One thing that will never be in style — watermarks on your tables. Luckily, coasters save the day by keeping our drinks off the table and look good doing it. Even better? When you create the coasters yourself.
There are thousands of ideas for DIY coasters all over the internet, so we picked a few of our favorites to share with you. Whether working with clay, cork or felt, they’re all simple enough to achieve with minimal materials on a rainy afternoon.
How sweet are these donut coasters? With acrylic paint detailing inspired by everyone’s favorite fried dough, they would definitely compliment your morning cup of coffee. And they’re not all just for looks. Made from birch rounds, they’ll hold their own against both hot and cold drinks.
These eye-catching coasters are sure to jazz up any modern space with their bold shapes and dynamic colors. The pictures in this tutorial will sell you on just how cool this craft can be, achieved by straight-line sewing with a needle and thread. Want more? There’s also a similarly-designed modular quilt tutorial, which you can find here.
A minimalist’s dream coaster set. A hexagon cut out of charcoal and heather gray felts create a simple, streamlined design that look great without demanding attention. And no sewing required is always a plus for those with minimal time, too.
DIY-guru Stephanie Lee used inexpensive cork coasters from IKEA, and turned them into bright, patterned coasters with designs derived from everyday materials. Stencils are made from office stickers, painters tape, and other everyday objects. Call it upcycling.
We adore these geometric coasters, as well as the peachy tones that top them off. These shapes were cut from larger pieces of cork, which can be found as pot holders at IKEA, or simply in sheets at your local craft store — both inexpensive options.
Remember Perler beads? The medium of choice for keychains and other little designs, it was hard to find a ‘90s kid that didn’t have one strapped to their backpack. I, personally, had a lizard one. It was very cool. So have a useful piece of nostalgia with these easy geometric coasters. You know you already know how to make them, and maybe still even have the supplies.
Love springtime florals? Keep the look alive no matter the season with this dainty DIY. Pressed flowers get sandwiched between two panes of glass, then adorned with a copper edge for a can’t-believe-it’s-homemade look. Even easier: Brit + Co has a kit with all of the materials you need for this craft.
It speaks to how easy these coasters are to make when the creator combines the tutorial with a post on how to integrate paper plates onto your dinner-party table. With simple upgrades elsewhere, like these painted clay coasters, your party spread will look fancy and put-together, no matter what else is on the table.
Worried about making perfectly straight lines with other coaster DIYs? Enter these crisscross coasters, which are perfect for those who want to freehand without fear. A simple black and white design could be swapped out for color, different geometric patterns — you name it.
Kiwis don’t get nearly enough recognition in the fruit world, so give these little green guys a nod by creating a set of coasters dedicated to them. Their design really is swoon worthy, their color is refreshing, and they’re sure to make whatever drink tops them feel that much more festive.
Marble is definitely trending right now, from notebook covers to phone cases. Twisting black and white clay into one another leads to a have-to-look-twice look alike. These would look great in any industrial or minimalist space.
Looking for an easy sewing project? Grab some clothesline and step on the pedal, and you’re on your way to these cute coasters. A little nautical with a pop of geometric design, they’re simple to make and durable — especially great for kid-friendly spaces.
A little rustic inspiration never hurt, right? These twiggy coasters would pair perfectly with almost any interior design style, and can be easily made with backyard sticks and a bit of string. Want more? These could also be expanded into some cabin-ready placemats.
One ingredient, so many possibilities! These speckled coasters are as easy to make as they are chic, so stock up on polymer clay and make a bunch for friends, family, and obviously — your own coffee table.
Straight from grandma’s china cabinet, these hand-painted coasters are a delicate addition to tea time. Blue and white porcelain are a classic nod to the antique design, without the risk of ruining an heirloom.
Do you have a favorite coaster DIY? Whether you try it out this weekend or just save one idea for later, let us know about the ones you love in the comments!