March 31, 2012

Guest post by Sophie of Her Library Adventures!

Hi Oh So Lovely Vintage readers, it’s Sophie here from Her Library Adventures.  I’m so delighted that Stef and Erin have invited me over today to share with you a little vintage inspired DIY I put together to jazz up some plain coasters for your next dinner party! Here’s how I made them..
What You’ll Need:  2 to 4 round coasters (I found these at my local K-Mart) and an vintage image or icon you would like to trace onto your coaster.  I chose this lovely retro flower motif from a vintage placemat I recently thrifted.  You will also need, white acrylic paint, a paint brush, permanent markers in a variety of colours,  Mod Podge, a piece of tracing paper, a pencil and an eraser.

Step 1 & 2: Paint a thin layer of white paint on each coaster and then set them aside to dry.   Once they are dry, add one to two more layers so they are well covered. Again set aside to dry.

While the coasters are drying, you can set to work on creating a stencil for your image.  Feel free to draw something free hand but this works well if you would like a specific image. 

Step 3. Trace around the desired image onto the tracing paper.
Step 4. Once you have traced around the image, flip it over and gently rub the pencil on the back leaving a fine lead film (this will create the imprint for your drawing).

Step 5. Flip the drawing back over and place it gently onto your coaster (make sure the coaster is completely dry first). Trace around the outline of your image carefully, ensuring you don’t press down too hard.
Step 6. Take the tracing paper away and you will be left with a fine imprint of your desired image.

Steps 7 & 8.  Using the colours of the original image as inspiration, take a selection of permanent markers and colour in your image.  (Of course you can paint it if you like, however I found that permanent markers were much quicker and easier to use.)

Step 9. Set aside to dry for about five minutes and then add 1 to 2 thin coats of Mod Podge to seal the image. Use the mod podge sparingly and try to work in the coloured area and then the white area to avoid the marker running. Once dry, your vintage inspired coasters are ready to use.  

Make them in different colours or add names or initials for a personal touch.  Set your table with a vintage twist and you are ready for your next retro inspired dinner party.

Thanks so much to Stef and Erin for having me today! You can pop over to my blog, Her Library Adventures to check out more fun and simple DIYs for you and your home. 

Much Love

footnote: Thanks Sophie for sharing this cute DIY project with us! We can't wait to try it when we get back from holidays! Sophie is a great friend of ours, who lives on the other side of the world in Australia, who we met through the lovely blog world! She also has a really fantastic blog that you should definitely check out:
XO, Stef & Erin


  1. Super cute! I am so saving this! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I've just come across your blog! I love it. Always great to find people who have the same obsession :)
    Shame your on the other side of the world so all the tid bits you show which are for sale are too far away!

  3. This is such a great idea! I've painted coasters before (who wants plain ones?) but I love the idea of using and tracing vintage patterns. These look super cute!