We love starting our week with a little creativity. Using our hands and putting our efforts towards making something to brighten up the spaces we live in, work in. Or even the thought of doing that for someone we care about (we love gifting our creations!).
This week, we make these cute coasters that not only ensure that you don’t leave glass or cup marks on your tables, but are super cute to look at too!
What you need:
1. One dozen (12) Popsicle sticks per coaster
3. Glue gun
4. Ruler and pencil (optional, if you want to measure)
5. Tea or coffee liquid and bowl (optional, if you want to stain the wood)
What to do:
Mark off all the rounded edges from the sticks so that all would be the same length once cut. You can use a ruler while marking to ensure that they are the same length.
Cut off all the rounded edges.
Step 3 (Optional)
If you would like to make stained wood pallet coasters, instead of using expensive wood stains, you can make your own DIY staining liquid. All you need to do is make a strong tea or coffee concoction and pour that hot liquid into a bowl, and then dump the sticks in it to soak the color. Place a spoon or fork across the sticks so that they remain submerged in the liquid. 5-10 minutes of soaking is sufficient. Once soaked, remove and allow to dry completely. (They need to be completely dry for the next set of steps.)
Lay down two sticks parallel to each other, and using the glue gun, stick one stick upright on each edge, making a square, as shown in the picture below.
Follow with laying another stick across the center.
Now lay two new sticks flat across the edges, right above the first two you had placed.
Laying a piece flat across the center with the help of the glue gun, proceed to lay more pieces between the center and edge pieces, leaving a bit of space between each stick to mimic the look of a pallet.
You can further personalize these by painting individual sticks different or alternating colors, or even use washi tape (but do this at step 3).