Patriotic Glass Gem Coasters


I love coasters. It's an addiction I freely admit. I love making them with tile, cork, wood rounds, even concrete. I'm excited that I've found another new medium to make more coasters with and I decided that I needed some fun Patriotic coasters for the upcoming 4th of July BBQs and celebrations!
While there is significant dry and cure times for these coasters the actual busy work only takes 10-15 minutes. It's super simple!
You need large flat glass gems (I find mine at the dollar store usually but if your dollar store doesn't have them you can order them online) 3D gloss enamel paint, E6000 glue and felt (optional)
I used gloss enamel paint (affiliate) to cover the flat side of my glass stones. I used red, white and blue but you could really use any color you wanted. You could even leave them just clear. I like the gloss enamel paint because it can be baked on for a permanent, washable finish.
I used E6000 glue (affiliate) to hold the pebbles together. It dries clear, and has a good grip on the glass pebbles. Once it's fully cured it's hard as a rock and I've not yet had any coasters break apart! A little dot of glue between each pebble all the way around. I let my coasters cure on a silicone baking mat because the glue won't stick to it when it's dry and you can just lift the coasters right off.
You can glue matching felt to the bottom of the coasters if you want more protection for the table surface. I opted to leave mine plain. You could also stick small felt pads to them as well. The smooth glass pebbles have been just fine on my surfaces however and I like that the glass is opaque this way.
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  • Sally
    on Jun 25, 2017

    How long do you bake the glass and can it be with glue on it?

    • Crystal McKinley
      on Aug 18, 2020

      Yes she does bake them or at least she implied as much in the instructions above.

      “You could even leave them just clear. I like the gloss enamel paint because it can be baked on for a permanent, washable finish.”


  • Terry Martell
    on Feb 16, 2019

    How do edges look silver

  • Robinbenfer
    on Apr 26, 2020

    Will E6000 flue work on meta to metal. I want to glue pennies to a metal tray. Robin

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  • Karen Loske
    on May 20, 2020

    So cute and simple, love them. Never thought of painting the marbles, great idea. They always have the clear ones, just never the colors I'm looking for.


  • Em
    on Jun 18, 2020

    1st they make colored glass blobs you do not have to paint them. 2nd they do not look very safe and I can easily see glasses falling off of them if not centered each time. 3rd they provide little protection of any kind from glasses sweating and dripping. They look cute but unless you put them inside of something like a jar lid I don't see the practicality of them. A jar lid with them glued inside would provide a little more stability and drip catching.

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