As part of this sponsored giveaway, each blogger was given a $50 e-card to either Jo-Ann or Home Depot and asked to use it to create a DIY 4th of July project. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own!
I LOVE easy, foolproof crafts. I also LOVE all things Red White and Blue in summer- so when a few of my close bloggy buddies asked me to join in a fun 4th of July themed blog hop, I jumped at the chance and my Painted Flag Coasters were born!
And even better- we have a giveaway at the bottom of the post so you can make your own crafts- so be sure to scroll all the way down and enter!
I ran over to Home Depot for some fun and out of the box craft staples- SHOWER TILES! I thought they would be perfect for 4th entertaining because heavy slate tiles work to keep glasses cool (just chill them beforehand) AND stand up to high heat if you want to use it as a trivet for buffet items. And because they are inexpensive, you can easily whip up a big batch before your Fourth Festivities!
Best of all, this technique is so easy you can get your kids to join in the fun. Anytime kids come together to learn about our nation's history and get to play with paint is a good thing in my book! So let's get started!
First off, unpack your shower tiles and dust them off. I bought mine in packages of 6-8. (I bought a few different shapes and sizes which I plan on using for some more holidays down the road). They can be a little dusty from moving and packaging so just wipe them down with a rag or paper towel.
Next, I grabbed some small adhesive dots. You could also use small furniture pads or something that is sticky on one side and smooth on the other to protect any furniture you'll be placing your coasters/trivets on.
Next, lay out your paints for the kids, as well as three brushes per person- one per color. You'll want about a ½" brush so you can make straight, even lines with it.
First, paint a blue box. Don't worry too much about how big it is because you can always go over it later.
Next, dip your red and white brushes in paint and pull them along the coaster (as pictured below) to make alternating stripes.
Depending on your paint color and coverage, you might need to add another layer if the slate shows through too much.
Let dry completely, a few hours to overnight. If using as a trivet, place in your oven on the lowest setting possible with the door cracked slightly for about an hour to help cure the paint- so it doesn't come off on hot serving ware later.
If you are using these as coasters, pop them in the freezer before your party- the slate holds temperature well and will help (slightly) cool drinks on it! It will also help a cold drink from picking up heat from a table- which is an awesome tip at any party!
Super cute and easy, huh? Just check out what my friends made!
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