Use Faux Granite and Marble Spray Paint to Make Coasters for Mother’s Day
Moms, we love you. We’ve made embroidered scarves, a spa in a box and gifted classes to learn new skills to show you just how special you are. With Mother’s Day coming up, and the pressure on to top last year’s gift, we realized that all we really want is to spend some quality time together. Share a cup of coffee or tea with mom by making her these easy DIY faux granite and marble coasters. Pair your gift with some tasty Mother’s Day brunch recipes and we say you have the perfect start to her special day. Scroll on for the tutorial!
We’ve been obsessed with textured spray paint ever since we made these mini decorative planters!
— Sculpey oven baked clay (we used about 2.5 packs of 8-ounce white Sculpey clay)
— blue tape
— parchment paper
— acrylic paint
— paper plate for your paint
— baking tray
— rolling pin
— paint brush
Cut your parchment paper large enough to roll your clay out on top.
Warm up the Sculpey clay in your hands so that you can roll with ease. Place another sheet of parchment paper over the piece of clay and slowly roll into an even surface 1/4 inch wide.
Use your knife to cut the edges of your coasters. Since we chose to make imperfect geometric shapes, our cuts varied coaster to coaster.
Use blue tape to create straight edges and protect a section of the coaster that you do not want spray painted. Place the taped coasters onto your cardboard and lightly spray your coasters until you get the desired effect. We found that spraying short spritzes gave us more control over both the granite and marbling texture. Once dry, slowly peel off the blue tape.
You can also paint sections with acrylic paint first!
We’re really inspired by geometric shapes, like designer Ellen Van Dusen’s patterned prints!
Look at that texture!
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DIY Production and Styling: Anita Yung
Photography: Kurt Andre
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!