Fun DIY Cork Coasters Splashed with Colors for a Playful, but Glass-Ring Free Coffee Table.
Making my own fun coasters has been on the DIY list for like ever. But, for some reason, I was constantly just skippin’ that. I do this with things. Even when I need something and I need it as soon as possible, if I can’t find the right way around it, I would just let it “linger” in my mind for some time, until I’m sure that it’ll turn out great. But, after the glass-ring incident on the wooden dining table, which I love, things got urgent (the Monica in me is already freaking the hell out), and so I finally made my fun little cork coasters.
DIY Cork Coasters Splashed with Color.
Since I have some more of the cork I used with the hexagon mini boards, I decided to use it for the coasters too. Like with the hexagon mini boards, you can play with the cork coasters too. I went for a splash of colors, but it will look just as fun if it was painted in half, or with different-colored polka dots, and so on. Also, the shape – which ever one you want, man. Circle, squares, triangles, hexagons and whatnot.
– Cork Circles or Larger Piece of Cork;
– Circle Blueprint;
– Pencil and Eraser;
– Martha Stewart Satin Acrylic Paint (or other multi surface acrylic paint;
– Painting Palette;
– Brushes, Jars and Water.
1. If you have done-and-ready cork circles, then you can just go to step 4. If not, then get your pencil and the blueprint (I used an ashtray, with 10 cm diameter) and start drawing.
2. Cut the circles. Don’t worry if they’re not even on the sides, it’s what the sandpaper’s for.
3. Once you’ve cut them, even them out with the sandpaper. They’re probably not gonna turn out perfectly circled, but since the perfectionist in me has stopped looking for perfection in all things possible, so can you!
4. This is where the fun begins. I love this particular color combo, but, of course, you can use the colors of your preferring (this should go without saying). Which ever ones you decide to use, make sure to start with the darkest of them, so that it doesn’t cover the lighter later.
Also, Martha’s paints are thick, so you’re gonna need to dilute them with some water. But, make sure to add very little water (a drop or too from the brush) and do this gradually. Otherwise, the color might become to watery and it’ll end up loosing its original intensity. And once it’s dried out, it won’t look as pretty (believe me, I’ve tried this).
Once you’ve applied the first splash of color, let it dry before continuing to the second and so on. If the color’s not completely dried out, it may merge with the others and that may not turn out great. Martha’s paints usually dry completely in an hour or so (I guess this depends of the surface). And in case you don’t want to wait for the colors to dry on their own (like Amy Winehouse’s tears), feel free to grab your hair dryer and speed the process.
Since I only made four cork coasters this time (I’m gonna definitely need more), do you have any fun DIY suggestions for the next “round”? Hit comments and share your ideas!
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