These DIY word coasters are so easy, so fun to make and oh so customizable! I am using 4 letter words for mine, but you can easily use 5 or even 6 letter words for larger coasters. I have found that the 4 letter words are the perfect size for my vessels.
For this DIY, you will need:
- 2 packages of Scrabble tiles or simple alphabet tiles. Note: Regular alphabet tiles like the ones I used will not have the numeric value like the classic scrabble tiles, but they look just as great!
- Wood glue or a strong craft glue like E-6000.
- Cork board. I purchased precut squares with adhesive for easy application to the felt.
- Sharp scissors or an X-acto knife
- Clear acrylic spray
Choose your 4 letter words. I chose an inspired theme, but I have seen some other creative themes used such as winter (Snow, cold, sled..) or my favorite, coffee (Java, cafe, mugs, foam). The possibilities are almost endless. If you are doing these for a gift or an event, you can definitely get really creative. For example, if you wanted to use these at a baby shower, you could try words like baby, burp, cute and crib.
Once you have your words selected, position them on your cork and trace an outline to cut out.
Next, glue your tiles the way you would like them to be displayed. You can certainly glue before cutting, but I chose to cut and then glue.
Wait about 20 minutes for them to set enough to work with and apply your first coat of Mod Podge. It will go on white and dry clear. You could stop at one coat or add another coat after the first coat turns clear. 2 is good.
To further protect the coaster and help it to last longer, I also added a felt backing. Once cork gets wet it’s pretty much done. Adding a felt backing is a great idea and I think it gives it a really nice finishing touch.
Lastly, take your finished coasters outside and spray a coat of your acrylic sealer. This will make your coasters water proof and add a nice glossy finish. Allow to dry and you’re done!
I absolutely LOVE how these turned out and I definitely plan to make more for gifts and upcoming events. Go ahead and try these and share how they turned out!