And you know how I love to use my map book. (It is looking in a pretty bad state now! And I promise there aren't many pages left!)
I've also seen a few projects about where people have turned tiles into coasters. (Here's a link I saved.) So I thought I try to have a go myself.
After cleaning and drying the tiles I cut map pages to the same size as the tile and Mod Podged it on.
(You'll probably notice mine are a little larger than the tile. I wasn't very accurate and ended up trimming all mine later. I would recommend making a template that is exactly the right size first time!)
I made three sets, don't be intimidated! I also made sure that as well as some random map places I also had some meaningful ones, like where they were born, live now, met their wife, went to university etc. .
I then painted the sides and underneath with black acrylic paint. You don't need much, two squeezes from a tube was plenty for thirteen of mine. (These tiles are pre-trimming stage for me!)
I then sealed it with two more coats of Mod Podge and hot glued on some squares of felt that were a little smaller than my tiles (maybe a cm smaller? Can you tell I mostly just guess?)
And my favourite bit?
That I now have three man presents sorted! (And don't tell them, but they were completely free! I already had everything I needed! The tiles were from five years ago when we re-tiled our shower.)
Properly manly, useful and personal.
Even with shiny ribbon tied around!
At least it's blue ribbon.