As spring and summer approach, my inner hostess is starting to mentally plan some fun and festive get-togethers that say “yes” to all things spring. Bright colors, outdoor activities and light food are in order. Let’s kick this winter gloom to the curb and break out the multicolored dishware! I think some handmade details are needed, right? How about some DIY coasters where nature and bright party colors collide? I can get on board with any craft that turns a dead stick into a fancy coaster.
- cross-sections of a dead stick (you can use several different tools to cut the cross-sections, for example a hack saw, hand saw or table saw)
- paint in seasonal colors
- painter’s tape
- sponge brush
Step 1: Use a small piece of painter’s tape to divide the face of the coaster in half. Be sure to press the tape down hard to the surface of the coaster.
Step 2: Next, pick a paint color and paint the exposed half of the coaster with your sponge brush. Let the paint dry for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Having just one color on each coaster sounds a little too boring to me, so I wanted to add a couple of colors to each. Remove the piece of tape you added for step one. Then, using two new pieces of tape, section off a new area on the surface of the coaster. I wanted my first and second color to border next to each other, so I made sure the second piece of tape lined up with the edge of my first color.
Step 4: Paint your new section a different color and let it dry for 10 minutes.
Step 5: Simply remove all of the painter’s tape. That’s it!