DIY Coasters: A Cheap Yet Thoughtful Gift

Here’s a great gift that is cost-effective yet straight from the heart. It’s perfect for parents or grandparents’ birthdays or anniversaries, or for an older brother or sister getting their first apartment.  It’s also really easy to make!

All you have to do is:

  1. Go to Lowe’s or a similar store and purchase a set of four nice tiles, a package of felt bumpers and a permanent marker. (I recommend the fine tipped markers when drawing detailed images.)
  2. Draw images on the coasters that fit the interests or personality of that person or couple with your permanent marker(s). I created the coasters pictured above without stencils. But if you want to go that route, they have them at Michael’s craft store, and there are some at Target and Walmart.
  3. Bake the coasters on a baking sheet for 20 minutes at 350 degrees so that they become water resistant.
  4. Let them sit until they are completely cool. When they are, carefully place the felt bumpers on all four corners of each coaster so that they won’t scratch any surfaces.


This idea was brought to you by various Pinterest-y people. I can’t take all the credit.

But I thought mine turned out pretty good, so it was worth sharing.


9 thoughts on “DIY Coasters: A Cheap Yet Thoughtful Gift

      1. Thanks Kara, The funny thing is that I think that I am just arty crafty for fun too. It’s the zentangles that make the brooches look cool and they are actually quite easy to draw.


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