Monday, February 21, 2011

Vinyl Tile Love!

I mentioned before I was making some gifts for people.. then I procrastinated and had to  bust out two sets of 8 vinyl coaster tiles for my Grandpa and another family friend in the morning all before we left for seattle!  Both of them loved them but I definitely see room for improvement!

Example of one word in the set!

First off I got my tiles from the Habitat Store for 5 cents a piece!  Seriously 16 tiles for under a dollar... YES PLEASE!

Then I finally set up my own silhouette machine for its first project. (I had borrowed my sister in laws before I got my own)  I edited up the designs and then hit "cut" and watched the craziness that happens as the machine cuts away at the vinyl!

Now for the hardest part...
Seriously the tiles are 4x4 so the text lines were cut SO SMALL!  I honestly don't know what I get myself into sometimes but it was so tedious to pull the vinyl away from the thin delicate lines.  I was so glad I bought this little hook tool from the silhouette store when I bought the machine!  It took me an hour to do the first 8 tiles... kind of a learning curve!

So then I busted out the transfer paper and put the vinyl on that and then placed the transfer with vinyl on the tile (I didn't quite figure out the best way to do the lining up but oh well).

Ok so my hand looks a little demented but thats just me applying pressure to burnish the vinyl onto the tile.  Since they are going to be used as coasters I wanted to make sure the vinyl wasn't going anywhere.
Then I pulled the transfer paper away and made sure none of the vinyl came with.

About three hours later I had 16 coasters all made up! (two of each)

So there you go!  I have given both sets away already but if you want one I can make up a set or a custom set for you of 8 coasters for just $15 plus shipping.  these were done on a light pink tile but I have since picked up a few sets of black and a few of white.  So there are options!

Anyways I hope you enjoyed this I know it was a fun adventure for myself.  In a few weeks here I'll have another vinyl adventure for a birthday gift I am making!

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  1. Amanda @ Serenity NowFebruary 22, 2011 12:51 PM

    Kaitlyn, those are super cute!!! LOVE the idea of making coasters as gifts. Did you seal them with anything to keep the vinyl from slipping/getting wet, etc?? Do you even need to do that?? See what a newbie I am. ;)

    Thanks for linking this up to my "I {Heart} My Crafty Cutter" party. Have fun finding some neat crafty inspiration, and I hope you'll visit Serenity Now again soon. :)

  2. ConnieFebruary 22, 2011 6:47 PM

    Love them, Kaitlin! Good job.

  3. ChristinaFebruary 23, 2011 5:42 PM

    they're beautiful! I'm so jealous of your machine...someday... :) I LOVE that you got your tiles from the HFH ReStore! I love that place!!

    Thanks for linking up to "20 Below Thursday"!! :)

  4. KaitlinFebruary 28, 2011 5:03 PM

    Amanda - I didn't cover these coasters but in the future I will. I didn't have enough time and also didn't know what to use. Next time I do these I'll try something out and blog about it!

  5. ValerieMarch 21, 2011 12:38 PM

    Love these! Thanks for sharing! :)

  6. Nadir@StitchSenseMarch 23, 2011 5:50 AM

    Hi I'm visiting from Amanda's party. I love, love, love this idea! These coasters are so cute & would make such a great gift. :-) Beautiful job! Take care!

  7. Amanda @ Serenity NowMarch 23, 2011 7:50 PM

    I have GOT to head over to the Restore to look for tiles!!! Great tip. :) Thanks for linking this up. :)

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