I have some fun Planked Farmhouse Style Coasters to share with you! These planked coasters are made from wood craft sticks and thin plywood scraps. If you don’t have thin plywood you can also run the crafts sticks perpendicular on the back to adhere it all together.
For the image I used a super easy technique using parchment paper to transfer the graphic. I used this same technique when I made this Pallet Recipe Stand and Shabby Chic Tray. This tutorial makes four coasters.
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*Before you get started make sure you have your Safety Gear. For this project I recommend safety goggles, ear protection and N95 mask for spray painting.
TOOLS FOR FARMHOUSE COASTERS
- Measuring tape
- Saw – I use this Miter saw
- Sandpaper 120 grit
SUPPLIES FOR FARMHOUSE COASTERS
- Wood craft sticks
- Masking or painters tape
- Scrap of thin plywood
- Wood glue
- White spray paint – I used Rust-oleum in flat white
- Parchment paper
- Spray sealer in matte
CUTS FOR FARMHOUSE COASTERS
- 20 wood sticks (five sticks for each coaster) – 3 3/4 inches
- 1/4 plywood – 3 5/8 x 3 5/8 inches (you can also use the craft sticks instead of the plywood)
*To cut the wood sticks wrap both ends of several wood sticks with painters or masking tape. Then measure 3 3/4 inches making sure that each cut will occur on the wrapped tape. Then make the cuts with the saw. Using the tape will prevent the wood from splintering/breaking off.
STEPS TO MAKE FARMHOUSE COASTERS
Step 1) Once the cuts were completed I glued the wood sticks to the plywood. I used five sticks for each coaster. Apply wood glue to the scrap wood and position the wood sticks to the plywood. Allow to dry then gently sand with 120 grit sandpaper. Apply a couple coats of spray paint and allow to dry.
Step 2) Next I transferred the images. Click on each image to be directed to the image’s JPG (for personal use only).
I used parchment paper to transfer the image. To do this make sure to reverse the images before printing. I cut a piece of parchment paper large enough for my image, making sure the smoother/shinier side is face up. To print I printed one image at a time and taped a piece of parchment paper to a piece of printer paper. Once the image is printed do not touch the ink it will still be wet. I positioned the parchment paper on the coaster and taped it in place. Then using a hard tipped item, I usually use the tip of a retractable pen, rub the image on the coaster using an up and down and back and forth motion. The ink will transfer on to the wood coaster and give it a perfect aged/rustic look.
Step 3) I allowed the ink to dry then I applied a few coats of a matte spray sealer. I sampled a piece with painting on a sealer and it caused the ink to smudge even after waiting 24 hours, so it seemed that a spray sealer worked much better. Allow the sealer to dry for a full 24 hours before use. Then they are ready to grace your table and uphold your favorite beverages.
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