Transform Coasters into Christmas Ornaments

My turquoise truck (see it HERE) inspired me to transform these old coasters into Christmas ornaments.  By using resources I had on hand, I made these fun rustic ornaments within minutes.Truck Truck

Here’s how I did it:

At first I thought I would use the cork already attached to the coasters.  However, since it was loose and not covering the entire surface, I was able to pull it off with very little effort (Yeah!). Truck Coasters

I cut out new (larger) circles from a sheet of cork I had left over from another project (by using a template).Truck Circles

I drew a design by hand, transferred it onto the cork circles with transfer paper, and then colored it in with a permanent marker (If I had a lot more to make, I would cut out the design with an x-acto knife and use it as a template to stencil in the color).  If you need help coming up with a design, check out FREE Christmas graphics and printables from the Graphics FairyTruck Transfer

Truck Color

I lightly sanded the wood on the coasters (to take off any loose/flaky varnish) before painting them.Truck Sanding

I added a base coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk Paint in Smoky Mountain Gray to all four coasters (and let them dry–dries in minutes).  Then, I painted two of the coasters Vintage White and the other two Traverse City Cherry.

NOTE: I paint in the direction of the grain and keep this in mind with most projects.  
Truck Painted Coasters

I sanded the dried paint/wood (again, trying to keep in the direction of the grain) to give it a more distressed/well-worn look (you can see the difference in the sanded coaster on the right).Truck White

I added a thin coat of endurance finish (and let it dry).Truck Varnish

I attached the cork (truck design) by using 6000 glue (what I had on hand…any good bonding glue would work).Truck Glue

Lastly, I added rusty wire to the back of the coasters with a staple gun (it was a quick way to attach the wire…you could also drill a hole or glue on wire/string/twine).Truck Wire

Zoom-zoom…I love the way they turned out!  What do you think?  Hmmmm–maybe I’ll keep one on display for good cheer all year long!4Trucks

Truck Red TreeHappy creating!White Truck

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