DIY These Pretty Coasters Instead of Buying Flowers for Mom
Very few gifts beat a bouquet of fresh flowers. But a fresh arrangement only lasts a few days, or a week at best, and don’t even get me started on all of the possible combinations of blooms! Unless you’re a professional florist, arranging or even choosing a bouquet can be insanely intimidating. So instead of breaking the bank on a bouquet, opt for inexpensive and quick DIY gifting instead! These DIY pressed flower coasters are the perfect, modern spin on the traditional bouquet and make great hostess gifts. Lucky for you, we also made these Pressed Flower Coasters a kit! PSSST: Mothers Day is coming up — have you thought about what you’re getting her yet?
Keep your recipient’s favorite flowers in mind when looking for pressed flowers and these coasters are guaranteed to make your mom/boss/friend’s day!
(available in our shop!):
— 4 x 4-inch glass tiles
— dried pressed flowers
— 1/4-inch copper tape
— E6000 glue
*Please note: our Pressed Flower Coasters kit features pretty pink flowers instead of these multi-colored ones.
Get your materials together (or purchase a kit!), and let’s get started!
1. Arrange the flowers on top of four of the glass coasters.
2. Secure the flowers down with a small dab of E6000 glue.
3. Sandwich the flowers with another glass tile.
4. Trim a 16.5 inch piece of copper tape and adhere it along the edges of the glass tiles. Try to center the copper tape as much as possible. This will help make the copper border look as clean and consistent as possible.
5. Press the excess copper tape down to create the copper border detail.
6. Run a smooth object along the copper tape to flatten any ridges that may have formed.
Each coaster will require two glass tiles. Make sure your glass tiles are as clean as possible by wiping them down with window cleaning solution.
Arrange the pressed flowers on the glass tiles. We liked how the touch of green adds a bit of contrast to the bright florals. Rack up some easy bonus points if you’re gifting these to someone by using their favorite variety of flowers ;)
When you’re happy with your arrangement, secure the flowers in place with a small dab of E6000 glue. Once you’ve finished gluing everything down, align the second glass coaster on top of the first to sandwich the flowers.
Cut a piece of copper tape to 16.5 inches. Carefully align the center of the tape along the edges of the two pieces of glass; this will help the copper border detail look as clean and consistent as possible. Applying the copper tape can be tricky, but luckily it is fairly forgiving. If you’re not happy with the positioning of the tap, just gently lift it off and try again.
Then fold the excess tape over to create the copper rim detail and to secure both tiles together. Run a smooth object along the copper tape to flatten any ridges that might have formed.
Repeat these steps for your remaining tiles, and you’re finished!
That’s all it takes to make the perfect gift for hostesses, girlfriends and moms alike! These coasters are so beautiful, there’s no excuse not to use one.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!