Coasters are high on the list of things you can never have too many of. (I mean, no one actually likes cleaning up water rings on a table, right?) They're also small, easy to store, and a fun way to punch up a coffee table.
Instead of suggesting you spend a small fortune on store-bought coasters, I've rounded up some simple, cheap, and cute DIY project ideas that you can steal.
You can get a pack of 24 cork coasters for $14 and then dress them up with paint however you see fit. Rachel and Lisa of Kindred Creativity created these chic coasters in a pretty palette of white, black, gold, copper, and light blue. They stuck to freeform whimsical motifs and fun geometric shapes, the latter of which can be recreated pretty easily with painter's tape. The result looks like something you'd spend $40 on at Etsy.
Cheers to these fox coasters from Katie King, a contributor at Blitsy, for their sheer cuteness. Instead of using air-dry clay, which can take a while to fully cure, King used an oven-bake variety, so the coasters would be functional sooner.
She posted an easy-to-use template, so all you have to do is print it out, roll out some clay, trace the template, and cut out the clay. You can make as many coasters as you need and then bake the clay according to package directions. Once they've cooled, you can refer back to the template for tracing and painting the faces. The last step is putting on a thin coat of clear acrylic spray to seal in the paint and provide a layer of protection.
Get the template: DIY Clay Fox Coasters at Blitsy
Agate coasters have been trendy for a while, and I don't think that craze is ending anytime soon. But a set of these stone stunners can be $100 or more, which is absurd — and why I loved this project from Melanie Fishman, the blogger behind A Peace of Creativity. She took slices of agate, which you can buy online for less than $10 each, gilded the sides with gold paint, and stuck little self-adhesive, plastic feet on the bottoms to avoid scratching.
That's a smart thing to consider with all of these DIY projects: You don't want to make a coaster that will protect your table and then end up damaging it. That's why materials like clay and cork, in addition to being relatively absorbent, are so popular for coasters.
If you don't consider IKEA to be a craft store, this project might change your mind. Nomita of Your DIY Family picked up some inexpensive cork placemats from IKEA and cut out X and O shapes. She then painted them pretty shades of pink and gray and then finished them off with a varnish top coat. She even posted a free template if you're not good at drawing straight lines. You'll heart the results.
Katie King, our fox coaster extraordinaire from above, has a blog of her own, Running with a Glue Gun, and it's a treasure trove of coaster projects. Another one of her DIYs I wanted to highlight is this pretty set of moon and star coasters. Katie took craft store wood rounds (available at craft stores) and painted them (a mix of black, white, and gray, with a little glitter for good measure). Can't draw stars? Katie just used a stamp!
See the steps: Moon and Star Constellation Coasters DIY at Running with a Glue Gun
Get crafting and your tables will thank you for it!