DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth

DIY Brushstroke Coasters

DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & clothDIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth

photos by Jared Smith

We’re finally back from Florida, but I still have open doors, oceans breezes, and patio dinners on the mind! I realize it may be a little chilly most places, but maybe if we start prepping for Spring soirees the sunshine will come? I’ll take one for the team and go first, starting with the DIY brushstroke coasters and a few simple ideas for entertaining with paper plates… the classy way.

I feel like I can speak on the topic of paper plates pretty professionally considering I’ve been working on mastering them for last 20 years. Just recently have I come to realize that mixing your paper plates with a few statement serve ware pieces makes the biggest difference in the world. My method: use paper plates for the biggest portion, and the real stuff for the things that can be cleaned up quickly or tossed in the dishwasher all at once. It’s tried and true, I tell ya!

I’ve also been on a big Cheeky Home kick because a) I’ll buy anything colorful from Target (let’s be honest), and b) they give a meal to a person in need every time you purchase a Cheeky product, and I’m 150% into that…

DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth

DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth

First, roll out a chunk of air dry clay onto a clean, smooth surface making sure the clay is an even width throughout (so that your coasters lay evenly).

DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth

Use the biscuit cutter to cut circles out of the clay and remove the excess from around the edges to let it dry completely for 24-48 hours.

DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth

Once the clay is completely dry, you can paint the coasters with craft paint the colors of your choice. I did a white base coat and then mixed various colors of pink to go with my table setting, just making quick strokes randomly with an almost dry paint brush to get the clean brushstroke effect.

Let the paint dry and then add a coat of clear mod podge to the tops and edges of each coaster to help them withstand water and wear and tear a bit better.

DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth

Obviously you can make these year round, but I love the punch of color they add for a Spring time palette!

For another paper plate styling trick, stack different shapes and sized plates for a layered look with disposable wear to make it sturdier and a bit more interesting on the table!

DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & clothDIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & clothDIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth

How are you all bringing the sunshine in? All I know is I am SUPER pumped to see daylight savings time come around again, I need sunlight past 6pm! Mostly for procrastinating on pictures, but what the heck, po-tayt-o/po-tot-o.

Sources: wooden paddle, Cheeky plates, gold flatware,  

This post is made possible by Cheeky Home. Thank you for supporting the brands and products we love that keep bigger and better content coming to your inboxes!

 

DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth

DIY Brushstroke Coasters

DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & clothDIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth

photos by Jared Smith

We’re finally back from Florida, but I still have open doors, oceans breezes, and patio dinners on the mind! I realize it may be a little chilly most places, but maybe if we start prepping for Spring soirees the sunshine will come? I’ll take one for the team and go first, starting with the DIY brushstroke coasters and a few simple ideas for entertaining with paper plates… the classy way.

I feel like I can speak on the topic of paper plates pretty professionally considering I’ve been working on mastering them for last 20 years. Just recently have I come to realize that mixing your paper plates with a few statement serve ware pieces makes the biggest difference in the world. My method: use paper plates for the biggest portion, and the real stuff for the things that can be cleaned up quickly or tossed in the dishwasher all at once. It’s tried and true, I tell ya!

I’ve also been on a big Cheeky Home kick because a) I’ll buy anything colorful from Target (let’s be honest), and b) they give a meal to a person in need every time you purchase a Cheeky product, and I’m 150% into that…

DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth

DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth

First, roll out a chunk of air dry clay onto a clean, smooth surface making sure the clay is an even width throughout (so that your coasters lay evenly).

DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth

Use the biscuit cutter to cut circles out of the clay and remove the excess from around the edges to let it dry completely for 24-48 hours.

DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth

Once the clay is completely dry, you can paint the coasters with craft paint the colors of your choice. I did a white base coat and then mixed various colors of pink to go with my table setting, just making quick strokes randomly with an almost dry paint brush to get the clean brushstroke effect.

Let the paint dry and then add a coat of clear mod podge to the tops and edges of each coaster to help them withstand water and wear and tear a bit better.

DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth

Obviously you can make these year round, but I love the punch of color they add for a Spring time palette!

For another paper plate styling trick, stack different shapes and sized plates for a layered look with disposable wear to make it sturdier and a bit more interesting on the table!

DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth DIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & clothDIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & clothDIY brushstroke coasters & how to style a table with paper plates | sugar & cloth

How are you all bringing the sunshine in? All I know is I am SUPER pumped to see daylight savings time come around again, I need sunlight past 6pm! Mostly for procrastinating on pictures, but what the heck, po-tayt-o/po-tot-o.

Sources: wooden paddle, Cheeky plates, gold flatware,  

This post is made possible by Cheeky Home. Thank you for supporting the brands and products we love that keep bigger and better content coming to your inboxes!

 

Comments

  • Nettie

    03.09.15

    How simple but practical and beautiful. I’ll be trying this at the weekend.

  • kioti23

    03.09.15

    Cute! I have some clay ready and waiting!

  • Love the coaster idea! I have some coasters that are in need of an update and this is a fantastic idea!!

  • aileepetrovic

    03.09.15

    Let’s talk about those paper plates for a second. Love them. They look so good. And those coasters are amazing. You need a shop to sell all of your DIYs :-)

  • A Golden Tulip

    03.09.15

    love the coasters, the brushstrokes are perfect, love the colors… i have the clay, just need to buy some spring colors to make these..

  • Nanda

    05.06.15

    Simple and amazing. I am trying it tomorrow.

  • Marcus

    01.04.17

    great post, very helpful :)

  • kristin

    06.21.17

    Love the coasters, but, dying to know what is in your salad? Looks yummm.

    • Ashley said:

      Hi Kristin, it was just some greens, dragonfruit, and nuts! Thanks for the kind words about the coasters :)

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