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Last Updated on March 29, 2018 by Diane Hoffmaster
If you are looking for a fun spring craft, these DIY terra cotta coasters are a great choice! Now that the weather is starting to warm up, I getting my patio ready for spring. I spent some time scrubbing the patio furniture and bought a few new plants to add a pop of color. Next on my 'to do list' for spring entertaining is to start finding inexpensive ways to spruce up my patio table. Occasionally, we like to have guests over to enjoy the fire pit and having tableware I am not embarrassed to seen using is always a plus. Of course, I don't want to spend a fortune on decorating my patio. I have enough things to spend my hard earned pennies on, right?
DIY Terra Cotta Coasters
I found a simple DIY to create terra cotta coasters for less than $10 for a set of 6. I thought that was a pretty frugal craft to help bring a touch of color to my patio so I decided to give it a try. If you are looking for more spring crafts, try a few of these:
Easy Spring Crafts
- How to Make Bottle Cap Magnet Lady Bugs
- Easy Earth Day Craft: Bottle Cap Garden Art
- Easy Easter Crafts: Egg Shell Candles
I found 4 inch terra cotta saucers at Home Depot for 77 cents each. After that, I hit Michaels for some paint and scrapbookp paper which cost me about $5 total. I already had some Mod Podge at home so my total cost for these DIY terra cotta coasters was less than $10. The color possibilities are endless when you make your own coasters. Honestly, all you need to do is match an acrylic based paint with a piece of scrapbook paper and you are all done. I wanted something in neutral tones but I can totally see this in bright yellows and blues as well.
Terra Cotta Coaster Supplies:
- 6 (4 inch) terra cotta saucers
- 2 to 4 ounces acrylic craft paint
- 2 pieces scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge
- foam paint brush
- pencil and circular shape for tracing on scrapbook paper
How To Make these DIY Coasters
These terra cotta coasters will use a fair amount of paint...I bought 2 bottles of the small craft paint. The terra cotta is very porous and will absorb quite a bit. You will want to use more than one coat. Just trace a circle onto the scrapbook paper that will fit inside the terra cotta saucer once it is painted. After a couple coats of paint, adhere the scrapbook paper circle to the bottom of the sauce with Mod Podge. When it is almost dry, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the entire terra cotta coaster and you are done. Just make sure it is totally dry before you start using it!
Let me know if you try making these. I would love to know how they turn out!
DIY Terra Cotta Coasters
Paint the terra cotta saucers using the foam brush and paint color of choice. You will probably need 2 coats of paint. Let paint dry between coats
Trace a circular shape onto the scrapbook paper with pencil and circular shape (I used a juice glass). Cut out the circles of scrapbook paper with scissors
When the last coat of paint is dry on the terra cotta saucer, use a clean foam paint brush to brush Mod Podge onto the inner surface of the coaster. Lay the scrapbook paper circle on top of it and let dry a few minutes.
Brush the entire upper surface of the coaster with additional Mod Podge (use one or two coats)
Let dry completely before using.
If you like these terra cotta coasters you may also like these DIY CD coasters as well!
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.