I recreated the Swords & Stitches: Skyrim drink coasters project to the best of my ability, but with a Middle Earth map. (Thank you, horribly-designed poster that made the whole room look off-kilter, for sacrificing your life to my crafts addiction.) I have never done this sort of project before.
- Mod Podge, matte finish
- 4″x4″ ceramic bathroom tiles x6 (these cost me about $0.16 a piece at Home Depot)
- a roll of cork (they do sell them in squares and other shapes, if you don’t want to cut your own out)
- hot glue gun + hot glue
- disposable foam brushes
- acrylic sealer (aerosol) – Mod Podge does make this, though you can use any acrylic sealer
- Find the images you want (poster, magazine, printout from the internet) and cut them to the same size as your tiles. You can either cut them to fit perfectly on top of your tiles OR measure and cut them to also cover the sides of your tiles.
- If you so desire, you may crumple your images for an “aged” look. I actually prefer how they look without it, but the images shown are of crumpled. A crumpled image, depending on the media, could lead to an uneven top surface to set your drinks on.
- Lay Mod Podge over the top of your first tile. Carefully place your first image over the tile and smooth it out. Goop more Mod Podge over the image with a brush and let dry. Repeat with all of your tiles. Multiple layers of Mod Podge can be used.
- When dry, spray (in a well-ventilated area over a protected surface) your acrylic sealer over the tile.
- When the sealer has dried, heat up your hot glue gun. Cut your cork roll into pieces to fit your tiles and hot glue them onto the bottom. Let them dry somewhere flat.
I chose six locations on the map to appear on my coasters:
- The shire, being the home of all Hobbits, was of course a proper location to top a coaster with. You also have Bree, where Frodo and his companions met Strider, and Weathertop where Frodo was stabbed by the Witch King of Angmar.
- The elf kingdoms: Rivendell (Imladris), Home of Lord Elrond; Lorien, woodland realm of Lady Galadriel; and Mirkwood, home of big-@#$ spiders and King Thranduil’s wood elf kin (AKA, Legolas).
- Following the story of LOTR, we next come to Rohan. If you look closely, you can read the locations of Edoras, home of King Theoden, Helm’s Deep where man and elves fought against the might of Saruman’s army, and Fangorn Forest, where hundreds of fleeing orcs were killed by Ents thanks to the meddling of Merry and Pippin.
- Next came Gondor and, finally, Mordor (you can read the “M” in Mordor, but it was too big to fit on a single coaster). You have Osgiliath, where Faramir took Frodo, Sam, and Smeagol after capturing them in the wild, Minas Tirith where Pippin blundered into the service of Denethor, Minas Morgul where Frodo and Sam were led into Shelob’s lair, and Mount Doom nestled snugly in the heart of 10,000 orcs.
- At the end of their journeys, Gandalf escorted Bilbo and Frodo Baggins onto a ship in the harbors of the Grey Havens, setting sail for the undying lands with a tearful end to their 12+ hour media journey. *sniffle*
- Oh, and Erebor. Can’t forget that big ‘ol mountain with it’s big ‘ol dragon! You know, since they’re making a whole trilogy out of it.
There you have it! I hope you guys enjoy!
(I do not own rights to or claim to own rights to Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Swords & Stitches, generic bathroom tile manufacture companies, etc., etc.)