When it comes to my travels, I can be a bit of a pack rat. I feel this need to hold on to any momentum from every trip including pamphlets, bottle caps, coasters stolen from foreign bars and even maps. Though all of the other random memories will have to stay in a box, I at least found a cool way to reuse the old maps I’ve collected over the years.
I recently moved to a new apartment with my good buddy and travel companion, Nicole DiPonziano (remember her from Texas and New Hope). While moving I stumbled upon a box full of odds and ends (I’m so weird, I even kept the call cards from Las Vegas). Flipping through I started scheming of ways to incorporate my maps into the decor of my new home. Those maps aren’t being enjoyed packed away in a box! I’m a traveler who is finally nesting (kinda sorta) so I should keep my vagrant spirit alive somehow. So I decided to make custom coasters that display where I’ve been. Not only is it something that I see and enjoy everyday, but it has already proven as a nice conversation starter for guests. On top of that, the whole project cost me less than $5!
I ran over to Lowe’s and picked up 6 coaster sized white ceramic tiles. They were only about 16 cents each so my pauper wallet could handle the financial impact. Also, if you would like to put little felt footie-pads on the bottom of the tiles to prevent scratching your table, you should grab some of those too. All you need to do with those is glue them with a hot glue gun to the bottom.
Step 2: Cut, place and Modge-Podge
Take your favorite part of town, cut it out and glue to the top of the tile using Modge-Podge. It’s that simple!
I’ve been rocking these coasters for a few days now and I love them! They bring back good memories and are the centerpiece to many tall tales of my past travels.
Stay tuned for more budget savvy souvenirs as I deck out my new apartment!