Tuesday, September 3, 2013

DIY Beer Coasters

You will need:
Six-Pack cardboard beer holders
Scissors
Ceramic tiles
Felt
Mod Podge
Hi-gloss Lacquer (see below)
My boyfriend just recently moved, and I was looking for the perfect house warming gift that wouldn't break the bank, since his birthday was also just a few days later.
So, I decided to make beer coasters- perfect for a man cave, and relatively inexpensive! Although, that is assuming you can gather the six pack holders for free in your daily life without having to buy them just for this craft- like I did. My boyfriend just thought I was the nicest girlfriend constantly bringing him 6-packs for no reason (since I don't drink beer!).

The tiles are about 16 cents each from Lowes, and it cost me $3.50 for the felt, I bought a little extra just in case I messed something up. :)
First, gather your supplies:

Next, trace the outline of your tile onto the back of the cardboard, and cut out square shapes. It's always better to cut them a bit too big and then trim back to get the perfect fit:


Next, apply a layer of mod podge to the cardboard square and attach to the front of the tile and allow to dry for at least 15 minutes. The edges tend to pop up a bit, so I suggest maybe putting it under a heavy book while it is drying so the edges stay down, or you can hold them down as well. A reader who tried this also suggested binder clips- which I think would also work perfectly!
Next, cut out squares of felt for the bottom of the coasters to keep them from scratching whatever surface they are on. You can trace the tile with a marker if you'd like, and then cut out the shape. Then, apply a light layer of Mod Podge to the TILE -not the felt, or it seeps through and makes the felt piece unusable (luckily I bought extra felt!), and stick the felt on:


 Finally, apply 2-4 layers of mod podge over the top of the cardboard squares, allowing each layer to dry for about 10 minutes before applying the next one. After that is done, I also sprayed two coats of a hi-gloss lacquer for added protection, since these are going to a boy and will likely get lots of wear and tear. This is the one I used, but there are other brands as well:
Allow to dry for 24 hours (preferably outside, the lacquer stuff smells), and you are done!


The best part is, I still have the other side of the beer holders and enough felt to make 4 more coasters for my brother for his upcoming birthday!



 My boyfriend and his roommate LOVED the coasters and even asked if I could make them more. I agreed- as long as they provided the six pack holders for the next ones! After all, with tiles for 16 cents and felt being rather inexpensive too, I could make enough for an entire restaurant if I wanted to! I'd probably end up coated in a layer of Mod Podge though....

Thanks for reading! If you end up making these, leave a comment and let me know how it went!


Also, not a big beer fan? Consider doing this using the cardboard boxes that hold soda containers, or even cut out maps from places you have been!
Click here to get to my original Pinterest post of this craft and re-pin away! 



Looking for other DIY gifts for the man in your life? How about:

   http://postgradcrafting.blogspot.com/2013/12/beer-birthday-cake.html











62 comments:

  1. I am so all over this. Thanks for the how-to!

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  2. Am definitely going to make ,they look really cool, thanks for the directions

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  3. I used binder clips to clip around the edges when gluing down the cardboard squares onto the ceramic tile. This helped the edges stick down better.

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    1. That's a fantastic idea- thanks for sharing!! I've added it into the how-to. :)

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  4. I might try this! I have no idea what to get my boyfriend!

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  5. Hey Jamie.I tried out your recycled craft with a little twist. Check out my blog @ http://craftycreator.tumblr.com/. Your feedback would be appreciated!

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    1. Hi Alexandra,

      Your blog post looks great! I'm glad I could inspire you to do a twist on this project!

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  6. I love this idea but I'm doing it for myself because I am a beer enthusiast! Where can I purchase all these tools? Specifically the felt, mod podge, and lacquer?

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    1. Hi Monika!

      I purchased the lacquer from a local home goods store- like Lowes, but it's also available online from many retailers if you Google it! Mod Podge is basically a glue, and any local craft store (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, JoAnnes) should have it, and it is also available online and should be pretty inexpensive. Finally, any local fabric store should have multiple different types of felt that you can buy!

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  7. This would be great for a quick and easy Christmas gift! Is the lacquer super nessecary though? Just trying to save some money. Thanks !

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    1. Hi Wendy,
      You might get by just with the layers of Mod Podge, but I'm not sure how well the coasters would hold up in the long run with continued use. If that's not going to be an issue and they are meant to be more of a decorative item, or you don't mind them not lasting for super lnog, you can probably skip the step. I can tell you my boyfriend has used his daily since I made them and they still look great, and I used the lacquer!

