If any of you are like me, coasters are a must in your home. They protect your wood surfaces from nasty water rings and keep them from bubbling due to too hot mugs. But there are two things that I don’t like about coasters. One, I can’t ever find ones that I really and truly love. And two, they can be super expensive! So, when I recently found out that I could make my own and they were super simple I was so excited to try them out!
What You Will Need
Plain Ceramic Coasters (Set of 4 is $3.99 at Michael’s)
Tissue Paper in Your favorite Colors/Patterns
Hot Glue Gun (and Glue)
How to Make Them
Start by cutting out a large square of tissue paper that will cover the entire surface of your coaster. I went with bright patters that were fun.
Next, spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on your coaster. Be sure to put it around the outer edges as well so that you can tuck your tissue paper over the edges.
Then lay your piece of tissue paper on your coaster and smooth it out. You can use a flat edge to do this but since tissue paper is so delicate I recommend gently doing it with your fingers. Once your tissue paper is flat across the top of your coaster, fold the edges over and use a little more Mod Podge to secure them around the sides.
Now, do not worry if there are some slight wrinkles in your tissue paper – as the Mod Podge dries, they will be less noticeable and once you seal them, they won’t show at all! That’s not to say don’t smooth them out with your fingers as much as you can but it is to say that perfection is not necessary.
Once you are done with securing your tissue paper, you’re ready to finish your coaster – literally. Take it outdoors and apply four to five coats of polyurethane sealer. This is what will make it hold up to wet glasses and give it a smooth finish.
Once your sealant has completely dried, you’re ready to add the finishing touches. Your coaster will look something like this – notice how much smoother it looks once it is sealed.
As a finishing touch, cut out a round piece of felt and hot glue it to the back. This will cover and loose edges as well as keep it from sliding on your tables!
And your done! Now, repeat the process with different patterns and colors of tissue paper to create a full set. You’ll end up with fun coasters that are super cute and reflect your style perfectly!