I've been wanting to do this little project for way too long. I find that I keep putting projects off because I don't feel like having all the kids get involved, but then when I'm home alone, I always have something else that I want to be doing. Before I know it, the project is forgotten, or buried so far down the to-do list it's not a priority.

But creativity is a priority. When the other areas of my life start feeling blah, I know it's time to be creative. There is something about creativity that sort of re-sets myself. It's a separation from all other roles. It's fun. 

I finally made these DIY painted cork coasters, and I was done in less than an hour. You can be sure that within that hour, one by one, all 5 of my kids were gathered around the table painting coasters. And you know what? It was still fun.

I don't think of myself as a very fun mom. Sky is way better at having fun with the kids. This was a good reminder for me that even with my nature, I can still do projects around the kids and still have fun

The coolest part was that I didn't even have to clean up any of the mess!

DIY Painted Cork Coasters



cork placemats (I used IKEA)





washi tape



First use the ruler and pencil to draw squares on the placemats in the size you want. I did about 3.75" square. Or, you could trace a coaster you already have.

Cut out your squares and round the corners if you want. Some parts of the cork didn't want to cut very well because, cork. I didn't worry about getting it perfect.

Then put your washi tape on for guidelines.

Paint your desired design and then pull the tape off while the paint is still wet.

That's it! 

Super easy, super fast, super fun.