Have I ever told you about the dollar stores in Japan? Expect a tour through one soon, like the one I did for Tokyu Hands, the best craft store on the planet (no bias), but the reason I ask is because they are A-MAZING…kind of like North America’s beloved Target, but instead everything is 100 yen, or about one buck. They are also fabulous for DIY supplies and inspiration and one day I found these cute, octagonal cork coasters that I knew would come in handy. Recently, while trying to figure out how to make my apartment more of a place of inspiration, I realized that creating a happy, positive home doesn’t necessarily mean completely overhauling your house and only leaving the brightest rays of sunshine behind. Instead, it might be just as great with little additions, like a set of coasters that make me smile each time I put my drink down. If you’re like me, then you think coasters sound like a posh invention for people who want to spend money on clothes for their beverages. But after surviving Japan’s hot summers, I’m realizing that coasters do more than just protect your tabletops – they also protect your clothes, papers, phone, etc from getting drowned in the pools of water all over your countertops. I love these coasters because they’re a simple and useful way to make your home a more positive and creative space. Did I mention they were only a dollar and need only two supplies? Definitely my kind of DIY.
Directions and more pictures after the jump.
The process is as easy as it looks. All you need are some cork coasters and a paint pen, such as a Posca paint pen. I love the Posca paint pens and I used white, though they have a huge range of colors. Once you’ve got your supplies, go to town with all the phrases and messages you’d love to hear on a daily basis. Then, thoroughly scatter them all over your tables and prepare to have a beautiful day. :]