It’s fun and easy to make a set of four coasters for yourself, or these make a great gift idea!
To make these mini pallets I used :
- wood craft sticks
- 1/2″ square balsa wood rod
- pliers with wire cutting blade
- craft knife
- sand paper
- hot glue gun
- washi tape
- Mod Podge
- First step is to prep and cut your wood pieces. I used 4″ sections for both my craft sticks and the balsa wood square rod that I marked off with a pencil. Then, using the wire cutting blade on my pliers, I snipped off the ends of each of my craft sticks. I used 7 craft sticks per pallet. After each of my craft sticks were cut, I sanded off any rough edges on a sheet of sand paper.
- Then I cut my balsa wood sections for the base of the mini pallet. Again I penciled off 4″ sections, and I used a box cutting blade to cut them. The balsa wood is so soft, it took just pressing down the blade on all four sides to create a full cut all the way through. I used the sandpaper again to smooth any rough edges on the ends of my wood pieces. I used 3 balsa wood pieces per mini pallet.
- After all the wood is cut, it’s time to decorate the craft sticks with washi tape. This is the fun part! I used four coordinating washi tape patterns for mine, but you can certainly pick one favorite and they will turn out just as fabulous. The washi tape is just the right width to cover the craft sticks. I cut a length of washi tape and attached to one side of a craft stick. Then, using a sharp scissors, I cut the ends off so they were flush with the end of each craft stick. I finished off by pressing down the sides of the washi tape along the side of the craft stick.
- After I decorated all of my craft sticks, and made them washi tape fabulous, it was time to put it all together. Using 7 washi tape sticks and 3 balsa wood pieces per pallet, I planned out my pattern and structure of my mini pallet. I lined up the 3 balsa wood sections, spaced evenly apart, and attached one washi tape stick on the top and bottom with a glue gun. Then I glued the center stick straight across the middle. I had my pattern planned next to the mini pallet structure, that was starting to come together, so it made it easy to finish by adding the last 4 craft sticks.