Handmade coasters | Project

I love these coasters, they are the prefect craft to make in front of the telly, watching all the Christmassy films!


They do take some time, as you need to let the layers of glue and varnish dry, but they are pretty simple!


I made mine with samples of Pip Studio wallpaper, but the possibilities are endless!  You can use any kind of paper, fabric, maps, photographs, sheet music, napkins or pages of books!

Once you you have chosen your cover, you will need:

  • small tiles
  • medium paint brush
  • PVA glue
  • clear varnish
  • Felt pads

First, trace around the tile on the back oft he paper and cut.  Cover the tile in a thin layer a PVA and carefully place the paper on the tile, gently smoothing out creases. Allow to dry for several hours.

Paint a layer of PVA over the top of the paper, pay particular attention to the edges of paper, ensuring they are stuck to the tile. Allow to dry again, ideally overnight.

The next steps involving apply several layers of clear varnish, allowing each layer to dry overnight.  This seals the PVA and makes it heat proof, otherwise the coaster sticks to hot mugs of tea!! I used about 3 layers in the end, but it’s worth testing it out yourself, if the coaster sticks, give it another coat of varnish.

Once the varnish has dried, stick the felt pads, or squares of felt cut to size and stick to the bottom.



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