Fun DIY: Chalkboard Coasters

The Pinterest bug has been going around Oliver for awhile now. Every few days, an exotic new dish shows up on the kitchen table for everyone to test, or we’re all smacking our heads over a “why didn’t I think of that?!” or there’s some crafty little thing to add to our ever-growing lists. So I thought it might be fun to start showcasing some of the projects and recipes here and give you our take on what was quick and fun, what was worth the blood, sweat, and tears, and what you should just leave as a pretty picture on the boards.

For our first venture, I’m presenting my very first Pinterest Project Success Story – chalkboard coasters! Here is the link to the original inspiration.

I made these last Christmas and they were a lot of fun! The hardest part was getting a full box of ceramic tiles (heavy, heavy, heavy) up to my third floor craft room. Instead of the chalkboard spray paint, I actually mixed my own chalkboard paint and used that – also super simple, and one cup was plenty to do two coats on all of the tiles. If I did it again, I would probably mix up a little bit more paint and do a third coat. I found that it was best to erase the chalk with a soft cloth because a paper towel sometimes scratched through the chalkboard coating. I tied them up in sets of four and attached a piece of chalk and gave them away in beverage-themed gift bags.

This project gets two thumbs up from me – it was fun, easy, and people really seemed to like them! I’ve seen them used at a couple of parties, and it’s fun to see how people decorate their coasters and make them unique.

Do you have a favorite Pinterest project? Tell us about it in the comments!

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