Coasters not only protect tabletops from stains and reduce the risk of spilling a drink, but they also make unique decorations on any surface. Drink coasters can be made out of pretty much anything, from cloth to rubber to stone. Best of all, each coaster can be made by hand in your own home, which make great gifts for others.
The easiest way to make stone drink coasters is by buying 4X4 inch tiles. Stone coasters will scratch table surfaces without protection at the bottom, so to avoid this scratching, laminate flooring peel and stick tile can be cut and put on the bottom of each stone tile. These drinking coasters look the most natural and organic, because they don't have any freehand drawings or decorations on them.
Another more fun and elaborate drinking coaster idea consists of paint and stencils. You will need paint, stencils, Mod Podge, scissors, felt, hot glue, spray sealer, scrapbook paper, and of course the 4X4 inch tiles. Cut a square out of the scrapbook paper that is slightly smaller than the drink coaster will be. Next, paint a design onto the paper using the stencil. To make the drink coaster more personal, you can also freehand paint a design onto the paper. It's important to choose a paint color that will be visible on the scrapbook paper you have chosen.
After the painting is completed, seal the paper onto the tile by applying a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the tile with a foam brush. Once the paper is stuck, apply another layer of Mod Podge over the paper. The Mod Podge will dry clear. Make sure no bubbles dry on the drink coaster. If bubbles do come up, smooth them out with another layer of Mod Podge.
Once it dries, you need to apply spray sealant over the tiles so that constant usage of the stone coasters does not wear the paper away. A few coats are needed; wait until each coat dries before applying another coat. Once all the coats are complete, cut the felt into small pieces to glue to the bottom of each tile, so the stone coasters don't slide on table surfaces. You can also use the peel and stick laminate flooring tiles instead of felt, but making the bottoms with felt instead of laminate tiles looks more artsy.
You can also make a photo stone drinking coaster almost the same way as a stenciled one. Cut the photo you choose slightly smaller than the stone tile, the same way as had been done with the scrapbook paper. Instead of applying the paper with Mod Podge, use Decoupage glue, and allow the photo to dry for 15 minutes before painting the top layer over the photo.