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Tropical Monstera-Leaf Clay Coasters

Hosting a luau this summer? These faux fronds are true to life down to the details like its glossy green color and fresh, natural look. Not only do they keep your table looking pristine, they add some serious style to your décor. 

DIY monstera tropical coasters finished

Photography: Enthralling Gumption

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This idea comes from our friend Marwa Hayat of Enthralling Gumption. You don't need much to channel tropical vibes this summer — just a bar of air-dry clay, cutter, and our downloadable template. "Also, these tropical monstera leaf coasters will make up for a perfect gift for your plant-loving friend," she says.

materials

  • Air-dry clay
  • Dowel
  • Cutter
  • White cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Dark green acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush

steps

  1. Roll out your clay with a dowel on a protected surface, measured to approximately 1/4 inch thick.
    DIY monstera tropical coasters step 1
  2. Print monstera leaf template on cardstock paper and cut out using scissors.
    DIY monstera tropical coasters step 2
  3. Place the leaf template over your clay. (Tip: You can lightly spray it down with water before placing the template to make it easier to cut around it.)
    DIY monstera tropical coasters step 3
  4. With the help of a sharp cutter, trim across the leaf by following the leaf outline.
    DIY monstera tropical coasters step 4
  5. Remove excess clay. With slightly wet hands run through the rough edges of your leaf to smoothen them out. Repeat step 1-5 to make a couple of more coasters as desired. Leave your clay coasters to set in a dry place to harden, which can take up to 1-3 days.
    DIY monstera tropical coasters step 5
  6. Once hardened, use dark green acrylic paint and a brush to paint the surface of the clay coasters. Paint one side at a time.
    DIY monstera tropical coasters step 6
  7. Let dry completely, which can take 1-2 hours. You are now ready to serve your guests snacks and drinks without having to worry about your furniture.
    monstera leaf clay coasters

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