One day when I was bored just sitting around the house, I decided to go through my phone to find something to do. I eventually went on Pinterest, like I always seem to do lol, and went on the DIY and Crafts board to get some ideas. I came across a Pin for ‘DIY Coasters’ and thought, “That would be a great project to do”, especially since I needed coasters anyway (boyfriend makes a mess).
So I went out to the local craft store, got the supplies, and got started! I experimented on my own to make these; I didn’t follow any instructions and I think they came out great! Since I absolutely love the ocean and beach, I decided to do a nautical theme.
Below, I have written instructions with pictures that I took while making these! These coasters would also make a great gift for someone as well! Especially since the design and theme ideas are endless! At the bottom of this page, I have also included pictures of a few other ideas too! 🙂
What You’ll Need:
-A roll of sisal/hemp/jute rope or any other kind you prefer
-Hot glue gun and glue sticks
-Your choice of color paint. I used Americana Acrylic Paint in Ultra Blue Deep.
-Stencils or pictures for the images on the coasters
-A black fine point Sharpe marker for sketching, if you are using pictures to look at to make your image.
-A small paintbrush
-Plastic/paper plates and old newspapers. This is to be sure to protect whatever you are working on from the hot glue, paint, and shedding (if any; mine did because it was natural jute) from the rope. Do not use anything that you wouldn’t want ruined!!
-Sealer. I used Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer Spray
1) After you set up all of your materials on the surface you are working on, make sure that the hot glue gun is heated up and ready. Take out an end of the rope, which should still be attached to the roll, and curl/fold the end just a bit and place a drop of glue in-between to attach it (hold it together till dry). This will be the middle of the coaster so you don’t want to make it too big.
2) After the glue dries (it dries rather quickly), you will then start working to make the rest of the coaster. Do not add too much glue at once. Add a short, thin line of hot glue on the side (inside part) of the rope. Curl it around and press down till it’s dry. Once you press down; if the glue spreads and comes out on the top, then you put too much glue down.
3) You are going to continue to repeat the second step until you get the coaster the size you want. Once you get towards the end, just use your scissors to cut the rope and finish gluing. I also put a dab of glue on the tip of the end piece to seal it down.
4) Finish making as many coasters as you need or want, while letting the other ones dry. I only made a total of three coasters because I didn’t need that many.
5) Once all coasters are finished, get out your paint, a small paintbrush, your choice of stencils or pictures (I just looked at pictures on my computer and went from there. If you are using pictures, you will also need a black fine point Sharpe marker for sketching on the coaster), and a plastic/paper plate (to put the paint on for use).
6) I was originally going to use black paint, which was shown in the first picture at the top, but I didn’t like it after I put it on. So, I recommend cutting a small piece off of the rope you are using and put just a line of paint on it. It will help you pick the right color for your coasters. The rope I used for this is shown above; one side has blue, the other white. I ended up choosing the blue and I like it better!
7) If you are using a stencil, lay it down in the position you want and start painting. Then, take off the stencil once the paint is dry and fix any spots missed.
8) If you are using a picture like I did, start sketching out your drawing lightly onto the coaster. Start from the middle and work your way out. Don’t worry, you will be able to fix any mistakes with the paint.
9) Once you are done sketching the picture, it’s time to start painting! Only use a bit of paint at a time and work slowly. If you rush, you might mess up. For some of the smaller areas, I used the other end of the paintbrush (the end on the handle) and pressed down the paint that way. This reallyyy helped!
10) Repeat the same steps on the other coasters while letting the finished ones dry.
11) After you’re finished and each of them are dry, it’s time to spray the sealer. Use this outside!! You do not want this smell all over your house! On both sides of the coasters, I sprayed a couple of coats, letting it dry 15-20 minutes between each one.
12) On the bottom of the coaster, I eventually ended up putting a coat of regular mod podge on it to help seal in the shedding more. This is optional! The rope I got was natural, which is why it was shedding. Not all of the ropes do. I didn’t find this out till I got to another store which had more of a selection lol.
13) Then, after everything is dry, you’re all done! 🙂 If you want, you can add a different sealer or more if you want to protect the coaster more from water and liquid! I’ve also noticed that for the bottom of the coaster, some people also attached a circular metal, wood, felt, or tile piece.
This is my first time making these so they weren’t perfect but that’s okay! I tried my best and I now know what to do next time so that they turn out even better! 🙂 I recommend using a thicker rope that doesn’t shed like mine did.
If you don’t want to use a hot glue gun to make these, you can also sew them together as well! