Thursday, May 14, 2015

5 DIY Coaster Ideas

While the fabric coasters available at the mall are pretty inexpensive already, you may want to spend more on personalizing such things for your home. It takes just a little effort, to make a memorable impact. You can make your coasters with supplies that you can buy at the P66 or P88 stores.

 

Here are some ideas that you may want to try on your own.  

 

First, buy square tiles from the ceramics store. These will serve as the base for your coaster. Or instead of tiles, you may also make your own using plaster of Paris, if you have the time.

 

Coaster Ideas

 

  1. Scrabble squares – Glue together discarded scrabble tiles, 4 x 4 or 5x5. You can either just arrange them randomly or incorporate words. After gluing them together with super glue, apply a few coats of resin to make them sturdier and stronger. Apply felt fabric at the bottom for more traction.

 

 

  1. Pebbles – This may be a little tricky as you have to sift through pebbles, looking for ones that are similar in size and thickness. This is to ensure that you won’t have a lopsided surface. Use glue gun or super glue to stick them onto the tile. You may even want to consider using grout.

 

 

  1. Buttons – Another novel idea is to use buttons of different sizes and colors. These make for fun and playful designs.

 

  1. Comics – A throwback to your childhood, cut pages from your favourite books or comics. But ruining a book is heartbreaking, so you may want to choose instead cutting up the Sunday comics. Use modge podge to gently set the paper onto the surface or use double sided tape. Complete the coaster by applying a few coats of varnish. The acidity of the varnish may change the colors a bit, but that’s ok. It adds a certain charm and character to the design.

 

  1. Picture Perfect – Immortalize your photos by transferring them unto coaster tiles. Simply print your photos and glue them onto the surface. Use a thin layer of modge podge so that they adhere better. Make the entire thing waterproof by spraying a few layers of clear spray sealant.


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