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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Halloween Coaster Tutorial

I am so excited to present my first detailed tutorial to you. Please leave a comment for me so I know that you have stopped by. I have had several requests to do a tutorial and thought this coaster set would be the perfect fun Halloween project. The group of images are from previous posts here on Clearly Vintage. I posted a PDF file of the images below or you can click on the Halloween label at the end of this post to see previous images I have shared.

What I love about this project is that it can be used as coasters or you can just make the box to put treats inside. You could also drill a hole in each coaster and use them as ornaments. You can even change the theme totally and use any vintage images.


Product List:
DecoArt Traditions Paint, Burnt Umber
Americana Paint, Buttermilk and Whispering Turquoise
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium, Matte(gel, I use this instead of glue and to finish the project)
Liquitex Gesso
DecoColor extra fine paint pen,White
Versa Color ink cube, Pinecone
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, Elements
Brown Raffia
Round Wood Box and 8 wood discs or as many needed to fill box (found at AC Moore)
Die or punch, round (correct size for your box and wood discs)
Various shape foam applicators
Paper towels
Ranger Non stick craft mat
Halloween images (see PDF link below)
One scrapbooking paper for reverse of coaster. I used a brown and orange dot from a MME Paper Pad.

Print the images on your color printed Halloween Images PDF

Take appropriate size die or paper punch and cut out 8 images you would like to put on coaster and one for the box lid. At the same time cut out 10 circles from the scrapbook paper you will be using for the reverse side of the coaster. Mine was from My Minds Eye.

Gesso the wooden circles and box. Do not sand. Paint the coasters with the Whispering Turquoise paint. Let dry. Repeat on other side of coaster.

Pat the Traditions Burnt Umber paint onto the outside inch of the circle. With a moist paper towel gently rub the brown paint away exposing bits of the blue layer below. Let dry. Repeat on other side of coaster.


Take white paint pen and make random white dots along the perimeter of the circle.

Run the Versa Color cube along the edge of the Rounded Halloween image. Glue Halloween image to the front of the coaster using the multi medium matte. Cover whole top surface with the medium in order to protect the image. Let dry.


Repeat this process on the reverse side of the coasters. Using the scrapbook paper circles for the center image. For efficiency work on all eight fronts and then all eight backs at the same time. Paint the exterior of the box using the same process as the coasters. First paint box with the blue paint. Then apply the brown paint and remove excess with a moist paper towel. Apply random white dots with paint pen. Paint interior of box with brown paint. Let dry.

Apply tissue tape to the rim of lid.

Stain with brown paint and remove excess.


Apply image to lid and scrapbook paper circles to inside of box lid and bottom.

Accent around the image on lid with white paint pen.


Tie Raffia to exterior of box



Robin said...

I'm happy to be the first to leave a comment, because I am so excited about your tutorial and the images you shared. I can't wait to start on one myself.

kiwimeskreations said...

Great tutorial Cora - well done!! Very clear and understandable, and good photos to accompany it.

Cora said...

Thank you both. This was my first attempt I was worried I would leave something out.

Teresa said...

Great tutorial--thank you.

frosew said...

Excellent tutorial and very cute coasters! Thank you!

CraftyViolet said...

I love how you did this. This technique could be used for any holiday too - or flowers or birds. Excellent!

Traci said...

Excellent tutorial! And I love the coasters. As noted earlier, this would be great for any holiday or occasion. Thank you for writing this!

Traci said...

Excellent tutorial! And I love the coasters. As noted earlier, this would be great for any holiday or occasion. Thank you for writing this!

Rene said...

Fabulous! They are beautiful.

Unknown said...

Great tutorial! Thank you for all you do!