A while back, I put together a DIY Inspiration post with a few project ideas that had caught my eye. I was really looking for some things that would be useful for me in my home. I’ve been needing coasters for quite some time and I found the stenciling idea to be so cute and simple. Really easy to personalize as well, which is after all the point of doing it yourself, to make things to your own taste. I was so pleased with how these turned out that I’m thinking of making a set for a friend of mine to add to her housewarming gift.
This was a very quick, easy, and inexpensive project. I went to Michael’s and purchased everything I needed for well under $30 (including this adorable mini glue gun for under $3). The package of stencils I chose came with two sheets filled with lots of options, and I’m excited about all the stenciling possibilities in my future. I was originally looking for some pre-made wooden coasters to paint over, but I wasn’t finding anything I liked. When I stumbled across these metal and cork discs I loved them even more than my vision of wooden coasters. The cork discs were only $2, and I can’t recall how much the metal discs were but I know they were similar in price. If round isn’t your style they also have both in a square option.
The first step was to glue the cork and metal discs together (the cork bottoms will protect your furniture from being scratched). The easiest way is to create a line of glue a long the border of the cork, and a smaller one in the middle. Just be sure to have the metal disc ready to set into place while the glue is still hot, then press firmly into place.
The next step is to apply your stencils and get ready to paint. I decided to use a different pattern for each coaster (I had so many choices I couldn’t resist). These Martha Stewart stencils were perfect because they are adhesive. I found them to be very user friendly, my only tip would be to wipe them off before you use them again, preventing any excess paint from marring your pattern. I placed mine on a paper towel and wiped them with another piece of paper towel. Unfortunately this diminished their adhesiveness a bit. I would suggest placing them on a piece of waxed paper instead.
I used a sponge brush for the painting for better control. There isn’t much extra space on the stencils, so I found the straight line on the tip of this brush worked really well. The paint I chose is also from the Martha Stewart collection, I used a multi-surface acrylic paint.
Voilà, the finished product! I really love how these turned out. It was my first DIY project in a very long time and its simplicity and success has inspired me to get back in the game and turn more of my DIY inspirations into reality.
Where have you found inspiration lately? Do you have any DIY project goals?