DIY Coasters

DIY Coasters

What you’ll need:

  • cork – I found a 12 inch Cork Mat at my local Home Depot
  • X-Acto Knife (or another precise cutting device)
  •  ruler
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush

First what you’re going to want to do is find an appropriately sized hexagon template (unless you’re at cutting perfect shapes and in that case, I envy you.) Also, be careful while cutting the cork with the X-Acto knife because it ridiculously easy to accidentally make an uneven line. However, if a mistake’s made, you can easily fix it by trimming the side afterwards. Keep in mind, none of them will be exactly the same!

Now we prepare for painting! For our geometric design, we want the straightest damn lines you can make. To cheat, I put down tape as a border as shown below. Since it’s all I had, I used scotch tape, but electrical tape most likely sticks a lot better.

After this, I began to paint with my acrylic medium. I had to put a few coats to produce a more strong and solid color.

Now we wait! Wait for the first color to dry before moving forward because you will have to put tape over the paint. When it’s painted it should look pretty snazzy.

It is possible that the two colors wont have a clean separation. I used a q-tip dipped in my desired color to smooth the edges, because I didn’t have a small brush, and a paint brush to add another coat to the whole thing.

This was the final product. Good luck!

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