Christmas in July: DIY Photo Coasters

***Updated for a rescheduled class on Saturday, July 29, 2017. Keep reading and register below!

I know, it’s neither Christmas nor July, so that’s just confusing. But if you are looking for an adorable personalized gift, you are in the right place. I’m partnering with Habitat for Humanity (Norristown, PA) for another fun and creative DIY workshop that you are going to love! Come make your own set of personalized photo coasters. You can get a jump on holiday gift giving, if that appeals to you, but these coasters are also durable and perfect for outdoor summer living.

photo coasters DIY

We’re going to be taking materials that are often found at the HFH ReStore and turning them into coasters. Many people don’t even realize that the ReStore is a great source of gently used furniture and building materials for your DIY projects. I often see entire high quality kitchens in there when I visit! But for this sweet little project, we’re only going to need 4 tiles, and we’ve already put those aside for you!

best tiles for DIY photo coasters

I will teach you how to complete a full set of photo coaster tiles at our workshop on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 3 pm.

These are meant to be personalized, remember, so we ask that you send me six photos that you would like to use in your project. I’ll help you choose the best 4 at the workshop so you get great results. Just be sure that you source full-sized photos, which means their file size should be approximately 1 MB or larger. If you aren’t sure what that means, you can call me, and I’ll help. Photos with lots of contrast (dark and light) and a large focus (not lots of tiny detail) are best for this project. Black & white or color photos will both work. A face, cars and bird close-ups all would make good subjects.

You could even get really creative and take photos of family keepsakes that you haven’t been able to part with, and transfer those onto coasters to share with family.

photo coasters with faces

Want to learn how to do the DIY, but don’t have your own digital photos? No problem. Just let us know, and we’ll provide a set of photos for you to use and learn with.

***Important. You must email or transfer your photos at least a week ahead of the workshop. If you’d like to use images from your vintage, printed photos, we can do that, too. Just email me. The printing process is important, so we will be printing them for you, which is included in your registration.

These are really fun AND functional. My girls loved seeing their photos on the coasters, and I like that it’s a useful item.

DIY photo coasters


This workshop is a fund raiser for Habitat for Humanity. You probably know about the international charity already, but I’d like to make sure you know that they are hard at work in our communities making housing safe and affordable for many families each year, through both new home builds and critical repairs. My company has made a “Doors and Floors” commitment this year to help raise $15,000. This workshop is one way that we can support the Habitat mission. Your registration is only $20, and includes all the supplies needed. I keep telling my friends at Habitat that this is too little for the workshop, since you can barely buy all the supplies for that, but they want to make it easy for you to register. But, hey, if you want to make an additional donation to their mission, who am I to argue? Donate online or by mail and earmark it with “HeartWork Organizing,” because they are tracking fund raising for me.

In fact, they are so generous, that they are including a 30% off coupon to shop at the ReStore the day of the workshop, so you’ll want to come early and scope out other DIY project materials. Past workshop attendees have loved finding great deals!

Register NOW to reserve your seat for this Habitat for Humanity DIY Workshop. We have a limited amount of materials and seats.  I hope to see you there!

You probably already know this, but if you need help organizing your digital pr printed photos, please call us. We can help you organize your entire collection, like the photos below, so finding your 4-6 favorite photos is a snap (dadum-bum!).

thousands of photos organized

I look forward to introducing you to my friends at Habitat for Humanity MontCo.








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  1. Laura

    I was having some technical difficulties registering. I just made a donation and earmarked with the Heartwork Organizing and Photo Coasters.

    Laura Rodgers

    1. Darla

      Yay! I was hoping to see you there. I’ll make sure your registration is all set up. Thanks.

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