There is this huge trend of cement and marble effect projects going on, and today I will incorporate both of the ideas into one and present to you DIY marble cement coasters.
In my home we need coasters like for real ,who doesn’t need one, victimized by white rings left by hot cup of tea sitting on my beautiful polished table while I chit chat with friends and family leaves this mar in my heart.So I decided its time about to get my sleeves rolling up and get dirt.
There is little wonder why cement is a huge love affair of all, it looks amazing as simple as that. I got mine at a paint shop, selling Dhs 2 per kg that is so freaking cheap, didn’t know it.
Black and white, no hard guesses I chose white my favorite color.
Only a mold was missing before I could go ahead and get it started, then I found this silicone heart mold in my kitchen stash and that is it.
What You would need:
+ Silicon Mold
+ Acrylic /Fabric Paints
+ Paint Brush
+ Dilute White Glue/Mod podge
+ Glue Gun
+ Felt Pads
Assemble the items you need first at the table and remove the rest from the site because soon it will get dirty and that’s why, I chose to place a sheet of brown paper.
Now this is totally based on your cement ,and I can only tell what worked for me , I used 9 tablespoons of water to 8 tablespoons cement for one coaster, if not sure experiment with a batch beforehand.
Mix the cement and water thoroughly to get the desired gooey textured mix, even if it gets too wet don’t worry you will just have to give it more time to dry.
Now that You have your mixture ready, you can drop some paint on the mixture. I used 242 Light Violet Fabric Paint by Camel.
Give it a nice swirl with the stick to achieve the marble look, do see that you are not just playing with the surface the bottom should also be taken off.
Now slowly pour the mixture with the help of the stick then use your spoon to scrape of the corner as the stick doesn’t help to get all of it out.
Looking at how dull it looked I dropped in some more paint over the cement and swirled it with the wooden stick to finish the look.
Then I gently took from the opposite sides of the mold and bashed it on the board, I kept repeating it until I felt that the air bubbles had gone ,this step is very important as you don’t want to end up with cracks due to trapped air bubbles.
Let it sit overnight ,believe me when I say don’t touch it means don’t, I did try and the edges came out very rough and a good part of it even broke off give it some time and it will be faithful to you.
Doesn’t it just look beautiful!!
I removed mine the next day from the mold, only after knowing that it was hard enough if yours don’t end up being firm and still soft then let it stay in the mold. I lightly sanded the edges of the coaster to make the surface facing me as smooth as the opposite side, then brushed off the dust.
If you have Mod podge, go ahead brush some over your coaster but if you have white thick glue like me then in a bowl mix 1 part of water with 1 part of glue to thin it out making it easier to apply to the surface. I would suggest give it at least 2 coats for longer life shelf life.
Let the glue dry between coats and after the last coat wait at least for 15 minutes ,meanwhile warm up your glue gun for 5 minutes and get ready to glue one felt pad to each corner of the felt.Now here I chose the side facing me to be used to glue our felt pads ,I know what you’re thinking that side is beautiful, but unfortunately I had to pick “the not so smooth side”, which this is.
Now that It is done, grab your tea and enjoy your time without the worry of your table or other beloved surface being ruined.Guess what this could also make a great gift too.It’s so cool and modern anyone will adore it.
You might be wondering why did she stop at 3 ,why not make a set of 6, good question, I will answer this in another post till then keep guessing and let me know what you think is the reason in the comments section below.
P.S. That is Saffron tea and hence the appealing color:)
Yes, I did have an idea of using glitter but it didn’t turn out how I ‘d imagine it to be. The red coaster is the one tried with glitter, but as you can see the glitter has a faded look. So I guess for now this should do.
Also, If you like this DIY marble cement coasters then don’t forget to tag me @enthrallinggumption in Instagram.