The perfect gift for teachers, friends, or anyone you know!
Back when we were launching our website, we planned 5 days of giveaways leading up to the launch. We knew that everything had to be handmade and it had to be things that people would actually want and use. We figured everyone needs coasters, so why not try to make some?
Overall, they were easier than I expected. The hardest part is trying not to beat yourself up about the patterns. Every coaster is unique and beautiful.
Alright, let’s start DIYing.
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- Knife or cookie cutter
- Rolling pin
- Parchment paper
What You’ll Need
How to make beautiful coasters out of polymer clay
Step 1: pick your colors
To make 8 coasters, we used 5 packages of Sculpey.
Step 2: prep
Preheat the oven according to the instructions on your clay. Ours was 275.
Tape down parchment paper to work on. The clay will pick up anything that’s on your countertops, even if you can’t see it!
STEP 3: mix your clay
Roll your clay into strips of different widths and then arrange them in a “random” patterns of different colors and widths.
Twist your clay strips together and then fold them into a ball.
Work the clay until the colors begin to blend together. Stop short of the colors blending together as much as you want since they will blend a little bit more when you roll out your clay.
Step 4: mold clay
Roll out your clay until it is between 1/8-1/4″ thick.
Use a knife or cookie cutters to cut out your coasters. If you want perfect shapes, you can also use a cookie-cutter.
Smooth the edges of your coasters with your finger so that they are more rounded.
Step 5: bake
Once you’re content with the shape, place them in the oven and cook according to the clay instructions. Ours was 15 minutes for every 1/4″ of thickness.
Step 6: Add cork
As the clay is cooling, cut out your cork. We made ours slightly smaller than the actual coaster so that you wouldn’t see it from the side. You can also buy some pre-cut sticky cork on Amazon.
Our cork had a sticky backing, so we just peeled it and stuck it on. If your cork isn’t sticky, you can attach is with a hot glue gun.
Step 7: paint
Paint the edges of your coasters gold. We highly recommend DecoArt Extreme Sheen because it catches the light more than other metallic paints. I also like to add a tiny bit of gold to the top of the coaster, but this should mostly happen naturally when painting the sides.
Step 8: Seal your coasters
Spray your coasters with a glossy top coat or paint on a few coats of polyurethane. After multiple attempts, we decided we liked the look of the spay top coat better, but the polyurethane left a better texture. The spray coat had a tendency to get sticky.
There you have it–an easy DIY that’s perfect if you ever need a gift! If you enjoyed this tutorial, share it with your friends or pin it to try later!