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Bring a Citrus Twist to Your Table With These DIY Painted Coasters

DIY Summer Coasters

The only thing better than sipping on a fruity cocktail outdoors in the summer is placing your drink down on a matching fruit-themed coaster. It’s easy to transform a set of dull wooden coasters into cute citrus or watermelon slices with this simple DIY that’s perfect for al fresco dining on your deck.

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Materials required

Materials Required:

  • Wooden coasters
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paint in bright colours
  • Paint brushes
  • Permanent black marker
  • White paint pen
  • Mod Podge sealer

Step One: Clean the Coasters  
Remove any dirt, moisture or grease from each wooden coaster.
Step One: Clean the Coasters

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Step Two: Draw the Outline  
Using a pencil, lightly draw the outline of a fruit design on each coaster. Try cutting open some limes, lemons and oranges if you need some guidance or inspiration!
Step Two: Draw the Outline

Step Three: Apply the First Layer of Paint  
Carefully apply an even coat of acrylic paint using a clean and dry paint brush. Experiment with a few bright citrus colours for a realistic look.
Step Three: Apply the First Layer of Paint

Step Four: Apply a Second Coat of Paint
Once completely dry, apply a second coat of paint for better coverage and durability. The wood grain should no longer be visible. Tip: if you’re using a lighter colour, you may need to repeat this step and apply a third coat of paint.
Step Four: Apply a Second Coat of Paint

Step Five: Blend in Some White Paint
Next, blend a bit of white paint with your selected colours. Adding a slightly lighter version of the same colour to the edges of your design will create definition to make it look more realistic.
Step Five: Blend in Some White Paint

Step Six: Outline the Fruit Pattern     
Let the paint dry completely, and then use a paint pen to outline your fruit design with a white border. If you opted for a watermelon-inspired design, add a few seeds with a black permanent marker.
Step Six: Outline Fruit Pattern

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Step Seven: Apply a Sealer 
Once the finished design is fully dry, use a paint brush or foam applicator to apply a light layer of matte Mod Podge to seal the coaster. This will help your coasters last longer and resist moisture.
Step Seven: Apply a Sealer

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Finished coasters

Images courtesy of Denise Dias



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