DIY Coasters – Monopoly Money Coasters that is

I think it is wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.
-Steven Wright
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lol, I love this quote! So true, isn’t it? I found it while looking on the internet for Monopoly coasters!
Now, you have probably seen this kind of tutorial all over Pinterest.
A tutorial for DIY coasters
Whether you have or haven’t seen them, I want to show you how I made my Monopoly ones.

I got the sudden inspiration to make coasters when I started to redo my lil’ bro’s room. If you have been a littlebrighteyes.net follower for some time, you know that I made a promise to redo his room into a “cool” room. He wanted a game room/man cave, and of course you are supposed to eat in a gameroom/man cave, right? Well, I wanted to be prepared for any drink or food that would enter the presence of the soon to be “cool” room.

Solution…Coasters!

These couldn’t be your run of the mill foo foo coasters either, they had to be teenager quality….but I also couldn’t spend 30 bucks on coasters…So I made them myself.

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What do you think?? Huh? They look really great in person, and a perfect fit for the game room theme I was going for.

They take a little waiting time, but the finished product will be fantastic!

what you need

 

 

What you need

  • White biscuit tiles 4”x4” as many as you want coasters (they only cost 18 cents each!)
  • Mod Podge (the small bottle will work)
  • Spray Acrylic sealer (Matte)
  • Brushes
  • 4×4” pics OR Monopoly money
  • Hot glue gun
  • Felt for the underside of the coasters

how to make it

 

 

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UPDATE: I attempted to find pictures on the internet and blow them up to the size I needed, (to make plot coasters) but every time I touched a picture with mod podge, it smeared. The monopoly money worked a billion times better.

Start by covering the glossy side of your tiles with Mod Podge. Without getting glue on the front side of the picture yet, position the money onto the tile and rub out all the bubbles. Overlap the money by adding mod podge to the underside and placing onto the tile. Let dry.

Put Mod Podge over the top.

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Once dry, add some more Mod Podge. And do it again- I did 3 layers of Mod Podge

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Don’t worry, I can just imagine your face right now…the Mod Podge will not dry like this, it will dry clear ;)

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See?

Once you have done 2-3 coats of the Mod Podge, spray on 2 coats of acrylic sealer, allowing it to dry in-between coats.

I know, I know, it takes forever for this stuff to dry…like 5 whole minutes!!! Who can wait that long!? Is anyone out there a patient crafter? If you are, maybe we can have lunch together, so I can learn some things -Ha! ;)

Let the coasters sit and fully dry for 24 hours before use.

Voila! Congrats- You made it!

Remember, don’t submerge these cute cool fellas in water.

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Do you like them?? What kind of money pattern did you put on yours?

Let me know by sharing a pic on Twitter @DIYCaroline or Facebook @Sweet16inStitches

Peace out!

I felt “cool” when I typed that

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DIY industrial table (without spending too much of an arm and a leg)

NO NEED TO BE AN ENGINEER

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Check out lil’Bro’s BIG room reveal here

Okay, you have seen the industrial stuff all over the internet and Pinterest, right? Are you drooling? I am. I told myself that if my coastal obsession ever goes away, it would be replaced with an industrial obsession! I mean the stuff is AWESOME!

Imagine my delight when lil’Bro wanted a man-cave/game-room type room *it screams industrial,* does it not? But wait, I’m supposed to pay how much for a table!?

“Okay,” I thought, “maybe his room doesn’t scream industrial”… 0_o

Thankfully though, I found DIY tutorials. Lots of them, but with some, a DIY version still cost 250-300 dollars! I fished around, studied Lowe’s, and made this version of a coffee table for 86 dollars. Not too bad considering how much its cousins are.

I’d love to tell you all about it, so you can make one too! It’s easy to modify to fit any home and area! Let’s get to it:

Materials: All pipes are threaded black iron and 1/2”

  • 8 Flanges (got them on ebay for 28$)
  • 8- 6” pipes
  • 4- T pipes
  • 2- couplings
  • 4- 9” pipes (you can get shorter ones if you want a smaller table)
  • Stain
  • Spray Paint (optional)

WOOD:

  • 2×8 @ 10′ long
  • 1×4 @ 6′ long

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Wash all of the pipes to get the gross stuff off. I simply used warm soapy water and an old rag.

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Let them dry. As you can see, A bit of rust got on my pipes. This was fine because I was going to spray paint them later with Rustolium hammered paint.

Assemble the legs:

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Put each of the 9” pipes into 4 flanges. This table (by request) is 20” high. This is slightly tall for a coffee table and if you simply swap the 9” pipes for shorter ones (maybe more 6” ones) you can solve this problem :)

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To the top of these pipes, add one T pipe

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To the top of these T pipes, add one 6” pipe

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Finish with a flange on top

For the braces:

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Connect two 6” pipes together with one coupling.

Do this until you have two sets of braces.

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Connect two of the legs with a brace so you have two sets of table legs!

Spray paint them if desired

For the table top:

Did you know Home depot will do straight cuts for you for a quarter?!

This is where I got my wood pieces cut :)

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Cut or have cut the 2×8” piece of wood into: 3- 40” long pieces

Have the 1×4” piece of wood cut into: 3- 20.5” long pieces

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Place the 3 smaller pieces of wood evenly on the bottom of the 3 larger pieces. These will be the wood braces.

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Screw about 2 screws in each middle brace and one in each of the ends 

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Sand and stain the desired color. I used Dark Walnut to match lil’Bro’s bed!

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Seal the top with a sealer

Let dry completely.

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Place the legs on the end braces (6” pipe at the top) and mark where the flange holes are. Drill pilot holes, then screw each leg in place!

Put the table top on a soft surface when you do this so the ground won’t scratch the stain off.

If it is not level, slightly hand screw or unscrew the pipes.

Ta-Da!

This may not be the cheapest table, but it is the cheapest industrial table I have found :)

Enjoy!

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Table measures: (by lil’Bro’s request)

20” high

40” long

25” wide

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