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Lately, I've been going through my large stash of crafting and vinyl supplies and trying to get a bit more organized and intentional with things. I have a bin that all my vinyl scraps are tossed into after every project and a few times a year, I go through the bin, sort out the pieces I think I may use again, and donate the rest to friends who are just starting out with vinyl crafting or friends with small businesses. Hopefully I can find a better way to organize all of them and then come up with a project to share each week using these vinyl scraps.
Today, I decided to make coasters using a few scrap pieces of Oracal 651 vinyl as stencils. I already had several of these 6pc sets of 3.94" square MDF coasters, but scrap wood blocks would work as well. I really love the SVG files I shared last week so I used them again this week. There are so many possibilities for these designs!
For this project I used the following:
*SVG Files (these are the same from last week)
*Scraps of Oracal 651 Vinyl & Transfer Tape
*Black Craft Paint
*Toasted Marshmallow Craft Paint
I started by painting fronts and backs of each coaster black and let dry completely.
Then I uploaded the SVG files of choice in design space and welded each one into a solid piece. I added and welded a "W" in Times New Roman to the Pumpkin Wreath design. I sized each of the designs 3" wide and sent to the machine to cut.
Once cut, I weeded as I would a normal decal and added a piece of low tack transfer tape. Because I love to paint, I chose to use this as a stencil, however you could just apply a decal to the painted coaster and seal.
I then removed decal backing and applied the decal to the wood coasters. I went over the transfer tape several times with a Squeegee (a plastic or metal card would work as well), adhering the decal to the coaster. I then carefully peeled off the transfer tape leaving the decal on the coaster.
Next, using toasted marshmallow craft paint, I lightly painted over the entire coaster including decal. As with the other method of stenciling, it is important to do this lightly, as not to pool the paint around the stencil.
Once completely dry, I removed the decal with my weeding tool. If you do not have a weeding tool, a safety pin or similar would work. This process takes the longest amount of time! Once all vinyl was removed, I lightly sanded each coaster and then sprayed with a coat of clear gloss.
You can paint the coaster backs with the toasted marshmallow and then clear coat.
If giving as a gift, bundle them up with a cute little fall ribbon!
If you are interested in completing this project and don't have a cutting machine, I have a few of these DIY sets available in our store for purchase. Each set includes 6 coasters, 6 stencils/decals and an application card. These may be purchased here.
What do you do with your leftover vinyl or craft supplies? Do you have any great storage ideas? Please share your ideas!