How To Make Colorful DIY Coasters

One of the most infuriating things that houseguests are often guilty of is not using coasters. From the kitchen to the dining or living room, tables and counters are usually at the center of it all, and nothing is more irritating than to see their surfaces stained and scorched. They are often very expensive to get repaired, and doing it yourself usually ends with frustration and less-than-desirable results.

Part of the problem is that sometimes guests aren't aware that coasters are available. It can be hard to notice them on a cluttered table, especially if they match the table's appearance. But what if you could have colorful, one-of-a-kind coasters that are cheap to make and easy to notice? That's exactly what we are going to make in this simple DIY project.

To get started on your own coasters, you will need:

1. Ceramic tiles
2. Colored Sharpies
3. Rubbing or isopropyl alcohol
4. Stirring straw or eyedropper
5. Spray fixative
6. Polyurethane spray/liquid or varnish
7. Self-adhesive felt pads

The first thing you are going to need when starting this project is a few ceramic tiles. White ones work the best, but feel free to experiment with different colors, finishes and textures. Ideally, you should use any spares remaining from a past project or renovation, but cheap ones can be found at your local hardware or craft store. Once you have your tiles selected, be sure to clean them off extremely well to ensure that the markers stick to the surface of the tile. Grime and dirt can seriously inhibit this project's success, so scrub the tiles with dish soap to remove any traces. Make sure they are completely dry before proceeding to the next step.


The next step involves covering the tile's surface with a colorful design. The best types of markers that can be used for this part are Sharpies. Sharpies are permanent and have very deep, rich colors. However, they can be a bit expensive. If you plan on purchasing colored Sharpies for this project, be sure to compare prices online and at multiple stores. Although multiple colors are used in this DIY, even simple black Sharpies on a white tile can achieve some pretty interesting results. If you are using colors, cover the surface in a way that provides a good amount of contrast. Don't feel like you need to be restricted by the design shown below –be as creative as you want to be!

Once you are finished coloring the surface, get your bottle of rubbing or isopropyl alcohol ready. After carefully opening the cap, use an eyedropper to put drops of the solution onto your pattern. If you don't have an eyedropper handy, you can also use a stirring straw as demonstrated below. Simply insert, then cover the hole with a finger to trap some of the liquid.

Use as much or as little alcohol as you like. Different amounts will lead to different effects. There is no right or wrong way of doing this, but remember that the more you use, the more the colors will blend and wash off. Once you are done, allow your creation to fully dry before proceeding.

A great way to achieving the look you want is by starting with a little alcohol and adding more as you go. If you feel like you didn't achieve great results when it dried, you can always add a few more drops to mix things up.


When you are finally happy with your design, cover it with a coating of spray fixative. This will help ensure that your design stays just how you like it. Be sure to spray a few layers to make sure everything is coated well.

After the fixative has been given enough time to set and dry, cover the surface with a layer of polyurethane or varnish. These will not only give your coasters a bit of shine, but they also help protect from heat, spills, and wear and tear. The final step is to attach self-adhesive felt pads to the underside and enjoy the unique look they bring to any room.

Via: Jumble Joy | Sharpie

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