Simple DIY Pallet Coasters

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4 Hours

DIY torched pallet wood coasters that can be made in just a few hours with minimal materials. These coasters look great, fit the budget, and are fun to make!

First, you will need a few pieces of pallet wood or similar sized scrap wood. Start by taking apart pallets. I am using enough wood to make 6 coasters. The pallets I am using are a width of 3 1/4". Use your saw to cut each pallet piece to a length 3 1/4". Each piece you have should now resemble a square.

Use a torch to char each side of each piece of wood. Make sure you torch it enough that it turns black, but isn't completely in flames.

Once each piece is torched, use a wire brush to brush off the burnt black part of the wood. Use a dry paint brush or cloth to wipe off any excess dust.

Your pallet pieces should now look something like this:

Next, apply a coat of your favorite stain or finish and let dry. I'm using boiled linseed oil for my project.

You now have fully functioning pallet coasters  Enjoy!

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2 questions
  • Laura Kuffrey
    Laura Kuffrey
    on Feb 5, 2019

    Do you torch them for function or the look?

    • Em
      on Dec 23, 2020

      I don't understand why everyone tries to waterproof coasters. The idea is for them to absorb the moisture from the glass. I see people make them with ceramic tile and resin and don't get it. The water runs off of them and runs on to the furniture you are trying to protect.

  • Goldbeargirl
    on Dec 22, 2019

    Love the "torched" look! Wonder if you could do an entire table like that??

    • RC
      on Dec 23, 2020

      I love this but I would burn down the neighbourhood.

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  • Brayjo12
    on Dec 23, 2020

    Using little stick on silicone pads on each corner will help to prevent scratches to your furniture. Love the look of these!

  • Shirley stirling
    Shirley stirling
    on Dec 28, 2020

    The brush looks like a wire brush, not a paint brush.

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