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You Can Make These Beautiful Coasters At Home With Just Sharpies And Alcohol

SEPTEMBER 20, 2015  —  By Grace Eire  
Grace Eire

Grace Eire

On Viral Nova, Grace writes about cute animals. She also writes for design42day.com, and thoroughly enjoys puns - the good kind or the bad kind. She's not picky when it comes to puns. She's studied English, music, film, and other creative fields. In her spare time she's reading or writing creative nonfiction, arranging songs, or writing jokes just in case she some day decides to try stand up comedy.

Sharpies are great for so many things. As a preteen I used them to draw all over my jeans; as adults, we use them to label moving boxes, but they're far more versatile than that.

With this project, you get to combine the beauty (so many colors!) and the practicality of the Sharpie by adding some rubbing alcohol to the mix...

Start with some white ceramic tiles. Make sure to clean them off!

Next, scribble on them with some Sharpies.

Pick light and dark colors for some contrast. You can always consult a color wheel, but really, do whatever you want. And don't worry about messing up.

Take out your rubbing alcohol.

Using an eyedropper or a stirring straw, drip small droplets onto the tile. The colors will pool together in beautiful designs.

Let it dry for 30 minutes.

Pro tip: start out using less alcohol, because you can always add more after the first layer dries if you want a bigger pooling effect.

Seal in the design using a spray fixative -- hold the tile at least six inches away, or else the colors will bleed.

Spray at least a few layers on to ensure your colors stay in place.

Finish the project with some varnish or polyurethane for shine, and attach small felt pads to the bottom.

There you have it! Beautiful accessories by day, saving your surfaces by night.

(source Sharpie)

Do you realize how much something like this would cost at a home decor store? We'll spare you the jaw-dropping numbers, because all you'll pay for is the tile and finishing sprays! Plus, this way, you get to choose your own colors to match your room perfectly.