June 19, 2020
Add style and summer colours to your dining table with a vibrant set of wooden coasters made and decorated by you. These four coasters, each with a tropical theme, are a great way to brighten up your home and protect your table tops! Here’s a detailed step-by-step on how to paint, stamp and varnish your own wooden coasters.
To make the calathea coaster, you will need:
- Wooden circle coaster
- Coral blush acrylic paint
- Pearlescent Ivy ink pad
- Calathea rubber stamp
- Paint brush
- PVA glue
- Masking tape
(You can use the same techniques below for any colour acrylic paint and rubber stamp you like!)
How to make:
- Start by painting the entire wooden coaster with coral blush acrylic paint, including the reverse side and edges.
- Once dry, paint a second coat all over, ensuring the dark wood doesn’t show on the edges.
- Gently sand the top side of your coaster for a smooth finish.
- Re-apply a layer of paint if needed and gently re-sand once dry.
- Tear a small piece of masking tape and stick to the reverse side of your coaster. Secure your coaster to your work surface/table. This will keep your coaster in place whilst you stamp.
- Apply the pearlescent ivy ink pad to the calathea rubber stamp, ensuring the whole motif is evenly coated.
- Firmly press the stamp directly onto the wooden coaster and hold for roughly 4 seconds.
- Carefully lift the stamp off the coaster.
- Re-apply the ink to the stamp and continue to stamp the entire coaster until it is decorated. You can stamp off the edge of the coaster for a seamless pattern.
- Leave your coaster to dry. We recommend overnight if you can to ensure the ink does not smudge.
- Once fully dry, apply a thin layer of varnish to your coaster for a shimmery finish and leave to dry. The varnish will seal the wood, making it waterproof.
Done! Your coaster is ready to go!