Add to your list of crafty gift making skills this Christmas with a fun DIY coaster tutorial. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make coasters and with Christmas around the corner it was the perfect time to start this project. It was simple to do and anytime I can add glitter to a project I’m as happy as can be!
How to Make Coasters Tutorial Supplies:
- Darice Unfinished Wood Squares.
- Darice Cork Coaster Set.
- Darice Sponge Dabbers.
- Darice Extra Fine Gold Glitter.
- Darice Extra Fine Red Glitter.
- Chalky Finish Paint (I used Black).
- Mod Podge Gloss.
- Darice Studio 71 Paint Brushes.
Step 1. The first step in this how to make coasters tutorial is to paint as many wooden squares as you need. My coaster gift set included 4 coasters. You can do as many as you want.
Step 2. Since the cork coasters are about an inch bigger than the wood square you will need to trim them down. Place a paint square on top of a cork coaster, trace around it with pencil and then cut inside the line. Glue the unpainted side of the wood to the cork coaster using Mod Podge. I recommend placing something heavy on top of it and allow glue to dry.
Step 3. The trick of how to make coasters with cute glittery dots is to use glue or adhesive and a circle sponge dabber. Pour a little bit of Mod Podge onto a paper plate and dip your sponge dabbers into the glue. Blot off excess glue on a dry spot of the paper plate and then press the dabber gently on the painted wood. Before you do this decide on what pattern you want your dots to be in. Add 3 dabs of glue which will look like glue circles and sprinkle glitter generously on top. Shake off excess. Repeat until you have the whole coaster done. I made 2 with red glitter and 2 with gold glitter. You can alternate colors on the same coaster if you want.
I had intentions of doing all four with polka dots but thought adding a variety might be fun. I took some double sided adhesive paper that I had on hand and created some stripes. You can easily do this by creating stripes with washi tape and adding glue and glitter to the un-taped portion.
Step 4. The most important part of this project is how to make coasters that don’t shed glitter everywhere! Make sure to brush on a coat of Mod Podge over the entire coaster after you are done. This will give the coasters a nice shine and will allow the glitter to remain shimmery without the mess.
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make coasters! If you’re interested in learning how to make coasters with a faux wood-grain pattern, check out these clay DIY coasters for another homemade coaster gift idea.
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Diana is a Jesus lovin’ mom of 3 who blogs about her creative adventures at The Girl Creative. She loves to create projects with a quick turn around time but is not afraid of tackling bigger projects that require more time and power tools. She loves to design free printables and is known to knock out a sewing or home decor project in a flash when the mood strikes her. Diana is a simple chick who just loves to create and make people laugh.