Make Japanese-inspired DIY decoupage coasters with dollar store supplies in minutes with this easy tutorial.
Hello there! Welcome to Day 5 of the Fall Series. This is our final handmade decor DIY for this week. Creating handmade decor all week while I was sick was fun but I’m exhausted!
I just want to curl up and read a book but am feeling much better along with my little one who is back to her silly self. Bring on the weekend!!
DIY Decoupage Coasters with Origami Paper
Don’t you just love easy DIY ideas? This one is so versatile with the wide availability of materials from dollar and craft stores and you can create DIY coasters to match any type of decor. Of course, since we are living in Japan, I had to use Japanese washi paper!
It has been such a fun experience learning about a new culture and incorporating local finds into my crafting and decorating and it makes really unique decor items! Pull out your crafting supplies and let’s make a beautiful drink coaster set!
Here’s what you need to make decoupage coasters
- cork coasters (or this is a great project for thrifted/outdated coasters of other material
- craft, origami, or washi paper – There were many beautiful choices of origami and washi paper at our local 100 Yen Store (aka dollar store). I selected a pack with oranges, pinks, and purples.
- craft knife
- cutting mat or board
- decoupage or Mod Podge glue (or 50/50 Elmer’s glue and water)
- paint brush
How to make DIY cork coasters
- Place a coaster on the backside of a piece of craft paper and trace around it lightly with a pencil.
- Cut out the circle or coaster shape with a craft knife or scissors. Make sure the craft knife is sharp if you are using one so the blade doesn’t rip the paper.
- Shake the decoupage container to mix the contents. Or mix half water and half craft glue like Elmer’s in a disposable cup. Use a sponge or paintbrush to spread a thin coat of decoupage on top of each coaster.
- Place the cut paper on top. Brush a second layer of decoupage on top of the paper. It’s okay if the paper wrinkles a little.
- Smooth out wrinkles and air bubbles as much as you can and let dry. The great thing about decoupage is that paper dries smoothly.
You may have to flatten the coasters if they are cheap dollar-store cork ones like mine and curve a little bit with the moisture. Just place them between heavy books for a couple of days. Warning, these are not dishwasher safe! But they do a great job protecting our furniture and look cute!
I love the combination of oranges, reds, and purples in the patterns of the origami paper.
As you can see, I’ve already tested them out! They look beautiful in our living room in Japan. Use a metallic pen or a little bit of paint to cover the cork edges if you prefer.
I like the look of these vintage music DIY coasters from Rose Clearfield and Dollar Tree ceramic coasters with peel and stick wallpaper for a global gift idea.
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I think decoupaging coasters is a fun and easy way to add some personality to your home decor. With just a few simple steps, you can transform plain coasters into vibrant pieces of art that will brighten up any room.
Whether you’re using photos, magazine clippings or colorful paper scraps, the possibilities for creating unique designs are endless. So grab your supplies and get ready to unleash your creativity – there’s no better feeling than seeing your handiwork displayed proudly in your home! Happy decoupaging!
Thanks for joining me all week for fun Fall DIYs. I found most of the supplies at the dollar store, and the frame for the printable I already had. If you missed any, you can find them below!
Make sure to check out 50 + Fall seasonal and holiday decorating ideas, DIYs, and free printables for the season.
Until next week,
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