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, 24 count
- 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.