32 Responses to DIY Painted Wood Slice Coasters

  1. Very nice idea. I wonder though if it would be easier/cheaper to cut your design out of acetate sheet or any thin plastic (or even stencil material) and just stencil it onto the wooden item? That wouldn’t require contact paper or using up vinyl (pricey I feel..). Thanks for the wonderful idea/inspiration!

    • Hi Caylie, I cut a stencil out of vinyl using my Silhouette…I found the deer head image with a google search, I believe, and used the trace function in Silhouette Studio to trace the image.

    • Hi Rita, I like using vinyl (or sometimes I use contact paper, which is cheaper) because I’m able to customize my design and it gives me crisp, clean lines. You could easily purchase a stencil at the craft store and do the same thing – just be careful not to put too much paint on at one time so the paint doesn’t bleed under the stencil. But using a store bought monogram or other stencil would be a great way to make these coasters too!

    • It only cost me the price of the wood slices (it’s been a while, but I know I used a 40% off coupon so I think the total came to around $5 with the discount) – I already had everything else on hand (the paint, sealant, vinyl for the stencil, and cork). It really just depends on how much you spend on the wood slices…but in general it is a very inexpensive gift to make!

  2. I bought a stencil and when I put it on the wood coaster it bleed through a little. How do you transfer a stencil to contact paper or how do I make it look more crisp when painting on the monogram?

    • Hi Heather, the contact paper is only for transferring a vinyl design. With a store bought stencil, I’d recommend using a foam brush and dapping on VERY light coats of paint to try to avoid bleeding. Another idea is to use spray adhesive on the back of your stencil to get it to stick to the coaster – then paint and peel the stencil off. Hope that’s helpful!

      • Hi Meredith,

        I tried to use the spray adhesive it did not work still bleed through. I already bought the wood coasters, paint,spray paint, polyurethane varnish, and cork so I am trying to make this work. Do you have any easy suggestions for the monogram? I just want to buy it already made and be able to paint/trace it onto the wood coasters.
        THanks!

        • Hi Heather, I’m sorry that didn’t work for you! Another idea would be just to trace your stencil onto the coasters lightly with a pencil and use a small brush to paint the design by hand. Or you’d probably also be able to find someone on Etsy that will make you a custom vinyl stencil, too.

          • Ok I think I am going to try and order a custom Vinyl, but to understand how Vinyl works will i have to just get one made and then transfer that to contact paper and put that on each wood coaster?

          • Vinyl stencils aren’t reusable, so you’d need a different one for each coaster. You use the contact paper to peel the vinyl off the backing all at once, then stick it on your coaster and rub with a credit card to get the vinyl to stick – then you’ll be able to carefully peel off the contact paper and the vinyl stencil will stay behind on the coaster!

  3. Where do you buy vinyl at? How it it transferred to the contact paper? If I wanted to do antlers with an initial above how’d I do that?

    • Hi Amanda, I usually buy my vinyl from ExpressionsVinyl.com. I use my Silhouette machine to design and cut custom vinyl stencils. If you don’t have a Cricut or Silhouette, buying a stencil from the craft store is probably the best option. I bet you could find an antler stencil to paint first, and then once it’s dry come back through with a letter stencil to add the initial!

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