DIY Marbled Leather Coasters
There are a couple DIYs that I come back to year after year. This is one of those projects. I use these coasters almost everyday in my home. I have a marbled blue version sitting right here on my desk, a marbled rust version by my bed, and some pink ones in my living room. Luxe leather with a beautiful organic printed pattern and you really can't go wrong. This project makes a great handmade gift, make a set of 4 coaters to give away for various holidays and celebrations. If you aren't excited about cutting your own coasters you're in luck, they can be purchased pre-punched!
Tools & Materials:
- Tooling Leather (I like a 6-7 oz weight for this project)
- Olfa Snap-off Circle Cutter (this is a pricey tool but I use it all the time to cut out perfect circles in almost any material)
- Cutting mat
- Shallow baking pan
- Oil in small dish (olive oil works great)
- Black Sumi Ink, or Suminagashi marbling inks for other colors
- 2 small round paint brushes
- Set the circle cutter up to cut a 3.5-inch circle. Put the leather hide smooth side down on the cutting mat (cutting the leather right side down will prevent a hole appearing at the top of your coaster from the cutting tool). Cut 4 coasters from your leather hide.
- Fill the baking pan with about 1-2 inches of water.
- Put on paint brush in the ink and let the ink soak into the brush. Touch the brush to the water surface and let the ink spread, pick up the brush. Take the second paint brush and dip it into the oil. Touch the oil brush at the center of the ink circle and watch the oil spread the ink away. Alternate between the ink and the oil to create patterns in the water.
- You can use a toothpick to swirl the patterns around. I like to flick a little oil over the water to create "blank" circles in my marbled pattern.
- Once you see a pattern you like and it's wider than the coaster, take the coaster smooth (right side) down in your hand. Just grazing the surface, dip the coaster into the water. Be sure that the whole surface has touched the ink. Pick it up and lay it flat to dry, pattern side up. If you still have enough pattern floating on the surface you can dip the next coaster, otherwise use the ink and oil to create a new pattern. Repeat for the remaining coasters.
- Let the coasters dry fully before using, about 2 hours.
You GOt options:
I love this technique, did I say that already? Use the circle cutter to make larger circles and make trivets! The larger circles below are about 8-10 inches. For the trivets with marbling in the center I cut out a larger circle and then cut a smaller circle from the larger so they could nestle together. After marbling the center circle take a piece of sheet cork and glue all three pieces together. You can tell that these have gotten some heavy use but I wanted you to see an alternative option with all your new tools. Have fun!