DIY Drink Coasters

I am a little peeved that somehow my feed reader count went from 440 to 109 in one day and the problem has not been resolved. I have a email out to feedburner to see if they can correct the issue and see what the problem is.

To heal my bloggy broken heart, I decided to do a little crafting. I found a set of drink coasters at the Dollar Tree and decided to alter them to give as a gift!

To recreate this DIY set, you will need a few items:

1. Set of coasters from the Dollar Tree
1a. Craft knife or scissors (I vote for craft knife! Be sure to have a safe surface to cut on like a cutting mat or old table)
2. Mod Podge (Decopauge Glue and Sealer)
3. Paper in a design of your choice
4. Small paint brush
5. Polyurethane Varnish (found at most big box craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael's)
6. Small nail file

And here's how to make them:

Step 1:
Gather all your materials and set up your work space. This is what my coasters looked like pre-alteration. These particular ones have cork on the bottom (perfect for not scratching table tops).

Step 2:
Set your paper down on the mat with the decorative side up and flip your coaster over so the cork is face up. Using the craft knife, cut around the edge of the coaster ( I could have measured and cut the piece first, but I like to work this way, just personal preference).
Step 3:
Set aside the cut piece of paper. Using the small paint brush, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the top (non cork side) of the coaster. Adhere the paper. Press out any bubbles in the paper, working from the middle out to the edge.
Step 4:
Flip the coaster over so the cork side is facing up. Using your craft knife, trim any excess from the edges.
Step 5:
Using the nail file, lightly sand the edges of the coaster to disguise any irregularities.
Step 6:
Apply an even coat of Mod Pdge to the top of the coaster. Try to get the sides as well, as theis will help seal the paper to the coaster even more. Let dry 20-30 minutes.
Step 7:
After the Mod Podge has dried, apply a thin coat of the varnish over the top. Let dry several hours (if not longer before use).

Presto Chango!...Handmade drink coasters to match any decor!


  1. Michelle, these came out really cute. I haven't seen coasters with cork bottoms at my Dollar Stores. I've only seen the kind that are just thick cardboard. I've thought of doing this but thought it would be a lot of work that might end up getting yucky quickly. I MUST find some with cork bottoms!

    Would you mind telling me the specific name of the top coat you used to protect them and where in the store you found it? I am never sure which one to buy. Thanks!

    So sorry to hear about the feedburner thing, just wanted to let you know that I came by to add a link to your chick project into a post I did on a paper plate chick we just made. Anyway, that's how I saw you had a new post, the last one I had as a new post on my Blogger Dashboard was the restaurant post. I clicked on your blog specifically in my Dashboard for updates and still not coaster post? Are the two related?

    Planning on adding a link to your chick craft on ABC too, but haven't gotten around to it yet. I'll be on one of the Easter posts this week.

  2. Katie, I used Delta Ceramacoat Gloss Varnish found near the wood working/paint aisle (same aisle as mod podge)at Michaels's Arts and Crafts we have them here in California. I like it becuase it comes in a squeeze bottle and with a 40% off coupon was only 5.99 for a large bottle.

  3. Love these - definitely going to make some when we move into our new house : )

  4. My feedburner reader count dropped about 75% too, also in one day. I wonder if there's some sort of bug?

  5. Oh, I just checked again and my count is back to normal - so see if they fixed yours too :)

  6. Great idea! Love the paper choices you used to cover the coasters. I'll have to be on the hunt for some of these at The Dollar Tree!

  7. oh; those are really cute! I just bought some mod podge yesterday for the first time EVER, and Edwin kept laughing at me making my project! It appears I need a little bit more practice, before I give anything away as a gift!

  8. What a great idea~!

  9. Anonymous8:35 AM

    Im headed to the DOLLAR TREE today! CAN'T WAIT to make my coasters!!!

  10. Anonymous7:48 AM

    I love these-such a great idea! Yours turned out beautifully! I just love the dollar store.