Motivation Monday – Genealogy Christmas Gift

Do you have any last-minute Christmas gifts to purchase?  If so, consider making an easy genealogy craft that will delight anyone.  I made these family photo coasters for my Grandmother and I know she is going to love them.

The above photos are all related to my Grandmother’s family.  The coasters can be made with any photos.  I am even thinking of making a set for my sister-in-law with photos of her dog. These quick and easy steps will have you creating some for any last-minute gifts you may need.

Supplies:

  • Pack of Travertine tiles from any home improvement store. (I believe I got 9 tiles for $3.49)
  • White tissue paper
  • A square of felt (available at any craft store)
  • Mod Podge (available at any craft store)
  • Acrylic Sealer (also available at any craft store)

The first step is to open your photo in the photo software of your choice.  I then converted each photo to grayscale.  The last step in the photo software is to resize your image to 4″ x 4″ to match the size of the tiles.

Next, I taped a piece of white tissue paper to a piece of regular white paper.  I then printed the image onto the white tissue paper.  Be sure to gently remove the tissue paper from the regular paper so that you do not tear it.  Cut the tissue paper down to the 4″ x 4″ size.

Next, put a layer of Mod Podge onto the tile and carefully place the tissue paper photo on top of it.  Let the Mod Podge dry completely so that the tissue paper does not tear!  Coat each tile with two more layers of Mod Podge being sure to dry completely in between coats.

I then took out my Acrylic Sealer and sprayed each tile with several coats (again drying completely in between layers.)  The sealer helps to prevent the condensation from glasses from ruining the photo beneath.

Lastly, I cut the felt into 4″ x 4″ squares and glued them to the bottom of each tile.

The entire project took one afternoon to complete and I am so happy with the results.  It is such an easy way to share family photos with others.  I am hoping that the coasters create some discussion about our family history.  If anything, it will give me a chance to explain who everyone is and how we are related.

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