I have been so excited to share this post as I think it's such a great idea. I discovered that lots of flooring stores online offer free samples - you usually choose between 3 to 5 samples of flooring and they post them free of charge to your house. If you go for stone or marble flooring options, they will come in coaster sized squares of heavy stone and genuine marble. All you then need is some paint, glitter and embellishments and you can create some amazing DIY coasters.
I'm not going to share the stores that I got my free samples from as they would probably kill me for sending you guys their way. I chose two white marbles, one black marble and one black slate stone sample. I also got some wooden ones from another flooring store that I thought would be bigger and I'd planned to use for something else.
First, you need to lay out all your samples and your decorating supplies on a clean surface you can get messy on. I started with the white marble coasters first. For these, I began by painting the edges with a lavender acryllic paint.
Once this had dried, I dabbed a small amount of PVA glue onto some of the areas on the marble surface and dabbed some copper leaf on top with my finger - to give them a really luxurious look. Once this glue had dried, I painted a very light coat of PVA glue (which dries clear) over the top of the entire coaster to protect the gold leaf from wear and tear. Finally, I added some sticky felt pads (£1 from Tesco) to the bottoms of the coasters so that the marble doesn't scratch my tables.
With the black marble and black slate stone samples, I wanted to give these glitter edges. I poured some loose glitter out onto my surface, painted the edges of the samples with PVA glue, then dipped them into the glitter. Finally, add your felt pads to the bottoms and you're good to go.
I also had to do something with the wooden coaster-sized samples I ended up with by accident. This is such a quick and easy way to make a coaster - just colour in the edges with a Sharpie of your choice (I alternated edges with a dark and lighter pink Sharpie), add your felt pads to the bottom of your coasters and that's you done. These are the perfect partners for my new emoji mugs.
Will you be having a go at any of these?
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