Recently someone on my YouTube channel pointed out that I love making coasters…and it’s no secret. I really, really do. Coasters are hands down the easiest project to make with scrap wood. There is no shortage of them coming out of my workshop because I’m not-so-secretly a giant scrap wood hoarder. That being said, I am so excited to share my next set of custom coasters, Geometric Wood Coasters! Even cooler, I made them with my friends at HANDy Paint Products, and I am so excited to share how easy they were to make!
How To Make Geometric Wood Coasters
One of my favorite things about this project is that these coasters were made from leftover poplar boards I had hanging around my shop from my DIY Modern Sliding Barn Door. Even cooler, I didn’t need any fancy stencils or machines to make these! Just one power tool, some painter’s tape, and a few HANDy Craft Cups!
Ready to see how these were made? Let’s do this.
What You’ll Need:
1. First, I cut my poplar boards into square pieces. Since the poplar boards were 3½” wide, I cut them into 3½ x 3½” squares using my miter saw and a stop block.
2. Once the coasters were cut, I used 320 grit sandpaper to sand away the rough edges and prep them for stain.
3. Next, I stained the coasters using two different colors – a medium walnut danish oil and a clear polyurethane.
4. After the coasters dried, I covered them in painter’s tape.
5. After taping the coasters, I used a speed square and a pen to help draw out the designs I wanted to paint.
6. I then used an x-acto knife to begin cutting out the first round of lines I wanted to paint.
7. Once my coasters were ready, I started prepping the paint colors I wanted to use by setting up my HANDY Craft Cups. I poured one of each color in the cups (I used black, white, and gold).
8. Next, I started painting my coasters. It was super important that I used thin layers of paint, so that paint didn’t seep under the tape. This was super easy to do because the HANDy Craft Cups have little lips built into the inside that help scrape excess paint off of the brushes!
9. Once I was happy with the first round of paint, I parked my paintbrush on my HANDy Craft Cups and peeled away the painter’s tape from the coasters.
10. After making sure everything was dry, I started taping up a second set of lines to paint. This is how I created the layered look on some of the coasters!
11. I then painted my next round of colors on my coasters.
12. I then continued these few steps until I was happy with my designs!
13. Last step was to seal the coasters with polyurethane!
That’s it! Now I have another set of cute coasters to show off this summer at family events!
Coasters will forever be my go-to scrap wood project. There are just too many fun ways to spin them and they’re so easy to make!
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While I can promise that my next project is not a coaster project, I can’t promise that you will never see anymore of them on my website at some point! In fact, if you missed my last few coaster projects, you can check them out here.
Until next time though, Happy DIY’ing!