud of the gift they made for someone else. A total win win.

 Don’t forget to hashtag your projects #sweetersidemom or @sweetersidemom on instagram and twitter so I can see! I’d love to feature your work right here on the blog. 


6 Responses to “Finished Quilts and Toddler Coaster Christmas Presents”

LaVonneAugust 13th, 2013 at 10:19 AM

We have tried make these coasters ourselves but they always end up smudging eventually. Do you have any advice or things we could do differently? We use the ceramic tiles and sharpies. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

sweeter-side-of-mommyhoodAugust 13th, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Try giving them a spray with heat safe clear acrylic! Ours haven’t smudged yet but I really don’t think they’ve ever gotten wet…

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