Tackling DIY projects together is a great couples activity. You might have heard the saying, “The family that plays together stays together” — it rings true because quality time strengthens every relationship, whether it’s a father and daughter or husband and wife.
Here are three great do-it-yourself projects to try — we like these because they’re manageable with a little time and teamwork.
Moreover, each of these DIY projects will enhance your home and it will have a fun story behind it!
1. DIY Concrete Coasters
The best DIY projects are the ones that look great and improve your home’s function, and that’s just what these gold, glam concrete coasters do.
These coasters are great conversation pieces — while sitting on a table, they will definitely catch guests’ eyes! — and they will keep your furniture free from drink stains!
What You’ll Need:
- 1 bag Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete
- 2 tablespoons (one for concrete and one for water)
- Cooking spray
- Container for mixing (an old yogurt container or a plastic cup work great!)
- Painter’s tape
- Paint and paintbrush
- Glue gun
First, lay out everything — there’s no time to waste looking for things once you start mixing the concrete. Then spray down your molds with cooking spray.
Wear some gloves and mix 13 tablespoons of Quikrete and 10 tablespoons of water for each coaster. Add the concrete to your mixing container first, then add the water. Your mixture should resemble thick pancake batter.
Pour the mixture into each mold and lightly tap the sides and bottom with a rubber mallet or hammer — the tapping gets rid of bubbles in the concrete. Then, let it sit and harden according to the package instructions on the concrete bag you used.
Once the concrete sets, your coasters should fall right out of the molds! When that happens, you can sand any rough edges or ridges in the concrete using sandpaper — 100 and 220-grit sandpaper are fine.
Now, grab some painter’s tape to make a cool design on your coaster — we painted gold on one side of these coasters. Once you have the paint on and it is dry, you need to seal it with a clear, spray-on top coat.
Finally, to protect your tables and countertops, glue pieces of felt to the bottoms of your DIY coasters.