If you are looking for unique crafts for the nerds in your life, these DIY comic book coasters are perfect. Use materials right from the hardware store!
Skills Required: Beginner. This is a perfect craft if you’re just getting started with Mod Podge. You’ll need to be observant of wrinkles so just work slowly.
It’s so hard for me to think of crafts for the men in my life! This is not great, because I have a birthday for a brother coming up, and I want to give him something cool. The one thing I know he loves for sure? Comic books!
You may be like me and have a brother, father, husband, etc. who loves comic books. In which case, comic book coasters are the perfect gift for said brother.
And trust me, I’m not throwing stones about nerdy crafts. I’m a Star Wars fanatic. I even have a t-shirt (I wear it) that says “Be Nice to Nerds.” Haha!
I’m quite pleased with Man Podger David‘s project because I know a lot of you are looking for gifts and project ideas for the men in your life. You’ll want to pay attention (especially if you’re a beginner); he also used an unusual surface for the base. These comic book coasters are a win. Learn how to make them from him, below.
If you’ve visited my Etsy store, you know I’m the coaster guy. I have coasters of every style under the sun, but they only come in one shape: square.
So, I’m always looking for new possibilities for coaster shapes and types. I was so happy when, in the electrical/lighting section of Home Depot, I came across these metal blanks. Turns out they are made to cover up unused outlets and are just the right price ($1.40 each).
Yes, you can buy round wood or chip-board blanks for coasters. For me, those options are too lightweight (nothing is more annoying than a coaster that ALWAYS sticks to your glass). However, these are perfect – less clunky than making a coaster out of a tile but still heavy and versatile.
Make Comic Book Coasters
For this project you will need:
- Electrical outlet covers
- Outdoor Mod Podge
- Engine Enamel (optional)
- Comic books – use the real thing or laserjet copies
- E-6000 adhesive
- Spray paint
I wanted white coasters, so I started with a light sanding of the covers with some 220-grit sandpaper. This roughs up the surface and gives the paint something to stick to.
Then I carefully spread several coats of Antique White spray paint on the covers, letting dry between coats.
I love old comic books, so I decided to use some graphics from a book I’ve had for awhile. You can choose to use actual pages or color copies. If you go with the color copies, go with laserjet to prevent bleeding.
You’ll want to cut your circles for your comic book coasters. I used a circle template, which made it easy to visualize what the graphic would look like when cut out.
There are two screw holes in the outlet cover and your paper will need to cover them. I chose to leave a little edge showing, but your coasters would also work to cover the entire surface with paper.
If you choose this route, just cut a circle a little larger than the blank. After applying the paper and allowing it to dry, cut away the excess paper with a craft knife.
Once you’ve decided on your images, traced them with a pencil and a circle template (or glass): cut them out. It’s time to Mod Podge!
I like to dampen my images before attaching them. This reduces the bubbles and wrinkles that plagued me in my early Mod Podge attempts, back when I was a beginner.
NOTE: This method will NOT work with images printed on an inkjet printer as the ink will run. You should always test a little section of the paper to make sure it will hold up. I fill a container with water and drop the image in to soak a little while I prepare the surface.
When I pull the image out of the water, I run my fingers along either side of it to remove any excess water.
Add a coat of Mod Podge to the top of the coaster/electrical cover surface, then place the comic book circle on top. Smooth out any air bubbles carefully, being sure not to tear the comic book paper. Wipe away any excess Mod Podge that comes out the sides and let dry.
After about 20 minutes, I top coated my comic book coasters with a layer of Mod Podge and let dry. Then I lightly sanded my coasters with my 220-grit sandpaper and gave them another coat.
I glued the gaskets that come with the blanks onto the backside to act as padding using E-6000 glue. You could also use cork or felt if you’d prefer.
Optional: as a final sealer, use clear spray Engine Enamel. This product keeps your coasters from getting stuck to a very hot mug. It also protects your coasters from water.
And you now have finished comic book coasters to gift. Or keep for yourself.
Thank you David – these comic book coasters are awesome. My brother’s birthday is coming up and I’m going to make these. No one tell him!
If you like this comic book craft, you’re going to love these other ideas made with comic books: