Gift Giving Made Easy- DIY Coasters

Welcome to the “Gift Giving Made Easy” Series

So I thought that I would do something a little different this holiday season (and yes the holiday season starts after Halloween). Every Friday from now till Christmas, I will post a super simple craft that will be great for a present, or something that your kids can make and give out to grandparents/aunts/uncles/family friends and so on. My goal will be that each craft will only cost between $5.00 and $10.00 or have items that you would already have at home.

DIY Coasters

Week 1- Gift Giving Made Easy- 
DIY Coasters

Coasters, they are one of those items that you must have if you are going to keep your coffee table looking nice for any period of time. But they can get awfully expensive, for what you get. How about a custom-made, set of six, for only $5.00 and twenty minutes. Yup, I made all 6 in 20 minutes (including the cutting).

What you need:

  1. Tile Squares (you can get these at Home Depot for $0.14 a piece)
  2. Scrap Book Paper (if you don’t have some of this lying around, you can get them at Jo-Ann’s for $.77)
  3. Scissors
  4. Paint Brush
  5. Mod Podge (LOVE this stuff. Again if you don’t have any you can pick some up at Jo-Ann’s. I would recommend waiting till you have a 40% off coupon for it. Without it is $7.99 a bottle)

That’s it. Super simple, mostly with stuff that you already have around the house. Gotta love that.


Step 1– Gather supplies. Nothing is more frustrating than halfway through, realizing that you need something or worse you don’t have it. I am speaking from experience, as noted by my missing paintbrush.


Step 2- Cut the scrap-book paper to the size you would like on the coaster. I choose just to have a center “runner” down the middle of mine. But you can frame it, have diagonal lines, anything that would you like to have.

Step 3- Wipe off tile squares. Coming from Home Depot, they tend to be a bit dusty and dirty. Just take a wet paper towel and wipe them off.


Step 4- Using the paint brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of the scrap-book paper.

Step 5- Place it gently on the tile where you want it.

Step 6- (I seemed to forget to take a picture of this step, but hopefully it is pretty self explanatory.) Apply a little pressure, and push down the paper and push out any air bubbles that are trapped. Trust me, you want to get them out now, cause it is much harder later.


Step 7- Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the entire tile square. Paying special attention to the edges of the scrap-book paper. Make sure to get all edges covered so they lay flat. Make sure that all your brush strokes are going in one direction.

Step 8- Wait to dry


Step 9- Apply another layer of Mod Podge to the entire tile square. This time, rotate the tile 90 degrees so your brush strokes are perpendicular to the first. This will give you full coverage over the square.


Step 10- Your done! Just wait for it all to dry completely. I always give it over night, but it certainly dries much faster then that.

There you have it. Super simple, quick and cheap coasters. Now you could get all fancy and apply some felt to the back of them, but you don’t have to. Tie up with a pretty bow and they are ready to gift to whom ever you deem worthy.

Have you guys tried making coasters before? How have you done it? Are these something that you would hand out?



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