DIY | Hex Coasters

These beautiful symbols are a form of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. It became popular in 1850 when people started painting barns with the sentiment of bringing good fortune and happiness, but also to warm off evil spirits. The rustic element of the wood and the folk art makes these coasters perfect for the cottage. And the best part is that they’re pretty easy to make, and they even make a great gift! 

 Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A sliced log (about ½” to ¾” thick pieces)
  • Paint (5 colours)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Computer & Printer
  • Paper
  • Clear Sealer

Here’s what to do:

  1. Once you’ve acquired your sliced logs, scale the hex symbols to approximately fit, and then print them off.
  2. To transfer the image onto the wood, scribble with your pencil on the back of the hex symbol that you’ve printed off. Once you’ve covered the back of the image with the pencil, flip the image over and trace over the image. In the process, the led from the paper will be transferred onto the log.
  3. Now that the image is transferred onto the wood, it’s as simple as following the paint by numbers method to fill in the image. Because I made several sets, I rotated the numbers so there were no exact duplicates.
  4. You may need several coats of paint to get the look you want. Once the paint is completely dry, do a couple of layers of a clear sealer. This will protect the wood from all the moisture that the coasters will undoubtedly be exposed to.

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