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Monday, January 21, 2013

Cute Coaster DIY

     It is super cold here! So cold I can't even think about starting any projects today! Today is a mug of hot chocolate, warm blanket and good book kind of day! {Too bad that didn't happen!} Its a good thing I did this little project last weekend. I've been wanting coasters for a long time but didn't want to just buy something cute. I wanted to be able to make something but inspiration never struck. Need won out in the end but I did come up with a way to turn these plain little coasters into something a little cuter!

     I started with a 6 pack of plain cork coasters that I found at my local grocery store.

If you want to do something similar, here are a few options:

1} Stencil

        This is the easiest way to change em up! I had this large wall stencil and found a design in it to use on my coaster. Using craft paint and a sponge I dabbed it on. When you're done you will want to seal them but we'll get to that in a minute!

2} Tape a design

         I did stripes with painters tape and a chevron pattern. Obviously the chevron was little more labor intensive {it took about 12 minutes to lay out the pattern}. I cut my painters tape in little strips and eye-balled them for the right design. 

3}  Add an initial or monogram

          For this one I used an oil based paint pen and first did dots around the edge. For my "T" I printed out my letter from the computer and cut it out. Using a pencil trace around the letter then fill it in with your paint pen.

     When they were all done I used a sealer to add a light coat. I wanted enough sealer to protect the painted surface but not so much that the coaster can't do its job to protect my table tops.

     These would make a great teacher gift, personalized with their initials or some other design. This whole project was certainly less than 30 minutes. 

Have a great day!!!

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