Coasters are something that everyone uses frequently in most homes. They are fantastic for protecting your expensive tables and furniture, and they can also be a unique part of the decor if you have interesting designs.
However, they can also be rather steep in price.
Why not make your own?
We are going to share ten of our absolute favorite DIY coasters for you to make on your own.
There is something here for everyone, and they are all very simple to make yourself. First, we are going to discuss how we choose the coaster designs and rate it as one of our favorites.
Our Top 10 DIY Coasters
Now let’s take a look at our ten favorite coasters that you can make all on your own.
First on our list is making a coaster out of your old maps. For those of you who just have them laying around from years before, before you could use a GPS on your phone, this is a great use for them. They have a beautiful, unique look to them as well.
This particular design comes to us from The Country Chic Cottage.
First, you will need to gather supplies. For this coaster design, you will need: maps, Mod Podge, tiles, scissors, self adhesive felt, a pencil, and a paintbrush. Luckily, these products are all relatively cheap, and you can even use recycled tiles if you have some that are small enough to be considered coaster-sized.
Then you will want to trace the tile on your map, and cut out the squares you will be using. Add a layer of Mod Podge to the pack of the map, and let dry to avoid wrinkles. After that, add a layer of Mod Podge to the tile, and attach the map.
Once the tile and map are dry, put about 3 layers of Mod Podge on the top of the map, allowing each layer to dry thoroughly before adding another. Then let the coasters cure for about 48 hours.
These DIY coasters are said to hold up extremely well for several years before needing to be replaced, so they will be well worth the small amount of money and time you put into making them.
Next up we have fantastic felt coasters. These are softer, more flexible coasters, and they will definitely get your guests talking about them.
For this design, you will need: a screw punch, rotary cutter, wool felt, a self healing cutting mat, thread, scrap paper, and a (optional) disappearing ink marking pen.
First, go ahead and cut two squares of about four inches out of the wool felt. Then trim the corners diagonally by lining up a ruler about an inch from the corner of the felt. You can use two contrasting colors, which is what we would recommend, or any combination that you would like.
Then with a piece of the scrap paper you gathered, cut out another four inch square, and make a half inch grid on it. This allows you to draw a design for the coaster. Once you have done that, punch out the holes using two different sizes on the screw punch.
Put the two felt pieces together, and pin them together to stabilize them. Using thread that will match the bottom piece of felt, and sew them together by connecting the dots. After that, you will want to sew a border about ¼ of an inch from the edge. Then trip the felt flush with a rotary cutter about ⅛ of an inch from the border and cut the threads.
You can easily make these your own with designing your own images on the coasters, and they are fairly simple to assemble.
These corkboard coasters are another great option if you want something simple that you can make your own with the image choices.
For this DIY coaster, you will need: cork board tile, an image of your choice printed on cardstock, a foam brush, acrylic paint and paintbrushes, scissors, X-Acto Knife, Mod Podges, and removable double sided tape.
Figure out first the size and shape you want out of your coasters, and then draw/print it and cut it out on a piece of paper.
Then trace the template on the corkboard and cut that out as well.
After that, you will want to choose a background color for the coasters and paint them. Once the base has completely dried, you will need to paint your design onto the coaster to finish it up. You can also carve it into the coaster with an X-Acto Knife as well.
Once they have dried, simply cover them with the sealant and you have yourself some new coasters.
Wood Log Coasters
Next up, we have this beautifully natural and unique coasters made out of wood. This design is from Design Sponge and is fairly simply for anyone who wants to make them.
For these DIY coasters, you will need wood log, which we recommend getting pre-made cut pieces from here. You will also need 4 different colors of paint, white paint, waterproof sealant, paint brushes, carbon paper, pencil, ballpoint pen, and tape.
First, print out templates to match the size of your wood that have the images you want on them. Then cut them to the shape of the wood, along with the carbon paper. After that, you will need to tape both layers of paper to the wood, and trace the design with a ballpoint pen.
Paint all the shapes with a thin layer of white paint. Then paint them with the colored paints however you would like.
After that, all you need to do is cover them with sealant and let them dry.
Next, we have an extremely simple tile coaster.
For this particular project, you will need patterned scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, clear acrylic glaze, fabric glue, felt, ceramic tiles, and a sponge brush.
First, simply glue the paper to the tile and let it dry out completely. Then you will want to paint over the paper and tile with Mod Podge, and repeat two or three times while letting it dry between each layer.
Then spray each coaster with the clear acrylic glaze a few times to make them waterproof. Once they are dry, glue a piece of felt to the bottom of the tile with fabric glue to avoid scratches on your furniture.
Want your loved ones on your coasters? This project will allow you to keep your favorite photos on them.
You will need your favorite photos, ceramic tiles, acrylic sealer, Mod Podge, a sponge brush, felt, and paper.
All you have to do for these DIY coasters is to coat each tile with a thin layer of Mod Podge, then place the photo on top of it.
Add another layer of the Mod Podge and repeat twice more. Then you simply spray them two or three times with the acrylic sealer, and then cut the felt to size and glue it to the bottom of the coaster.
Chalkboard/Dry Erase Coasters
If you want coasters that have the opportunity to change, these chalkboard coasters are perfect. You will need ceramic tiles, chalkboard spray paint, scissors, black felt, glue, and a hot glue gun to make these.
First, spray paint each tile with three light coats of the chalkboard spray paint, letting them dry between each layer. Then cut out the black felt into squares that are the same size as the tiles.
Attach the felt with your hot glue gun, and let dry.
Once you have some chalk in hand, you can draw or write whatever you would like on them.
Alternatively, you can also use white paint as well to make a dry erase coaster too. Either way, you have a coaster that allows you to change the image/writing as often as you would like.
Recycled Magazine Magazines
For these DIY coasters, you will simply need some magazines you don’t care about reading anymore. First, tear out six different pages in the magazine. Make sure to cut off the ragged edges and then cut each page in half lengthwise. Fold each strip of paper in half lengthwise and then fold again into thirds.
Then, fold the strip in half at the center for each different sheet of paper. After you have done that with all six magazine pages, you will begin to weave them in and out of each other. Add one strip of paper at a time, and make sure that you push them tightly together.
Once they are all interwoven, simply cut off the excess paper to finish them off. To seal them, you can spray them with some spray acrylic sealer as well.
Organic Wood Coasters
Last, but not least, we have the organic wood coasters. These have a beautiful and natural look that will look fantastic in any home.
These will take a little more work and planning, but will definitely be well worth it in the end.
For these coasters, you will need a dry, old tree limb, a miter saw, sandpaper, natural stain, sealer, felt, glue, and safety goggles.
First, slice up the tree branch until you have 5-6 coaster sized pieces of wood. Then sand one side completely smooth of each piece. After that, you will want to cover them in stain to make them glossy.
Then you will want to cover them with a sealant to ensure that they are waterproof. Your last step is simply to cut out the felt and glue it to the bottom of the coaster.
We hope that this guide was helpful for your DIY coaster needs. If you have tried any of these ideas out, which one is your favorite?