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Sunday, July 05, 2015

DIY Coasters for the Home

Make these coasters as gifts or hang it up on the walls as a decorative accent

All you need are:
- Cork coasters (IKEA Singapore has them cheap, 10 pcs at a few dollars, we bought the circular ones)
- Acrylic Paints (We bought fluorescent yellow, fluorescent pink and white. Buy whatever colour you fancy!)
- Masking Tape (Try to use the thinner ones, perhaps 0.5cm in width. These will be used for colour blocking
- Paint Brush (Any type will do)
- A water container to rinse your brush
- A paper plate/palette

Time Required: Approximately 30 minutes

Makes 5 coasters

Step 1
Mark out the areas you want the cork surface to show up. We used polka dotted tapes to illustrate this. Try to use the thinner masking tapes. We realised more colours showing up seems to be more impactful.

Step 2
Start Painting. Have fun. Explore. You may want to wait for each coat of paint to dry before painting the next coat. We realised that cork seems to absorb the acrylic paint so it may take a few coats before the paint becomes opaque and that's when the cork surface stops showing through.

Step 3
Remove the masking tape. Here comes the fun part. You are done. Some folks recommend a sealant but as long as you don't wash the coasters under running water, you should be fine!

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