I was pretty financially low last month, and it being Christmas didn’t help. So, I spent a lot of time looking for low cost options for gifts. I hadn’t thought about handmade items until I saw “something you make” on the list from the person I drew in our family’s Secret Santa. I knew what I wanted to make for him, but that led me to looking into handmade options for other family members. I found a lot of great ideas.
On one of the last pages I looked at, I found instructions for making waterproof coasters, and I remembered that my mom wanted coasters. You can find the instructions here: http://www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com/how-to-make-coasters.html. I was surprised at how easy it was. How this relates to my writing, though:
I thought that I could make coasters related to my stories and novels. I’m not sure what that would look like yet, but it probably wouldn’t be character faces unless I could hire an artist to draw them to my specifications. My skill in that area is not high. For the mysteries, maybe I could have the actual coasters that would have been used in the main setting (the first one is in a Norwegian-style Bed and Breakfast, so they could have a Norwegian theme on them). The fantasy stories set in another world could have decorative art created by that culture. If I have a series with at least four books in it, I could take the cover art and make one coaster of each cover.
Readers: What do you think? Would you like to see (if not buy) coasters related to books you like?
Writers: Have you thought of using other crafts and art to accompany your writing?