05.25.12

MAKE IT / 12

i love a good outdoor dinner party (hence, our rooftop date) and even though i always get annihilated by mosquitoes, there is just something so special about enjoying a good meal outdoors with people you love. now, let’s learn how to make some fun coasters for your next occasion. we chose a starry night theme for this one, but the options are endless!


what you’ll need:
– 4 inch round gardener’s cork mat (available at hardware stores in the house plant department)
– Gold Spray Paint
– Blue Spray Paint
– Gold Craft Paint
– Small round paintbrush
– Felt
– Craft Glue
– Scissors


how to make it:
– Spray entire cork surface gold spray paint and allow it to  thoroughly dry
– Starting at the center, lightly spray blue paint from the center to the edge, adding more paint in layers to create an ombre effect. (I found it easier to keep the spray can steady and move the coaster through the spray to make the gradient more subtle. I also practiced a few times with paper to get the hang of it)


then:
– When spray paint has dried make dots with gold paint using a small round paint brush. I evenly distributed the dots at first, gradually adding more to the edge
– Next, apply a thin layer of craft glue to the entire surface of the backside of the coaster and glue felt taking care to smooth the felt onto the surface.
– After the craft glue is dry trim excess felt with a pair of sharp scissors.


– Pour a tall, cold glass of your favorite libation, sit back and enjoy your handywork!


if you make any of our crafts, we would love if you posted them over on my facebook page for us to see! it makes us really happy to see you guys putting these tutorials to work!

(photos & creations by natalie shriver – see more DIY projects here!)

16 COMMENTS

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    Pegah S says:

    I have the same problem with out doors and mosquitoes, so I went looking for a natural bug repellents and came up with one that actually works.
    http://baftani.blogspot.com/2011/08/natural-insect-repellent.html
    I love the coasters. so creative, Bri.

    Kurt says:

    Awesome post…I can already see the endless possibilities for these. Cheap, quick and customized, it doesn’t get any better!

    Sarrah says:

    I love this! I am TOTALLY going to try it!

    xoxo http://glamd0lll.blogspot.com/

    twomoxie says:

    Wonderful idea. Even I can make this!

    Abby says:

    These would be so fun to do for a wedding shower or birthday party! You could even individualize them. Thanks for sharing this – I’ve actually been looking for some DIY coaster ideas!

    Sarah says:

    Lovely! I always find the coasters to be the whimsical, fun little touch that totally changes a party! They’re dainty, useful and just rad!

    shara says:

    great idea, thanks! enjoy portland this weekend. my all time favorite city.
    cheers,
    shara

    paperpetalbash.wordpress.com

    Cyn | decyng says:

    I like it! seems so easy to do!

    idreamofkelly says:

    these turned out so well! love them!

    Pink Ronnie says:

    Awesome idea – and looks sooo very pretty. Great post once again!
    Ronnie xo

    look see says:

    Too cool for school 🙂

    STEPHANIE L. says:

    OMG Bri, this is an amazing DIY! I will have to try this out! I have an obsessive fascination with coasters lol.

    Xx Stephanie
    HONEY & SILK

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