Fig. F: Apply Elmer’s glue with a paintbrush to the back
of your coaster image. Fig. G: Draw a neat border around
the edges to give it a nice, finished look. Fig. H: Spray-paint the bottom and sides of the coaster with one of
the matching colors from your plates. Fig. I: Using a
paintbrush, apply Minwax Polycrylic to the top of your
coaster, starting with a very thin coat. Be sure to let
each coat dry before adding more coats.
4. Cut out a circle of the holey fabric the size of the
plate and spray it with the Krylon spray adhesive
(Figure D). Press it onto the back of the plate, making sure that it sticks all over.
5. Notice that a couple of the finished plates have
one color of dots on one half and another color on
the other half — this is really easy to do! With the
fabric still over the back of the plate, cover up part of
the plate with some tape and newspaper and spray
one part of the plate blue. Let it dry, then move the
paper and spray the other part of the plate red. Let
dry, then remove the fabric and spray the entire back
of the plate yellow, giving it at least 2 coats.
6. When the plate is completely dry, paint over
the back several times with the Minwax Polycrylic
(Figure E). Hand-wash with warm, soapy water
and a rag.
NOTE: Don’t put these plates in the dishwasher!
Make the Coasters
7. Copy and customize your images as you did for
the plates, in a 4"× 4" size. Then paint Elmer’s glue
on the back of an image and adhere it to the plywood
square (Figure F).
8. With your paint pen, draw around the edges to
give it a nice, finished look (Figure G). Then, with
the coaster face down on a flat surface, spray-paint
the sides and back with one of the colors from the
plates (Figure H). Let it dry.
9. Flip the coaster right side up and paint it with
several coats of the Minwax Polycrylic (Figure I).
Start with a very thin coat and let it dry, slowly
building it up and letting dry in between coats.
10. Finally, cut out sticky felt the size of the coaster
and adhere it to the back of the coaster.
BOOM! BAM! ZAP! You’re ready to party!
Mark Montano is a craft-a-holic completely addicted to
Elmer’s glue and all-night craft sessions in his boxer shorts.
He is the author of the best-selling book The Big Ass Book of
Crafts. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.