Most of my photos aren’t anything special, but occasionally I take one I really like.
After looking online for coasters and placemats for our new bach and finding nothing I liked I eventually went with Photobox and made mugs, coasters and placemats with my own photos on them, and at a good price.
I’m very happy with the mugs, and fairly happy with the coasters and placemats, which look good but simply have a hardboard backing.
The hardboard backing means the coasters are thin, make a tapping noise when you put them down, and they just come across as a bit cheap.
I thought perhaps a thin cork on the back would help and located a source of sheets of cork in Wellington.
Unfortunately the shop had none when I went in, but I came out with green felt instead, that has a sticky backing.
I placed each coaster and placemat on the felt and traced round them with a builder’s pencil. Then I used a blade and scissors to cut the felt. After peeling off the protective paper, and spending a while unsticking the square of felt from my fingers, I carefully applied felt to each item.
The results aren’t perfect: in an effort to avoid having felt larger than the item and needing to trim off the excess I sometimes cut the square a little short.
I’m thrilled with the result though, except that having guessed at how much felt I needed I now have surplus. What else can I apply felt to, I wonder?
I’m not known as a person who does crafts, but I guess all things change …
Note: the photos are of a fabulous orange fungus I came across on the beach, and toi toi on Matiu Somes Island in Wellington.