If you’ve got some grubby old coasters, using mod podge is an easy way to give them a quick shabby chic facelift! You can cover them just about anything – wallpaper, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, magazine cuttings, a napkin, newspaper, old sheets of music, old greetings cards, fabric – or even something you’ve printed off onto paper.
Here are my old wooden coasters – they’re scratched, stained and not very pretty!
I’m going to give them a new surface using scrapbook paper. I’ve chosen this scrapbook paper – one piece has pretty scrolls and the other has old French labels. As noted above, you can use almost any type of paper or fabric you like. I’m also going to use matte mod podge – it’s fantastic stuff because it works as a glue, sealer and finish, so you only need one product to do everything. You could use PVA glue but the finish won’t be as nice.
First draw round the coaster on the wrong side of your paper or fabric.
Then cut out your paper or fabric.
Apply the matte mod podge to your coaster.
Stick down your paper or fabric. It’s really important that you smooth it out properly, but take care not to wear the paper. You also need to make sure the paper fits the coaster as closely as possible so take your scissors and neaten any edges that are sticking out.
When the glue is dry, apply another layer of mod podge over the top. I gave my coasters two layers each.
Make sure you cover the edges each time so the paper is really well glued onto the coaster. When your coaster is really, really dry, you can take a piece of fine sandpaper and sand any edges or corners that aren’t perfectly neat. I also gave my coasters a quick spray of acrylic varnish. This is optional as mod podge is a sealant and finish but I wanted to make sure the coasters were really tough and long lasting.
Heres’s one of my finished coasters. Sadly the other one got ruined as my hubby didn’t realise it was still drying and put our son’s colouring book and pot of crayons on top. Whoops!