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Painted Cork Coasters for Gift Giving

December 3, 2014

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cork, coasters, trivet, painted, craft, gift, idea, feather, stamp, christmas, simple, affordableToday 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.

cork, coasters, trivet, painted, craft, gift, idea, feather, stamp, christmas, simple, affordable cork, coasters, trivet, painted, craft, gift, idea, feather, stamp, christmas, simple, affordableEarlier 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

cork, coasters, trivet, painted, craft, gift, idea, feather, stamp, christmas, simple, affordable 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.

cork, coasters, trivet, painted, craft, gift, idea, feather, stamp, christmas, simple, affordable 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.

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  • Reply Pat Liggett December 3, 2014 at 6:24 am

    I’m loving all these projects!

  • Reply Grandmother December 3, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Great Gift Idea! Cute Coasters!!

  • Reply Elaine December 3, 2014 at 8:56 am

    These are really cute!! And what a great gift idea!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply AmieJo December 4, 2014 at 6:16 am

    I love homemade gifts. I never thought of this. Last year we made coasters and trivets from white tiles and they were great but I couldn’t make any for me because with little kids I am sure they would get broke. I wouldn’t have to worry about that with these. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Lauren @blesserhouse December 4, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Um…I would want to keep these for my own house. Haha Very cute!

  • Reply Heather December 5, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Love the feathers and polka dots designs! So pretty! Thanks for linking up!

  • Reply Jamie | anderson + grant December 5, 2014 at 9:45 am

    These make such a useful gift and your wrapping of them is gorgeous! It is amazing how just a little ribbon, greenery, and a feather can make simple coasters seem so special. I would be so happy to receive these for Christmas!

  • Reply Heather Grow December 5, 2014 at 11:03 am

    These are great. I love the polka dots.

  • Reply Shirley December 5, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    These are adorable! Love this idea!

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  • Reply Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods December 7, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Oh I love these coasters! Such a great gift idea!
    Thanks so much for sharing this post at Show Me Saturday! Pinning!
    ~ Ashley

  • Reply Jenna December 7, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Cute idea!

  • Reply Katherines Corner December 7, 2014 at 9:21 am

    love these! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

  • Reply Amy | Canary Street Crafts December 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Sometimes simple projects are the best! These are gorgeous and I love the way you packaged them. Thanks for sharing at Your Turn To Shine, Heather!!

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  • Reply Bonnie December 8, 2014 at 8:36 am

    These are awesome! Thanks for linking up to the Home Matters Linky!

  • Reply Sarah R. December 9, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Very pretty – and such a simple, thoughtful gift idea! Thank you so much for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday- I hope you’ll come back later this week with your newest makes!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  • Reply Jennifer Dawn December 10, 2014 at 12:18 am

    I love these! The feather stamping is such a nice touch! I’m featuring this post at this week’s link party! Love it!

  • Reply Kendra @ December 10, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I love these Heather! I want to make a set of them for myself!! :) Featuring you tomorrow at Your Turn To Shine! Thanks for sharing and hope to see you back again!

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    I love these coasters! Featuring you tomorrow. XO, Aimee –

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    So pretty! You should really submit a picture to the Cork Off Contest for a chance to win!

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    I love easy peasy projects thank you!

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    What a fun idea!!!

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    My favorite combo. Pretty and easy ! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to your creations in the New Year. Featuring when my party opens up!

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