I am SO excited about today’s DIY because after a bit of trial and error, the idea that was in my head actually worked! And I only finished one bag of candy while experimenting, so I’ll call that a craft win. If you’re throwing a party for Galentine’s Day or just want to add a little love and whimsy to your coffee table throughout the year, I hope that you’ll give these DIY Conversation Heart Coasters a try! Here’s how: Continue reading…
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:
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!
If Pinterest has taught me anything, it’s that we can all use more diy coasters on our coffee tables. You can never really have too many coasters, Perfect for avoiding those pesky water rings AND they make great decor. Plus any one of these tutorials would make a great Mother’s Day gift, especially wrap up with some tea and a mug! So regardless of your reason for wanting to make them, you’ll certainly have fun trying one, if not all, of these ten easy projects!
1. Glamouflauge Coasters by Love + Cupcakes
2. Wood Round Coasters by At Home in Love
3. Colorful Clay Coasters by Oh Joy!
4. DIY Criss Cross Coasters by Fall for DIY
I know I’ve kept you in suspense since sharing how to press flowers, but today is the big reveal! This may just be my most time consuming project to date, but I think the wait was worth it. But then again, I may be biased on this one!
You can dry your own flowers following this tutorial (does take 4-6 weeks). The wood slices were cut from a dead tree branch then sanded. If you don’t have access to a saw and need to buy yours, try Etsy.
I pressed my flowers for 6 weeks and am really happy with the way they turned out. For this project, you’ll want the flowers to be as flat as possible. The best results were achieved with the rose petals, hydrangea, and leaf. Continue reading…