DIY coaster project
One thing I have really got into in the last year or so is crafting – I find it very therapeutic and I love seeing the finished results and that feeling of pride that I have made something myself. There are so many projects you could try out from crochet to macrame or die-cutting to calligraphy. But, one project that I have really enjoyed was making wooden coasters using clipart from Design Bundles. We have put together an easy tutorial for you with clear step-by-step instructions. Enjoy!
- Wooden Coasters
- Printer and Printer paper
- Mod Podge (we use the dishwasher safe one but any is fine)
- Sponge Brush
- Bowl of water
- Download one of the Sunflower SVGs from Design Bundles.net or create your own using clipart on a background. If you are adding text to your coaster, remember to make sure it is mirrored as we are applying the design face down to the project
- Size your image to fit your coaster, print it out on normal printer paper and leave it so that the ink is fully dry. Cut your image to size.
Tip – I’d suggest giving yourself a few mm extra on all sides to give you a bit of space to place the design on the coaster, we can fix overhang after but we don’t want to be sliding the image around to meet the edges if it’s a bit close size wise
- Apply a generous layer of Mod Podge to your coaster, don’t worry if it looks like too much, we can push the excess out to the sides, and then place your image face down on to the coaster.
- Get rid of any wrinkles or air bubbles by pushing them to the sides of the coaster, if you get a bit of overspill of mod podge you can just wipe that away with a cloth.
- Keep pressing the image down and smoothing it out until you can see that the paper is getting saturated with the mod podge, the design will start to become darker through the back of the paper.
- Once you are happy that your image is completely smoothed out and saturated, put it somewhere to dry for 24 hours.
- When your coaster is completely dry, you’ll want to grab yourself a little bowl of water and a sponge brush. Make sure you’re working on a wipe down surface or put something underneath like a towel to catch any excess water and mess.
- Take your sponge brush, dip it in the water and then wipe it over the dried paper surface. It doesn’t need to be dripping wet but you want to see the image start to darken as the paper is getting saturated.
- Once you are happy that the paper is wet enough, start rubbing the paper with your finger so that it balls up, this bit can get a bit messy but you need to make sure you’ve gotten all of the paper off.
Tip – If you aren’t sure if you’ve got all the paper (you don’t want to rub too far as you could end up rubbing the image off!) leave it to dry out a bit and see if any patches turn back to looking a bit ‘frosted’ if they do it just means there is still a build-up of paper there – add some more water and rub off that last layer of paper)
- Give the coaster a quick brush down to remove any last little balled up bits of paper and then leave it somewhere to dry out.
- Once it’s completely dry you can give it a final coat of Mod Podge to protect your design and then it’s ready to use!
Posted by: Sarah Dixon | Posted on: July 20, 2021 | Posted in: MAMA