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DIY coasters: a tutorial that explains how to make coasters by hand with recycled and easy to find materials.
In this tutorial we will explain how to make a saucer to decorate according to your furnishing style. Thanks to the stencil technique, even those who do not know how to paint freehand can achieve great results. If you want a particular motif (a drawing of a lemon, shells to recall summer or a floral motif) I suggest you read the article dedicated tostencil templates.
Here is the material needed for this DIY recycling job. With the listed material you can only prepare oneDIY coaster.
- A sheet of cork with a thickness of 2 or 3 mm
- Acrylic plaster to be applied with a brush
- Acrylic colors
- Blackboard paint (optional)
- Coarse twine
- Metal lids (recovered from glass jars)
- Hot glue
- Brushes of various sizes
- Stencil (optional)
How to make an easy DIY coaster
To speed up the process, you can prepare someDIY coasterssimply by coating the caps of the glass jars. The metal caps, in fact, can be covered with recycled fabrics with the most varied textures, with coarse twine or with water-repellent paper.
In this tutorial, metal caps will act as a coaster anchored to a square cork base. Cork sheets are quite inexpensive and easy to find on the market. For those who love online shopping, we offer a link with all the purchase proposals for Amazon.
DIY coasters, procedure
- Cut the cork into a square or rectangular base.
First, cut the cork into a square. The ideal dimensions are 12 × 12 cm but if yoursunder glassis intended to accommodate a teacup, you can cut out a rectangle where part of the cork base is intended to accommodate a teaspoon.
- Repeat step 1.
When cutting the cork, be careful not to crumble the edges. The cork, regardless of the thickness, tends to break easily, for this reason it should not be cut with scissors but with a very sharp cutter.
- Attach the Metal Cap.
Once you have obtained the two cork bases, on one you put the circumference of the metal lid. Cut out the circumference of the cap.
- Decorate the intact cork sheet.
At this point you should find yourself a square (or rectangle) of intact cork and one in the shape of a circle with a circumference equal to that of the metal lid. Put the circular cork sheet aside and decorate the whole one. Prepare the surface of the cork sheet with a couple of coats of acrylic plaster to be applied with a flat-tipped brush. Before continuing with this DIY job, wait until the acrylic plaster is completely dry.
- Glue the two sheets of cork.
Apply a couple of coats of acrylic plaster with a brush also on the circular cork sheet. Glue the circular cork sheet onto the square or rectangular one. To do this, use hot glue. You can glue it either in a central position or close to a corner to leave more space for decorations.
- Glue the metal cover.
With hot glue, glue the metal lid on the circular cork sheet already superimposed and fixed to the base. In this way you will get a considerable thickness to be covered with double twine.
- Apply the chalkboard paint.
Use chalkboard paint to color the inside surface of the lid. This is an optional but recommended step to disguise the metal lid.
Freehand or using the stencil technique, decorate the surface of the cork. The acrylic plaster base will make this phase easier.
- Apply coarse twine.
With hot glue, wrap the thick twine around your circular elements (cork base and lid edges). If you prefer, apply a coat of acrylic chalk also on the coarse twine.
YoursDIY coasteris finished and, when the glue has dried completely, it will be ready for use.
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