Hi everyone, today I’m writing about the handmade decoupaged coasters I have made using our Penguins and Presents range of papers. I was thinking of projects to do other than just cards, and as I was looking through different shapes I could decoupage, James suggested coasters. You can buy plain MDF coasters ready to decoupage (The Mulberry Bush has them online here) or in my case I have a very helpful husband with a giant sheet of MDF and a bandsaw.
They are quite straightforward to create and don’t take too long to do (other than the drying times in between coats of gloss at the end).
The first step is to cover the top of your blank coaster with PVA glue, smoothing it to the edges with your fingers and making sure every bit of the surface is covered. Next, stick the coaster face down on the back of your chosen design of paper and smooth it down so it’s firmly stuck. Cut off the excess paper with a craft knife and sand down the edges of the coaster – I find a very fine grain foam sanding block gives the best effect. Then you just have to seal your coaster – I used three coats of Ronseal clear gloss enamel. We tried other mediums, such as sealer and spray-on gloss but both resulted in a slightly tacky finish to the coaster so hot drinks stuck to it! You can also see how to make the coasters in my short Instagram tutorial here.
If you’d like to have a lovely set of festive coasters and don’t fancy making them yourself, I shall make them for you! Pop over to my Etsy store where they are available to order.
It’s only £5.99 for a set of 4 coasters and they come prettily packaged in cellophane, wrapped with twine with little kraft tag. Good for secret santa gifts or stocking fillers!