These custom coasters are made with supplies from the dollar store, and they look like vintage milk lids! Get the free printable and tutorial here.
Hi, it’s David from Cheltenham Road.
I make my custom coasters entirely by hand from cutting the wood base to the final bit of cork on the back but I’m always interested in new ways to do it.
While poking around the Dollar Store I discovered they had tons of these plastic coaster blanks so I grabbed a set and started playing around.
As you’ll also know I’m all about vintage and I’m kinda nuts about vintage diary bottle top graphics. I thought it would be cool to make these look like big bottle tops so I scanned some of my favorite bottle top graphics and got to work..
I had most of the supplies on hand.
Dollar Store Coasters
- 1 set of plastic dollar store coaster blanks
- Off-white spray paint
- Matte Mod Podge
- Envirotex Lite (available at Michaels Craft stores)
- Laser print outs of some vintage dairy labels <–click to get them!
- Double sided tape (totally optional but helpful!)
The coaster blanks came with a circle of cork that I needed to remove. I discovered it peeled up pretty easily and a bit of Goo Gone took care of any remaining residue or bits of cork.
I used the double sided tape to stick my coasters in place while I painted them.
A bit of Mod Podge attached the graphic to the coaster base . . .
and once that had dried I applied a sealing coat of Mod Podge. The sealing coat is very important because the Envirotex will eat through any unsealed paper and ruin the coaster.
Once the sealing coat of Mod Podge was totally dry I mixed up the Envirotex (I use Envirotex all the time and it works great but you must follow their directions very, very closely) and poured it on.
And that’s all there is to it.
You can, of course, use any round graphic that might appeal to you to make your custom coasters, but if you would like to use my vintage milk bottle graphics just right click and save this link:
to download a high resolution PDF (I’ve included six labels so you have some choices)
If you can’t find the coaster blanks at your dollar store, I was thinking a similar effect could be easily and affordably done using the saucer from a small clay pot. You could even use a good sized metal lid from a jar.
I used Envirotex because it would add a bit of weight to the coasters but Hard Coat or Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge would work very well (just make sure you let them totally cure).