There’s something about the holidays that brings out my crafty side – whether it’s in the kitchen or wrapping presents, I’m much more likely to get into some hands on projects around the house, and I have to say… I love it! So, I was really excited to host a little DIY event at Anthropologie last week that gave me the excuse to put together a fun project to share with you guys today!

If you were following  my instagrams at all, then you already  know that we made some super easy and fun cork coasters. I wanted to create something that would come in handy for holiday entertaining or hostess gift-giving, and I think these fit the bill nicely! So here we gooooo….

What you’ll need:  Acrylic paint, cork coasters (I ordered mine off of Amazon right here), a paint brush, paint tape and scissors.

First – decide what kind of patterns you want. The more you play with this the more creative you’ll get, but I liked the idea of doing a mix of geometric patterns. Plus, it’s easier with the tape!

Next… start painting! You need barely any paint for these, by the way. The thinner you put it on the better. You can always go back and do a second coat, but to get them drying faster, I recommend keeping the paint pretty thin. That also helps keep the surface flat!

I planned out the colors as I went and found it helpful to do one color all at once (like above). It helps to know where all the colors are going so you dont’ end up having to do two of the same color next to each other which ruins the effect a bit.

Here is the final product with the paint tape still on. The key here is to be patient and let them dry before pulling the tape up! It helps keep the lines cleaner. The ladies at my craft event chose some really fun color combos, but I felt like keeping it simple with black and white and metallics.

And here’s how they turned out!!

So fun right? I may go back with a paint pen and brighten up the edges around the gold and silver for fun. We’ll see.

You’re probably wondering about sealing these, right? Well, word on the streets is that if you let them dry completely, you don’t need to, but if you’re planning on really using them a lot I would. Any kind of clear spray will do the trick – I’d probably use this clear acrylic coating. You could also add felt to the bottom to make them feel really finished and help absorb liquids too.

And that’s it! Easy peasy, right?? I’m going to give mine a little coating today and set them out to use year-round! I think they would make such a fun gift to add on to a bottle of wine or champagne for your hosts this holiday, but don’t forget to keep some for yourself!



14 responses on “HOLI-DIY: CORK COASTERS!

  1. Callie Grayson

    Very fun!
    I am always doing crafts at the holidays. This year I have crafty weekends, for my friends to come over any time and I have the living room all set up. It’s fun, we chat, drink wine and make fun DIY projects

  2. Hadleycourt

    What a great idea! I think it would be fun to do holiday coasters. You could put Santa faces, Easter eggs, etc. thanks for sharing!


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About Cassandra LaValle

Cassandra LaValle is the founder and editor-in-chief of coco+kelley where she explores trends in fashion, decor and entertaining, highlighting pieces that exude classic design and glamour. As a designer, she consults clients across the globe on styling their homes and private events from her offices in Seattle.