When it comes to useful craft projects, you can’t go wrong with coasters. They’re perfect for protecting and decorating your beloved tables, counters, and desks. Plus, DIY coaster ideas are super easy to make—so you can cure that crafting itch when it hits! For my latest project, I used Darice craft feathers in a set of coasters inspired by nature. And thanks to Darice’s glass tiles, they’re perfectly heat safe. Here’s how to make them.
- Darice 4 x 4 inch Square Cork Tiles
- Darice 4 x 4 Square Glass Tiles
- 4 x 4 Paper Squares
- Darice Almond Pheasant Feathers
- Mod Podge
- Liquid Gilding (Pen or Bottle)
- Darice All-Purpose Craft Scissors
- Darice Paint Brushes
Don’t have liquid gilding? Spray paint or acrylic paint works just fine.
Step 1. With the paint brush, add a liberal amount of Mod Podge to a cork coaster.
Step 2. Place a 4 x 4 paper square on top. Press firmly to secure and smooth out any air bubbles.
Step 3. Using a (very) tiny amount of Mod Podge, adhere one or two feathers to the paper.
Step 4. Add Mod Podge around the perimeter of the paper square.
Step 5. Place a 4 x 4 glass square on top.
Step 7. Once the Mod Podge has dried, apply liquid gilding to the glass. This will conceal the dried Mod Podge in between the layers. Depending on your style, you can add random splashes of liquid gilding, draw straight brush strokes (like I did), or make a clean border. It’s totally up to you.
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.