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Dipped DIY Birch Slice Coasters

These “dipped” DIY birch slice coasters serve an important purpose in my DIY life.  See, I have a spray painting confession that you might not expect from an avid DIYer: I have the tendency to rush my spray painting jobs.  Too often I’m so antsy to be done and see the finished project, that I don’t wait long enough between coats or I apply some coats too thickly.   I’ve had dripping and sagging problems as a result.  This is such a rookie problem, I’m totally ashamed.

BUT – I have solution that’s worked well for me the last couple of years: having smaller spray painting projects on the go at the same time!  I just need to keep my hands busy.  So while I was spray painting a fire pit Hubby welded (it’s so gorgeous), I distracted myself by toggling between applying the topcoat to an Ikea hack we stained grey (details soon!) and whipping up these DIY birch slice coasters.  With three projects on the go at once, I was occupied enough to allow all of my projects time to dry in between coats.

Dipped DIY Birch Slice Coasters

As an added bonus, we now have this adorable set of DIY birch slice coasters!

In our allotment of firewood this year, most of our logs were split but we did have a few whole birch logs that I squirrelled away for crafts.  But you could easily buy all of the supplies for these DIY birch slice coasters online as well, and I’ve linked to everything below.

Supplies for Making DIY Birch Slice Coasters:

How to Make Painted Birch Slice Coasters:

Using the chop saw, Hubs and I quickly chopped one of the birch logs into even slices.  I peeled off the loosest layers of birch bark and then gave each slice a light sand with 220 grit sandpaper, just to smooth out any roughness:

DIY Birch Wood Slices

When my friend Ashley and I made her wood burned birch slice ornaments, we left all of the birch bark on, which you can do, but for coasters I just didn’t want too many loose bits.

Then I taped off half of each birch slice coaster with a good painter’s tape.  I really had to press down on the tape with my fingernail to get it to adhere to the uneven wood surface.  I propped each coaster up with a rock and gave it a blast of spray paint, including:

To seal them – probably the only step that really needs explaining – I lightly coated each handmade birch slice coaster with three thin coats of my newest favorite product, Watco Spray Lacquer, which is such a great alternative to laboriously brushing on a clear coat.

Dipped DIY Birch Slice Coasters

Since trying those wood burned wood slice ornaments, I’m really on the birch slice craft bandwagon.

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  1. brikhouse2
    July 13, 2016 / 4:59 am

    very cute project

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      July 13, 2016 / 5:31 pm

      Thanks! I need to visit my friend in Ottawa to borrow her wood burner, lol, because I have some more ideas…

  2. Anonymous
    July 13, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    I dig these, so rustic yet modern and fun:) Cheers!Amy in MN

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      July 13, 2016 / 5:30 pm

      Thanks Amy!

  3. Monkey Fun
    July 13, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    Love these Tanya. I'm thinking Christmas gifts to make. Your explanations are clear and to the point, no fiddly stuff in between to confuse a novice.

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      July 13, 2016 / 11:11 pm

      Thank you! I'm so happy you like my tutorials :)It's funny, while I was painting these I realized I had a rogue red can of spray paint in my cabinet and I thought these would have been cute for Christmas – or even Canada Day, if I'd done red + white!

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