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.
Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
Let Office Depot OfficeMax help you stand out in the crowd. From signs, posters & banners to promote your business, to marketing materials to keep your customers informed, Office Depot OfficeMax offers a full suite of business services & solutions to help you & your business get noticed.
Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.