Okay, let’s make some map coasters!

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Happy December! I am a firm believer that Thanksgiving and December 1st need to have an extra week between the two, but since no one asked me, here we are…December! How was Thanksgiving? I am still in a bit of a food coma…note to self: moving + the holidays are not so easy on the scale.  Today I must get my act together.  Sugar fast starts today!  Also, frozen tundra runs start today as well.  (dearjesushelpme!)

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Not having a home to deck out this year, things will be very different, but we’re determined to make it great anyway.  What we’re lacking in home decking, we’re making up for in handmade gift giving.  Every day this week, we’ll be sharing a handmade gift idea that your kids can make and give.  I might do some just for me to give later this month too.

First up, map coasters.  I love that these can be personalized for whoever you’re giving these to.  They can be made with maps of where they live, or where they’ve lived in the past, places they love to travel, or where their family lives…it’s all up to you!

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Start with just a few simple supplies:

Use the top of a cup or a small bowl to trace circles on the map and the cork tiles.

Cut all the circles out, using the Xacto knife for the cork tiles.  My older kids all helped with this project, but the cork cutting was definitely for my oldest (12).





With all your pieces cut out, just use the foam brushes to adhere the map to the cork circle.  When the map is adhered, brush ModPodge all over the top and sides of the coaster, sealing it all in to protect it from any water.  Let them dry over night.


Then just tie up your set with a pretty ribbon and their ready to give.  Quick, simple, and meaningful gift for your friends and fam.  Happy making!  See you tomorrow with more handmade gifts 🙂

This post is part of a series of “5 Days of Christmas” posts from the bloggers at iHomeschool Network.  Click the image to visit the other posts.



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