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Today I thought I would share a quick and simple craft and wrapping idea that’s easy on the wallet and even better, your time!
We are a big coaster family and I mean that in two different ways: we use coasters regularly and we like large coasters. Have you ever used a typical sized coaster only to have so much condensation build up on the surface that it winds up failing? Me too. I could wipe it up before it becomes an issue, but I probably won’t so we use cork trivets for drink coasters. Normally we get our cork trivets from Ikea when we’re in Florida or Atlanta or have family send them to us since they’re only $2.99 for a pack of three, when we need them right now we just buy them on Amazon…Amazon and myself are very, very dear friends. The cork trivet can be used as a trivet and double as a coaster, a win in my book.
Earlier in the year I made coasters with Little Man and recently they were featured on Happy Hooligans – it was a very nice surprise. Those are perfect for the littles to give to their grandparents, aunts and uncles, but I wanted to give you an idea of how you could make the same thing to give to a girlfriend, coworker etc.
Painted Cork Coasters
Start with acrylic paint brushed on to a stamp (I used feather stamps with these blocks) and give it a gentle press onto the cork. Because it’s cork you’re not going to get super defined lines so I recommend a shape that a general outline is acceptable as an end result…if you wanted you could go over with a superfine brush for detailing or a sharpie once the paint is dry. I generally filled in the feather with lightly watered down white acrylic paint (the water makes the paint more fluid, but use just the smallest amount of water). While the white was still wet I went over it with watered down gray paint and continued going over with both colors until I was happy with the opacity and depth.
I wanted to add a little something extra to go with the feathers so two of them received polka dots with an old wine cork. Once they were dry I wrapped them with cotton twill tape, tucked in a piece of fresh evergreen and a guineafowl feather and tied on a simple name tag using paper from my new favorite paper store.
That’s it you’re done! A project like this shouldn’t take more than ten minutes to create a set of three trivets/coasters.