Learn how to make cute, tropical coasters with a roll of Duck Tape, acrylic paint, and some inexpensive wood plaques! Customize with your favorite pattern.
Sometimes you search through your stash and find things that you can’t remember buying. I’m going to be honest . . . it happens to me all the time.
And that’s exactly what happened with four wood plaques that suddenly appeared on my crafting shelf. With the help of Duck Tape, I turned these little guys into coasters. That’s what they seemed perfect for!
I’ve done several types of coasters, but never any with Duck Tape . . . what a perfect use for a cool pattern. And my coasters have a tropical theme just for summer. Here’s how I made them!
Gather These Supplies
- Duck Tape – I used Tropics
- Wood plaques – four
- Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe
- Acrylic paint – two coordinating colors
- Craft knife and mat
- Glass (or other circular object)
Start by painting your plaques with the darker paint color. Give several coats around the edge, up onto the top. You’ll see why later. Let dry.
Run Duck Tape onto your craft mat, slightly overlapping. Some Duck Tape patterns match up when you place them correctly; the Tropics pattern does pretty well.
You have a few options for this step. Here’s my favorite option: find a circular item about the size of your plaque top, like a glass. That’s what I did! This makes it VERY easy to cut your tape into a circle.
If you don’t have any round item remotely close in size, use tissue paper and a pencil to make a rubbing of the top of the plaque, giving you a circle the exact same size to cut.
If you do it this way, I recommend making four separate rubbings, one of each plaque . . . this is because these wood plaques are not perfectly round! Trust me.
Use your craft knife to cut out four circles. Because the Duck Tape is overlapped, you’ll be able to easily peel it from the craft mat. At least I was.
Smooth directly on the top of the wood plaque. It’s almost a coaster!
Oh, and this is why you slightly painted over the edge of the plaque on the top. If your Duck Tape circle isn’t EXACTLY the same size as the top of the plaque, you’ll see paint around the edge rather than bare wood.
Now you’ll add the lighter paint with a smaller brush around the rim of the plaque. It doesn’t have to be perfect . . .
. . . because you’re going to sand that lighter area with a bit of sandpaper to distress it!
NOW it’s a coaster! I love the distressing because it gives the project a bit of texture and personality.
To finish, add Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe on the painted portion of your coasters. Let dry completely before using. Don’t paint Mod Podge on top of the Duck Tape. It won’t adhere . . . and Duck Tape is waterproof anyway, so no need to!
I’m thinking my Duck Tape coasters are perfect for summer . . . they would be PERFECT for a pool or tiki party!
Disclosure: I’m working with Duck Brand as an ambassador for the year. While I am compensated for my time, all opinions are 100% my own and honest – I absolutely love Duck Tape!