I love treasure hunting at estate and garage sales. You can find amazing vintage treasures but the best part is making something unexpected out of these treasures. Using vintage, wooden Monopoly house pieces, I made a drink coaster. I liked the geometric shape of these houses and as I was moving around the pieces on my table, a hexagon shape seemed to appear and that became the coaster.
I started with 58 vintage, wooden Monopoly houses that I thrifted from various estate sales. Being vintage and wood, they are all slightly different colors and sizes.
I first laid them out and rearranged the colors so the faded ones were spaced out among the darker ones. This step is important to check for any houses that are “taller” or “shorter” than others so you can move them to the edges of the finished coaster. I used Glossy Accents as the adhesive because it is quick drying and will fill any gaps that may occur between pieces. I started by gluing two pieces together in a sort of top/bottom pattern. I used a very small amount of Glossy Accents so that it did not ooze out and discolor the wooden pieces. Make sure that the pieces lay flat and are as straight as possible as they dry.
After the groups of two pieces were dry, I glued one set of two next to another set of two. When that was dry, I glued a set of two above it like in the bottom right image above. I glued the sets of two until I had a complete pattern as shown.
After all of the pieces are secure and dried, apply a coat of sealant to keep out any moisture.
This would make a unique gift for anyone who loves Monopoly.
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