Monday, January 27, 2014

DIY Cork Coaster Set



Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by! This weekend, I finally got a chance to work on a DIY project I have been wanting to try for a while- painted coasters! The process is incredibly easy and a fun way to spend an afternoon.  All you need is some creativity and the below supplies:


Acrylic craft paint in the colors of your choice,  polyurethane finish, cork coasters, adhesive stencils, painter's tape and sponge brushes.

First, decide on a design for your coasters.  I decided to make each one unique and opted for some cute Martha Steward stencils.  I must say, I was really impressed with these! They stuck on really easily and left nice clean lines. They are also reusable, which is definitely a plus!


Place your adhesive stencil in the desired area and press down firmly to ensure your paint will not bleed underneath.  Then, paint away! I used cheap sponge brushes and a "pouncing" (thanks, Martha) motion.


Gently remove the stencil while paint is still wet - and voila!


I played around with a few different stencils and also used painter's tape to create some clean modern lines.

Wait for your paint to completely dry before sealing with the polyurethane finish - this will help protect your coasters against moisture from glasses.


I decided to use two coats of the polyurethane to make sure the coasters last.  Once dry, you're all done!

These coasters were super easy to make and when tied neatly together with a bow, would make a great housewarming gift! Let me know if you get a chance to try them!


Love,
Aly


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