Happy Tuesday! Today I’m excited to share with you how to make beer coasters! I do a lot of crafts around the house, and let me tell you–this is one of the few that guys have actually noticed. These also make great gifts! Luckily I have some beer loving friends who sacrificed themselves by drinking six packs that I could use to make these beer coasters 😉
Here is what you’ll need:
- Beer six packs (thicker cardboard ones work the best)
- Mod Podge
- Paintbrush/paint sponge
- Tiles (I used these cheap ones from Lowe’s)
- Felt Bumpers/Blankets
First you’ll need to cut out a 4in x 4in square out of scrap paper. I used some leftover cardstock I had, and then traced the square onto the six-pack. Trace on the smoothest surfaces and mix it up. Don’t always trace lined up with something. Take a look at the pictures to see what I mean. I usually get two out of each six pack. When you are cutting, if part of your square is attached to the dividers within the six pack, cut the divider away from the insides of the pack while leaving it attached to the cut out (outside of the 6 pack). Then holding the cut out against a hard surface, detach the divider (try your best not to crease your square). Finally cut out your 4in by 4in square.
Once you have all of your squares, it is time to start mod podging! Using a paintbrush or sponge, spread mod podge on the back of your square as the first step of the mod podge process. I recommend putting something underneath your project before you begin, mod podge can be a mess 😉
Then place your square on the coaster and smooth out any bubbles and press down. I let mine dry about twenty minutes. Some of the squares were stubborn, and I got a little creative to keep the corners from rolling up 🙂
Next place a thin layer of mod podge on top of the coaster and let dry for about twenty minutes. Repeat this step two more times and let dry for 72 hours after the final coat of mod podge.
Once your mod podge is done drying, it is time to add some extra waterproof seal with Polycrylic. Add a thin layer of Polycrylic on each coaster and let dry for 2 hours. Lightly sand and clean off. Repeat two more times and let the final coat dry about 24 hours before handling again.
Once your coasters are dry, you can add felt bottoms to protect your table surfaces. In the past, I used the little round felt bumpers. I saw these square felt pads that you can cut up yourself and decided to try those since I would be making a lot. After using both, I now know I prefer the little round bumpers–the square felt pads were thicker and elevated the coaster more than the bumpers.
After you have added all of your felt, you are done!! I made so many that it took up my whole dining room table, and I was ready to reclaim it! Now time for a drink!
Thanks for stopping by!