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Making Memories: DIY Polaroid Coasters

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Well I guess now is as good a time as any to break the news.

Put your Instagram photos to good use with these cute DIY Polaroid coasters | Wellnesting

Chuck and I are moving!

(Cue the marching band and confetti)

While a change of pace has been a long time in the making, we never really knew where we would end up when our time in DC was over. We threw a lot of options against the wall like Denver, Portland, Asheville, the mountains, the beach and nothing really stuck except Richmond. Maybe it’s the fact that we’re both youngest children or maybe it’s that DC just reminded us of how much we missed our old stomping ground (which also happens to be where we met , so it brings back lots of good memories), but when it came time to renew our lease this year we just couldn’t do it.

It didn’t feel right anymore.

Put your Instagram photos to good use with these cute DIY Polaroid coasters | Wellnesting

Without much of a back up plan, or any plan for that matter, we found a place to live, gave notice at work, and started buying moving supplies. And even though we’re pretty far into the moving process with less than two weeks to the big day (whaaat?), it still doesn’t feel real.

Like, in two weeks we’ll be living in a house. An actual house with actual rooms and a yard. Coming from a closet-sized one bedroom apartment, this makes me so excited I could pee my pants. Someone please pinch me. But that excitement is also tinged with a little melancholy. Leaving behind the place we called home for 7 years stirs up a lot of mixed emotions and I find myself waxing sentimental more often than not.

So as a way of preserving some of our favorite memories, I created these Polaroid coasters using old photos from my Instagram.  I downloaded the photos via Webstagram and simply saved them as JPGs and printed them out (but you could easily take screen caps on your phone and email them to yourself). Then I used some Mod Podge and a 4-pack of ceramic coaster tiles I found at Michaels for $3 to affix the pictures, let ‘em dry, then sealed them to create a water tight finish. So easy! And I really love how they turned out. It’s so nice having our memories on display for whenever we (ahem, I) get a little misty.

Put your Instagram photos to good use with these cute DIY Polaroid coasters | Wellnesting

Here's what you need to get started...

Ceramic coasters
Photos
Paint brush
Mod Podge
Scissors
Glossy acrylic topcoat spray

Put your Instagram photos to good use with these cute DIY Polaroid coasters | Wellnesting
  1. Cut out your photos.
  2. Lay the photos on top of your coasters and trim the bottom edge until your image is shorter than it is wide and looks like a Polaroid.
  3. Using a paint brush, coat the ceramic coaster with a thin, even layer of Mod Podge. Lay your photo down and, starting from the center, use your hands to smooth out any air bubbles.
  4. Coat the entire coaster with a layer of Mod Podge. Let dry for 15 minutes then go back and add another layer. Let dry.
  5. Take your coasters outside into a well-ventilated space and coat them with a thick layer acrylic spray. Let dry for a few minutes and add one final layer.
Put your Instagram photos to good use with these cute DIY Polaroid coasters | Wellnesting
Put your Instagram photos to good use with these cute DIY Polaroid coasters | Wellnesting