Coasters seem like relatively unimportant items in your living/dining room, but they can really tie a theme or colour scheme together if picked out correctly. I’ve bought a ton of different ones over the years, but have mostly stuck with neutral stone or clay coasters that are pretty sturdy and go with most of the looks we’ve gone with in our house. We’ve been in our new home for about 9 months now and we’re thinking of changing up some colours and putting our stamp onto the place a little bit more. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to give some colour a go in our living room and thought it’d be fun to DIY some drinks coasters to start the process. Here’s a run down on how I created these watercolour and gold lead clay coasters.
- Air dry clay – I used about half of the 1kg packet I bought
- Watercolours – I used a light red and white combo to create an ombre look
- Mod podge
- Gold leaf
- Gold adhesive vinyl
- Craft sealant
- Cut a slab of your air dry clay from your block. Roll it out on a clean surface until it’s about a quarter of an inch thick. You’ll now want to create some rounds of clay, so use a large cookie cutter or something approximately 4 inches in diameter as a template and cut around. You’re going for a imperfect look here, so don’t worry about them not being perfectly round, or having little quirky marks – it all adds to the character of being handmade.
- You’ll need to wait for the clay to dry, so leave it a day or so until it’s dry and solid.
- If you want to create an ombre paint effect, add differing amounts of the white paint to three dishes of the red paint to create different shades. Start with the lightest colour first and paint in rough stripes, making sure to blend each colour into each other to create a soft join. Leave to dry.
- Add some mod podge to the edge of each coaster and brush on some gold leaf. Leave to settle in for a minute or two before lightly rubbing off – it won’t all stick and it’ll create a mottled effect, but that’s just what you’re going for. Add little brushes of mod podge and gold leaf to the top of the each coaster too, if you like.
- Once the gold leaf is set and dry, it’s time to add the gold letters to the face. You need to print some of the right size letters off onto A4 paper, tape to the back of the adhesive vinyl and cut out. Peel off the backing and stick to each coaster.
- Go outdoors and spray the coasters with a couple of layers of sealant, ensuring it dries in between each layer.
- Ta-da, you now have a set of new, handmade coasters. Enjoy.