Create your own hand lettered drink coasters with this super simple tutorial. It includes step-by-step instructions plus the free download!
Hello, Kenarry readers! It’s LZ Cathcart from The Summery Umbrella, and I am bringing you another super easy DIY project that could even double as an amazing gift. With the holiday season just around the corner this project will definitely be one of those that you’ll want to add to your list of “must do’s”.
For instance, add a few of these hand lettered drink coasters to a basket, a couple of mugs, a yummy blend of your favorite gourmet coffee, and you have the perfect gift for one of your co-workers, neighbors, or friends that enjoy a good cup of joe!
Now, just in case you’ve never stopped by my neck of the woods (aka. my blog) I love to share my three favorite things: DIY, Design, and Decor projects. You’ll find everything from How to Use Vinyl Stencils to Create Your Own Signs (Video Tutorial) to my DIY coffee station as well as my hand drawn vectors for all of your crafting needs.
Not to mention, you’ll definitely want to check out my DIY Spring Flowers Sign tutorial and Custom Tumbler Template that I’ve shared with Kenarry readers in the past. They’re another couple of gift ideas just waiting on you!
Quick and Easy Hand Lettered Drink Coasters (FREE DOWNLOAD)
My husband and I just recently moved into a new house, and with any new house you find neat, little “treasures” from the previous owners. For example, a few weeks back as I was cleaning and decorating above my kitchen cabinets I found these tropical drink coasters.
While the graphic and coloring isn’t my style I just knew that they would come in handy for a DIY project! However, if you don’t have any coasters on hand you can just as easily use wood squares as well.
What You’ll Need:
- drink coasters (try to stay away from cardboard versions)
- white interior paint in satin
- clear top coat/protectant
- paint brushes
- Silhouette CAMEO and Mat
- Transfer Tape
- Squeegee (or a Credit Card)
- drink coaster template downloads
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1. Clean and paint your drink coasters.
Just like with any DIY project you’ll want to clean off your drink coasters with soap and water to ensure that the paint will adhere to it.
Then, add one coat of your white paint to each coaster. You’ll probably need a few coats to evenly cover your old background, but it’ll ultimately depend on the prior graphic that is on it.
2. Download the drink coaster template.
After your coasters have completely dried (at least a few hours!) it is now time to cut out the template and add it to your coaster.
If you haven’t already go ahead and download the drink coaster template from the supply list above and save it to your computer.
3. Cut out the drink coaster templates.
Using your Silhouette CAMEO cut out the drink coaster template with the vinyl on your mat.
Need help cutting out the template? Watch this video for step-by-step instructions!
4. Remove your vinyl from your mat.
After your design has been cut out remove the vinyl from your mat, and apply your transfer tape to the vinyl side.
Next, remove the backing from your vinyl, and carefully remove the vinyl pieces around the design.
5. Apply the design to your coaster.
Carefully line up your vinyl with your coaster so it will be applied evenly, and then firmly push it down with your squeegee.
6. Remove your transfer tape.
Next, slowly remove your transfer tape so that only your vinyl is left on your coaster.
7. Apply your top coat.
For this step you can use just about any top coat or protectant, but just make sure that it is clear. Personally, I used a favorite that I had on hand that I recently used for my kitchen cabinet update.
After the first coat has dried go ahead and add one more coat and let it dry.
And that my friends… is all it takes! Wasn’t that easy? Not too much painting, or even a crazy amount of steps. This project could definitely be done in less than a day!
It was so nice to “meet” you again, and I’ll see you again next month about this time 🙂
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LZ is an artist who loves creating illustrations, custom hand lettering and patterns for gifts, home decor, fabric, and wallpaper. She is also the creative mind behind The Summery Umbrella where she shows you how to make handmade signs, various DIY projects and gorgeous home decor.
When she’s not dreaming up new projects and designs you can typically find her drinking her fair share of coffee, hanging out with her super handy husband and her sweet and sassy daughter. They all have a hard time sitting still so this family is constantly on the go!
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