wikiHow to Make Mini Pallet Coasters

Two Methods:Using the Traditional ApproachUsing the "Backwards" Approach

We have all seen the thousands of pallet DIY crafts that fashion wood pallets into coffee tables, bookshelves, shoe racks, and even bottle holders. But what about a pallet project that isn’t made from a pallet at all? With some popsicle or craft sticks, you can create cute and cozy "pallet" coasters for your home, office, or to give as a gift.

Method 1
Using the Traditional Approach

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    Take your wooden craft sticks and measure a straight section of the stick, 4” long on each one. With a pencil, mark the length so that you'll be able to cut off just the tips of the stick to ensure that you will have a rectangle shape (no curves).
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    Take your scissors and cut off the tips of the wooden craft sticks. Your result should be a 4” rectangular stick.
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    Pour some coffee into a bowl with the width long enough to hold all of your sticks. Dunk your sticks in the coffee and let them sit for an hour to give them an authentic wooden pallet color.
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    Take them out to dry. Once the sticks are dry to the touch, it's time to construct your mini pallets!
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    Form the base of the pallet. Take two sticks and lay them parallel on an even surface, roughly 4 inches away from each other.
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    Take your hot glue and make a thin line perpendicular to your stick along the very edge.
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    Take another wooden craft stick and place it on the glue, again perpendicular, and hold to fasten.
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    Make the same glue line on each end of the parallel sticks you have laid out and repeat the previous step.
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    Lay out the 7 top wooden craft sticks evenly apart across the top.
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    Add your nail details. No, not real nails. With your permanent marker!
    • Add two little silver dots side by side at each end of each stick. These little dots will resemble nails on a life-size pallet.

Method 2
Using the "Backwards" Approach

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    Lay out 7 wooden craft sticks horizontally to your left, and 7 sticks horizontally to your right.
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    Take 3 sticks to your right, and lay them perpendicular and evenly spaced to your left. Glue the sticks on.
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    Finish the backside of your coaster by glueing a stick on the top, bottom, and who in the middle.
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    There it is! A stained, untrimmed pallet coaster constructed the "backwards" way.

Tips

  • Lay out the sticks before you begin to glue them, this will ensure all the spaces are even.
  • Each pallet coaster is composed of 12 wooden craft sticks. A complete four pack coaster set will require 48 wooden craft sticks (a standard package at a dollar store has 100 sticks)
  • Excess glue makes it apparent that the project was crafted. For a more polished look, use the least amount of glue as possible.


Warnings

  • Low-temperature hot glue guns operate at approximately 120 °C (248 °F). This leaves the potential to burn you. Be careful to not make contact directly with hot glue, or the gun tip.
  • When cutting the wooden craft sticks, the end pieces have the potential to dart off in several directions. Be aware of your surroundings, and perhaps use eye-ware.
  • Wood craft sticks can cause splinters.


Things You'll Need

  • Standard package (100) wooden craft sticks
  • Hot glue
  • Ruler (optional for an untrimmed coaster)
  • Scissors (optional for an untrimmed coaster)
  • Silver permanent marker (optional)
  • Cup of coffee (optional)


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