DIY Rustic Wood Coasters

Remember the fallen Aspen tree used for my wedding mentioned here? We had collected fallen Aspen and Pine trees while on a hike to use for DIY wedding decor. We had so much left over I once again reused the excess, handcrafting rustic coasters or tea light (candle) holders whichever suits the receivers fancy.

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These were cut using a miter saw, a process I did not photograph (sorry). If you are to try crafting these on your own seek out guidance prior to using a tool you are unfamiliar with. I sanded each piece using 120 grit sand paper which then beautifully revealed the trees rings and softened the surface, removing the risk of splinters.

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I used HempShield as a protectant on each of the coasters. It is a penetrating wood finish/sealer using emulsified hempseed oil with less hazard associated to human and earth health. It is the only wood finish we use in our business and home. I used clear to maintain the natural look of the Aspen, Redwood to create my Agate series, and Chestnut to make the ‘Peace on Earth’ series.

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While I was ill a couple of weeks back and also feeling the weight of the worlds tremendous troubles I put my hands to work. Creating has always been a form of active mediation (for me), a means to ground and reconnect.  Releasing energy through crafting was an effective way to shed growing fear and regain the momentum needed to take action.

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I am truly impressed with how they turned out. Each set of four, unique & different from the next. Whenever I see items similar to these for sale, inspiration strikes to attempt the project myself, however it doesn’t always come out as well as I would like as this one has.  Note: This was the first time I’ve tried the Redwood HempShield, I think it might be the new fave.

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A simple way to elevate natures ambience in home, backyard garden, or balcony.

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Each set is tied in twine and will be sent off to family and friends as an extension of our love and gratitude. A present for their presence.

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This Aspen tree reminds me of the giving tree as it has given and continues to give gifts. Once rooted within the foothills of the West Elk Mountains, uprooted from a spring avalanche, repurposed into wedding decor and once again gifted with love and purpose.

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Thanks for joining! What do you think?!

Don’t feel like making these but want a unique set for yourself?  Stay tuned for details on how to purchase your own set by Summer 2017!

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