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DIY: Coasters

DIY: Coasters

by Jillian Gandsey & Danielle Carty

Creating your own coasters to match your patio furniture or to go with the bright summer theme in your living room is really pretty simple. The DIY route to coasters is easy and means you can customize your set to look exactly how you’d prefer. We’ll show you how to make three different styles: One for larger containers or tea kettles, one out of white tiles and another from cork board.

Clothes pin coasters

What you need:

Clothes pins (About 30, but depends on the size)

Hot Glue Gun


1 Take apart the clothes pins.
2 Lay them out and determine how many you’ll need. They’ll be glued together with their flattest edges touching.
3 Use a hot glue gun to stick together the clothes pins in sets of two. Next glue the sets together by the thin portion of each set until you have full circle.
4 You’ll have a large coaster that is big enough for a regular-size tea kettle to fit on or a jug of lemonade for those hot summer days.

Tile coasters

What you need:

Plain, white bathroom tiles

Scrapbook paper

Mod Podge

Clear acrylic gloss spray

Paint sponge


1 Cut a square out of the scrapbook paper that will fit on the tile. Cut a little bit smaller than the tile so white would show on the edges. We recommend using the tile to trace out a square.
2 Cover the tile with Mod Podge before laying down the square scrapbook paper and be sure not to leave any bubbles between the paper and the tile.
3 Put another layer of Mod Podge over the top. Let sit for about 15-20 minutes.
4 Spray the clear acrylic gloss spray over the top.
Optional: Put felt on the bottom of the coaster, in triangles in the four corners.

Painted cork board coasters

What you need:

Plain cork board coasters

Acrylic paint

Paint brush or sponge

Painting tape


1 Tape off any section of the coaster that you’ll want to see the cork board after you paint, leaving no air bubbles.
2 Use the different colors to paint the sections. We went with two pastel colors and a shiny gold color.
3 Let dry for about a half hour. Carefully remove the tape.

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