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DIY Alcohol Ink bunny coasters

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Spring has sprung and I just love to be surrounded by Easter eggs, bunnies, candy, family and pastel colored things. I also love art and figured what better time than now to make a fun Easter craft with my kids to celebrate this wonderful holiday. We have done ink dye coasters in the past and they quickly became a favorite of ours. After some trial and error I created these cute artistic bunny coaster that I am sure you and your family will love.

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Supplies Needed

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4 or more 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch ceramic white tiles
Adirondack Alcohol Ink (in the colors of your choice)
Alcohol blending solution (found right by the alcohol inks in craft stores)
Rabbit template from http://imgarcade.com/1/bunny-template/ Using the bunny at the very bottom next to the bunny ears.
Black Sharpie marker
Q tips
Napkin
White acrylic paint
1 can of Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer (transparent)
1 pack of 3/8 inch round felt pads
Scissors
1 inch foam paintbrush
Something to protect your work surface
Old cardboard box (to set the coasters on outside when you spray seal them)

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Directions

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1. Cover your workspace.

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2. Print out the bunny template at 45% for a medium bunny or 50% for a larger bunny from http://imgarcade.com/1/bunny-template/ Use the bunny at the very bottom next to the bunny ears template.

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3. Cut out the bunny template.

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4. Trace the bunny onto the coasters using a Sharpie marker.

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6. Open the alcohol blending solution or rubbing alcohol and drip a small drop into the center of the bunny.

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7. Using a Q tip coat the inside of the bunny with the drop of alcohol blending solution (be careful not to get it too close to the black outline or it will dissolve the line.)

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8. Take the alcohol ink color of your choice and begin dropping tiny drops into the inside of the bunny you traced. Do this with as many colors as you like,just be careful to not get too ink happy or it will run outside the lines. Continue to drip dye until your bunny is fully covered.

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Note: If your drops start to pass the black sharpie lines do not panic. You can easily fix it by taking a wet Q tip and wiping it off or using a napkin, then re drawing the black line with you Sharpie marker.

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9. Let the ink dry for 30 minutes to an hour.

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10. Using your acrylic paint and foam paint brush, coat the side of the tiles making them white. Depending on how thick or thin you painted the sides you may want to repeat this step and apply a second coat.

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11. Let the white paint dry (time will depend on how thick you applied the paint.)

12. Now that the paint is dry, you can proceed to spray the gloss on outdoors in a well ventilated area.

13. Cover the outdoor area with an old cardboard box, then lay the tiles out leaving a little space between each tile.

14. Apply the acrylic spray gloss using the directions given on the can. Repeat this step once more on each tile after it dries (around 10 minutes)

15. Let the tiles fully dry (I waited 3 hours to be sure mine were dry.)

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16. Add the felt pads to the bottom corners of the tiles.

Your coasters are now finished. You can use them for drinks or stack them up and tie a ribbon around them to give as a gift.
The coasters my kids made are going to be a gift for their Teachers.

If your creativity is still flowing do not be afraid to try different dripping techniques. I included some other examples of tiles we made using a different template and also one where we dyed the whole tile then with our sharpie traced on and colored in the bunny. The possibilities are endless! Have fun with it.

Dawn Maltin is a Loving wife and devoted stay at home mom to three amazing little boys. Her philosophy is family first and everything else second. She is a self proclaimed craft-a-holic. When she is not knee deep in family adventures you can find her making,baking and crafting just about any and everything. If she does not know how to make something, you can be sure she will learn and master it before too long. She also has a love for fine dining,travel and reading.
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