Hey everyone! It's Lorell here and I felt the itch to do another project involving wood and decoupage, so I chose this very cute coaster set. I used Celeste's Fresh Picked Paper kit for this project, which is such a darling assortment of papers! I got an unfinished coaster set at a local craft store, and if you can't find one similar to this near you, just opt for a set of individual wood coasters and find a separate wood box to store them in. A wood cigar box would be a great choice.
-an unfinished wood coaster set and a wood flower (or other decoration)
-printed digital papers (laser prints work best)
-scissors and a sanding block or sandpaper
-a foam brush and a small to medium paint brush
-a coordinating color of acryclic paint
-small circular felt pads (self-adhesive)
-Aleen's Tacky Glue
-white button or other small embellishment
-a ruler and pencil
-small screwdriver set
-one piece of a coordinating cardstock (I used the orange shade from the Bazzill Spicy Paper Pack)
-Ranger Distress Ink pad or any other stamp pad
-2 circle punches (one larger and one smaller)
-toothpicks and a brayer
Sand down the storage box and the coasters (especially around the edges) to smooth out any rough spots. Remove the hinges and the clasp from your box using a small screwdriver (it will be much easier to paint if you do). Paint one part of your box (either the inside or the outside) and allow to dry, then finish the rest of it. Paint all of the coasters as well. Use a paintbrush to coat any areas that the foam brush is too large to use on.
Paint the embellishment for the top of your box lid if needed. I chose a chipboard flower for the top of my box. Since I wanted to decopauge the top of the flower with paper, I painted only the edges.
Measure the distance between the two inside edges of your box with a ruler from side to side and top to bottom. Write down the measurements if needed. Repeat the process by measuring the inside of the box lid and the coasters. As well, measure the sides, top of the lid, and the bottom of the box. Take all these measurements and subtract a half inch from two of the sides of each area.
Using the new measurements, cut squares of cardstock to go inside the bottom of the box and lid, and patterned paper squares and rectangles for the coasters and the other box surfaces. For your reference, here's the actual sizes I cut my paper rectangles and squares into:
Top of the box lid = 4 1/8 in. square
Inside of box & box lid = 3 5/8 in. square
sides of the box = 1 3/8 in. x 4 1/4 in.
The bottom of the box = 4 2/8 in. square
Coasters = 3.5 in. square
If desired, distress all the edges of the paper squares and rectangles with the stamp pad ink. Cutting the paper pieces down a little will allow the coordinating paint to show and creates a cute border along the edges of the box and coasters.
Coat all painted pieces of the set with Mod Podge, then position the paper squares and rectangles onto the corresponding sides and let dry. Use a brayer to flatten any air bubbles that have formed under the paper. Once the paper is glued down and dry, Layer over the top of the paper with another coating of sealant. When you are decoupaging around the holes for the hinges and the clasp, plug them with toothpicks to keep the Mod Podge from closing them up.
When all sides of the coasters have been sealed and are dry, attach the foam pads to the bottom of them. This will protect your tabletops and counters from scratches when you use the set.
Take your lid embellishment and a piece of patterned paper you want to decoupage onto it. Turn the pattern side of your paper down, and place the embellishment (in this case, the flower) upside down onto the paper. Using your pencil, trace an outline around the embellishment and cut it out. Adhere the paper (pattern side up) onto the embellishment using Mod Podge or another glue. If desired, use other papers and elements to decorate your embellishments.
I used my two circle punches to create a middle for the flower, and topped that off with a white, pearly button (not shown here, but added later). Seal the top of everything with Mod Podge and allow to dry. Then take your embellishment and glue it to your lid using a strong adhesive. I used Aleene's Tacky Glue. As always, when this is good and dry, seal the whole lid again with Mod Podge. Remove the toothpicks when the top coat is dry.
Now it's time to reattach your hinges and clasp. Using the screwdriver again, attach the hinges to the back of the box. Insert one screw into the each hinge, and partially tighten it down. You will need to wiggle the hinges around just a bit to get the rest of the screws inserted and fitting properly in their corresponding holes. Once everything is lined up and ready, then tighten all the screws down.
When this is done, turn the box over and reattach the clasp. You will need to partially attach either the top or the bottom of the clasp using one screw. Then take the other piece of the clasp and clamp the two parts of the clasp together. Proceed to insert the rest of the screws, adjust them to fit as needed, and tighten them down.
Now you are finished, and look at how cute this set is! This project is can be customized to match your taste, home decor, or whatever. This would make a fun hostess gift, family keepsake, or whatever you can dream up. I hope you have fun making one of your own!