Absorbent pretty coasters

Judy Brizzolara
by Judy Brizzolara
I've been searching for absorbent coasters with a nice coastal design but they're all so expensive! Anyone have a DIY for them? Would love something like this.
Lighthouse in my town
  7 answers
  • Tonia Tonia on Jul 08, 2015
    I am wondering if you could mod podge a picture of your choice on to a cork coaster. I have not done it but it may be worth a try.
    • Judy Brizzolara Judy Brizzolara on Jul 09, 2015
      @Tonia Not a bad idea, the mod podge side wouldn't be absorbent but the cork side would. I could set them pretty side up for display then flip over to use. Thanks!
  • Donnag0919 Donnag0919 on Jul 08, 2015
    I agree with Tonia that mod podge would be the best option. The blog modpodgerocksblog.com has tutorials on making coasters, if you want to check it out.
  • Pat Kelley Wittorf Pat Kelley Wittorf on Jul 08, 2015
    I don't have a solution but a question. I've always seen those coasters with cork on one side and a design on the other... are you supposed to turn those cork side UP or DOWN when you use them?
    • Judy Brizzolara Judy Brizzolara on Jul 09, 2015
      @Pat Kelley Wittorf I've had ones like that & had cork side up when in use. (Til Tonia's reply I never even thought of trying to make them!)
  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Jul 09, 2015
    No, you are supposed to put the cork on the table,the stone should absorb the water.
  • Robin Dering Rose Robin Dering Rose on Jul 09, 2015
    Buy some 4 inch travertine tile at Home Depot, or Lowes, they are pretty cheap. Stencil your design, allow to dry for a few hours then put them in the oven at 250 for about 15 minutes, depending on how thick your paint is. This makes the paint not run when wet. Put felt on the back. The travertine is absorbent. If you use mod pudge the material is no longer absorbent.
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    • Tessa Dahlke Tessa Dahlke on Feb 18, 2020

      What type of paint did you use that wouldn't run when exposed to water...like frosty glasses, etc. Would like to hand-paint design (hot stamp) but keep overall coaster porous on design side. Any ideas?

  • Amandakayesnana Amandakayesnana on Jul 09, 2015
    I agree with Robin Dering Rose's suggestion. Exactly what I was going to post!
  • Susan Bechamp Susan Bechamp on Jul 09, 2015
    I found cork coasters to be too small for my family. Instead I bought cork trivets from IKEA, we used photo transfer paper and ironed on our designs. They are approximately 7 inches in diameter and come three to a pack for $3.99.Another option would be cork sheets from Home Depot. You can trim them to your desired size before decorating them. (We have a collection of oversize coffee mugs that just don't fit a standard coaster.)
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    • Susan Bechamp Susan Bechamp on Jul 09, 2015
      @Judy Brizzolara I use the over sized coasters for the coffee mugs due to the rough bottoms of the ceramic mugs on my wood tables, and the glass top one too. I enjoy working with cork. It makes a decent sound muffler as well as it protects fragile items. You can stain it, paint it, dye it and even mold it.