It’s very hard to keep a memento for every place in the world one has visited. There are only so many tourist key chains and T-shirts one can collect before it loses its meaning. Reddit user GoldenBaby spent one semester studying abroad.
This gave the student the opportunity to visit and discover some of Europe’s most beautiful cities. And with each new location, GoldenBaby accumulated a lot of maps to help get around and learn what every city has to offer.
Once back home, the Reddit user didn’t want to forget all the wonderful memories and experience in places like Paris, Bilbao, and Athens. This traveller took some of the maps to cut out and use for coasters. The DIY project was very inexpensive and easy to do. Most importantly, it’s a great way to immortalize a once in a lifetime trip.
The user chose a specific spot in the map. A pen was used to trace the hexagon shaped tile that would be used as a coaster.
This is an eight coaster set. The most challenging part of the project was choosing which map to use.
Mod Podge was applied on the surface of the tiles. The glue was also applied on the top of the paper for protection. An X-Acto knife cut off the extra paper edges.
The edges of the bottom tiles were taped in advanced. This was to ensure the enamel would not drip on to the tiles.
Using paper cups upside down, the tiles were stacked on top. A cardboard box was also used as the surface so that the excess enamel would just spill on it.
Working in a garage in a ventilated area was important.
GoldenBaby ordered the enamel from amazon for $10. This was to give the tiles a glossy, shiny finish.
The enamel will also make sure the tiles are going to be waterproof. It will also protect the coasters from getting dirty, keeping them looking new for years and years.
The package comes with two bottles. The liquids have to be safely poured and combined together.
The mix was poured over the tiles completely. A cardboard piece was used to spread the enamel evenly, not missing any corners.
When the mix was poured, bubbles rose up. GoldenBaby breathed slowly into the bubbles to pop them.
Now the tiles have a sheen and polished finish. The tiles were brought in the house so the dust from the garage would not land on them.
The eight tiles were left to air dry for 72 hours.
Once the enamel dried, the tape with the leftover drips was removed. Afterwards, felt fabric was glued on to protect the bottom part of the tiles.
The user already had the brushes and Mod Podge at home. The only cost incurred were the eight tiles from the hardware store which costs $4 and the enamel which was $10.
Every tile represents more than just the cities discovered by GoldenBaby, they each come with memories made, and the people met along the way.
From the top left the cities are: Amsterdam, Athens, Vienna, and Berlin. Notice the Starbucks signs in Berlin? The coffee shop giant was the only location handing out free maps in the historic city.
More stunning places. Top left; Paris, Bilbao, Zurich, and Milan. What a great way to entertain friends and start a conversation.