Staff Project: Spooky Halloween Coasters & Tags by Diane

Sep 11th

Welcome back, Memory Bound friends!

Fall is just about our favorite season at Memory Bound, and with it comes all things Halloween! Diane is already getting ready for Halloween with a set of completely adorable decorated coasters and tags. This is fun project that you can customize any way you’d like! The completed pieces look great displayed on our small easels.

Let’s take a look at the materials Diane chose for her project. She started out with two tags cut from chipboard (so they’re sturdier) and two coasters. Coasters come in different shapes and are just perfect for many kinds of craft projects.

She was also inspired by the new Halloween collections by Simple Stories and Authentique, so she picked out a few of her favorites.

Naturally, she needed some Washi tape! This package comes with 3 coordinated rolls. Can’t beat that!

And no project would be complete without a little Tim Holtz! Nobody does Halloween like Tim, and these little tokens add a nice bit of metal dimension to the projects.

In addition to these supplies, Diane used a few goodies from her stash. This type of project is great for STASH BUSTING. 🙂

To start, Diane covered both sides of the tags and coasters with paper. To make everything look old and spooky, she inked the edges with Gathered Twigs and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. She added layers with inked doilies, additional elements cut from the paper, and smaller “ephemera” from the packet she selected. Those smaller elements are raised up from the surface with foam tape or pop dots to give them dimension. I love how she extended the Jack-O-Lantern piece off the top corner!

Diane also wrapped twine several times around the base of the coaster and tied it in a loopy bow. This provides the perfect spot to dangle one of Tim’s tokens!

For this coaster, Diane extended a few additional elements off the edge. To create the fun loopy bow, just wind twine around your fingers several times and tie it in the center with a shorter piece.

Diane makes her own large tags by cutting them from chipboard. She keeps a stash on hand for projects just like this! The vertical tags provide a great contrast to the two horizontal coasters.

Here you can see how she decorated both the front and back of each piece. Finishing the back is important if your project will be seen from all sides! You can also see how she wrapped Washi tape around the base of the tag, along with twine and another of Tim’s tokens.

Of course, tags provide the perfect opportunity to add ribbon at the top. For this type of project, the ribbon needs to look old and wrinkly! To create this effect, you start out with some cream-colored seam binding. Dilute a little Gathered Twigs Distress Ink with water (just smoosh the pad on your craft mat and spritz the ink with a spray bottle), then drag the ribbon around in the ink until you reach the desired color. By squeezing the ribbon in your hand, you create wrinkles — and also tinted hands! 🙂 Once you have the color just right, let your ribbon air dry and those wrinkles will be permanently set!  (Tip: You can also do this in a plastic bag for a bit less mess!) This is a fun and easy way to dye ribbon to match any project.

I love how Diane added the bats to the top of this tag! Instead of adhering them flat to the tag, she bent the wings upward and placed adhesive behind the body only. They look like they’re about to fly off in into the dark, dark night!

Notice, too, how Diane did a little sewing around the main element in the tag below which really adds dimension and interest! She created additional texture by tearing and roughing up the edges of some of the elements.

Thanks to Diane for the awesome Halloween inspiration! We love your spooky Halloween coasters and tags! Can’t wait to pick up some of these coasters and get started! 🙂

If you’d like some coasters and tags ready to display in your home or give as gifts, we have an ever-growing assortment of seasonal coasters and tags available to purchase! Stop in and choose a few to instantly update your decor for fall and the upcoming holiday season!