Create Japanese Inspired DIY Decoupage Coasters in 3 Easy Steps


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. Pull out your crafting supplies and let’s make a beautiful drink coaster set!

A picture collage showing DIY drink coasters that are decoupaged with washi paper in a house in Okinawa, Japan with a graphic.
Decoupaged Coasters DIY

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  • cork coasters (or this is a great project for thrifted/outdated coasters of other material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
  • paint
  • decoupage (or 50/50 Elmer’s glue and water)
Pretty origami paper squares, cork coasters, and paint brush on a pink cutting mat.
Materials Needed

How to make DIY drink 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.

A cork coaster is on a piece of paper to be traced and other circles of Japanese origami paper are already cut out on a pink cutting mat.
Trace a Circle

Shake the decoupage container to mix the contents. Or mix half water and half craft glue like Elmer’s in a disposal cup. Use a sponge or paintbrush to spread a thin coat of decoupage on top of each coaster. 

Cork coasters are laid out on a pink mat with decoupage glue on each one.  Circle pieces of patterned craft paper are to the side.
Add Decoupage

Place the cut paper on top. Brush a second coat of decoupage on top of the paper. It’s okay if the paper wrinkles a little.

DIY cork decoupage coasters with Japanese printed paper are drying on a pink mat.
Place the Washi or Craft Paper

Smooth out wrinkles and air bubbles as much as you can and let dry.  The great thing about decoupage is that paper dries smoothly.

Two DIY decoupaged coasters in orange and gold are on top of wood stump accent table.
Decoupaged Coasters on a Wood Stump Table

You may have to flatten the coasters if they are cheap dollar store cork ones like mine and curve a little bit. Just place them between heavy books for a couple of days.

A glass of water sits on a DIY decoupage coaster on a white side table with velvet orange pumpkins and a white table lamp base next to a grey tufted leather sofa and throw pillows.
Fall Drink Coasters

I love the combination of oranges, reds, and purples in the patterns of the origami paper.  

A wood stump accent table is next to a tan barrel chair with a white and black striped throw blanket draped on the side.
Easy Fall Decor

As you can see, I’ve already tested them out!  They look great in our living room.   Use a metallic pen or a little bit of paint to cover the cork edges if you prefer.

A pair of Japanese printed coasters are on a white and silver tray.
Pretty Washi Paper

This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience to brands I love. You still pay the same price but I may earn a small commission.

I really like the look of these vintage music DIY coasters from Rose Clearfield and this set of six modern coasters if you are looking for store-bought options that aren’t expensive! I also covered Dollar Tree ceramic coasters with peel and stick wallpaper for a global gift idea.

Join me on Instagram for behind-the-scenes, DIYs, decorating tips, room tours, and home inspiration. I’ll see you over there!

Thanks for joining me all week for fun Fall DIYs. I found most of the supplies at the dollar store, the frame for the printable I already had. If you missed any, you can find them below!

A Week of Dollar Store Fall Crafts

Do you love decorating your home for Fall but don't want to spend a lot of money? Stay out of the chain stores and join me as we create handmade seasonal decor using supplies from the dollar store for fresh and creative Fall DIYs that can be done in no time at all, even for the most novice of crafters.

Make sure to check out 50 + Fall seasonal and holiday decorating ideas, DIYs, and free printables for the season.

Until next week,

  • An Easy DIY Textured Paint Vase and Planter Makeover Idea
    Give your ceramic vases and planters an easy makeover with DIY textured paint to make them look like pottery! I’m in the middle of giving my living room a modern makeover. I decided to update a ceramic vase and a large gold ceramic planter with DIY textured paint to turn them into beautiful pottery pieces….
  • How to Make Pillow Covers for Easy Seasonal Decorating on a Dime
    Learn how to make DIY pillow covers with an easy envelope pillowcase tutorial and change your decor on a dime. Seasonal decluttering, organizing and home crafts for Spring are such great DIY projects to get out of the winter blues. Today’s easy DIY is perfect for leftover and saved fabric remnants or a fun excuse…
  • Give Your Glass Kitchen Canisters a Makeover with this Easy DIY
    Try an easy kitchen canister makeover with a simple DIY to give glass jars a stylish update with copper lids and chalkboard labels. Looking for ways to spruce up the kitchen on a budget? I’m excited to share a glass canister DIY that is perfect for displaying out on the kitchen counter or shelf. Glass…
  • Create a Boho Basket Wall Decor in a Few Easy Steps
    Spruce up your wall with a DIY boho basket wall decor using thrift store baskets and paint. Perfect for renters and adding a pop of color. Hi there!   After sharing our kitchen progress yesterday (which is a bit of a challenge), I’m thrilled to share this cool and eclectic DIY wall art for our…
  • How to DIY Copper and Chalk Seasoning Jars with Paint
    Update your spice and seasoning jars with an easy DIY using copper and chalk paint. Display them in a unique container! It can be so satisfying to have functional and pretty decor in the kitchen. Make your own copper lid spice jars with chalk labels using this simple DIY and enjoy a lovely display in…

Similar Posts


  1. Kathy! These are awesome, I love that you used origami paper – this is one of my favorite patterns I’ve see around here actually. I also really have always loved your very subtle fall décor, very classy 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *