Martha Stewart Living, June 2008
Lightly sand the top surfaces of each disk.
With the foam brush, apply wood stain.
Wipe off any excess with a paper towel. Let dry. Repeat until the desired color is achieved.
With a paintbrush, apply 1 coat of polyurethane. Let dry.
Sanding block and sandpaper in fine or medium grade
Birch disks, available at garden centers
Colored wood stain
Clear matte polyurethane
Birch disks, stained in a variety of hues and then treated with a coat of matte polyurethane, can be used as decorative and functional trivets, coasters for drinks, and mini hors d'oeuvre trays. These trivets and coasters can handle hot, but not scalding, dishes. They also make pretty serving pieces. Because the wood stain isn't food-safe, slip parchment paper beneath any food to avoid placing it directly on the wood.