Introduction: Wooden Coasters

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These DIY wooden coasters are a great way to make a gift for someone or just keep for yourself! They are very cheap and can be made in just a few minutes. I find that giving them in packs of 5 is a great way to give them out.

I also made a YouTube video of this: https://youtu.be/0TbhsqePE2U

Step 1: What You Need

Items:

  • Sheet of plywood
  • ConTact paper

Tools:

  • Wood cutting saw
  • Routing tool
  • Colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Ruler
  • 150 grit sandpaper

Step 2: Draw the Lines

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Take your ruler and mark out squares for your coasters. I find 3"x3" works well for me.

Step 3: Cut the Wood

Now, use your saw to cut the wood shapes. I used my rotary tool with a wood cutting blade for this step.

Step 4: Sanding & Routing

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When I cut out the wood, the edges were very rough. I took the 150 grit sandpaper and sanded down the edges until they were smooth. Then I shaved any little splinters sticking up off the tops of the wood by lightly sanding down the top and bottom.

I used my rotary tool with the grinding wheel to route the corners of the coaster.

Step 5: Decorating

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I used the colored pencils to draw designs on the coasters.

Step 6: ConTact

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I traced the tops of the coasters on the ConTact paper and then cut out the paper to the right size. I peeled off the sticky part and stuck it to the top of the coaster to give it a shiny 'finished' feel.

Comments

offseid (author)2016-11-02

Cute! Well done.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-11-01

This would also be a good way to make trivets. I really like letting my kids decorate their own coasters. It lets them personalize it and they never mix up whose drink is whose.

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