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DIY Coasters Are Great Crafts for Beginners

If you have never crafted before, DIY coasters are a great place to start! These 40 ideas will allow you to try a variety of handmade techniques.

DIY Coasters: 40 fun projects to try

Welcome to the world of DIY coasters, where your creativity can spill over just like your morning coffee (but with far less cleanup).

When I learned to knit at age 15, I started with a scarf. Coasters, to me, are the “scarf” of the general crafting world – if you’re just getting started, this is perfect place to begin.

They are easy, small . . . quick. They make great homemade gifts too!

You might start with a simple tile from Home Depot, but before you know it, you’ll be decoupaging like a pro, adding your personal touch to every inch.

Or perhaps you’ll find yourself gluing fabric to cork with the enthusiasm of a kid in a candy store. The possibilities are as boundless as your imagination – sewing, painting, weaving, crochet, you name it!

But let’s get down to coaster business. There are two golden rules in the land of handmade coasters. First, always remember to seal the top.

We’re talking about a shield of epoxy resin or a layer of Polyvine Varnish – because let’s face it, nobody wants a hot mug peeling off their morning masterpiece.

And don’t forget rule number two: the bottom matters too! A layer of felt or cork will keep your coasters slide-proof and surface-friendly. It’s like giving your coasters a little hug from below, ensuring they’re both pretty and practical.

So, are you ready to jump into the coaster-making deep end? I’ve compiled over 40 ideas to kickstart your journey, ranging from ‘I made this in my sleep’ easy to ‘Look what I can do’ impressive.

This list is your ticket to becoming a coaster-crafting aficionado, one small square at a time.

Scroll down and let the extravaganza begin. Whether you’re whipping up a batch for yourself or creating handmade gifts, these ideas are sure to inspire.

Let’s turn those crafting gears and make some coasters that are as unique as you are!

DIY Coasters

Coasters save your tables from sweaty cold and piping hot drinks. Why not make such a utilitarian item fun and unique with one of these 40 DIY coaster projects?

If you enjoyed learning how to make coasters, I’d love for you to take a peek at these other awesome craft ideas for adults with various themes:

AlphabetCardboardChalkboardClayClothespinsCloudsCottagecoreDecorate MugsDriftwoodEasy CraftsFabricFallFashionFeltHeartsNatureNecktiesNewspaperPaper BagsPom PomsRecycledRibbonScrabble TilesSharpiesSprinklesTasselsWashi TapeWine Corks


Friday 29th of October 2021

That Is good


Monday 19th of May 2014

No blue arrows for me either!


Monday 19th of May 2014

It should be fixed - thank you!


Wednesday 7th of May 2014

What am i missing? i don't see a way to look at the slide show. i only see the link for the mardi gras beads.


Wednesday 7th of May 2014

Hi Jane! There should be little blue arrows to scroll through. What device are you on?

Cher @ Designs by Studio C

Wednesday 7th of May 2014

Lots of great ideas, Amy!