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EASY DIY Coasters You Can Make in Minutes!

Learn how to make coasters with Mod Podge and dollar bin supplies! These DIY coasters are great for beginners, and also make great gifts.

Skills Required: Beginner. I’m very close to saying that you don’t need any prior crafting skills to make these homemade coasters – they’re pretty easy. However just practice with Mod Podge a little bit before trying, if you can, to make sure you have the hang of decoupage first.

EASY DIY Coasters You Can Make in Minutes!

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?

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 surface came with (I don’t use hairspray, but I do drink coffee! You’ll see what that means in a minute).

How to Make Coasters

Learn how to make coasters using my method below. You can use this method to decorate surfaces that are wood or tile – or even thick cardboard like mine. Mod Podge works with them all. This is one of those easy crafts for adults that’s going to get you hooked!

In addition to the surface, you’re going to need some paper or fabric with a pretty design. I recommend using a thicker paper or fabric, especially since the surface is thick cardboard. You want to add as much rigidity as possible.

Let’s dig into the project!

DIY Coasters

Gather These Supplies

  • $1 coasters
  • Mod Podge Outdoor
  • Scrapbook paper – one or two sheets in your favorite patterns
  • Clear sealer (like Minwax Polycrylic or Engine Enamel)
  • Sandpaper or emery board
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Alcohol ink and paper towel (optional)
Coasters from Target dollar spot

Here are the base coasters that I started with – cute, funny even, but not really my style.

Sanding a surface from the dollar store

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.

Trace a square onto a piece of scrapbook paper with a pencil

Trace your coasters with the pencil directly onto the paper and cut just inside the line.

Paint Mod Podge Outdoor on the top of a dollar coaster with a paintbrush

Add a medium layer of Mod Podge to the coaster and then lay the paper down and smooth, smooth, smooth. Keep smoothing until all of the bubbles are removed and let dry for 15 – 20 minutes.

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 DIY 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. 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.

Add alcohol ink to the edges of a coaster with a paper towel

At this point dipped a paper towel into some green alcohol ink and darkened the edges to add a little flair. It’s up to you. You can paint on them now or add additional papers on the top too!

Seal coasters with scrapbook paper and Mod Podge

Once the coasters were dry, I rounded the edges using the scissors – then I painted a coat of Mod Podge over the top of the paper. Let dry and give another coat.

EASY DIY Coasters You Can Make in Minutes!

To finish your DIY coasters (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). You can also use Engine Enamel spray.

That way drinks that sweat won’t make the coasters stick to your glass. Then you’re done! Coasters for $1? Yes, please.

Yield: 6 coasters

DIY Coasters

EASY DIY Coasters You Can Make in Minutes!

Learn how to make coasters using inexpensive supplies! These homemade coasters are a very easy craft - perfect for home decor or gifts.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • $1 coasters
  • Mod Podge Outdoor
  • Scrapbook paper - one or two sheets in your favorite patterns
  • Clear sealer (like Minwax Polycrylic or Engine Enamel)
  • Sandpaper or emery board
  • Pencil
  • Alcohol ink and paper towel (optional)

Tools

  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Paintbrush

Instructions

  1. Trace the coasters with the pencil directly onto the paper and cut just inside the line.
  2. Add a medium layer of Mod Podge to the coaster and then lay the paper down and smooth. Keep smoothing until all of the bubbles are removed. Let dry for 15 - 20 minutes.
  3. Once the coasters are dry, trim any excess paper around the edges with the craft knife or scissors.
  4. Paint a coat of Mod Podge over the top of the paper. Let dry and give another coat. Let dry.
  5. To finish your coasters, add a brush-on waterproof sealer. You can also use Engine Enamel spray. Let dry 24 hours before using.

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jAN

Sunday 9th of February 2014

I am thinking of making coasters out of printed photos on a cork base but when using mod podge the ink lifts or smudges please can you advise a method to over come this. Is a waterproof sealer a must? or can I just use the mod podge?

Amy

Sunday 9th of February 2014

Hi Jan - my FAQ guide will help you. https://modpodgerocksblog.com/learn-how-to-mod-podge (search for "inkjet"). The advice will apply!

Jenny orehek

Saturday 4th of January 2014

Just bought a new jar of Mod Podge hard coat and it is lumpy. Ever had that problem?

Amy

Sunday 5th of January 2014

Hi Jenny! Hmmm - see if stirring helps. If not, you probably want to exchange it.

elizabeth

Monday 4th of February 2013

Can I use Mod Podge Hard Coat as a final waterproof coating - would this work??

Thanks xx

Amy

Monday 4th of February 2013

Hi Elizabeth! No Mod Podge is waterproof - so you'll have to add an additional brush on waterproof sealer!

Sara/creativejewishmom

Tuesday 15th of January 2013

Love the coasters, Amy, and love seeing you on Craft Schooling sunday! xoxoxoxo

Erica Deuel

Sunday 13th of January 2013

They look amazing!!

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