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August 25, 2016

Komondor Stamped Birch Slice Coasters - Make a Set With Your Own Dog's Breed!

This is one of those easy DIY projects that was just so. much. fun.  Photographing it was the best.  While other bloggers were carefully curating their craft projects with pretty washi tape rolls and cacti, I was over here doing this:

DIY Birch Slice Coaster Stamped with Dog Breed - Komondor Stamped Coaster, from @danslelakehouse

It's no secret that I've become on of those people: totally smitten with my pup.  I had a dog before Szuka and, although she was wonderful, I do not remember being as deeply committed to my Jack Russel Terrier as I am to Szuka.  That says a lot because sometimes Szuka's stubborn Komondor ways make her difficult to love (like when I'm frantically running down our road and crashing through the woods, bra-less and in my pajamas in the pitch black - because there aren't street lights in the country - trying to lure her home after she escaped during her bedtime pee break).

But still, look at that face!   

Dog in a Canoe

Sometimes she's just the coolest dog around.  We took her for her first canoe ride this summer and she was so chill!  Now when we paddle around the bay, she rests her head and watches the shore, stopping to bark at that bitch Gracie (a miniature Schnauzer she loathes), but otherwise just enjoying the ride.  I can't help but be smitten with this dog!

Komondor in a canoe

When I came across a shop on Amazon that makes rubber stamps of various dog breeds, I immediately looked for a Komondor.  Sold!

I bought it to hand stamp some fabric, but I thought I would do a little experimenting first.  I used my stamp to make a set of DIY Komondor coasters and I love how they turned out:

DIY Birch Slice Coaster Stamped with Dog Breed - Komondor Stamped Coaster, from @danslelakehouse
DIY Birch Slice Coaster Stamped with Dog Breed - Komondor Stamped Coaster, from @danslelakehouse

Obsessed with your dog too?  Here's how I made my Komondor emblazoned coasters (they're SUPER simple):

DIY Birch Slice Coaster Stamped with Dog Breed - Komondor Stamped Coaster, from @danslelakehouse

Supplies:

How to Make Personalized Birch Slice Coasters:

Just like with my painted birch slice coasters, I cut birch slices with a chop saw and then sanded them smooth - peeling off any really loose layers of birch bark.  Next I applied a thin coat of white stain, to lighten the wood a bit so the stamped Komondor outline would stand out more clearly more.  The stain is totally optional, though!

DIY Birch Slice Coaster Stamped with Dog Breed - Komondor Stamped Coaster, from @danslelakehouse

When the stain dried, I brushed some paint onto the stencil, evenly spreading it out.  I tried a few stamps on a scrap piece of paper to get a feel for it.  I was never much of a scrapbooker or card-maker so this stamping thing was new to me!  I found that trying to apply even pressure took some practice.  With the stencil evenly covered in paint, I eyeballed the center of the birch slice, pressed down and lifted straight up - no wiggling or it smears the design.

DIY Birch Slice Coaster Stamped with Dog Breed - Komondor Stamped Coaster, from @danslelakehouse

I let the paint dry overnight, then applied a few coat of spray lacquer.

DIY Birch Slice Coaster Stamped with Dog Breed - Komondor Stamped Coaster, from @danslelakehouse

You can glue on a felt bottom or flip it over and spray the other side as well.  You could even paint the other side the same color as the stamp for a reversible coaster.  So many options!

I am really pleased with my Komondor stamp, which is from a company called Rubber Hedgehog.  They have a cute paw print stamp, if your pup's a lovable mixed breed.  There's also a dachshund rubber stamp that's too cute for words.   I can't even look at its face...  Next up, I want to stamp a white blouse with an all over Komondor print.  Then a tea towel.  Then everything Hubby owns while he's at work.

Handmade Gift for Dog Lover

P.S.  Have extra birch slices?  Check out my painted birch slice coasters and these DIY wood burned birch slice ornaments!
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8 comments

  1. Awwwweeeee! Adorable dog, adorable post! Can't wait to see the Komondor printed shirt. Maybe a tie for hubby as well? :D

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  2. These are so cute and would make such a great gift for all my dog-lover friends. Wish my dog looked more like some of the stamps they have (she's a mutt).

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    1. Szuka doesn't look exactly like the stereotypical Kom, either. I bought a dog shaped cookie cutter too (lol) and bought a Rhodesian something because it looked way more like her than an actual Komondor stamp. There's always the puppy paw print... :)

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  3. Awww... cute! I have lovable mutts, so no stamps or cookie cutters for me. Though our first two adoptees loved to kayak with my husband. The third, not so much. We just adopted the fourth, but we have yet to introduce her to the kayak. (We only have 2 dogs at one time.... we are not dog-hoarders ;o) )

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    1. Haha, I would not judge you for having a whole pack of dogs! I ended up buying a cookie cutter that isn't technically a Komondor - but it looks like Szuka. So maybe you'll find something yet when you least expect it. LOVE that your pups going kayaking with you - hope your recent addition takes to it too.

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