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DIY wood coasters from a tree branch

Learning (and decoupage) unique DIY wood coasters from a fallen tree limb! This interesting home decor or a perfect gift idea.
I’ve presented the talented women of Hammer Like a girl here. You always have such brilliant ideas, and this one is no exception. Learn how to this DIY-tree-branch-coasters. I love the natural look, don’t you?

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Here is a fun and easy project, if you ever come across a downed or pruned branch – coasters from tree branches. If stacked on your base on your coffee table, your tree limb coasters to a mini-sculpture.
applied to The project: Stacked DIY wood coasters made from branch slices with concentric circles of ephemera, to the surfaces. This wood-piece drilled coasters, through the center, and are stacked on a metal rod on a thick branch Basis.
DIY wood coasters
you need:

Branch – about 4″ in diameter
chop saw (or a good hand saw and a few muscles)
Sander (we have a random orbital sander, but a hand sander will work also)
Drill plus 1/8″, and 3/32″ Drill
punches, your favorite ephemera
Big hole (we have 2″ and 1″)
Small hole punch (we have 1/8″)
Mod smorgasbord of Hard Coat
Satin Varathane (or clear polyurethane)
brush, about 1″ width
1/8″ steel rod (we used old croquet wickets, but the steel used-the rod is available at hardware stores)
saw
Hammer

step 1: Find a branch.
step 2: Cut your office in about 1/2″ into slices. We used a chop saw, but you can also saw her use a hand.
your discs, something consistent, mark your width of cut by saw a piece of duct tape over your. To your base, cut a slice thicker than the coasters – round 2″ – 3″.
note: if you use a chop saw, remember, wear goggles and cut through the nodes in the branch. The saw grab the ast (and your hand) in the most unpredictable and scary way.
step 3: Let your branch slices dry. We put them on a rack for about 2 weeks.
step 4: Drill holes in the approximate center of each piece of wood. Try to vary the placement of the holes easily; DIY wood-look coasters better if the edges of the stack are’t perfectly aligned.
(note: you can drill the holes before or after the sand, it doesn’t matter that much.)
step 5: Sand the wood slices. We used random orbital sander. To prevent the discs fly around, while loops, we built a small jig.
We nailed 2 small pieces of scrap wood on the work bench in a “v”, and the wood Segment wedged in the “v” with another piece of wood to hold it while grinding. This was Monica’s brilliant idea, by the way. I was satisfied, on the sand a little from my finger tips, until you came along.
step 6: the base, drill a hole with the 3/16″ drill bit (slightly smaller diameter than your steel rod) in your base piece of wood. Don't go through all the way.
you can mark your drill bit with a piece of blue tape for a guide. Cut your steel rod to the correct length with a hacksaw. Use a hammer to hammer the steel rod in the base. The fit should be tight.
7. Step one: Collect your favorite ephemera. You are using old typographic possibilities as we have, or you can go with more colorful options, how old is the gift of paper has illustrated calendars, greeting cards, cards, etc…
step 8: punching a variety of paper options with your 2″ and 1″ stamps and arrange them in pleasing combinations.
It works best when there is some contrast between the 2 layers – different size, color or pattern.
After you have your groups - with the small 1/8″ punch to make a hole in the approximate center of the coupled circuits.
step 9: brush Mod smorgasbord on a wood coaster, avoiding the hole in the middle. Place 2″ circle (align the hole in the paper with the hole in the wood), apply Modge smorgasbord on the top, then the 1″ circle, apply, and apply more Mod hodgepodge on top of that, the coating of the entire surface of the coaster.
let it Dry and repeat on the back of the coaster. You do the same on the base, the circles sliding down the metal rod.
step 10: Let dry thoroughly, and then apply a clear polyurethane coating over the top of the Mod collection. This leads to a hard finish. (Again, avoid the polyurethane in the hole in the middle.)
Let your wooden coasters disc to dry thoroughly (a few days) before stacking on the floor.
That’s it. Enjoy your new DIY wooden coasters, the double of art! Do not forget to visit us at Hammer Like a girl for more projects and become a fan on Facebook!

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