Man oh man is summer in Portland! Since it’s been nothing but a scorcher here lately, all I’ve wanted to do eat is fruit. Well that and binge on Netflix, but what else is new? After painting my nails like a watermelon, I thought it was time to take my obsession one step further and bring that inspiration to my craft room. Here’s how I made these fruit slice coasters:
Time: 1 hour for set of six
Materials: cork rounds, DecoArt Multisurface Paint, brush, paper, pen, ruler, xacto knife
I used DecoArt’s multisurface paint for this project since it’s thick enough to coverup pencil markings. You don’t need tape, like pictured above, if you just hold the stencil down with your other hand.
Start by painting your coasters white. Because the cork is a bit absorbent, I went ahead and did two coats. While they’re drying, you can make your stencil. To do that you’ll need a piece of paper, a pencil, and an xacto knife.
Trace around the outside of your coaster so that you have a circle on your paper. You’ll then mark the circle into eighths, almost like you’re cutting a pizza. Inside each section (triangle) will be your fruit slice, which you can draw in. It’s basically just a triangle with rounded corners. Once you have it drawn out, cut out the fruit slice pieces with your xacto knife.
Place stencil on dried coasters and trace very lightly with your pencil. Remove stencil and then paint with the fruit color of your choice. Since the paint is self sealing, once your coasters are dry, they’re ready to be used!
So that’s it! Perfect for summer bbqs, don’t you think? Be sure to visit the DecoArt Multi-Surface website for more crafting ideas and inspiration!