DIY: Nautical Coasters with Smock Paper

These coasters would make a great hostess gift if you happen to be staying at someone's beach or lake house this summer.  Or make a set for yourself to remind you of beach-y vacations!  We used our favorite paper for decoupage, generously provided to us by SMOCK, a small, independent letterpress and stationer in upstate NY.  For more nautical paper options from Smock, scroll to the end of this post.  We've got the DIY steps, materials list and a printable for you below.

Decorative paper (we got ours via Smock), cut into four 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" squares
Felt, cut into four 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares
Mod Podge
Paint brush
Exacto knife or scissors
Bone folder or credit card
Four ceramic tiles (found at home improvement stores), 4" x 4"
Craft glue

Step 1:  Brush a thin, even layer of Mod Podge onto the top of a ceramic tile, making sure you brush the glue all the way to the edges.  Place your decorative paper wrong side up in front of you.  Center the glue side of the tile onto the paper.  Flip over and use the bone folder or the edge of a credit card to smooth out any air bubbles making sure the paper is completely adhered to the tile.   

Step 2:  Trim the corners of the paper.  

Step 3:  Brush glue onto each edge of the paper, one side at a time.  Fold each side onto back edge of the tile, pressing down with your fingers.  Wrap as you would a present.  

Step 4:  Once all four sides are glued down, flip the tile over.  Print out the images we've created of the framed ships (printable is at the end of this post).  Cut them out and apply one to each coaster, using the Mod Podge to glue the image on.  Brush two thin layers of Mod Podge over entire coaster, allowing time to dry between coats.  

Step 5:  Turn the coaster over again and run a line of glue around the perimeter, about a 1/2" in from the edge.  Place the felt on top of the glue.  (We used black felt in our example coaster and a gray felt in the "materials" photo so you could see what it was.  Any color will do).  

Step 6:  Once the two coats of Mod Podge have dried, spray each coaster with a coat of Shellac (or if you have the liquid kind from can, brush the Shellac over each coaster).  Now you've sealed the coasters and can use them for hot or cold beverages!


Print This!  Here's a copy of each of the collaged images we put together for our coasters.

On The Waterfront: Ship Coasters

Smock has several nautical designs that would work for your coasters.  We used "Anchor" but you could also try "Chatham," "Breakers," or "Fremont," with or without the image of the ships.  

Happy Sails!

xoxo Zandra