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!
What’s your favourite summer fruit?
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!