I’m not much of an artist, but I always enjoy giving homemade gifts. So this super easy Pinterest DIY project was the perfect thing for me to try out. To make these hand-painted coasters all you need are some cork coasters (I got my round and square ones at Michaels for less than $1 a pack with coupons), some painters tape and some craft paint (I also got these at Michaels…I trolled the clearance section and got some discontinued colors that turned out to go very well together). You also need some sort of paint brush -- I used two sponge brushes I had laying around.
First, if you’re anything like me, you should put some newspaper down before you start. Once you’ve got your work surface protected, that’s when the creativity part comes into play. You use the painters tape to make designs on the coasters. I did some pretty easy designs -- lines, different line widths and chevron!
Once the tape is down you take your paint, you could use as many or as few colors as you want, and start painting the parts of the cork that are still exposed. After letting the first coat dry for about 30 minutes, I put a second coat on. My green looks good, but I probably could have put another coat of the gray on.
Once it is completely dry you spray it down with some waterproofing spray (you get it in the spray paint aisle at any home improvement store), and let that dry. You want to make sure to waterproof the coasters before pulling the tape off -- that way the painted parts will be waterproof but the cork parts will still absorb condensation when you use it.
After letting the waterproofing spray dry for at least 24 hours you get to peel of your tape and see your masterpiece! Most of mine turned out pretty good. I would suggest making sure your tape goes all the way off your coaster, because once it is painted the tape is hard to pull off if you don’t have a grab tab. Also make sure not to glob the paint on too heavy, because it could seep under the paint and wreck your design. Most of my designs turned out pretty good. The chevron design was a little messy on one end because my tape wasn't long enough, but it still looks OK.
Pinterest do or don’t? This was an extremely easy and very fun DIY project. Not including the dry time, this project took me about an hour. And the results are fun and actually look pretty nice. These DIY, hand painted coasters would be inexpensive, unique and functional presents!