Tree Limb Coasters

This is a great idea and would make a great present for that special someone. Saw 1″ slices from a limb on band saw or circular table saw. It is important to make sure they are level from one side to another because if you did not have a level coaster a drink placed on it would in turn would not be leveled. Coat heavily with a gel stain and make sure it gets into all the nooks and crannies and then wipe off and let dry. When dry use polyurethane and make sure to get any bark also which will make the bark more durable with the wood. Let dry. You can leave this project alone at this point or here are some additional things you can do:

*Center a picture or child’s drawing to one side and decoupage it leaving one side alone so you can enjoy the wood

*Cover one side with a nicely colored felt to help protect from scratches to furniture

Kwanzaa Decoupaged Kinara

Materials
Pine (2″ x 1 5″ x 4″)
Decorative paper or fabric (1 5″ square)
Decoupage medium
Coordinating acrylic paint

General Supplies & Tools
Pencil
Scroll saw
Drill and W bit
Craft scissors
Paintbrushes
Brayer or large dowel
Craft knife

Instructions
1 . Enlarge Kinara pattern to desired size and copy onto pine. Using scroll saw, cut out wood. Center and drill seven W deep holes in top of holder.
2.  Cut paper or fabric slightly larger than side of candle holder. Brush liberal coat of decoupage medium onto one side of candle holder, then gently apply paper. Roll with large dowel to smooth and remove any air bubbles. Brush decoupage medium over top of paper and let dry. Using craft knife, trim excess paper from edges. Repeat process for other side, ends, and top of candle holder.
3.  Paint grooves and bottom of candle holder with coordinating acrylic paint.