I love a quick and dirty DIY project, especially if it can be personalized. There’s nothing like (near) instant gratification, right?
These DIY monogram coasters with stripes are so easy to make. They’re also the perfect tabletop accessory and make a great gift, too!
Coasters are one of those crafts that I keep coming back to. There are just so many ways to decorate them, and they don’t require a big time commitment … win win.
- cork coasters
- craft paint (I used FolkArt Vintage White, Light Blue, and Pure Gold, and Martha Stewart Hydrangea Purple.)
- foam paint brush
- painters tape
- computer and printer
- card stock
- small angled paint brush
You’ll need at least three shades of craft paint: two (or more) for the stripes and one for the monogram. Start by painting the coasters with the paler of the two shades you plan to use for the stripes. I used FolkArt Vintage White as my base color.
Let the paint dry, then mark off your stripes with painters tape. I eyeballed the tape placement, but if you want perfectly even stripes, then measure everything out. For more stripes, use thinner painters tape.
When you are finished painting the stripes, remove the painters tape and let the paint dry.
While the paint is drying, work on the monogram. I opened up a Microsoft Word file and played around with different fonts until I found one I liked. Keep in mind that script or any font with a lot of detail will be hard to cut out later.
If you don’t want to deal with a computer, use a stencil or draw out the monogram by hand.
After you find the right font and size, print the monogram on card stock, then cut it out.
Position the letter on your coaster and trace around it lightly with a pencil. By the way, I used a pen for my first coaster, and it made a mess when I started painting. Stick with a pencil!
Carefully fill in the letter using the angled paint brush. I used FolkArt Pure Gold, my all-time favorite gold, for my monogram. Add additional coats, if necessary. I needed two.
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