UPDATE: there has been an update to this process based on a few readers having problems! I’ve highlighted the changes in italics below!
Like most of us, I love carrara marble. I wish every surface in my kitchen and bath could be decked out with the stuff, but then I wouldn’t have anything to look forward to in my next house (that’s what I tell myself, anyway!). In the meantime, I am satiating my marble desires with little decorative hints of it throughout my house.
When it comes to coasters, I hate coasters that are too solid or nonporous to actually work well. This DIY is so great because it actually uses clay instead of marble which is soft to the touch and absorbent. Not only does it look like the real thing, but all four coasters came in at under $7 so it meets my ‘cheaper or better’ DIY requirement.
To make all four it took me under 30 minutes, so it was fairly easy and only took three materials! See the full tutorial below!
- Premo Oven Bake Clay in two colors – I used a sparkly white and a ‘granite’ grey
- Gold Acrylic Craft Paint (updated from original post using an ink pad)
- Rolling Pin
- Cutting Board
- Parchment Paper
- Large cup with a sturdy/sharp rim
ONE mix together one piece of the white clay with one piece of the grey clay. Use your hands to knead them and incorporate the colors as much as possible. What it looks like at this stage will be what it looks like finished. TWO flatten your clay ball between two pieces of parchment. The parchment is absolutely necessary to maintain your sanity. Roll it out to a thickness of around 1/8″. THREE using a glass with a thin/sharp rim, cut your clay into a circle. Repeat steps one through three until you have four coasters. FOUR bake at 250 for 30 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet.
FIVE drag the edges of your baked and cooled coasters through the gold pigment stamp pad. **I made my coasters with an ink pad, but several readers have tried this without success. I would recommended using gold craft paint instead. Just smear a light layer of gold paint on a sponge brush and run the edges through it similar to shown above.
You’ll be in love with the finished product. You can see in some of the photos that mine have a slight sparkle that looks like real stone or quartz. I think it makes them look much more expensive and luxe! I don’t know that any guest would believe I made these for so cheap!
Do you think you’ll give it a try?
p.s. My sincerest apologies to those readers who have had issues with the gold ink pads! If you’ve already tired to use the ink pad, go over the wet ink with a clear coat – either spray or brush – to seal in the color!!