All it takes it some cork (pre-cut coasters make the job easy), Mod-Podge or white glue, and some interesting paper to cover them with. You could even print out personal photos to make them a truly one-of-a-kind gift.
Step 1: Materials
- Interesting paper - I used some scrapbooking paper and an artist's map of San Francisco
- X-acto knife or scissors
- Cork coasters
- Mod Podge - an all-in-one glue, sealer and finish, found in craft shops and some sewing stores, comes in gloss or matte finish (white glue will also work, and might I recommend some sort of shellac for a nice, glossy finish?)
- Craft paint brush
Step 2: Cut
Either lay the coaster down on the paper and trace around it with your X-acto knife or a pencil and use scissors to cut the circles out.
Step 3: Glue
Align the paper on top of the coaster and rub down with your finger.
Step 4: Coat
Mind the edges of the coaster as well. Use your brush or finger to smooth the glue around the edges. It will dry clear.
Step 5: Dry and Repeat
Repeat layering with Mod Podge several times - I did five, I think. The brush strokes will still be visible when you're done, but only if the light hits them at the right angle. If this is of concern, try using a sponge brush instead of a fiber one to apply the Mod Podge.
Step 6: Coast
It takes about an hour to create a really unique set of coasters that you can then tie up with a ribbon and gift to everyone you know.
The Mod Podge helps make them waterproof, so they can be wiped off with a damp cloth as needed.
Show me what you come up with!