I’m kinda nervous to post this since it’s my first DIY! Last week, my younger brother was “pruning” some trees and I thought the cut branches would make the loveliest of coasters. I decided to paint them in bright fun colours, but staining them a darker colour would work beautifully too. This is a super easy and quick DIY to do on the weekends, can anyone say instant satisfaction?
You will need:
- six to ten half inch slices of wood (I used maple here, but feel free to use whatever you have – birch would be a beauty)
- 120 and 200 grit sandpaper
- painters tape
- acrylic paint
- small paintbrush
- clear wood finish or lacquer
Using a Miter saw, cut six to ten half inch slices of wood. Using 120 grit sand paper, sand any rough edges or sides down. Then smooth the top edge a bit to give it a nice rounded look. Switch to 200 grit sandpaper and sand the top until it’s really smooth. Wipe down the surface with a soft cloth, and then you can start painting! On some of the coasters I free handed doodles, and others I wanted nice clean lines – that’s where the painters tape came in. Once you’re happy with your paint job let the coasters dry to the touch, and then spray on a clear wood finish. Dry overnight, and your coasters are ready to use!
I think I’m going to try and find a good lacquer for these babies so they have a nice glossy finish, but for now the Varathane finish will do.