Add a bit of rustic charm to your home with these DIY wood coasters! They’re SO CUTE and super easy to make. Simply paint over a fun winter stencil, seal the coaster, and you’re done!
Choose your favourite stencils and make a set of wood slice coasters for yourself, or to give as homemade gifts. These cozy coasters are such a fun DIY project — they’ll make you smile every time you use them for your mug of coffee or tea!
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How to Make Wooden Coasters
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Step 1: Find what you need
- Gather your supplies and materials.
Step 2: Paint the wood slice
- Place the stencil in the middle of your wood slice.(You can also tape it into place with painter's tape if you're worried about it moving.)
- Dab a foam brush in some paint and then dab off any extra so you only have a small amount of paint on your brush.Gently press the paint onto the stencil with an up and down motion, making sure you don't get any paint outside the stencil.
- Remove the stencil carefully and let the paint dry for at least 20 minutes.
Step 3: Seal the coaster
- Spray the top and bottom of the coaster with a clear sealant. Be sure to do this outside or in a well ventilated room.We did 3 coats on the top and 1 coat on the bottom. Let each coat dry before applying another one, following the directions of your specific sealer.
Step 4: Add table protection to the bottom of the coaster
- Once the wood slice is completely dry, add four sticky felt feet to the bottom of the coaster.
- Your DIY wood coaster is complete!
- Don’t add too much paint at a time, or it can bleed under the stencil. Dabbing small amounts of paint on, rather than brushing it across, will also help with this.
- You can also trace a stencil or template onto the wood slice with pencil and then use a small paintbrush to paint on the design.
What do you use to seal DIY wood coasters?
How do you keep wood coasters from cracking?
To prevent cracking, make sure that the wood slices you use are completely dry. If you’re using your own wood, make sure it’s dried in a cool, dry environment (this could take 6 months!). To speed up the process, the Split Wood Club has a helpful guide on how to dry wood in an oven.
When you buy wood slices you can’t be sure how long or how they’ve been dried, and painting the wood slices can sometimes make them crack. There’s no way to tell when this will happen, so be sure to buy a few extra wood slices, just in case.
To stop cracking after painting, make sure you fully seal the top of your coaster. Oil based polyurethane is especially recommended to stop moisture from entering the wood.
What size should a coaster be?
Whether you’re buying wood slices or cutting your own, try to get a piece of wood that has at least a 3-1/2 inch diameter. The wood cookies that we used are 4 inches across, making them perfect to hold a wide glass or mug.
How thick should a wood coaster be?
Try to use wood slices that are close to 1/2 inch thick. 3/4 inch would probably work as well, but I wouldn’t use wood slices any thicker than that. On the opposite end, 1/4 inch is probably too thin for a wood coaster.
What can I put on my wood slice coaster to protect the table?
We used small felt furniture pads, but you can also cut felt or cork to size and glue them on the back of the coaster. Cork, felt, and foam are all good options to add onto the bottom of the wood slice to protect your tabletop.
Where can I buy winter themed stencils?
We used these stencils from Amazon for our wood coasters (it’s a great place to buy all kinds of fun winter themed stencils!), but you can also buy stencils at a local craft store or Michaels. Stores that sell stationary and art supplies would also be a good places to check.
I love decorative crafts that actually get some use around the house! Paint wood slices and turn them into DIY wood coasters in just a few minutes. Who knew it was so simple to make something so pretty AND practical?!
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