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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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7 comments:

  1. These are so cute! I love the colors and the designs you made. Definitely want to make some of these. We can never seem to find enough coasters around the house and you are right... great gift ideas!!

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  2. Just came across your blog and I am a new follower! This is a really cute project! I hope you have some time to come check out my blog too!

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  3. Stopping by from Tatertots & Jello link up to say hi!! I love, love, love this idea. We have such ugly coasters so I can't wait to follow your tutorial here to make some cute ones myself. :)

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  4. These are so adorable! Good job ;) I'm a new follower!

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  5. ADORABLE!! Love this project, featuring tomorrow :)
    XO

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