DIY Fruit Coasters | DESIGN IS YAY!

When summer is approaching, I tend to look for things with tropical fruits on it. I feel refreshed just by looking at them. When I was in IKEA I spotted packs of 4 cork coasters for $0.99, and I straight away knew what I was going to do with them, DIY Fruit Coasters!

DIY Fruit Coasters | DESIGN IS YAY!

What’s your favourite summer fruit? 

DIY Fruit Coasters | DESIGN IS YAY!

What you need for this D.I.Y is:

  • Round cork coasters, doesn’t have to be from IKEA
  • Acrylic paints in different colours. You will definitely need a white one. I got mine here.
  • Paint brushes
  • Your creative brain

For the 3 fruits I have here (watermelon, kiwi fruit and orange), the colours I’m using are Light Green, Cadmium Yellow, Rose Red, White and Black. I had to do colour mixes to get the right colouring. For example, for the watermelon centre, I need to mix red with a little bit of yellow, and white. That way, you don’t need to buy too many colours all at once. I find that red, green and yellow are the necessary colours for fruits.

My advise is to start with the darkest colour, and work your way to the lightest and paint the gaps with white. Because it’s easier to add more darker colours on light ones than the other way round. Also, some colours like yellow are not very pigmented (sorry, I think I might have used a cosmetic term here :P), so for the orange coaster I had to paint the base with white paint first.

This is such a fun project that you can do with your kids or by yourself on a lazy sunday afternoon in front of the TV. Have fun!

DIY Fruit Coasters | DESIGN IS YAY!

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  • MonpipitMai

    What a great Idea! I like it, it looks so good – especially for summer season ;)
    by the way: nice blog! Keep your hard work up, dear.
    Much love,

    • Wita | Design is Yay!

      Thank you, Mai :)

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  • Andy Bunny

    will the paint stick to the bottom of a hot cup? i’m just new to making coasters so I really have no idea… apologies.

    • Wita | Design is Yay!

      Hi, as long as the paints are dry when you’re using it, that should not happen.

  • Aizel R

    I did this with my friends for my birthday! It was really fun, thanks for the idea!

    • Wita | Design is Yay!

      That sounds like a fun birthday party!

  • Zakkiya Khan

    So cool! And I’m dying for that fruit lolly recipe :-)