Terra Cotta Coasters Give Your Table a Fresh Look for Spring!

Now that the pollen has finally been (mostly!) washed away, I am ready to start 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?  However, 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.

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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 this entire terra cotta coasters craft was less than $10.  The color possibilities are endless when it comes to this terra cotta coaster craft.  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 Craft

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 a fair amount of paint.  You will want to use more than one coat.  Just trace a circle onto the scrapbook paper that will fit inside the terra cotta sauce 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 star using it!

Let me know if you try making these.  I would love to know how they turn out!

Terra Cotta Coasters

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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



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!



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  1. What a fun craft. I could use some new coasters. Ours are showing wear!
  2. Those terra Cotta coaster are so cute and so simple to make too! I love it! And they definitely look nicer than a simple cardboard disc I see all the time.
  3. Jenna wood says:
    I can't believe you made these, they are too adorable! I love how the 'coasters' are actualy planter bases that will catch and trap, and even absorb moisture, genius!

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