Like many of the 20-something American women out there, I have a disease called ‘I Can Make That’-tis. Even though my skill sets may be nowhere in the same ballpark as what’s needed to make something I can more-easily buy… I would much rather make it. It REALLY becomes a problem when I see a high-end item, or a runway trend, and the wheels begin turning in my head. That’s where The DIY Files come to the rescue.
Hot Glue crisis… AVERTED!
Everyone’s favorite serial killer/blood splatter analyst/night time avenger is back Sunday on Showtime, and it’s about DAMN time I finally do a Dexter themed project!
Okay, so technically I’ve made my Dexter sugar glass cupcakes already, but those were more for my sister’s incessant whining rather than my love for one do-gooder with a machete.
The show returns for it’s 8th (and FINAL, BOOO!) season on Sunday June 30, and I figured if you’re going to have a Season Premier watch party, these creepy and cool coasters are a must. [insert ‘Monica’ joke here].
Also, I have a confession: I am perhaps the WORST Dexter fan, ever. I started watching the show a few months after it originally aired, but somewhere in Season 2, I got distracted…and busy… and by the time I finally had some episodes saved up, it was 2013. So at this point, it only makes sense to catch up once the show is completely and TOTALLY over. :wah wah:
BUT for those of you who are devoted watchers and followers, bring a bit of Dexter’s laboratory into your living room, albeit without the bloodshed and dismemberment. Keep reading for the project below!
- a sheet of felt (1 for about 12 coasters) — they’ll only be used in small pieces, and the felt will provide a layer of cushioning between the surface of the table and the plastic.
- thick clear acrylic or plastic. In this case, I used a clear Chinese take-out box I found at Michael’s. They’re usually used as favor boxes and gift boxes, so they’re made of sturdy plastic and you can still use an Xacto knife or scissors to cut it. 1 for 99cents = makes 2 coasters = WIN.
- a tube of red acrylic paint.
- a tube of blue acrylic paint.
- a clean paintbrush.
- a plate or flat surface you will be mixing the paint on.
- a cup of clean water and rag/paper towel.
- clothes pins or binder clips to hold the two sides of the coasters together.
- E6000 glue or any other waterproof clear-drying glue. If you’re using these for cold drinks on a hot day –> condensation –> water going drip drip drip on your coasters.
..and now, on to the instructions!
1. Taking the Chinese take-out plastic container, remove any extra parts (metal handles, labels, tags), and unfold the plastic. Lay it out on a flat surface.
2. Cut the flaps off the center piece.
3. Cut squares measuring 3 in x 3 in from each flap + the bottom = 5 squares total. This gives you a spare in case something goes awry!
4. Mix the paint on the flat surface/paper plate, with a significant amount of red paint and adding small dabs of blue until you have a dark red coloration. You don’t want a bright red — that will take away from the bloody aspect of these slides.
5. Water down the paint mixture to where the consistency is not dripping from the brush, but can be squeezed out.
6. Drip/dab random globs of the paint mixture. I even did the ‘messy scientist’ and added bloody fingerprints, haha.
7. Allow the ‘slide’ bottom with the paint to dry for approximately 1 hour or so.
8. After the painted portion is 80% dry, place the top ‘slide’ on the painted piece, and clip together with the binder clip or the clothes pin.
9. VERY CAREFULLY as to not move the two pieces around, use small amounts of the E6000 glue to secure the two pieces of plastic together. I used small amounts on each corner of the coasters and went about quarter of an inch out.
10. Cut L shaped pieces from the felt, 1 in long x 1 in wide, with 1/4 in thickness of the strip.
11. Cut enough pieces for each side of two corners of each coaster, so I cut 8 pieces for my two coasters.
12. Again, dab a small quantity of the water-proof/E6000 glue onto the felt and attach to your ‘bottom’ slide. Place the plastic coaster half-way onto the felt piece, then secure the top felt piece as well.
13. Allow the glue to cure overnight.
14. Grab a cold glass of something refreshing… and par-tay with Dexter Sunday, June 30 at 9pm.
*I have to admit I felt a bit like Dexter Morgan when searching for some of these items — plastic sheeting by the yard? A saw? Band-aids? Also, my inner forensics nerd was being a bit technical with the actual ‘blood’ component while painting, har har.
Have a bloody good time.