I’ve got to admit that I have a little bit of a coaster addiction. It’s less that I’m worried about rings on my furniture (although, yes, I guess I don’t love that) and more that they come in so many stinking cute varieties! I’ve made a cork-decorated tile option before (and we’ve got an idea or two ready to go in the next couple months), but today I want to tell you about these metallic-decorated burlap coaster beauties:
- burlap canvas panels (4x4 inches square)
- metallic paint
- painter's tape
- foam paintbrush
- Using stencils and/or painter's tape, block off areas of the panel that you don't want to get paint on. Alternatively, you can freehand! Both the dot and thin stripe pattern in the photo at the top of the post were freehand!
- Paint directly onto the burlap. Dabbing works better than brushing since the burlap fabric will start to bunch up if you work it too much.
- Allow to dry. If the color is not as rich as you'd like it, apply another coat or two.
- Remove stencil/painter's tape and pour yourself your favorite drink!
A couple of tips which might be helpful in attempting to use metallic paint: it is nowhere NEAR as metallic as you think it will be. The thick stripe coaster picture above was made with a metallic gold paint, but looks a lot more like a very slightly luminescent medium brown. When I moved on to the thin stripe and dots patterns (both using a metallic rose gold), I tried to layer on the paint for a higher metallic impact. I think it worked- to an extent. If you’re looking for lots of sparkle, I would recommend looking for an acrylic paint which uses a high concentration of extra fine glitter (or mica) in the mix.
Using burlap panels for this DIY is extra-perfect for a coaster craft since the fabric on these panels is super-absorbent! I’ve already used my coasters for some frosty glasses of ice water and they were pretty and functional. Cross my heart.
One last note: these are definitely super cute in this metallic version, but I’ve got a housewarming gift I need to check off my to-do list and I’m making those babies in NEON. How great will the bright colors against the natural feel of the burlap?! (Got an even better color option? Let me know! I feel like I’ll be making a lot of these…)
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