These wood slice drink coasters are perfect for holiday entertaining or as hostess gifts. An easy and inexpensive wood project!
A few weeks ago, I was looking at West Elm’s new market and came across some adorable wooden drink coasters. They reminded of the log slice ornaments I created for the One Item Project Challenge and, luckily, I happened to have some wood slices left over giving me the idea to create my own.
Not only did we need a set for our basement family room, but I thought they’d make a perfect holiday hostess gift as well.
Now that you’ve seen my version, take a look at the inspiration wood slice coasters designed by Shanna Murray for West Elm…
Fun, right? Similar, but I put my own spin on them. I decided to nix the snowflakes so the coasters could be used all year long.
How to Make Wood Slice Drink Coasters
- Log slices (about 4″ diameter by 1/2″ thick- see cutting instructions)
- Sand paper (very fine grit)
- Polyurethane (I used quick drying satin finish by Minwax)
- Small paint brush
- Oil based white paint pen (Sharpie)
- Sand your log slices until smooth on each side.
- Apply two coats of polyurethane to the top and sides of each coaster, allowing them to dry in between. This will prep the surface for your written words or they may bleed.
- Once the coasters are completely dry, hand write messages or sayings on each one using a white paint pen (you may need to go over it twice).
- Allow to dry and apply one more coat of polyurethane to the entire coaster.
For a bit of fun, you could change them up a bit by writing “cheers” in different languages, including:
- Cin Cin (Italian)
- Salud (Spanish)
- Prost (German)
Of course, there are many others depending on special meaning for your family or who you plan on giving them to.
For a hostess gift, tie a length of ribbon or jute around a set of four coasters and finish off with a gift tag. Need a gift that’s higher in value? Include with a bottle of wine or a set of glasses (or both!).
These drink coasters were very inexpensive to make since I had everything on hand and only had to purchase the paint pen (which was around $3 with a 50% off coupon). I plan on making a few more sets.
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See you tomorrow!