Not only are these coasters easy to make thanks to Silhouette’s Stencil Vinyl, but I really love how well they turned out. If your household is in less a need for coasters, they’d also make a great gift at some point down the road. For the full tutorial, scroll below.
- Silhouette Stencil Vinyl
- Wooden coasters (Found at your local craft store)
Setting up your file in Silhouette Studio:
Select your design shape, and in the Modify window under “Compound Path” choose Release. This will create what appears to be a solid colored rectangle.
Clicking the outermost edge of the design, select and delete the outer rectangle. This should leave you with the reverse of the original, individual pentagon shapes.
With the entire shape (all pentagons) selected, in the Basic Options window choose Duplicate Right. This will make an exact copy of your design right next to the original. You can skip this and the next step altogether if the original dimensions of the pattern work for your project.
From there it was a matter of lining up the pentagon shapes enough to continue its already present pattern. To give my eyes a break, I made one group of pentagons a different color from the other so that I could see where they were lining up. Be sure to delete any stragglers or doubled up shapes so that your CAMEO or PORTRAIT doesn’t do any accidental damage to your stencil. Continue this step until you are happy with the scale and dimensions of your pattern. I knew I wanted the pattern to be scaled smaller than it was originally, so I duplicated it a few times.
All set? Great! Place your final pattern inside of a rectangle shape and send it to cut! I made the mistake of setting my Stencil Vinyl to cut with the Stencil Material settings, which was a disaster, so be sure to check that your cut settings are set to Vinyl before you press send. Also be sure that your stencil measures larger than your coster so that you don’t get any unwanted paint in unwanted places. I had decided I was doing some full patterned coasters, and some with just a strip of pentagons, so I set my file up accordingly above. Once your stencil is cut, it’s on to the dirty work!
Stenciling your coasters:
Step One: Start by painting the first layer on your wooden coasters. I did a couple coats of a metallic rose gold colored paint which I love on the wood.
Step Two: Once your base layer on your coasters is dried, remove your stencil design from the stencil vinyl sheet and adhere it to the top of your coaster. I’ve done many projects with Silhouette Stencil Material, but this is my first time using the Stencil Vinyl. For intricate shapes like this, I really like how much thinner and less stiff the Stencil Vinyl is. Because I used a shape that pulls off as one whole piece, I didn’t need to utilize the transfer tape that it came with, but that is also a great feature that the Stencil Material doesn’t offer.
Step Three: For my pentagon shape color, I went with a dark navy and dabbed on multiple light layers until the pattern was filled in.
Step Four: Simply peel back your stencil vinyl to reveal your design. Voila! I was able to reuse the stencils on multiple coasters, which saves on materials and time. Bonus!
Coasters before and after. You can then spray or paint a sealant coat on top to keep your design safe from any liquid damage!
The possibilities are really quite endless. Enjoy!