DIY Octagonal Coasters

DSC_1962We found ourselves constantly needing more coasters as a white coffee table is not the most forgiving. I really struggled to find ones that I liked and started thinking of ways that I could DIY them. These were as much fun to make as you’d imagine, and we’ve been using them all the time. They’d also add the perfect touch to any festivities and they’re fully customizable (shape and colour).DSC_1968

What you need

  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Clay (white, air drying)
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife
  • Masking tape
  • Gold spray paint

Steps

  1. The first step is to decide on the shape of your coasters. Hexagons and octagons work equally well, but since we’re planning our bathroom makeover I must have octagons on the brain. Trace and cut out your shape out of paper. Make sure that the shape is perfect, as this will be your guide.
  2. On a smooth surface, roll out your clay until it is the recommended thickness. Mine are about 5 mm thick each.
  3. Place the paper as a guide over the clay and cut the edges with a smooth yet sharp knive. Carefully remove each piece and lay it aside to dry.
  4. Mine took just over 24 hours to dry, but I took care to turn it around multiple times. As the pieces start to dry, the edges will start to curl up. I combatted this by placing heavier items on top to even out the edges. This seemed to work well.
  5. Next up, you have to tape the half of the coaster that you don’t want to spray paint. I learned the hard way that you have to carefully smooth each piece of tape as the surface isn’t smooth and the paint creeps under it quickly.
  6. Take care to spraypaint the coasters in a well ventilated area and leave to dry thoroughly before removing the tape.DSC_1957

This makes roughly 8-9 coasters (depending on the shape and size) so you don’t have to be too precious about them. We’ve used ours a couple of times now and I can safely say that water does not discolour it even without adding a sealant.

 

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