How to Make Cute DIY Coasters With Photos & Wood Slices

by Well_shetried

Welcome to this step-by-step tutorial on creating personalized DIY coasters with your favorite pictures. This simple and creative project will not only protect your surfaces but also add a personal touch to your home decor.

Follow these easy steps to craft custom wooden coasters that showcase your cherished memories. Let's get started!

Tools and materials

  • Wood slices (available at craft stores or cut from a fallen tree branch)
  • Sandpaper (various grits for smoothing)
  • Printer
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brushes
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Clear finishing spray or epoxy resin
  • Selected pictures for printing
  • Old newspapers or disposable tablecloth (to protect your work surface)
  • Pencil (for tracing if needed)
Cutting the wood slices

Step 1: Cut the Wood Slices

Begin by obtaining or cutting wood slices to the desired size for your coasters. Aim for slices that are approximately 4 to 5 inches in diameter for a standard coaster size. Ensure the wood is clean and free of any loose bark.

Sanding the wood slices

Step 2: Sand Wood Slices

Using sandpaper, smooth the surfaces and edges of the wood slices. Start with a coarse grit and gradually move to a finer grit for a polished finish. Wipe away any dust with a clean cloth.

Step 3: Print Selected Pictures

Choose the pictures you want to feature on your coasters and print them to the size of your wood slices. Use high-quality photo paper for the best results.

Cutting out photos to fit the coasters

Step 4: Cut Out Photos to Fit Coasters

Carefully cut out the printed pictures, ensuring they fit well within the dimensions of your wood slices. You can use the wood slices as a template for tracing if needed.

Applying Mod Podge to the photo

Step 5: Apply Mod Podge to the Face of the Picture

Using a foam brush, apply a thin, even layer of Mod Podge to the face of the picture. Make sure to coat the entire surface, reaching the edges.

Placing the picture face down on the coaster

Step 6: Place the Picture Face Down on the Coaster

Carefully position the picture, face down, onto the wood slice. Smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles. Allow it to dry completely.

Rubbing away the paper

Step 7: Rub Away Paper

Once the Mod Podge is dry, dampen a cloth or sponge and gently rub away the paper backing. The image will be transferred onto the wood, revealing your picture.

DIY wood coasters

Step 8: Apply Finish

To protect your coaster and give it a finished look, apply a clear finishing spray or epoxy resin. Allow it to dry thoroughly before using your personalized wooden coaster.

DIY coasters

Congratulations! You've successfully crafted your own set of personalized wooden coasters with beautiful pictures. These custom coasters make fantastic gifts or a unique addition to your home.

DIY coasters

Experiment with different pictures, finishes, and wood types to create a set that suits your style. Enjoy showcasing your memories while keeping your surfaces safe from condensation and scratches.

Don’t forget to leave me a comment to let me know how your coasters came out. Happy crafting!

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  • Terry Terry on Feb 14, 2024
    What an inspired creation! I absolutely love these!! These would make such nice gifts. I will definitely be giving this a try. Thanks for the idea and clear instructions.