I just realized that bringing old things new life is a little sub-theme of this blog, isn’t it? Whether it’s a cast-off item, leftover food, or worn out clothing, I love reusing it! Today I’m sharing a set of monogrammed coasters I made from an, um, interesting coaster set I found at a thrift store recently that would make an awesome handmade gift (I’ve transformed other coasters, too, using book pages and music sheets for holiday-themed coaster sets).
Coasters are one of the items I see all. the. time. at thrift stores. And since they’re something that’s so easy to makeover, I think it’s a shame that they could end up in the landfill. Which totally might be the case if this is all you saw:
Shockingly, these hadn’t been bought until I saw them – by that time the green tags were marked down 50%. I had been looking for a set of ceramic coasters ever since I had seen the stone monogram coasters and leather drink coasters from Pottery Barn. Both used dark backgrounds with gold monograms, which I think looks classic and goes with just about any decor. And while the PB stone coasters aren’t actually that expensive by themselves, the monogram costs $7 extra for each item. Yowsa.
A buck fifty is sounding pretty good, isn’t it?
My version uses the same dark background supplied by black paint and a simple single letter monogram in gold.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own set of coasters:
- Old ceramic coaster set
- Gold craft paint, black spray paint (optional black craft paint)
- Single letter chipboard monogram (or single or 3-letter stencil)
- Spray adhesive
- Foam applicator/stencil brush
- Clear protective coating (spray or brush-on)
Here are the Directions
1. Paint the coasters with your desired base color. I actually started this project thinking I would paint the coasters black and then paint a gold three-letter monogram on top with a stencil or free-hand. Um, no. Those of you with Silhouette machines could knock three letter monograms out in a few minutes, but I couldn’t cut a decent stencil that would give me a straight line. And free-hand painting? You don’t even want to know how that looked.
- SO if you have a way to stencil or are good at painting, start with a black base (using either black spray paint or craft paint), let dry, and add the gold by stenciling or painting.
- OR if you are like me, paint the base of the coasters completely with a gold craft paint and follow the rest of the directions below:
2. Once the base coat is dry, apply spray adhesive to the back of your chipboard monogram and let dry a few minutes to allow for a sticky, but non-permanent hold.
3. Place the adhesive-backed monogram in the center of a painted coster and spray black paint lightly over the surface, holding the can straight above the coaster until the base coat is covered (holding it to the side may make the paint seep under the chipboard).
4. Transfer wet coaster to a drying surface and carefully remove chip board monogram to use on the next coaster. I used a putty knife to move the wet coaster from my spraying cardboard to a cardboard lid I used for drying. I also used tweezers to lift the wet monogram from one coaster to the next. If you had 6 monograms, you wouldn’t need to transfer it, but I wouldn’t let it dry on the coaster, anyway, since the edges could stick.
5. Let dry thoroughly and then use a clear coating (either spray or brush-on) to protect the surface.
Hmmm, you know that our last name starts with a B, so what do you think – am I giving away or keeping?
Want even more ideas? Follow me on Pinterest and check out my Handmade Gifts board as well as my Thrift Store Transformations board!
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