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DIY Orange Slice Coasters

When I shared my citrus and turquoise tablescape, I left out one detail: my DIY orange slice coasters.

DIY Orange Slice Coasters

You can spot a sliver of them in the photos:

DIY Orange Slice Coasters

Keeping with my orange and aqua theme, I made a dried orange slice garland for the window, made use of my vintage orange pitcher, decorated with mandarin oranges – and made these DIY orange slice coasters from birch slices!

DIY Orange Slice Coasters

DIY Orange Slice Coasters

DIY Orange Slice Coasters

They DIY orange slice coasters were SO easy to make and now I’m dreaming up some other slice fruit variations – I’m planning pink dragon fruit slices next.

DIY Orange Slice Coasters

If you saw the etched birch slice ornaments I made with a friend, my “dipped” painted birch slice coaster, or my Komondor stamped birch slice coasters, you might have gleaned that I have a thing for birch slice crafts.  It’s such a rustic anomaly for me, but we have so many wood piles around the property for our wood burning fireplace, sauna, and fire pit, that I think birch slice crafts sort of seeped into my subconscious.  I’ve actually been wanting to slice a big birch log for a charger or serving platter, but our chop saw can’t handle the diameter and we don’t own a chainsaw.  So I have this huge birch stump in the garage, tempting me, until I can figure out a way to slice it.

Birch slice coasters are way easier!


How to Make DIY Orange Slice Coasters:

If you missed my other tutorials, the steps are simple!  Either purchase pre-cut birch slices or grab a branch or log and chop it into even slices, preferable with a chop saw for a nice smooth cut.  Peel off any loose birch bark and give the top and bottom surfaces a light sand.

For this citrus slice, I first painted the entire surface white.  Once the paint was dry, I used an orange acrylic paint to paint the “rind” – birch slices are perfect for this, because I just followed the bark line.  Then I hand-painted the orange segments and let the paint dry before going back in an adding a dab of white paint here and there.  Sketching the shape lightly with a pencil (or using a paint pen like this one) might help create a more symmetrical orange segment design but I was overconfident and just started painting.  Then I realized it’s been ages since I even held a paintbrush!

DIY Orange Slice Coasters

If you prefer, you can cut out a circle of felt and affix it to the bottom with craft glue to provide a smooth, soft surface between your drink and table.  But that’s it!  It just takes a few minutes to make these adorable DIY orange slice coasters.



  1. Cred X
    January 10, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    Cute! When you make your other citrus, you should include a pink-toned grapefruit one. I pinned a cute felt, citrus coaster tutorial (about 100 yrs ago- still haven't gotten to it) that included grapefruit coloured ones, the combo of orange, green yellow and pink is really cute.

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      January 10, 2017 / 3:35 pm

      Ooooo, I love that idea – I totally forgot about grapefruit. You're right that would be such a pretty addition. I think I have the same project pinned – that sounds familiar…

  2. Kelli
    January 13, 2017 / 3:03 am

    I love this idea! So fun and colorful, and my favorite part is that you can do them like an orange, lemon, lime, or grapefruit! So creative. 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      January 13, 2017 / 5:18 pm

      Thanks Kelli, so happy you like it!

  3. Dana@Mid2Mod
    January 28, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    I love orange as much as you love turquoise. I'm glad you're incorporating it in the lakehouse. Great coasters!

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      January 28, 2017 / 11:50 pm

      It's sneaking its way in, lol! I love the way you pair orange/mustard hues with teals – there was on inspiration board you made or pinned, I can't remember, and it's seared into my brain!

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