Hostas like ‘Coast to Coast,’ which unfurls thick, puckered leaves, are unpalatable to Japanese beetles. The thick leaves also give this hosta—and ones with similar leaves—slug resistance. ‘Coast to Coast’ is a gold leaf hosta that thrives in part to full shade. Clumps grow 30 inches tall and up to 36 inches across.
Spools of rope can bring a touch of coastal or farmhouse charm to a table top. Create rope drink coasters by unfurling rope from spools, then coating it with acrylic sealer. Grab a pencil and begin to wrap it with the acrylic covered rope until the diameter is approximately 3 inches wide. Protect the bottom and keep it reinforced by cutting a sheet of cork to size, then attaching it to the rope coaster with hot glue.
Turn vivid images of favorite places into coasters or refrigerator magnets with a decoupage stone application. To make, print images on paper using a laser printer. Next, place them on top of small stone tiles, then secure them in place with decoupage glue added to the front and back. To protect the color from fading, use a spray sealer once the decoupage glue has dried.
An elegant set of four coasters is an inexpensive and easy gift for the holidays. You will need the following materials: (4) 4" white porcelain tiles (available at hardware stores), small felt pads, reindeer and snowflake stencils, blue glitter paint, red paint, sponges and spray gloss enamel.
Now that virtual clouds and external hard drives are the norm for backing up digital files, floppy disks have become extinct! Add a sense of nostalgia to your tabletop by using floppy disks as drink coasters. These can simply be placed on the table and used without any crafting at all, or they can be made waterproof and easy to clean by treating them with resin.
While standard-sized vinyl albums work well as plate chargers, mini LPs are ideal as drink coasters. Search for small vinyl albums or toy albums approximately 4 inches in diameter. Choose an assortment of colors for a playful look, or choose albums with the same coloring for a more cohesive feel.
Bring a rustic touch to your table top with wood trim assembled as mini shipping pallets. Cut four 1/2-inch by 1/8-inch accent trim into 4-inch strips using a precision knife. These will become the slats. Next, cut three 1/4-inch strips to size as the bottom structure. Lastly, secure the bottom structure to the slats using wood glue.
With rolling hills and ocean views, this ranch house enjoys all the beauty that California has to offer. A flagstone path winds down the hillside and invites the owners to soak up sunshine and coastal breezes.
The property line reaches all the way down to the water and includes 250 feet of beach as well as a shared dock. About half of the estate's 12 acres are cleared, with sloping hills and gardens; the other half encompass beautiful forest land.
Cut cross sections into a dead stick using a hack saw, hand saw or table saw. Use painter's tape to divide the face of the wood slices in half, then paint the exposed parts with a sponge brush. Get creative and use more than one hue and try out different patterns, too.
Bring a burst of color and pattern to your table with coasters made from upcycled magazine pages. Tear out pages, then fold each page into 1/4-inch strips and coat with rubber cement. Next, cut approximately 25 strips and place them to the side. Unfurl a paper clip and wrap the first strip around, creating a perfect hole for the center of the coaster. Once the first strip is wrapped around the paper clip, keep it securely wound with a bead of hot glue. Continue to roll the strip around the paper clip, then layer other strips on top, securing each strip to one another with glue. Once the shape of a coaster takes shape, secure the very end of the last strip in place with glue.
Allow your coasters to dry for at least 30 minutes before using. Keep in mind that even after they dry, these coasters will be somewhat delicate. We recommend hand washing them (rather than putting them in the dishwasher) to keep them in good condition.
Though it looks as if it were lifted from Cape Cod or the Hamptons, this traditional home makes the most of its West Coast setting. A line of chaise longues overlooks the pool, which has an integrated hot tub and a sleek, clean design. Shingle siding on the exterior has a charming, timeless appeal.