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  8. If you don't want to mess with cutting felt, I have made tile coasters using the hardwood floor protector pads. They are sticky on one side, and adhere just fine to the tiles.

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    1. I originally was going to do that as well! However, my local store didn't have ones that were the size I was looking for. Thanks for sharing! Also, you have a great name. ;)

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  9. What kind of Mod Podge did you use? I went to the craft store and I cannot believe how many different types there are!!

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    1. Hi Sam!

      This is true, there are about 40 different types out there! Luckily, just about any type you grab would work fine. I think I personally used the "matte" version, because I had a giant bottle from before this, but a "gloss" wouldn't make much of a difference, it might just be a bit shinier. Here's what the one I have looks like:
      http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/02/89/95/11/0002899511302_500X500.jpg

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  10. I made some coasters myself for my boyfriend's birthday. The problem I am having is when something hot (i.e. hot tea, soup bowl) is placed on the coasters, the coaster seems to be sticking to the cup/bowl and has to be pulled off. The coaster doesn't seem to be damaged in anyway, just seems to get a little sticky with heat. Have you experienced this? Or do you have any suggestions?

    I used a few layers of Mod Podge as well, followed by a few coats of Mod Podge Super Hi-Shine Clear Acrylic Sealer. Maybe it's the sealer I used?

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    1. Unfortunately I've never attempted to use them for any hot items so I'm not sure! Maybe someone else will know and be able to give you some tips. :)

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    2. The Mod Podge will almost ALWAYS end up either sticking to the glasses, or leaving rings and ruining the finish... Even if you use the Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer. You can absolutely use Mod Podge on top of the coasters as long as you're covering the tops completely, as the last step, with a couple of good coats of the spray on lacquer sealer. I've made several trials of coasters and have used various products trying to find a finish that doesn't leave the coasters ruined. I've tried the following with no luck: BEACON Decoupage Gloss Sealer (spray on); KRYLON ColorMaster Acrylic Crystal Clear Sealer (spray on); KRYLON Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze (spray on); and finally, DecoArt Triple Thick Brilliant Brush-On Gloss Glaze. I'm to the point now where if I try the lacquer finishing spray the the OP used doesn't work, I'm going with the stuff they use on bars and table tops. It's a finish where you have to mix the two parts together and allow it to completely dry, then you're good to go.
      I hope this helps some.

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    3. Go to Auto Zone and buy a can of engine sealant (clear). Good up to 500*. Use 2 coats ( waiting about 10 minutes between each coat). I let it sit overnight then bake them for 1 hour at 200* to cure them. No moe sticking.

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  11. I made some coasters for a Christmas gift for my father-in-law. They turned out super cute and were easy to make. Thanks for the idea!

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  12. made these for my dad, they turned out really well!!! thanks for the idea :)

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  13. Great idea for a different look than "girly." Maybe you can get a bigger tile and make a trivet for the kitchen!

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  14. Super easy, surprisingly quick to do, and looks awesome! Thanks for posting this!

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  15. I just made these and they turned out great. It is the perfect gift for my beer enthusiast husband. Thanks so much!

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  16. I just did this and it worked great!! I'm giving them to my friend for his birthday and I think he will really like them. I'm going to make more for a family friend whose birthday is coming up and said the idea was great. This was perfect, unique, and inexpensive which is what I always look for in a gift, and needed right now as a college student. Thanks for the post! Also, I just placed another one of my tiles on top of the tile that was drying and it worked fine, instead of a book or binder clips. Thanks again for the idea!!

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    1. Glad to hear it worked great for you!

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  17. Has anyone tried using the cardboard coasters? I know they are thicker than the 6-pack boxes but it's the only way I can get my hubby's favorite rock band's beer on top...

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    1. I've never tried this, but the items are very inexpensive, so you might as well experiment! Let us all know how it goes! :)

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    2. I have a bunch of these bar coasters that i would like to use. Have you tried cutting them apart? If so what method seemed to work the best for you? Trying to use both sides of the coaster!

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    3. I have a bunch of these bar coasters that i would like to use. Have you tried cutting them apart? If so what method seemed to work the best for you? Trying to use both sides of the coaster!

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  18. Hi Jamie, Where did you get the ceramic tiles? I'm having a hard time finding them!

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    1. I went to my local home improvement store, and found them in their tile section!

