My children go back to school very soon….in about two weeks actually! I can’t believe how quickly the summer has gone by. We have been so busy this summer but we have created a lot of fun memories that I will forever be grateful for. But with my kiddos getting ready to go back to school, I want to help them start the year off right. And what better way then to create a little something special for your children’s teachers! Come check out how to make these ultra-cool and modern colored pencil DIY coaster gifts!
- 4″ Round Cork Disks
- Crayola Colored Pencils
- Hot Glue Gun
- Outdoor Mod Podge
- Foam Brush
- Craft Saw or Compound Miter Saw
- Sand It Gadget or Sand Paper
The hardest and most time consuming part of this DIY coaster project is cutting the colored pencils. I started to cut these using an old craft saw I had. It worked well, but took FOR.EV.ER! Seriously, it was painfully slow, but it worked well, was very accurate and got great results.
Part way through the process though, I opted to use our compound miter saw to finish the job. The cuts were not as pretty or as accurate, but it was a much faster process. Either way, I cut a lot of colored pencils into about 1/2″ sections.
Once all of the colored pencils were cut into small pieces, I used my hot glue gun to secure the pencils onto the cork disk.
I started from the outside and worked my way in. This part of the project went fairly quickly!
After the colored pencils were all attached to the DIY coaster, I gave the top of the coaster a light sanding to smooth out any rough edges. If you want to ensure your DIY coaster gift stays protected from water, finish it off with a coat or two of Mod Podge Outdoor.
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Ashley is an interior designer turned DIY / Craft Blogger located in the Indianapolis area. Her passion for interior design grew into a love of creating and one day she just decided to start blogging about it, at Simply Designing! Ashley loves power tools and her hot glue gun, but her sewing machine slightly scares her. She loves life, finds joy in the simple things, and is a firm believer that a good cup of hot chocolate or ice cream cures most things.