Here is a fun drink coasters DIY project! My son’s girlfriend is just too clever! Together they run a site, The Geek Lyfe, and aside from movie and game reviews, she also does some really cool craft projects. I saw a sneak peek at this coaster project and invited her to share the tutorial here. Super cute!
By Alicia Yuhas for CraftyChica.com
Hello everyone! My name is Alicia and I am a huge geek as well as a frequent crafter. Lately, I’ve been feeling like my apartment needed some pizazz, not to mention those pesky rings on the table were multiplying. Making some coasters was in my future, but what to choose as my theme? A favorite movie, television show, or video game? The possibilities were endless and overwhelming. Then it finally hit me. Something fun and custom that I’m sure guests would have a laugh over. Internet memes! Meme Coasters needed to happen.
- Square White Tiles (I got 4 ¼”)
- Decoupage Glue
- Brushes (I used foam brushes)
- Clear Acrylic Spray
- Hot Glue
- Drawer/Shelf Liner
First, I made my own coaster memes. I just Googled ‘meme generator’ and there were a lot of options. I personally used memegenrator.net, but most of them will have a collection of blank memes all ready for your manipulation. Some may require cropping to fit on the tile so keep that in mind when sizing the text and try to keep it tight in the center. Instead of running to an office store for special paper, I tried out regular printer paper and it turned out vivid with minimal bleeding. Go ahead and cut them down to fit on the tiles and get to applying!
Sealing is vital to a good coaster. No one wants the first cup to ruin their creation. Using a spray acrylic sealer will make these puppies waterproof. Follow the directions on whichever acrylic sealer you would like to use. If you choose a gloss sealer, you’ll get additional shine.
Eliminating those annoying cup rings is great, but if you replace them with scratches from the bottom of a tile, what’s the point? Here’s where the drawer/shelf liner comes in. In addition to avoiding scratch marks on the table, this gives the coasters a bit of extra grip.
Voila! Personalized, heavy duty coasters. Keeping this method in mind you can make any kind of coasters you want! You could make a set for fun, and a set for nice dinners. Anything you can come up with and print out can now protect your table.
Thank you so much to Crafty Chica for inviting me to share this project, and thank you for checking it out! If your inner geek liked this post, we can promise even more geekiness over at our website: http://thegeeklyfe.com/ This website (created by the Crafty Chica’s son, DeAngelo) covers tons of geek goodness; anything from reviews, interviews, and even current events in the nerd realm. Hope to see you there!
Love & light,