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  19. Could you just use the cardboard from a 12 pack or a case of beer? Not sure if the cardboard is of a different thickness...

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    1. I've never tried it! I'm guessing it would probably work though. Only thing is that it could possibly need stronger glue to attach it to the tile.

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  20. Idea number 1 for the husband's Christmas gift. He loves both beer and homemade things! I'll have to start squirreling away 6-pack holders now!!! Thank you!

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  21. Do I need to use a sponge to apply modpodge?

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    1. Modpoge can be applied with a paintbrush, sponge, or one of those foam paint brushes (http://tinyurl.com/pp9cfa6) which is what I used, but just because they are super inexpensive.

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    2. Also, it will wash right out of whatever application tool you use with water and soap, so you don't need to be afraid to ruin a sponge or anything. :)

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  22. I only found glazed tiles at Lowe's. Is that what you used?

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  23. Did you use glazed tiles from Lowes like the ones in the link below? Those are the only ones I can find and I am hoping to make these by Sat. for Valentines day! Thank you!

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_230417-88283-769695334820_0__?productId=3466416&Ntt=4+x+4+inch+tile&Ns=p_product_price|0&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNs%3Dp_product_price%7C0%26Ntt%3D4%2Bx%2B4%2Binch%2Btile%26page%3D1&facetInfo=

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    1. Hi Marisa,

      It's hard to tell from the picture, but I did use glazes tiles, so I think those should work.

      Hope he loves the Valentine's Day present! :)

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  24. Love this idea! Do you think cork board squares will work in place of the felt? Not sure how it would work with the mod podge... Thanks!

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    1. I think cork squares could definitely work - but you'll probably want to buy a stronger glue! I'd ask someone at your local craft store what the best glue to use for cork would be. :)

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  25. So I've made a few coasters (they are awesome) but when I put empty glasses on them just to see how they look. the glasses are sticking and leaving rings, even after several layers of a top coat (not the exact laquer you used but a comparable product (at least that's what the girl at Michael's told me)... do you have any suggestions?!

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    1. Hi Mahegs!

      I don't know what would be causing this, besides maybe the top coat not actually being comparable, and perhaps more sticky than the original product used. Another potential issue could possibly be too many coats of the top coat? I've never experiences this issue so unfortunately I don't have any other suggestions!

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  26. Would this work with labels from beer bottles? (liter size). I want to make coasters with craft brewery labels but I'm not sure if the paper will be too thin.

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    1. Unfortunately I haven't tried with beer bottle labels. Its definitely possible that the labels would be too thin, but if you try it and it ends up working please let me know! :)

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  27. Very cute project, thanks for sharing!

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  28. Hi! Thanks for the idea. I used basketball, football, and soccer scrapbook paper instead of beer box labels to make coasters for my brother-in law, uncle, and cousin for Christmas. They turned out great! My other brother-in law likes Transformers so I used paper napkins that you would use for a kids party. It turned out fine too, although the paper is thin so I had to work with those more carefully.

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  29. Great ideas! Definitely going to make my own custom coasters!😊

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  30. Great ideas! Definitely going to make my own custom coasters!😊

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  31. I made these and they turned out great! Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial!

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  32. Help! I'm almost done with my project (side note, I love the tutorial, thanks so much for making it super easy to follow), but I saw a hair got caught on the surface right after I applied the gloss finish! Like an idiot, I instinctively tried wiping it off with a nearby paper towel which left even more residue! Is my project a lost cause?? Is there any way to wipe away the hair/dust after my gloss has dried? I'm so bummed because I spent so much time on this project and it was coming out wonderfully and now it looks ruined! Should I try sanding off the gloss?? Please help!

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    1. Oh no, unfortunately I'm not sure! Let us know if anything worked. :(

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    2. Had a bug fly onto mine while spraying. Pulled it off with tweezers and sprayed extra finish there. Left a small indentation but not very noticeable.

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  33. Just tried this using images printed on card stock. Instead of brushing on the mode podge, I used an old hotel key card to spread it on the tiles. Once i set the picture I immediately did a top coat of modge podge with card and "squeegeed" the image down. They really stayed well! Barely any streaks too! I also used about 4 coats of a glass like spray finish instead of the lacquer. Jury is still out on that last but the result looks amazing and we can't wait to use these!

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    1. I just used whatever generic tiles I found at the hardware store. Any size you would like as a coaster size would work!

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