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DIY Gemstone Cork Coasters

April 7, 2014

Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep at night so I'll brainstorm ideas for projects. These gemstone coasters are a result of one of my brainstorming sessions :)

I started with a set of $1 coasters from IKEA:

I picked up a set of graphite transfer paper from Michael's for $3. I cut one of the two sheets into quarters.

I used Illustrator to create my gemstones. I centered each gemstone illustration in a circle that was the same size as my coasters and then I printed them out.

I cut each gemstone circle out and got ready to transfer the illustration from the paper print out to the coaster using the graphite paper:

I sandwiched the graphite paper in between the paper print out and the coaster. I held the coaster sandwich up to the light so I could line the paper print out up with the cork coaster.

I taped the paper print out to the front of the graphite paper. I also taped the coaster to the back of the graphite paper so nothing would shift when I was tracing the illustration.

I used the tip of a mechanical pencil (no lead showing) to trace the outline of the illustration into the graphite paper.

I removed the graphite paper from the coaster to see the outline of the gemstone illustration that had been transfered onto the cork:

I traced the gemstone's outline with a Sharpie marker:

Tracing the illustration was a little harder than I thought it would be. The cork's surface was a little bumpier than I imagined so my lines aren't as straight as I would have liked them to be. I could have used a ruler but, well, I didn't haha

I repeated the same transferring process for the 3 remaining coasters and then I gold leafed the edges:

I let everything dry for a little bit before applying a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top and sides of each coaster:

I was worried that the Sharpie would smear when the Mod Podge was applied but it didn't!

The coasters definitely aren't perfect but they're kind of cute in a handmade way!

I think I'm going to add a few rubber cabinet bumpers to the bottom of each coaster so they have a little separation when they're stacked on top of one another:

I think they'll look great on our new bar cart!

Have you ever used graphite paper to transfer an image before?

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  1. I LOVE this! Genius and so affordable and easy!

  2. Transfer paper is the only way I can do artsy crafts. ;) These are cute!

    1. Thanks Michelle! I was going to do it the old school way where you scribble all over the back of the paper and then trace the image until I found the transfer paper haha

  3. I would totally buy something like this. They look great! I think the lines give them character in a professional way.

    1. Thanks Emily! After my first coaster, I kind of thought the whole project was going to be a failure but I think they turned out ok!

  4. those are so cute Caitlin! Love them :) xo Kristin

  5. These coasters look so professional. I love how they came out. You always have the best ideas for accessories. Love it!!

    1. Thanks Katja! No sleep can sometimes be a good thing ;)

  6. Cute! Great idea on the mod podge. I have some cork coasters that I was thinking to decorate but couldn't think of how to keep it from bleeding once it got wet.

    1. Thanks Jennifer! Mod Podge is awesome! I chose the glossy option because I wanted my coasters to have a little sheen to them but they also offer a matte option which is nice :)

  7. This is such an awesome idea and I love them!

  8. Love this! Straight lines are overrated. Handmade feel is the way to go! :)

  9. These are FANTASTIC, Caitlin! Love em!!

  10. I heart geometric anything! Well done Caitlin.


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