Creating Coasters Out of Floor Samples

As mentioned before, I love to up-cycle items in addition to creating art. I always find myself thinking of ways to reuse certain items in an effective way instead of immediately throwing them away. Today’s project consists of re-purposing some floor samples I had lying around the house.

Coasters are an item that can be used all the time. I love having them handy for everyday used and special occasions. Instead of buying them out of the store, I chose to custom make them because not only am I up-cycling an item but I am also creating something that can be unique and a good conversation piece. Now don’t worry making coasters are not hard at all. Matter of face, this project is very simple and to the point.

There are two ways that you can accomplish this; either by using a picture and adhesive or by painting your own design on them. Today I will show you the process of making your own design.

To get started, you will need the following;

  • 4 Floor samples (don’t worry , they do not have to match perfectly)
  • Paint
  • 2 Paint brushes
  • Stencils (if you want to create a word on your coasters)
  • Plastic (to prevent getting paint everywhere
  • Polyurethane.

I did not add cork to the list because the samples already has some durable material on the bottom of each piece, but if you would like to add some make sure that you buy the cork that is adhesive or buy some adhesive spray.

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Above are the floor samples I decided to use to for this project. I chose to use 5 because I am going to create a word on my coasters

First you will need to lay out your coasters on the plastic. Remember to choose a smooth area to work so that you won’t run into any problems. Make sure that you also set up your materials close by so that you don’t have to walk everywhere to get what you need.

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Me looking focused, yet peaceful as I paint my design.

Next you can start creating the design of your choice. Since my previous design had pictures on it, this go around I decided to use stencils instead. Oh yeah… word to the wise, if you are going to paint the background, I advise that you do that first then use the stencils once it dries. I know, it may sound simple, but I actually did it backwards the first go around because I changed my mind at the last minute. Luckily the paint dried rather quickly :-).

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The results after the first go around.

After I used the stencils I decided to do any touch ups and fill in the gaps because I wanted a smooth look when it came to the letters. Now, if you like, you can leave them just like this and put a coat of poly on them and call it a day. However, I decided to move it a step further and add some more color.

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Just went ahead and started expressing myself. It was very relaxing.

Like mentioned before, I like color so I repainted all my coasters to match the style I was feeling at the moment. Considering that I have kids and a dog I decided to bring my pieces outside to dry in the hot sun.

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Putting a coat of polyurethane on the coasters after the paint dries.

After the coasters were completely dry and I was happy with my design, painted a layer of polyurethane on it to make sure that the paint does not come off or is affected by any liquid that gets on it. Afterwards I let it dry for a few hours to a day (extra time to make sure that it dries and the smell goes away.

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After everything was done, I had a beautiful set of coasters that spelled out the word DREAM.

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Isn’t it awesome!!! Well that is all for today! Tell me what you think in the comments below or try it out post it in our forum by clicking the link below!

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