Create your own decorative coasters using cork and Mod Podge. Mod Podge is a brand of découpage glue that works with pressed flowers, photos, paper, thin fabric and ribbon. Mod Podge works as both an adhesive and a sealant, depending on the project. To make your DIY cork coaster, use Mod Podge as a sealant; cork is porous and will absorb the liquid glue. Mod Podge goes on white but dries clear, adding a glossy sheen to your coasters.
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Things you need
- Plain cork coaster
- Photo or decorative paper
- Acid-free, double-sided tape
- Mod Podge
- Paint sponge
- Acrylic sealer
- Spray adhesive
Coasters are typically 4 inches square or 4 inches diameter (round). Cut the coaster from a sheet of craft cork if necessary. Cut out a photo or decorative paper to fit on top of a plain cork coaster. It can either cover the entire top of your coaster or be a design in the middle or around the edges.
Attach the back of the cut photo or paper to the top of the coaster with acid-free, double sided tape. Look for this tape in the scrapbook aisle of a craft store.
Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the coaster using a sponge. Avoid using a brush for applying Mod Podge unless you prefer a textured finish. Brushes leave bristle marks and sometimes shed bristles. Let the sealer dry for 20 minutes.
Apply another light layer of Mod Podge on top of the coaster. Let it dry for 20 minutes. Repeat this process to build up at least four layers of sealant on top of the coaster.
Spray a coat of acrylic sealer on the coaster. Allow the sealer to dry completely. Mod Podge may stick to the bottom of cups and glasses; the acrylic sealer provides a barrier between the Mod Podge coating and the glass.
Flip the cork coaster upside down with the bottom facing up. Measure and cut a piece of felt to fit the bottom of the cork coaster. Spray adhesive onto the felt cutout.
Press the felt onto the bottom of the cork coaster. Allow the adhesive to dry before flipping the coaster right side up.
Tips and warnings
- If you use an artist's brush to create a textured Mod Podge finish, clean the brush immediately to remove the glue.
- Apply Mod Podge and spray adhesive in a well-ventilated area.
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