I'm always perusing those bins at the front of Target where things are $1 – and I know I'm not the only one. I can spend $50 easily at “Tar-jhay,” just from shopping those bins. How about you? So awhile back I found coasters in those bins, and decided that I needed some coasters for my place . . . but I didn't like the pattern that the coasters came with (I don't use hairspray, but I do drink coffee! You'll see what that means in a minute).
You can use this method to decorate coasters with wood or tile or thick cardboard coasters like mine – it works with them all. I hope you enjoy my coaster craft.
Mod Podge Coaster Craft
Gather These Supplies
- $1 coasters
- Mod Podge Outdoor
- Scrapbook paper – one or two sheets in your favorite patterns
- Brush-on sealer (like Minwax Polycrylic)
- Sandpaper or emery board
- Alcohol ink and paper towel (optional)
Whatever machine made these coasters put a plastic-y coating on the top of them. I sanded it off so that the paper and Mod Podge would stick better. If you use wood, do the same. If you use tile, try to get the tiles without the clear coat on the top.
You don't have to use Outdoor Mod Podge. The reason I did is because my coasters are thick cardboard and I wanted them to be more protected. We're going to waterproof the coasters in this tutorial, so if you are using wood or tile, you can use regular Mod Podge (or your favorite formula).
Update: this post was created before Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge was developed. Updating this post to say that you can now use Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge on this project (you won't be able to wash these since they're cardboard, but it will provide more protection). Learn more about Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge here.
At this point dipped a paper towel into some green alcohol ink and darkened the edges to give my coasters a little flair. It's up to you. You can paint on them now or add additional papers on the top too!
To finish your coaster craft (if you didn't use Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge) you must add a brush-on waterproof sealer (or spray, but I find the brush-on works best for coasters). That way drinks that sweat won't make the coasters stick to your glass. Then you're done! Coasters for $1? Yes, please.
If you like this decoupage coaster craft, here are some other options you should check out!