This Blue Willow Ware Drink coaster craft project is perfect for the family dinner table. You can use some damaged or chipped Blue Willow ware materials from your own collection of Blue Willow Ware to cut costs down on this project. Broken Blue Willow Ware dishes are great used here instead of tossing them into the garbage.
You can also use reproduction Blue Willow Ware to save some money!
Overall this Blue Willow Ware Drink coaster craft project will take you an hour or two on two different n days. The difficulty scale is easy.
This Blue Willow Ware Drink coaster is easy to make, and perfect for any decor.
To make an Blue Will Ware Drink Coaster Craft Project You Will Need:
4″X4″ inch picture Frame
Piece of plywood cut to 4’X4″
Broken Blue Willow Ware dish pieces
Start this Blue Willow Ware craft project by taking your small picture frame apart. Remove the back, all of the cardboard, and the glass. Now, take some pliers and pull out any of those metal tabs that hold the back onto your picture frame.
Now, lightly sand your picture frame with a fine grit sand paper. Wipe the dust away. Prime the entire picture frame with a good quality primer like Kilz.
Once the primer has dried you can add a coat of paint in your choice of color. Blue Willow Ware is blue and white, so you may want to stick with one of those colors.
Cut your piece of plywood to 4″x4″. Glue some wood glue around the edge of the piece of wood. Layer the paint picture frame on top of the piece of wood. Carefully line up the edges so that they look it clean and professional. Use finishing nails to attach the frame to the piece of wood.
Now for the fun part. Break up your Blue Willow Ware dishes placing them inside of a paper bag or an empty pillowcase. Use you hammer to smash the Blue Willow Ware dishes into small piece. Old Blue Willow Ware dishes with nicks and cracks are perfect for this part for the project. Mirror is also a great option as a filler in between the pieces.
Use a trowel to scoop some tile adhesive out onto your piece of wood, filling the area inside of the frame. Try not to get any onto the frame. If you do though, wipe it off with a damp rag. If some adhesive dries on your frame you will have to sand it to remove it.
Lay your broken Blue Willow Ware tiles pieces in a design filling up most of the inside of the frame. Now, fill in the rest of the space with a broken tile.
You can also use other broken tile to decorate the inside of the Blue Willow Ware Drink coaster ; it does not have to be solid blue willowware.
Let them sit over night and dry into place.
Use the same trowel to smooth grout over the dried Blue Willow Ware tiles. Completely fill all of the open spaces in between the tiles. Don’t leave any gaps or air bubbles because you will have to go back and fill them in later if you miss them. You can use colored grout instead of white.
Allow the grout to set up for about 20 minutes, and then carefully wipe it away with a damp sponge or rag. Ring the sponge out in water to keep it clean, and then wipe some more grout away.
Cut out a piece of blue felt to 4″X4″. Carefully glue it onto the bottom of your Blue Willow Ware Drink coaster. This will protect your table fro being scratched.