Inspiration of the Week: Coasters

Before the popularity of craft blogs, I’m not sure what people used as coasters, or if they owned any at all for that matter. Okay, so maybe that’s a stretch. But if they did own coasters, I doubt they were as fabulous as these must-try diys. Cork, wood, beads, bathroom tile, you name it. If it exists, someone somewhere as upgraded it to a coaster.

Must-Try Coaster DIYS | The Crafted Life

1. Constellation Coasters by Almost Makes Perfect
2. Round Wooden Coasters by At Home in Love
3. Bead Bear Coasters by Love From Ginger
4. Wooden Coasters by Hometart
5. Polaroid Coasters by Justnoey
6. Cork Coasters by My Dubio

If you’re looking for even more inspiration, check out these alcohol ink dyed coasters.

Happy Crafting!

Guest Post: Alcohol Ink Dyed Coasters

Time: 2 Hours including dry time
Materials: Ceramic tiles, alcohol ink (try Adirondack!), alcohol, sealer, paintbrush, paint, rubber pads for the bottom

I am pleased to have Aly from Artisan des Arts as a guest blogger this week to show you how to make alcohol ink dyed coasters!

Alcohol Ink Coasters | The Crafted Life

Instructions:

1. Begin by coating your tile with regular drugstore alcohol. This works just as well as the alcohol blending solution but costs a fraction of the price.

2. Once you have evenly coated your surface, start dripping little spots of ink onto your tile. Allow the ink to slide around a bit before adding your next color. You will see that the colors will blend and dance together the longer you let them sit. Keep adding more color, until you have covered your surface completely.

3. If ever you feel like you have added too much color or made a mistake, just use a paper towel to dab up some of the extra ink, then recover with a new color. It’s VERY hard to mess this project up!

4. Seal your coasters once your surface has dried to the touch.

5. Once the sealer has dried, use a paint brush to dab some paint on the sides of your coasters. This will not only finish the edges of your tile, but it will cover up any ink that may have dripped over the edges. Once your coasters are dry, they are ready to enjoy!

More from my guest-

Over at my blog, I post all of the art projects that I do with my art classes. I try to include step by steps, and sometimes I’ll even make a video how-to. As well, I post a lot of DIY’s that I do in my spare time (especially during summer holidays!). One of my favorite art project that I have done with my students is my hand dyed paper with silhouettes. I love this technique for hand dying the paper, and it produces really striking results, even if you have little artistic ability.

I have some great how tos and giveaways coming up in the next few weeks. Please make sure to come visit my blog!

xo, aly

Color Blocked Cork Coasters

Time: 30 minutes
Materials: coasters, gold spray paint, acrylic paint, brush

DIY Color Blocked CoastersBecause what coffee table couldn’t use more diy coasters? These color blocked cork coasters not only look great, but they’re also super easy to make. Plus you can customize them with any colors you want. Here’s how:

DIY Color Blocked Coasters

DIY Color Blocked CoastersIn a well ventilated area, spray paint your cork coasters.

DIY Color Blocked CoastersOne dry, tape off the section you want to color block.

DIY Color Blocked Coasters
Apply a layer of acrylic paint, peel the tape, and let dry. You can then choose to seal with a layer of mod podge if you want your coasters to really last.

DIY Color Blocked Coasters

 

Bathroom Tile Coasters

With an average cost of $0.21 cents per coaster, this project certainly is affordable!

What you need:
1. Bathroom floor tiles
2. Paper of your choice (magazine paper works too!)
3. Matte Mod Podge
4. PVA or another glue, spray adhesive
5. Foam, felt or cork
6. Paint brush, scissors or exacto knife

Time: 45 minutes

Bathroom Tile Coasters | The Crafted Life

Bathroom Tile Coasters | The Crafted Life
1. Cut the paper to fit the coaster. I recommend leaving space around the edges of the coaster to add more dimension.

Bathroom Tile Coasters | The Crafted Life
2. Glue to paper to the coaster. Once in place, cover with the Mod Podge and let dry.

Bathroom Tile Coasters | The Crafted Life
3. Adhere your foam, cork or felt to the bottom. I chose a self adhesive foam and it worked well.

Bathroom Tile Coasters | The Crafted Life
4. Finish with your sealing spray

Bathroom Tile Coasters | The Crafted Life
5. Enjoy!