I’m very picky when it comes to coasters. You probably didn’t think that you’d read this sentence ever in your life, did you? Well, I’ve been wanting some more coasters for quite some time and all I found were either quite expensive or looked ugly. So naturally I had to make some myself.
I saw similar ones in the vitra shop when I visited their campus last year. I took a picture and forgot all about it. (The photo album on my phone is a graveyard of ideas and inspiration.) So when I decided to clean out my pictures, I knew I had to make these right away – it’s also a great project to start the year. It made me feel super organized!
So here’s what you need to make your own hexagon coasters
- 2 mm thick balsa wood
- black cord leather
- a cutter
- fine abrasive paper
- this hexagon template
- a pencil
- thin Washi tape
- black and white spray paint
- strong glue (forgot that in the picture above)
Print out this hexagon template and cut out the hexagon. Place it on the basal wood and follow the edges with the pencil.
Take the cutter and cut out the hexagons (make sure to place a cutter board underneath!).
Smooth the edges with the abrasive paper.
Take the thin Washi tape and stick the pattern you see above on the wooden hexagon.
Follow this steps for all coasters (I made about six but make as many as you like!). Make sure that the Washi tapes sticks perfectly. I adjusted the ones above before adding the paint.
Now take your wood coasters outside and spray paint it. I made some black and some white. The best way to paint them is to put them in a cardboard box and add just a thin layer of paint.
Once they’re dry, place the wooden coasters on the black cord leather and cut out the shape.
Now stick those to the back of your coasters so they won’t scratch any delicate surfaces that you might put those on. That would totally defeat their purpose…
This is it. I’m really smitten how they turned out. What do you think?
I really liked working with wood again. Maybe I need to do more projects with it. What’s on your list? Maybe some inspiration for me?
Now. Carry on!