This Poker Card drink coaster craft project is perfect for the game table. You can use some materials from the house to cut costs down on this project.
Broken white dishes are great used here instead of tossing them into the garbage. There is also a little hand painting involved, which makes this a great poker themed hostess gift you can make and give to someone!
Overall this Poker Card craft project will take you an hour or two on two different n days. The difficulty scale is easy.
To make an Poker Card Coaster Craft Project You Will Need:
4″X4″ inch picture Frame
Piece of plywood cut to 4’X4″
Broken white colored tile pieces
Tile paint or Ceramic paint in red in black
You can buy red and black ceramic paint in little bottles at any art supply store. I always see them at Michael’s arts and crafts store as well for about $3 a bottle.
Start this poker themed 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 milk or acrylic paint in your choice of color. I like to use white, red or black colors or even metallic that can easily blend with the poker theme.
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 white colored tiles by placing them inside of a paper bag or an empty pillowcase. Use you hammer to smash the tile into small piece. Old dishes, store bought tile, and even old white coffee mugs are perfect for this part for the project. Mirror is also a great option.
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 tiles pieces in the frame filling up all of the inside of the frame. Let them sit over night and dry into place.
Use the same trowel to smooth grout over the dried white 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.
Now, break out the red and black ceramic paints. You can hand paint a diamond, spade, club, and heart in each poker themed drink coats, just like a real playing card. Make each one have one design in each for the four corners, like a real card.
Follow the instruction on the bottle of ceramic paints. They may need to dry for a certain length of time.
Tip: When you are placing your tiles in the drink coaster you may want to reserve large pieces for the four corners to save a flat space to paint your suits on.
You could also stamp these diamond, spade, club, and ad heart shapes in each corner.
Cut out a piece of poker table top green colored felt to 4″X4″. Carefully glue it onto the bottom of your Poker Card coaster. This will protect your table fro being scratched.