Today I’m sharing a quick and fun make for your home or as a DIY gift – personalised pie chart cork coasters!
These were so easy to make!
Step 1: Start with some round cork coasters – mine were £1 for a pack of 4 from Ikea. Measure the middle point of each one, marking the center with a pencil dot:
Step 2: Use washi tape to create your first piece of ‘pie’ – I did mine all a little different from each other:
Step 3: Paint the piece of ‘pie’ with your first colour (I used Martha Stewart ‘Mint’ Satin Craft Paint). Paint two coats of paint for each colour:
Step 4: Once the first colour has dried peel off the washi tape and reposition it so one piece is on top of one edge of your first colour, and the other piece is marking where your next piece of ‘pie’ will end. Paint the next colour (I used MS ‘Pink Carnation’ paint):
Step 5: Repeat with your last colour (I mixed up a few colours so that I had a nice creamy hue):
Step 6: Patch up any untidy areas – for example there’s a gap between the pink and green colour on the bottom left coaster in the photo above, which I just painted in using the green paint and a tiny paintbrush.
Then use small alpha stamps and some Staz-On ink to stamp some words onto your pie chart. This is where you can personalise the coasters by using the right words, and the right amount of pie for those words, to suit the person who will be using the coaster. Mine has ‘blog’ for the biggest piece, while my kids have ‘play’ and my husband has ‘work’:
I have written ‘school’ on my son’s one though he doesn’t start until September, but I didn’t want to write ‘nursery’ as it would be out of date in a few months!
Step 7: Spray the coasters with a varnish to protect them from drips and spills (I used Liquitex Satin Varnish). You could also use a brush-on varnish but beware you might end up with brush marks in it!
I bought a second pack of the cork coasters to experiment with too. Here’s what I ended up with on those ones:
Top Left: Arrows painted through the Happy Scatter Which Way Arrows Stencil, then outlined with black pen
Top Right: Glitter on Mod Podge – I did the blue side first, then the orange, leaving it to dry thoroughly in between
Bottom Left: Using texture paste through a Happy Scatter Going In Circles Stencil
Bottom Right: Using VersaMark ink and gold glitter embossing powder to stamp bunting and stars, inking over it with a Memento black chalk ink, then using a baby wipe to clean the black off the gold
I definitely like the pie charts best but all these other ones could be fun too – I want to try the heat embossing one out with some different colours so I guess I will go back to Ikea soon!
Who would you make a pie chart coaster for? What would it have written on the biggest piece of ‘pie’?
Have a great day,