My family and I live in Arizona, and during the summer months, it’s too hot to go outside. We recently had a bout of cool weather, and we jumped at the opportunity to head to the mountains to do a little foraging! My daughter loves to play outside and explore nature. After gathering wildflowers, pinecones, and twigs, I knew I wanted to find a way to use some of what we collected in our home. And then the idea for these foraged leaf art coasters just popped into my head! They took about thirty minutes to put together, and I love looking at them and thinking about the fun we had in the woods that day. Here’s how to make your own!
First, you’ll need to gather up some wildflowers and leaves. Look for plants with colourful petals and unique patterns and shapes!
We came home and quickly put our finds in vases with water to keep everything alive and colourful while I gathered supplies.
- assorted leaves and petals
- Mod-Podge (glossy or matte!)
- slate coasters
Step 1: Paint a layer of Mod-Podge on each coaster. You want it to be kind of thick so that each petal and leaf can stick in it and stay put.
Step 2: Sprinkle each coaster with the petals. If they’re not completely flat, use a toothpick to push the edges down.
Step 3: Repeat on every coaster and allow the Mod-Podge to set for at least 30 minutes.
Step 4: Once the bottom layer of Mod-Podge has dried, gently paint another layer over the top of the petals and leaves to seal everything.
Step 5: Let the Mod Podge cure for 24 hours (to be safe!), and then enjoy!
These make excellent gifts for grandparents, and you can even let the kids help you make them!
Serve up some kid-friendly (or mom-friendly—wink, wink) beverages, and toss a flower or two on the top. Place the drinks on the coasters, and admire your new floral set!
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