A few weeks ago my daughters and I had an awesome opportunity to join the girls from HP over at the Dwell Studio flagship store for an afternoon of crafts and technology. As a family, we already enjoyed creating fun art and often have rainy day crafts or play dates that incorporate crafts. As far as including technology in our crafts, this was new territory for us. Paper, markers, paint, and glue were as techie as we’d get!
At the HP/Dwell Studio event, I learned new ways to make technology a part of our crafting time with the HP Photosmart 7520 and my smartphone! I couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was to make fun new personalized projects that my preschooler could give as gifts (hint hint – Father’s Day is just around the corner.) The first craft was a photo-coaster (directions below if you would like to make these yourself.) We simply took a photo with our phones, sent it to the printer through WiFi, and completed the rest of the steps outlined below. Don’t have a WiFi capable printer? Don’t worry, because you can win one right here! Let me tell you a little about the HP Photosmart 7520 first.
The HP Photosmart 7520 is an All in One printer/scanner/fax with WiFi capabilities. You no longer have to be wired to your phone or computer to print, all you need is a WiFi connection and you are good to go. With other features such as duplex printing, and individual ink tanks for ink conservation, this printer is all you need for your day to day home office needs. Enter to win one below:
Personalized Photo Coasters:
- 4 inch tiles
- Mod Podge Glossy
- HP color printer and Original HP Ink and supplies
- White paint and a small paint brush
- Ruler and scissors
- A sheet of felt or fun foam
- Polyurethane and an applicator (or spray polyurethane)
- Glue gun or Gorilla Glue
Step 1: Paint the edges of your tiles white
Most white tiles come with a tan edge. You can leave them tan or paint them white to give it a more finished look.
Step 2: Attach the Backing
To keep the tiles from scratching furniture, use a glue gun or Gorilla Glue (or any other heavy duty glue) to apply foam or felt to the back of the coaters. Cut the foam/felt to fit the bottom and use a decent amount of heavy duty glue to attach to the coaster.
Step 3: Choose and Print Your Photos
You will need a 4×4 photo for each coaster. Use your printer to print the photos onto HP 4×6 or 5×7 photo paper and cut it to size.
Step 4: Glue your Photos
Spread a thin, even layer of Mod Podge on the top of your tile. Place your 4×4 image on top of the tile in the center. Make sure to smooth out the photo so that it sticks to the tile! Add a second, thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the photo and smooth it from the center to the edges. Let the Mod Podge dry.
Step 5: Apply your Polyurethane Top Coat
Spray Polyurethane works like a charm and will protect your coasters from moisture! Spray a thin layer on the top and sides of the coasters. You can do as many layers as you want, but make sure the Polyurethane has time to dry between coats. (Note: it’s best to use the spray polyurethane outside of the house if you can)
Step 6: Let Coasters Dry
Once you’ve finished putting your coasters together, let them dry overnight. These make great gifts for birthdays, Father’s Day, and anything in between.