How to make DIY galaxy colored marble coasters
This project is super fun and easy. I was inspired to make these when I stumbled upon a picture of them on A Kailo Chic Life’s website here.
I love making these because it’s a short project and the learning curve is pretty non-existent. Plus, these make cute gifts for your friends! Bonus!
Anywho, I bought almost all of the supplies that was recommended in the tutorial with some exceptions and modifications:
Painter’s tape if you want the color blocked look
Utility knife or scissors (Note: A utility knife seemed easier to use for this project)
Latex (or nitrile) disposable gloves to keep the alcohol ink from staining your fingers
I would also recommend using cardboard to work on since this project can get messy
Separate the hexagon tiles
The first step was to cut each hexagon tile from the wire mesh. You could probably use a self-healing cutting board like this one (I personally like the blue one) or simply use some cardboard as long as you don’t press on the knife super hard.
Color block using painter’s tape
Use painter’s tape to tape off parts you don’t want to get paint on. I have a bit of trouble keeping the paint from bleeding through but found that adhering the tape well helps create a neater line.
Protect your work area
Use cardboard or something similar to protect the surface you’re working on.
Place the marble coasters on the protected surface and start experimenting with the inks! Start with a few drops and use different colors. The inks can be a bit unpredictable which is also part of the fun! Make sure you drain the excess paint onto your covered work area.
Add gold flecks
This part is fun. If you have a brand new gold paint pen, you’ll need to gently press down on the tip to get the ink to start flowing. Make sure you shake it first! Once the ink turns the tip from white to gold, shake your pen over the coasters in a downward flicking motion to create a splatter effect.
Let them dry
Allow the coasters to dry for a few minutes. The ink dries pretty quickly. Gently peel off the tape.
Add the cork bottom
Cut out a square from the cork roll about the size of the coaster. Peel off the protective paper and place your now dry coaster onto the sticky side of the cork roll. Use your utility knife to trim off the excess cork paper.