07 February 2011

Easy {and cute} DIY coasters.

I have such an easy project for you folks that you're gonna run to Lowe's RIGHT after you read this to get the supplies for these suckers.  Seriously, they take me like ten minutes to make and are SO cute.

I wanted to make (instead of buy) my family and friends some Christmas presents and this is what I did for several of them. And the best part?  The total cost of this project was like...a WHOPPING $2 for four coasters.  Yep, you heard that right. (Just so you know, it'll cost you more than that if you don't have the mod podge, stencils, and cork, but I already had that on hand so I didn't bother calculating that into my cost.)


Here's what you'll need:
(You can get all this supplies at Michaels or Hobby Lobby and be sure to use a 40% off coupon!)
1. Mod podge.
2. Cork (I got the big squares and just cut them into little squares. $2.77 for a pack of 4)
4. Tiles (Get these at Lowe's or Home Depot for around 33 cents a piece!)
5. Scrapbook paper of your choice. You only need one sheet if you are making four coasters.
6. Stencils and paint (optional).
7. Paintbrush for painting on the mod podge.
8. Hot glue gun (not pictured) to glue your cork on the back of the tiles.
Step One:
 Make sure your furry children do not lay on top of your project.  Huey loves to do this for some reason.  

Step Two:

If you bought the large squares of cork, cut them into small squares.  You don't really need the huge square to glue on the back and cutting it saves a lot more for other projects!

Step Three:

Hot glue the cork squares on the back of the tile.  That way it won't scratch your purty little furniture!

Step four:

This is where you can really express your style! Choose any scrapbook paper you want-I chose this script because I thought it looked elegant.  Get your scrapbook paper and cut them into squares just a tiny bit smaller than the tile.  The ones I cut ended up being 2.5" each side.  Cut one square for each coaster.

Step five:
(this is optional if you want to add the first letter of your last name or anything else of that sort)
I chose to add a J since our last name is Jones. I got the stencil from Micheals and it came with each letter of the alphabet.  Just paint the stencil with paint and then press it down in the center of your paper.
Now wait for it to dry.  If you want to speed up the process, use a hair dryer to make it dry faster but be careful not to make it run!
After that is done-
Step Six:
 Get your mod podge and paint a layer of it on the tile. Not too much but not too little either.  If you put too much, it'll seep over the edges. Then get your square of paper and press it on top of the tile.

Put another coat of mod podge over the top.  You can see from the picture that there are air bubble underneath the paper.  Don't worry, just get your finger and press them out.  Your finger will be sticky, but that's okay! Just wipe it off with a paper towel and go about your business. :)
and you're done!  

This is a wonderful gift and can be personalized to any holiday, season, or event! I made some for Valentine's day and Christmas! Just buy some coordinating scrapbook paper for 25 cents a page! 

Easy as pie!


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fat and lazy cat.


  1. Haha Huey cracks me up!

    Any time I take on a DIY project or am trying to take pictures of something, our cat Woods is right there in the middle of it...they think they are "helping" but it couldn't be further from the truth :)

    I love this tutorial by the way, and will definitely be trying it out myself soon. Thanks for sharing!

  2. love the coasters =) I Made some for our work gift exchange and some for my mom =)

  3. These are darling. I love the idea of using scrapbook paper. The possibilities are endless!

  4. Nice coasters. And your cat is a hoot!

  5. i love those coasters!! so cute!! i'll have to try that!!
    & that cat is hilarious!!!!

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