Do you love pumpkins? We share the perfect craft tutorial which will bring a pumpkin design into your home. It is the perfect Halloween craft to create with family and friends or even to give as gifts. In this post, we share how to create DIY Pumpkin Coasters.
Materials Needed To Create DIY Pumpkin Coasters
To create our DIY Pumpkin Coasters you will need the following items.
- Wooden Coasters
- Printer and Printer paper
- Mod Podge (we use the dishwasher safe one but any is fine)
- Sponge Brush
- Bowl of water
Creating The DIY Pumpkin Coasters
Download one of the Pumpkin SVGs from Design Bundles.net or create your own using clipart on a background. If you add text to your coaster, make sure you mirror it. We will be applying the design face down on this project.
Size your image to fit your coaster. Then print it out on normal printer paper and leave it so that the ink is fully dry. Cut your image to size.
Tip – I’d suggest giving yourself a few mm extra on all sides. This gives you a bit of space to place the design on the coaster. We can fix the overhang after. We don’t want to be sliding the image around to meet the edges if it’s a bit close size-wise
Apply a generous layer of Mod Podge to your coaster. Don’t worry if it looks like too much, we can push the excess out to the sides. Then place your image face down onto the coaster.
Get rid of any wrinkles or air bubbles by pushing them to the sides of the coaster. If you get a bit of overspill of mod podge you can just wipe that away with a cloth.
Keep pressing the image down and smoothing it out until you can see that the paper is getting saturated with the mod podge. The design will start to become darker through the back of the paper.
Once you are happy that your image is completely smooth and saturated, put it somewhere to dry for 24 hours.
When your coaster is completely dry, you’ll want to grab yourself a little bowl of water and a sponge brush. Make sure you’re working on a wipe down surface or put something underneath like a towel to catch any excess water and mess.
Take your sponge brush, dip it in the water and then wipe it over the dried paper surface. It doesn’t need to be dripping wet but you want to see the image start to darken as the paper is getting saturated.
Once you are happy that the paper is wet enough, start rubbing the paper with your finger so that it balls up. This bit can get a bit messy but you need to make sure you’ve gotten all of the paper off.
Tip – If you aren’t sure if you’ve got all the paper (you don’t want to rub too far as you could end up rubbing the image off!) leave it to dry out a bit and see if any patches turn back to looking a bit ‘frosted’. If they do it just means there is still a build-up of paper there – add some more water and rub off that last layer of paper)
Give the coaster a quick brush down to remove any last little balled up bits of paper and then leave it somewhere to dry out.
Once it’s completely dry you can give it a final coat of Mod Podge to protect your design and then it’s ready to use!
DISCLOSURE – This is a collaborative post.