Who doesn’t like unique drink coasters? Not only do they protect our furniture but they can also be a fun decorative accessory. For a rustic decor accent, these DIY coasters are a perfect project to try. The coasters are made from slices of a pine log and they are fairly easy to make. Make some for yourself or give them as a special gift.
Coasters are a perfect item to make for gift giving. Besides log coasters, I have also made coasters from leftover square tiles and magazine images.
Since coasters are so fun to make, you may also want a few sets for yourself. I like to use my log coasters for everyday use. They blend so well with a rustic decor style. However, it’s also fun to make some sets just for the holidays. I especially like my Christmas coasters that use decorative holiday napkins in the design.
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Although these DIY coasters are easy to make, they do require a special tool. A miter or chop saw is necessary for getting your log slices. If you don’t already have a miter saw, they are definitely handy for a large variety of rustic crafts. I have even used mine for making small branch slices to use for rustic thumbtacks.
Skill Level: Easy
- pine log (about 3 1/2 inch diameter)
- miter saw
- leather string or raffia
- circle template
- sand paper – medium and fine grit
Log Coaster Instructions:
Once you find a good log from a pine or any other desired type of tree, you will need to cut it into slices with a miter saw. Cut each slice the same width, somewhere between 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch thick, depending on what you prefer.
After cutting, you will want to sand the top side smooth first with medium grit sandpaper and then finishing with a fine grit. If you are using a pine log that is fresh and there is still sap oozing on the inside, you will need to first clean the wood with a mixture of half water and half bleach to stop the oozing.
Once dry, you can then sand. After sanding, wipe off all the sawdust. You are now ready to varnish.
To get a nice thick coat of varnish, I would use a brush on glossy finish. Brush on two to three coats, drying completely between each coat. Varnish both the top and bottom and sides to completely seal the coasters.
The back needs to be finished with felt to prevent the coasters from scratching furniture. Using a circle template, trace a circle onto a section of felt the size of your coasters. Cut the circle out and glue to the back of the coaster. Do this for each one.
Your final step is to simply stack the finished coasters and tie them with a string of leather or raffia to make them a perfect gift set for someone on your list!
For another unique diy coaster idea, check out the wine cork coasters at 10 Creative Wine Cork Crafts.