My husband Jon and I have loads of nerdy friends who make their way to our new house once a month to play Magic: The Gathering. Sometimes after kicking the weekend off with a game of Dungeons & Dragons.
The five-to-eight people we host drink a lot: soda, beer, OJ in the morning. My industrious husband decided we needed more coasters, but instead of buying them, he took old cards and put them in the hard plastic sleeves new cards are shipped in. Magic card coasters for our Magic weekends? Perfect.
Really, this project could not have been any easier for two not-very-crafty individuals. Here’s how it works.
Step Two: If you’re using Magic cards, Lands cards work wonderfully. Pick a variety of Lands with pretty pictures. Choose one that you really like for the top card, and two others that won’t be seen; we used three cards to to get the thickness we needed.
Make sure they all have the same color border — white bottom borders will stand out when the top is black.
Step Four: Insert cards in sleeves.
Step Five: …Profit.
We originally planned on sealing them, but never got around to experimenting with sealant options. Turns out they work just fine. If anyone spills, well, they’re cheap Lands cards.
This would work well with any cards or card games. The plastic sleeves are easy enough to get online if you don’t have a local card store. They also serve as a great conversation piece when non-Magic playing friends and family come to visit. Mostly, it’s another way for us to make our house ours.