How to Make Your Own Coasters from Beautiful Coloring Pages
Add some personality to your coffee table with this easy and fun coloring page DIY.
By Kate Morin
Coasters are one of those necessary evils: Everyone needs them, but rarely do they bring anything special to the table (pun fully intended). This simple DIY projects kills two birds with one stone: These DIY coasters will add some personality to your coffee table, and offers a great way to use those beautiful completed coloring pages.
What you need:
- Finished coloring pages (Note: Markers and Mod Podge do not mix! Neither do Mod Podge and inkjet printers. Opt for penciled in pages or laser-printed color copies.)
- Spray adhesive
- Utility or X-Acto knife
- Mod Podge or other decoupage glue (We recommend using Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Waterproof Sealer.)
- Foam brush
- Plain craft coasters (Wood or ceramic will work. We used unfinished wood coasters.)
What to do:
1. Prep the coasters. If they have rough edges, sand with a fine grit sandpaper and wipe clean. Now it’s time to paint! (Or stain.) Choose your favorite color of acrylic paint and start swiping (front and back!). Depending on the thickness of your paint, it may take a few coats to get full coverage. Be sure to let each coat dry fully before moving on!
2. Next, figure out which part of your coloring page pattern you want on each coaster, and cut a rough square around that section of the page for each coaster.
3. Now it’s time to mount the paper to the coaster. One at a time, apply spray mount to the back of a paper square and the top of a coaster. Let dry for about three seconds, and then pick up the coaster and center on the paper square. Repeat with the other coasters, and let them all dry for at least three hours, or until the spray mount is completely dry and set.
4. Once dry, use an X-Acto knife (or similar) to carefully trim the excess paper around the edges of each coaster.
5. Once trimmed, flip over so that the coloring page is facing up, and apply three to five coats of Mod Podge, letting each coat dry in between.
Voila! Now you've got beautiful, personalized coasters that will display your gorgeous coloring pages (and prevent those pesky water rings on your coffee table)!