Wednesday, August 21, 2013

DIY Painted Cork Coasters

Hi guys! Today I'm going to show you how to make these super cute painted cork coasters!

Now, the end result you see above was not the original plan. Oh no. This was one of those projects that started with a clear idea, got off on a good foot, and then went horribly, horribly wrong.
The initial plan was to make cork coasters with a honeycomb pattern across the middle. So, I carefully created this pretty template, painted all the hexagons, and then when I lifted up the template, I had this:
Blerg! Awkward polka dot/hexagon hybrids! Guys, I was so bummed. My template was so lovely, and I ended up with this mess.

So, it was time to re-group, re-think, and try again. I tried using paint on a rubber stamp to make a cute little shape, but it was just meh. And so, I found my way to a roll of masking tape, and did some good old fashioned color blocking.
And ya know what? These coasters turned out real cute. Sure, I would have loved to have had the honeycomb coasters of my dreams, but I'm still a happy camper!
If you want to try them out, you'll just need a few simple supplies:

- Cork coasters (or a big sheet of cork cut into the shape and size of your choosing, which is how I rolled)
- Masking tape
- Acrylic paint (I used 3 colors)
- A paintbrush
Start by taping off your coasters for the first color, then paint the coaster in the area where you'd like the color, being sure to paint away from the tape. This will avoid disasters similar to the honeycomb blobs seen above.
After letting the first color dry, remove the masking tape and figure out where you want to put the next color block!
When you place the tape for the next block of color, be sure to place a strip of tape along the finished edge of the first color, so you can keep the lines crisp. Paint, and then let that coat dry.

You can continue this process with as many or as few colors as you like. I chose 3 colors, and when the last one was dry, and the tape was peeled off, I had these:
Cute, huh? Unlike my initial crafting disaster, this color blocking method was quick, easy, and had a great result.
You could make a whole bevy of these guys to protect and decorate any surface you like (kitchen table? Coffee table? Desk? Floor?). They'd also be a great little gift, so keep 'em in mind for any upcoming homemade gifting you may be doing!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Til next time!

-Becca
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35 comments:

  1. very very nice! and aren't those moments where you FINALLY break through a project hiccup the best? :)

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    1. Thanks, Juni! Those moments really are the best!

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  2. lol I am no stranger to failed DIY/artwork...it always works out in my head but once I execute the plan it looks like some 2-year old was given access to the arts and crafts drawer.

    But as Bob Ross once said "we don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents."

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    1. Ahahaha! I love it! Oh Bob Ross, always full of wise words.

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  3. I love these! The colours you chose are so perfect.

    www.whimsydarling.com

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  4. i love the finished product! and i'm so glad you showed the versions that didn't work out. one, now we can all learn from the mishap, and two, it reminds the rest of us that crafts don't always work out the first time, but it's worth it to try something else!

    xo nicole
    writeslikeagirlblog.com

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    1. Thanks, lady! I'm glad you liked seeing my hot-mess version! I agree that it's really nice to see the failed versions sometime. We all gotta start somewhere, right?

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  5. Thank you so much for the comment you left on my blog, it made my day!
    And those look awesome. I love the color combinations :)





    ~ i s a b e l l e

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad! Thanks, Isabelle!

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  6. So pretty, I love the colors you chose. Glad you found a way to make it work! the colorblocking looks awesome

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad I found a way to make it work, too! I started to get worried this project was a lost cause!

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  7. This is so cute! We did something similar as a DIY with Rebecca of A Daily Something at Pepperologie. Glad they turned out better on your second go!

    Rose
    Blonde in this City

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  8. This is so adorable and seems doable. I hate to admit it, but I am not a crafty girl at all. The 3 guys on my blog team are more crafty than me. We did one DIY for the blog and I think the guys were more into it than me, ha. I might actually attemp this one -alecia from likesof.us

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    1. Thanks, Alecia! I bet you could totally handle this one. If you can use tape and a paintbrush then you'll be golden!

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  9. Such a fun idea. I loooove the colors you chose to paint with!

    Xo, Hannah

    sweetsweetnoir.net

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! They're some of my favorites right now!

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  10. They look great! I love the colours! ^_^

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  11. I love these! What a bummer that your hexagon stencil didn't work. What if you taped off the cork in hexagon shapes? Although that might take a while. xx. McKenna Lou

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    1. I agree! I think taping would work great, but admittedly that would take much more time than I was willing to spend on this project!

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  12. Hi Becca, I just found your blog and immediately fell in love with it! You have many interesting posts (especially the DIY's are grabbing my attention).
    This DIY is such a great idea! Too bad that the honeycomb pattern didn't work. But the colour blocking effect is such a clever solution (and I think I like it even more). The colours are an excellent choice, love them together!
    I follow you now, how could I not! I absolutely love your blog! Look forward to reading your future post (and catching up your previous!)

    Sofie x
    http://littlegreensofie.blogspot.be/

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    1. Hi Sofie! You are much too kind! I'm so glad to hear you like my blog, and I'll be sure to check yours out, too!

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  13. This is cute! I have a bunch of these that are circle shaped and I'm definitely trying this! I always love your DIY's!

    ♥ Brittney @ True Vintage Love
    http://www.truevintagelove.com

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    1. These would be super cute with circle shapes! Thanks, Brittney!

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  14. i love this! what a great tutorial! i actually really love the blobbies too :) x

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  15. aw your first attempt might have failed but your final product still turned out awesome! love the color combinations!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! You are too sweet!

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  16. It turned out sooo cute! You've picked a wonderful set of colours and I love the result! :)))
    xxx,
    Lilla
    http://lilycupcake.blogspot.com

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