Wood Slice Jack-o-Lantern Coasters
My craft stash had basically taken over the house when I decided that something had to be done. I’ve set out the rescue of my sanity and my home’s appearance with a schedule. First to tackle was the guest room as Rob’s parents will be staying with us in a few weeks. You see, I’d dig around in a box out in the garage, not have enough space in my office to bring the whole thing in so I’d bring in what I thought I needed. Then when I was done with it or didn’t use it I wouldn’t put it back in the garage. Nope. That would make too much sense. Instead, I’d put it in a new box here in my office full of random stuff I worked with throughout the week. But then I’d have a couple of full boxes in my office.
What to do?
The guest room wasn’t being used so a few boxes turned into nowhere to walk in the guest room. Literally. No room to walk. Sometimes I had to push things out of the way all crazy like just so that I wiggle the door open and get up in that room. But it turned out to be good. In the guest room, I found a stack of wood slices I had purchased long ago and forgotten about. And then these crazy cute jack-o-lantern wood slice coasters were born and digging through and sorting all of that junk suddenly seemed worth it. P.S. I still have the garage and Rob’s studio to go through – eep!
For this project you will need:
- Coaster sized wood slices
- Chalk paint
- Paint brush
- Old wood pieces or yardstick/ruler
- Wood stain
- Industrial strength glue
- Knife, Dremel, saw, etc.
Most wood slices you purchase will be nice and smooth but sand down if necessary. You want a perfectly even disc so that your drinks don’t wiggle and wobble on with the thing.
Using orange paint (this is actually called pumpkin!) paint the inner, wooden part of the top of your slices and allow to dry.
Cut 1-2 inch pieces of scrap wood, one to make a stem for each coaster. I used an old yardstick that had cracked but if you just like the look you can purchase them for a buck at any hardware store.
Trace the shape of your pumpkin onto the stem and make a mark as to where this sucker goes on the back of your pumpkin (trust me on this one, folks, this is a must for your sanity and time management!)
If using a thinner craft wood you can use a craft knife but since I was working with an older, harder yardstick I busted out my Dremel tool. Use whatever tool necessary to cut the wood in as similar a shape to your tracing as possible.
Using your Dremel or sandpaper go around the edges of the wood to make it look less square and more stem-like.
Stain your choice of color. If you want green stems you can water down green acrylic paint or use alcohol inks!
Use sturdy glue (this is a black e-6000) to attach your stems to the coasters. If you didn’t mark where your stems go you’re now wishing you listened to me a few steps upward! Allow the glue time to cure, overnight is best.
Draw on your favorite jack faces.
And paint them in. An oil based paint marker would be so much easier to use than a brush and regular craft acrylic, FYI.
Once dry these guys are ready to be used!
Now, how cute is that? If you paint both sides of the coasters you can have flip these guys over when Halloween season is over and it’s just plain fall!