Spring Fling Craft: DIY terracotta coasters!

I had been wracking my brain trying to come up with a spring craft to try for the Spring Fling party today. Then I remembered a Pinterest pin I had stashed away a few months ago. It was a short and sweet tutorial from a blog called Joy Is At Home, with an EXCELLENT idea on how to make custom coasters. She used small terracotta pot saucers, spray painted them, added some scrapbook paper, and voila! Cute, cheap, and simple!

On my way home from work, I stopped by the craft store and picked up the saucers ($0.99 each), and a piece of springy floral scrapbook paper ($0.59). The rest of the materials I had on hand (except for felt dots for the bottoms…I forgot to pick up those).

Below is everything you will need, minus the felt dots. Saucers, paper, something about the size of the inside of the saucers to use to trace on the paper (drinking glass), Mod Podge decoupage glue, small brush, spray primer, spray paint, and spray sealer.

Spray prime and paint your saucers.

Trace and cut your paper.

Once the saucers are painted and dry, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of the circles.

Center the circle onto the saucer and press firmly to ensure that it adheres. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes to dry a bit.

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper circle. Make sure the edges of the paper are sealed. Carefully wipe off any excess around the edges of the saucer while still wet.

Allow this to dry for another 20 minutes or so. Spray the whole coaster with the sealer and allow to dry again.

Then you get to the step that I haven’t gotten to yet…Apply dots of felt to the bottom with a little hot glue to keep the coasters from scratching your furniture. I will be adding these to my coasters tomorrow.

And there you have it. Springy new custom DIY coasters. Total cost to me was about $4.50 for the whole set plus whatever the felt costs me. These would make great hostess gifts for a party, or housewarming gift. I also love that you can make as many or as few as you need.

Linking up with the Spring Fling craft party at CentsationalGirl.com!

Also linking up to the Drab to Fab Link Party at Sugar and Spice!

And the Addicts Not So Anonymous party at Addicted 2 Decorating!

And the It’s a Cinch Link Party at It All Started With Paint!

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    • Thanks for stopping by! I checked out your blog, and I must say I love the spring rag wreath you made! I really need to make something for my door for spring, and since I have started sewing, I now have piles of fabric to choose from. Maybe I will have to give it a try!

  1. How about adding something that raises the glass so it doesn’t stick to the coaster? Maybe some silicone circles? Or maybe the coaster is heavy enough it stays down when you raise the glass… The best coasters I have used are plastic Rubbermaid with kind of a grid in the middle and a raised border. I love this idea! Thanks for the tutorial :-)

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  3. Love this project! I have made the ceramic tile coasters over at my blog but I just might have to give these a try too! I never would have thought of this! Thanks for the great idea :-)

  4. This is great – and so easy! I never thought of all of the possibilities out there using all of that already beautiful scrapbook paper. Thanks for sharing this at Drab to Fab last week!
    This week’s party which is live right now!

    http://www.amynjesse.com/2012/03/drab-to-fab-link-up-11-features.html

    I’d love for you to link up again this week any DIY, outfit, or recipe that you made fab with a little creativity! Old or new is always welcome :)

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

  5. buy a piece of felt, cut out circles, and viola! You have your own circles to glue to the bottoms without paying for the precut little circles.

    • Thanks for stopping by! I couldn’t agree more. I have a set of those glass photo coasters and the water always runs off. It’s like these saucers were made for this purpose! They are perfect to catch condensation. :)

  6. Just got to tell you, I pinned your picture in the post this morning and have had a ton of folks like it. I hope it’s garnered some traffic for you! I hope to make some of these this weekend. I’ve made the ones from ceramic tiles, but I really love the shape of the terra cotta! Thanks for posting.

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  8. You could also use photos, like the tile coasters, with out the run off water. I think they would be great gifts for Christmas. Could even make Holiday/Seasonal ones!

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