Hello Pretty Handy Girl fans!! I am Anika – the girl behind Anika’s DIY Life. As a long time Pretty Handy Girl fan myself, I can’t find words to tell you how excited I am to be a contributor to Brittany’s amazing site and share my projects with you amazing readers every month! You can read more about me here but in a nutshell, I love everything DIY – from building furniture to easy crafts. I also love color, bling and saving money. You will find at least one of these in every project of mine! Today’s project is all about bling and saving money – easy gold and marble coasters.
Don’t you love the look of marble and gold together? Here is a secret: it’s not really marble, it is contact paper! I discovered the awesomeness of contact paper when I needed a solution to update the countertop in the kids bathroom of our rental. The contact paper is still holding up perfectly after 5 months. I had half a roll left and have been looking for ways to use it up. I decided it would be fun to make a “marble” tray and these fun gold and marble coasters!
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- 4″ Hexagon template (I found a printable one online)
- Scrap wood or precut hexagonal wood tiles
- Marble contact paper
- Spray primer
- Gold spray paint
- Self-stick felt pads or scrap felt and super glue
- Jig saw
- X-acto knife
Step 1 – If you are using precut wood tiles, you can skip directly to the painting step. If not, cut out the hexagon template and use it to trace the hexagons on your piece of scrap wood.
Step 2 – Using a jig saw, cut out your hexagon shapes.
Step 3 – Sand the faces and edges smooth. It is important to get rid of all the saw marks because you won’t like how they look on the edge of the coaster once painted (ask me how I know. 😉 )
Step 4 – Give your coasters a coat of spray primer followed by a few coats of gold spray paint. If you need help deciding which gold spray paint you need, here is a fantastic gold spray paint comparison guide for you!
Step 5 – Decide the placement of the “marble” and cut the contact paper pieces accordingly (leaving a bit of overhang on the sides.) Slowly apply the contact paper while smoothing out any air bubbles.
Step 6 – Using the x-acto knife, cut off the excess contact paper from the edges.
Step 7 – Add non-stick felt pads to the back side. If you want to be totally frugal like me, you can use squares of scrap felt and super glue them to the back. (Pssst… see the back? that’s why you have to sand them really well!)
Here’s a video to show you how easy it is to make these marble and gold coasters:
That’s it! You have a gold and marble coaster set. I decided to get whimsical with the gold and marble pattern. You can get totally creative with the shapes of marble and gold on the coasters. Each coaster will be different yet eye-catching!
Tie four together with some twine to make a pretty hostess gift!
Hope you enjoyed this project! I will be back again next month with another fun project! In the meantime visit Anika’s DIY Life for more fun DIY projects.
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