Arguably, the hardest part of this project is coming up with a design you think will appeal to Dad and one with which you are happy. If you don’t have something in mind, search Internet sites for great ideas. Sketch your ideas out on a piece of paper to make sure your design will work with the size of a coaster. You don’t want to have to scrap it and start over.
Kids have favorite colors and have no doubt asked Dad what his are. Choose a paint color or combination of colors that reflect this. Or think outside the box by painting coasters with metallic paint in rust, antique metal, gold or copper.
Paint images on the coaster with a Father’s Day theme, such as sports, fishing or any other activity Dad likes. Use words or images to create a pattern or a simple motif, such as “Daddy” spelled out, one letter on each tile. For precision, consider using stencils to create shapes and letters.
You also can add other features when making your coasters besides paint, or in addition to it, such as photos or other images, using the decoupage technique. Decoupage is an artistic method of pasting images you’ve cut out and collected onto a surface, not unlike a collage. Print out pictures of family members to stick on the coasters or find images in books, magazines and postcards that you think Dad would like or gather images from the Internet. Just cut out and trim images to fit with scissors.