These rustic wood slice coasters have been on my to-DIY list for ages now. I’ve seen different variations all over Pinterest and I knew that I wanted to try some of my own. All I needed to get started was some wood slices!
Cut to a few months ago when my dad got some fallen tree branches from one of his neighbours. When I was home visiting for Christmas, we determined the perfect width for the slices and he cut a few for me (by a few, I mean 18). Since my sister is moving to her first condo at the end of the month, I thought it would be the perfect time to try out the rustic wood slice coasters and make some for a housewarming gift!
My sister isn’t big on decor, so I’ve helped her a lot with what to buy/decorate with. I picked out some beautiful Colin + Justin bedding for her that has some beautiful trees on it, so I thought I’d make coasters that matched the ‘rustic nature’ theme (she is big on outdoors, canoeing, kayaking, things like that).
To get started, I had to find the images I wanted to use. I decided on 4 different photos: two people in a canoe, a bear, a moose, and a line of trees. I found these by googling ‘bear silhouette’, ‘moose silhouette’, etc. and tracing them in Silhouette Studio. I measured my wood slices and they were 4 inches around, so I made the design to have a 1/4″ bleed around the edges so it wouldn’t get cut off at all. I tried cutting the designs out of some American Crafts vinyl I had left over, but after 3 cut attempts- the vinyl was barely cut through. I switched to contact paper which was a bit thinner and worked much better with my old blade. I removed the negative space of the design and applied the contact paper to the coaster.
If you are using paint, you can seal the coaster with mod podge OVER the stencil to ensure no paint seeps through. Since I wanted a stained look, I didn’t know how the mod podge would react to the stain and skipped this step. There was (quite a bit) of seepage from the stain expanding into the wood, but since these are rustic wood slice coasters, I don’t mind it. I removed the contact paper after a few minutes and once dry, added cork to the back.
My slices were pretty thin, and the stain also went through onto the back of the coaster in some spots. Since I was putting a piece of cork over the entire back, this wasn’t an issue- but keep it in mind if you are staining thin pieces and don’t have a full cork back.
4 inches is the perfect size for a coaster if you ask me (and that M mug is just a perfect mug). I can’t wait to give these to my sister as a house warming gift! She’s trying to con me into helping her move, but I’m undecided on that one. Have you ever made your own coasters? Share a photo in the comments below!
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