Someone recently gave me a bunch of small, wood slices knowing I’ve enjoyed working with them in the past. I had seen some wooden coasters on Pinterest that I was hoping to re-create, and this was my chance.
This was such an easy project, but it yielded beautiful results. There are so many ways you can personalize these handmade coasters, depending on the type of collage paper or patterned paper you use. Everything goes quickly if you work in batches, making this an excellent project to be turned into gifts. Just be sure to seal everything so that moisture doesn’t damage the wood.
To make your own set of homemade coasters, wipe down the wood slices with a lightly dampened paper towel.
Apply a layer of decoupage medium to the inner core of the wood, which will appear to be a nearly perfect circle.
Pro tip: If you want to make the colors of the paper you’re using pop, first apply a coat of white acrylic paint.
Lay a piece of tissue paper on top of the decoupage medium, and burnish with your hand.
Once the decoupage medium has dried, you should be able to tear away the excess tissue paper. If there are any uneven edges, use a craft knife to cut them away.
Apply a layer of decoupage medium over the entire wood slice, including the bark edges. Let dry, and if desired, add a second layer of decoupage medium.
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If anyone has a chance to try this project using the free artists' papers inside Somerset Studio, we'd love to see how it turns out. Post a photo of your finished project on Instagram with the hashtag: #SomersetMade
Christen Hammons is the Director of Publishing for Stampington & Company and editor-in-chief of Somerset Studio, Bella Grace, Field Guide to Everyday Magic, and GreenCraft. She lives in Orange County with her husband, two sassy cats, and one scruffy dog.