Decor & DIY

DIY cork coasters

Get your creative fingers ready with this DIY cork coaster tutorial. As some of you might already know… I am a brand influencer for ISCA Taps and was given the challenge to designs a bathroom on a budget for Decorex Cape Town earlier this year. I am so excited to do the same alongside team Brad and Abiah again for Decorex Joburg that will be taking place from 8-12 August at Gallagher Estate, Midrand.

DIY painted cork coasters

When the lovilees over at ISCA Taps asked me to take the ‘GROUNDED’ theme into the kitchen I came across a small DIY on Pinterest that I just had to make for myself. These DIY painted cork coasters are the easiest thing ever to make and make for great gifts as well. Whilst we make use of coasters for protecting our furniture and surfaces against stains from hot mugs or moisture, there is no reason that coasters cannot be pretty as well. You can off-course extend this DIY to make a mouse pad or place mats as well.

What you will need?

  • Cork coasters – I bought mine at Lifestyle Nursery in Johannesburg in their Mica craft section
  • Acrylic paint in 2 or 3 different colours
  • Washi tape or masking tape
  • Hole reinforcement stickers
  • A paint brush
  • Plastic or a protective sheet to protect the surface you are painting on from the paint
  • A sealer or modge podge spray on

DIY coasters

How to make your own coasters?
1. Get creative with the washi or masking tape by taping off certain pieces of the coasters to paint.

DIY coasters
DIY cork coasters

2. Paint the colour block patterns waiting for each layer to dry fully before applying washi tape over painted layers.

DIY cork coasters
DIY coasters
Colourblock coasters

3. Finish the look off by adding some dots (as per the images) using the hole reinforcement stickers.

DIY cork coasters using hole reinforcement stickers
DIY cork coasters using hole reinforcement stickers
DIY painted cork coasters

4. Seal the DIY coasters with a modge podge or spray on sealant.

DIY coasters

Expert tip: Remember to paint the sides of your coasters as well as it just gives it a more rounded off look.

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Karen Kelly is the founder and editor of She is a creative at heart and passionate about all things DIY. Learn more about her here and connect with her on social media on the links below.

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