Holiday Hostess Gifts you will want to keep for yourself.

Are you going to a party this holiday season? Well how about taking along a useful and pretty handmade gift? Thoughtful and it will be used straight away!

 Handmade Coasters for the Holidays.  |  fionadebell.com

Handmade Coasters for the Holidays.  |  fionadebell.com

This is the 3rd in my series of Cute Homemade Holiday Gifts.

Finding thoughtful and useful gifts to bring along to a party can be tricky. With Thanksgiving just around the corner and the Holiday Season almost fully upon us I got thinking what would I like to receive?

These HAND FINISHED COASTERS are both pretty and practical - plus they are SUPER simple to make.

I have shown you two options here. Use glitter and glue for a fun sparkle or go a little more seasonal with some decoupage. Either way your host will be delighted!

 Super pretty coasters for the holidays.  | fionadebell.com

First gather your materials.

  • Wooden Coasters (from your local craft store or Amazon)
  • Decoupage Gel, any brand.
  • A small paintbrush
  • Glitter in 2 or 3 colours you like.
  • Napkins with a fun seasonal design.
  • Top Coat Sealer (though you may be able to use your Decoupage Gel)

sanding block

I also recommend you have some Kitchen Cling Wrap to hand!

 A list of all the materials you need to create hand made coasters.  |  fionadebell.com

A list of all the materials you need to create hand made coasters.  |  fionadebell.com

Lets decoupage first!

Fist you need to take your napkins and separate the layers! You will be using the top layer with the print on it.

 Glue, napkins, wooden coaster blanks, glitter.  |  fionadebell.com

Glue, napkins, wooden coaster blanks, glitter.  |  fionadebell.com

 Separate the layers of your napkin.  |  fionadebell.com

Separate the layers of your napkin.  |  fionadebell.com

Taking your coasters (you could even use old coasters and give them a coat of paint to cover an old pattern you dislike), simply apply a coat of the Decoupage Gel.

 Applying decoupage gel to coasters.  |  fionadebell.com

Applying decoupage gel to coasters.  |  fionadebell.com

Allow the gel to sit for a few seconds. You then need to take your napkin and 'drop' it into place.

 Deer Pattern Napkin sitting on a coaster.  |  fionadebell.com

Deer Pattern Napkin sitting on a coaster.  |  fionadebell.com

Once in place take some kitchen wrap (cling film), just a little larger than your coaster, and apply a coat of gel directly to the film.

Flip the cling film over (gel side down) onto your coaster.

 Apply the Decoupage Gel to the napkin using kitchen wrap.  |  fionadebell.com

Apply the Decoupage Gel to the napkin using kitchen wrap.  |  fionadebell.com

Taking a second piece of Cling Wrap (or film or whatever you want to call it) ball it up and smear a little gel on the end. Smooth out the wrap from the centre to the edge - this allows you to use pressure without tearing your tissue.

 Leave the coasters to dry with the napkins decoupages to the top.  | fionadebell.com

Leave the coasters to dry with the napkins decoupages to the top.  | fionadebell.com

Set to one side to dry.

Whilst they dry, do your GLITTER Coasters - so easy and beautiful!

Take the wooden coasters and apply a coat of Decoupage Gel OR ordinary White Glue.

 Apply glue to coasters and then sprinkle with glitter.  |  fionadebell.com

Apply glue to coasters and then sprinkle with glitter.  |  fionadebell.com

Whilst the glue is still wet (brush the glue on 4 coasters at a time), push the coasters together and sprinkle your glitter in a pattern. You could do any pattern. I like an ombre finish.

 Be creative with your glitter application

Be creative with your glitter application

Simply tap the glitter onto your coasters.

 Ombre Glitter Coasters.  |  fionadebell.com

Ombre Glitter Coasters.  |  fionadebell.com

You can choose any colours or patterns you like!

Set the coasters aside to dry. Keep going with different colours.

You can choose any colours or patterns you like!

Set the coasters aside to dry.

 Sand the excess paper from the edge of a decoupaged napkin.  | fionadebell.com

Sand the excess paper from the edge of a decoupaged napkin.  | fionadebell.com

Back to our Decoupage...Once the glue has dried you need to sand the edges to get a nice clean finish.

See how straight the line is? Much easier than using scissors or a knife!

 Seal your glitter and decoupage napkins!  |  fionadebell.com

Seal your glitter and decoupage napkins!  |  fionadebell.com

The final step is grabbing your Top Coat. You want a Top coat that can withstand heat and will not 'Stick' to the bottom of a warm mug!

Some brands of Decoupage Gel are great for this!

Allow to dry! BINGO! Lovely hostess gifts that will be both appreciated and useful!

 Pretty Decoupage and Glitter Coasters.  |  fionadebell.com

Pretty Decoupage and Glitter Coasters.  |  fionadebell.com

I hope you are inspired to have a go yourself! Please be sure to post pictures of your efforts!

Fiona XOXO