How to Make Coasters From Fabric, Tile, and More!
Coasters are a great home décor project for yourself or an excellent option for a homemade wedding present, housewarming gift, or birthday present. Many of these tutorials are very inexpensive and almost exclusively require materials that you can get at craft stores and hardware stores. Only a few require sewing or other craft techniques that are more advanced than basic cutting, folding, and gluing. Happy crafting!
There is an abundance of tile coaster tutorials online. I have rounded up just a few of my favorites. The basic principle is to take tiles, Mod Podge paper of your choice to them, and apply spray acrylic to finish. The possibilities for your paper are endless: scrapbook paper, maps, paint chips, photos, etc. As soon as you've made a set, you'll be ready to make another one with your next set of ideas.
Tile Photo Coasters
This tutorial takes the popular tile Mod Podge idea to an extra level with photos printed on tissue paper and felt with adhesive backing. If you're making photos out of tile or any type of harder material, some sort of backing or protective feet is a great touch. I love the uneven tiles that Lindsay chose for the tutorial, but you can use any type that you like. The only hard part will be picking the photos that you want to use.
Tile Initial Coasters
Another great variation that I found for the tile coaster idea is tile initial coasters. The author presents this as a great hostess gift idea. It would also make a wonderful wedding gift. She uses paper napkins for her initials. If you do this, make sure that your napkins stay as wrinkle free as possible before you glue them. Alternatively, you can design or download and print an initial logo on cardstock.
Use Decorative Paper Napkins to Make Tile Coasters
Tile Lace Coasters
The final tile coaster idea that I found is for tile lace coasters. Instead of using patterned paper or photos as many of the other tile coasters do, this tutorial involves lace and spray paint. The possibilities for lace patterns are endless and you can customize them any way you want with different spray paint colors. If you choose to remove the lace before the spray paint dries, make sure to do so carefully so that the paint doesn't smear.
How sweet are these little citrus slices? They are so easy to put together, too. Use Purl's citrus templates to cut out all of your felt pieces. Then layer your pieces on and sew them together. The hand sewing process is a little tedious but well worth the effort. I think that it's fun to have a multicolored set, but you can make a single colored set, too.
For those of you who have a rustic décor or are looking for a gift idea for someone who has rustic décor, this is a perfect option. I haven't gone looking for these wood slices in craft stores, though you may be able to find them there. I was able to find a handful of options on eBay and Etsy. If you're only planning to purchase enough to make a few sets, they aren't very expensive. I would stick to simple designs, such as words or small pictures, since you'll be tracing and painting all of them. But you can make it as detailed as you like.
This is a great way to use up some of your smaller fabric scraps (or it will give you an excuse to buy a few new fabrics...). The author chose to hot glue gun her rolled fabric, but you can opt to sew it instead. I love how the entire set of coasters coordinates but no two are exactly alike. If you like to change up your home décor frequently, create sets for different seasons and make some special ones for the holidays.
Alcohol Ink Coasters
I'd never heard of Alcohol Ink before, but this technique looks like a lot of fun. Cindy demonstrates the technique here for card making purposes, but it works wonderfully for coasters, too. Make sure that you use a non-porous coaster material, such as old CDs, so the ink will not bleed through. Follow Cindy's great steps, and your family and friends will be wowed by this seemly complicated aesthetic.
Scrabble Tile Coasters
If you spend any time on Pinterest or Etsy, you probably know how popular Scrabble tile crafts are right now. This tutorial is on a wedding site, but there are lots of other possibilities for these coasters, too: anniversaries, birthdays, or simply for every day use in your own home. Of course the fun part will be deciding what you want your coasters to say.
Create Coasters Using Scrabble Pieces
Re-purposed Paper Coasters
If you enjoy re-purposed paper projects or are simply looking for a new way to use up old magazines or newspapers, check out these tutorials. The results are beautiful and easy to achieve. No one will believe what you were able to accomplish by cutting, folding, and gluing paper. If you want paper coasters that have a fair amount of color, choose magazines with lots of high-quality color photos.
Create a simple coaster with a small glass dish and a patterned paper of your choice. For the tutorial, the author used shallow pillar candle holders. For cheap options, keep your eyes out for glassware that would work well when you're thrifting. If you are using these coasters for seasonal home décor and don't want to make a set for every season or you simply get tired of the current designs, you can soak the coasters in water, peel off the paper, and start over.
Leaf Motif Glass Coasters
If you love glass coasters and are looking for a project that is a little more complex than the last one, give this a try. I love the leaf motif in green here, but you can customize this concept with different colors and/or different non-leaf themes. If you do stick with the leaf themes, consider creating a mixed set with different colored leaves for different seasons or creating whole sets for different seasons.
Re-purposed Cork Coasters
Wine cork coasters have taken off in popularity almost as much as tile coasters. This is a great option for those who enjoy re-purposing. If you don't already have a cork collection or don't drink a lot of wine, recruit family and friends to start saving corks for you. There are a few different options for assembly, shape, and boarders. Figure out what will work best for you. Additionally, you can use these tutorials to make larger versions that will serve as trivets.
Embroidered Heart Cork Board Coaster
Isn't this a sweet design? You don't need to have a lot of sewing skills to put this design together. Most people who craft often have some sort of embroidery floss on hand. Although the tutorial does not give a color specification, I would pick something light colored that is not likely to bleed when the coasters gets wet from drinks. You can switch this design up with any shape of your choosing.
For those of you who enjoy crocheting, this is a quick, easy project to make. You can adjust the size, color combination, and edging to suit your personal preferences (or those of the recipient). This is a great project for using up smaller scraps. Please note that the author does assume that you have a basic knowledge of crochet skills.
Questions & Answers
I’m thinking of making my own coasters using a picture (that I can print out on to ordinary paper) and a square cork board. Will the paper stick to the cork? I will then cover the cork with clear contact paper.
Unless you're using paper with a sticky back, no, it won't stick to the cork on its own.