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Upcycled Fun!

Upcycled Fun!

In the summer heat everyone is busy planning cookouts, summer gatherings, and activities. When people think about these kinds of events, they usually plan the food, drinks, and activities for the kids, but a lot of people don’t pay attention to something that they really need:

 

Coasters.

 

You read that right; coasters are the fine line between your furniture being in perfect condition or being covered in rings. Now what if you could have some great one-of-a-kind-coasters and have a fun craft to do with friends? Well, thanks to Keep Prince William Beautiful’s (KPWB) Pinterest board and Sharpie.com, you can! Follow these instructions and you’ll get some great coasters that’ll be noticed by all of your guests.

 

  1. Gather your supplies

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You actually don’t need a whole lot for this project, but you will need these:

 

  • 25x 4.25in bathroom tiles (If you have some from an old remodel, I’d recommend you use those, but if you can’t you can get the exact ones in the photos, from Home Depot, they’re the perfect size and you can get four for around 64 cents. Score!)
  • Permanent Markers
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Q-tips
  • Sealant
  • Cork or felt backing (Optional)

 

  1. Make your pattern

 

One of the best parts of this craft is that there is no right way to design your coasters. You do whatever you want on your tiles and it’ll look different by the end because of the rubbing alcohol. I decided to just put three different colors and hope for the best.

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3. Dip a Q-tip in the rubbing alcohol and drip on tile.

 

This is the most important step, because it is what makes the tile look so cool. Now, you can either wait for the alcohol to drip off the Q-tip or you can get a little closer and gently tap the alcohol onto the tile to make pools on the tile. I did both.

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The results vary depending on how much alcohol you use. If you feel like you might’ve put too much on, just add more. I know that sounds counterintuitive, but adding more alcohol will make more pools which will give it more flair.

 

  1. Add Sealant

 

Make sure that you seal it right away, otherwise the alcohol begins to evaporate causing a textured look that looks more sloppy than chic.

 

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Not really pretty right? Now if you haven’t used sealant before, just follow the instructions on the bottle and it’ll be fine.

 

  1. Wow your friends with your awesome coasters!

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If you thought this craft was fun, check out KPWB’s Pinterest for more! And check back next Friday for more DIY How tos from our board!