How is your summer going so far? We have been crafting up a storm and truly enjoying some unstructured days. If you read yesterday’s post then you already know that we are in full Father’s Day mode. Today’s tutorial continues the trend with another awesome DIY gift idea. Don’t worry we’re taking a break from tomorrow with a new glow-in-the-dark game. Until then, though, find out how to turn kids artwork into coaster sets with this easy tutorial. We worked out all of the kinks for you so that you and the kids can get it done without the ups and downs that we experienced.
When we started creating out coasters the plan was to have the kids draw directly on the coasters. That worked great for the youngest who mostly just scribbles anyway, but the middle one struggled with it. In fact, she got so frustrated that she scribbled out her frustration. You can check out her angry scribbles in the photo below. That frustration is what inspired me to transfer images she drew on paper to the wooden coasters, instead. Live and learn…
Little man had a blast scribbling, on the other hand.
- Unfinished Wooden Coasters
- Blank Sheets of Paper – We used lined notebook paper
- Wood Burning Tool with Rounded Tip
- Clear Engine Enamel Paint
Fold a piece of paper into fourths and give it to your child along with a pencil. Let him or her know only to draw on the fourths. This will help make sure that the drawings fit on the coasters.
Next, cut the fourths apart.
Cover the backs of the pictures with pencil.
Next carefully align the pictures over the coaster and trace over the drawing lines.
- Older kids can do this step on their own but I recommend mom doing this step for the little ones.
Add each child’s first initial to the corresponding drawings on the coasters.
Next, on a blank coaster write “Happy Father’s Day” and the current year.
This is the step where mom takes over. Heat up your wood burning tool and go over the images on the wooden coasters.
Place your coasters in a well-ventilated area and spray with your clear engine paint. Allow the paint to dry.
- The engine paint can withstand extreme temperatures making it perfect for durable coasters.
Next, flip your coasters over and spray the back as well to fully seal them.
Once we got past the frustration we totally figured out how to turn kids artwork into coaster sets. I admit that I absolutely love them! They are such a beautiful keepsake of this stage in my kiddos’ lives. The grandpas are seriously going to cherish these which makes all of the trial and error worth it. These little treasures totally fit in the gift bag with the kid decorated can koozies, too! You will literally have Father’s Day all wrapped up. Make sure you hop over to Oriental Trading and get everything you need to rock Dad’s day this year!
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