Today I'm excited to bring you this floral coasters DIY tutorial. I have to admit that the reason that I decided to make these, is because I figured that if I'm going to spend money on DIY projects, I might as well make things that I already need. I've been meaning to make coasters for a while, but I just didn't know what materials I wanted to use. Luckily for me, I found these metal and cork squares that were exactly the same size, on my last trip to Michaels. I decided to paint a floral design on them using acrylic paints and permanent marker, and I'm super happy with the way that they turned out. The best part is that they only took about 20 minutes to make. Keep on reading if you want to learn how to make your own!
Sharpie Permanent Marker
Optional: Clear Varnish
STEP 1: Use tacky glue to adhere the metal plate and the cork square together. After you do this, place the glued pieces under a heavy book for about an hour or two, in order to put some weight and pressure on the coasters. This will ensure that the two pieces don't become unglued later on.
STEP 3: Fill in your design using acrylic paint. I would suggest adding white or black to whatever color your using, in order to make the paint more opaque. If you use certain colors, such as yellow or red, they tend to be very translucent; adding white gives these types of colors a more "matte" effect. Make sure not to layer too much paint over your design, so that you can still see the outline of the permanent marker.
STEP 4: Lastly, once the acrylic paint has dried, once again trace over your original design with permanent marker. Acrylic paint and marker don't come off very easily if you just use a wipe to clean your coasters. However, you may want to consider also adding a layer of clear varnish to make sure that your design doesn't wash off over time.
That's it for this tutorial! I really hope that you enjoyed reading it, and will be inspired to create your own project. Please let me know if you do decide to make this project by leaving me a comment, or tagging me on Instagram @sweethelengrace. I would love to see what you come up with!