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DIY Pallet Coasters

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So, I guess I have been on a little bit of a coaster kick lately, not because I find myself using them around the house (lets be honest my coffee and end tables are full of rings from cups), but because they are so incredibly easy to make and adorable.

If you are looking for something to get your kids involved in, these DIY pallet coasters are simple. My daughter really enjoyed it, and made a couple for her teachers at school.


So, I guess I have been on a little bit of a coaster kick lately, not because I find myself using them around the house (lets be honest my coffee and end tables are full of rings from cups), but because they are so incredibly easy to make and adorable.

If you are looking for something to get your kids involved in, these DIY pallet coasters are simple. My daughter really enjoyed it, and made a couple for her teachers at school.

Yes, my daughter uses a hot glue gun, and I completely trust her with it. I'm pretty sure she was born to use one, as this is her go to tool.

Okay, here is what you need to get started!

Items needed:
Hot glue gun
Scissors
Ruler
Popsicle sticks (10-12 per coaster)
Pencil
Clear Varnish

Optional Items: 
Spray paint/ Wood stain
                                                                                    Washi Tape




 Step 1: 

Begin by cutting the rounded ends off of your Popsicle sticks. You want your sticks to measure about 4 inches a piece. Using your ruler and pencil, mark your sticks to measuring 4 inches like you see in the picture to the right of the screen.

Step 2:

After your sticks are marked, you can begin by snipping the ends of the sticks off using a good pair of SHARP scissors. WARNING: This will get kind of messy because the sticks pieces will fly everywhere. I accidentally hit Braelynn in the head with a couple of pieces LOL. Also, this step is difficult for children to do, I suggest an adult cutting down the sticks.


Step 3: 

Begin by assembling the base of your coaster by laying two sticks flat on your table, opposite side of one another. Place two more sticks stacked onto the ends of the ones laying flat....You know what this is really complicated to explain. Just make it look like the picture below.

Step 4:

Glue the sticks across your base. I found it to be easier to lay them across the base first and then gluing them down so that I could get a more even look. My daughter didn't space her sticks out, which looked cute, so I guess you could go for that look and not have to worry about laying them out before hand, but if you want the slats, I would lay them out first.


Once finished, it should look something like this.

Step 5: These steps are completely optional. You can choose to paint your wood, embellish with washi tape or stain with a clear varnish to seal it and just leave the natural wood showing through, which is completely your choice. Just be sure to place a sealer on it so that you can place your cups on it and it doesn't ruin your finished product.

So there you go! What did you think? It's not a very complicated project and any child would have a blast making these...or adult because I sure did. Let me know what you think in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you guys.

Much Love

Jessica
Geeks and Glitter

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