DIY trendy coasters

By Julia Dilworth, 24 hours Vancouver


As far back as I can remember, I’ve only used a coaster when visiting someone else’s place. In my own apartment, on my $40 particleboard table, water rings aren’t really an issue.

However, the coaster is more than a table protector — it’s a small doorway into home decor, a cheap opportunity to incorporate even the most fleeting of interior design trends without much time or investment.

Personalized home accessories, as well as splashes of metallics, pops of colour and geometric patterns are all trends du jour — and although I can’t afford to redecorate my living room as such, I can DIY some trendy coasters.

DIY coasters:

You can cut cork bulletin boards into coaster shapes, use ceramic tiles or upcycle existing coasters (as I’ve done here). Then we decorate!

Materials: Masking tape, spray paint (Rustoleum metallic in chrome), acrylic paint, Mod Podge, scrapbook paper, coasters/cork board

Chevrons or stripes

  • Tape off your design on the coaster. This was easy for stripes, you just use the width of your tape. The chevrons were trickier to get them even. I approximated it as best I could and it actually turned out OK!
  • Use either spray paint or acrylic paint to paint the exposed areas and let dry.
  • Remove tape and seal it with Mod Podge or another waterproof sealer.

Patterned paper + Mod Podge

  • Upcycle any old coaster using Mod Podge and scrapbook paper. I found cheap tacky ones at a hardware store for $5. You could also use this method on ceramic tiles.
  • Trace your coaster shape, cut it out and cover its surface with Mod Podge.
  • Place the cutout on the coaster and smooth down. After it dries cover the top with Mod Podge and let dry. 

Colour block

(Seen in peach and light yellow with a chrome corner)

  • Paint coaster’s entire surface with acrylic paint and let it dry (may need a few coats).
  • Tape off the section you want to spray paint silver.
  • Spray the corner with metallic paint and let it dry.
  • Remove tape and seal.


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