Learn how to make your own DIY coasters using one of these 50 tutorials! Homemade coasters are perfect for decor or gifts, and these projects are easy enough for beginners!
If there’s one thing we know well around here, it’s coasters. I’ve been making DIY coasters for years, not because I have so many glasses and so many tables. The deal is that they are just *that* fun to make!
When I learned to decoupage, coasters were the first thing I tried after I failed at a photo frame. I decided the frame was too large for a first timer, and that I should start with something smaller. This goes for any beginning crafter trying a new medium.
If you’re new to working with cork, try making coasters! New to marbling paint? Coasters. Resin? Same thing. They are the perfect small surface to try a technique. And then of course there’s the practical application as home decor and giving as gifts. Who doesn’t want a pack of coasters, especially when you can personalize them? They make great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, teachers . . . anyone and everyone, really.
I’ve compiled a list of my favorite ways to make coasters. The list isn’t JUST Mod Podge, by the way. I wanted to do a comprehensive guide, and the fact is that people make coasters without decoupage medium (I know, I know). But I practice a lot of crafts besides decoupage, so I’m sharing a little bit of everything in this list: paint, sewing, decoupage, concrete, resin, etc.
It’s a reference for you to keep with yourself as well as share with others. There’s a little something for every type of crafter here!
How do you make homemade coasters?
To make Mod Podge coasters, you need four things (besides your basic tools):
Paper, fabric, or something to attach to your coaster
High heat sealer
That’s just a basic coaster. Now, some of these are sewn, some of these don’t use Mod Podge (though a lot of them do) . . . some are made just of yarn and some of resin. You might want to try a method that doesn’t use Mod Podge, but Mod Podge coasters are the most popular, so that’s what I’m highlighting here.
What can be used as a coaster?
Um, just about anything! My favorite surfaces are tiles from Home Depot, cork squares, wood slices, and mason jar lids.
Is Mod Podge waterproof for coasters?
No, Mod Podge is not waterproof. It’s highly water resistant . . . even the regular formulas . . . but not completely waterproof. It’s also not highly heat resistant. That’s why for DIY coasters, you’ll want to use a final sealer like VHT Engine Enamel.
You can use any formula you like. The most popular are Gloss, Matte, and Satin. This is if you are doing basic coaster assembly as I outlined above. If you’re using fabric on fabric, you’d use a different formula. Leave a comment if you need help selecting a formula.
How do you seal homemade coasters?
If you use Mod Podge to create your coasters (add a photo, for example), you’ll want to use a final sealer that is waterproof and maybe also heat resistant. Mod Podge can remain tacky for a bit as it cures, so crafters typically always want to add a final sealer. Here are the options:
Clear acrylic spray
Brush on polycrylic (like Minwax)
VHT Engine Enamel or other high heat clear coating
My recommendation for a final sealer is the high heat clear coating or resin, which are both water and heat resistant. Unless you know you aren’t ever going to put hot mugs on the coasters, in which case the other two (spray and polycrylic) will be fine.
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Flowers always brighten everyone's mood, and these coasters made with pressed flowers will definitely add some cheer to your table. These coasters are so beautiful, they would also be perfect as gifts, or even favors for bridal showers and weddings.
If you’re like me, you may have collected wine corks over the years and displayed them in decorative vases around the house, but now you’ll learn how to turn those old corks into one-of-a-kind drink coasters.
These Rae Dunn inspired drink coasters are the perfect addition to your collection –or the start of one if you don’t have any yet! Easy to make and a fraction of the cost of the real thing, you’ll want to give these out as gifts to friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.
Coasters are VERY easy to make using terra cotta saucers. They are the perfect size for a cup and contain all the moisture! Add some maps and resin to seal in your project. A perfect gift for traveling friends.
These coasters are easy to weave and make with glue. You could also use this technique to make woven felt placemats or a trivet, too. It’s such an easy way to add a splash of color and texture to your home!
These pretty coasters are made from recycled CDs or DVDs. We all have at least two or ten of these lying around. A pretty stencil and a little paint and these festive DVD coasters will be done in minutes.