I have a minor obsession with making new coasters. Geeky coasters, of course. Take some cheap tiles from the home improvement store, a little fancy paper, a little Mod Podge (OK, a LOT of Mod Podge. Like 400 layers of Mod Podge — movie marathon, anyone?) and you’re good to go. Check out this coaster tutorial to make sure you do it right.
Paper For Making The Coasters
You can cut up old wrapping paper, birthday cards, dollar bills, photos — just about anything — to make the coasters. I’d be a little wary of thinner stuff like newspaper and magazine, as the ink may bleed and the paper is so thin it will probably bubble. Don’t use anything printed from an inkjet printer, either (you knew there was a catch, eh?), because the ink will just smear all over the place.
By the way, there was a band called The Coasters back in the day. You could use their album art to make new coasters, ya know.
Finding Images For Making Coasters
Simple, silhouette images are often the best for coasters.
I was looking around for some images to use, and — as usual — Etsy didn’t disappoint. I don’t think I’ll buy any prints, I found, since they’re mostly huge and meant for hanging on your wall, but check em out!
Orange Optimist has some really incredible art. Owls on bicycles — why not? The images are pricey, but if you want something spectacularly geeky to hang in your casa, check this stuff out.
Neve Dobson has some cool, simple modern images. I just want to get them in small, paper form. Others will drool over my coaster collection.
New Coasters You Should Buy
These are rad: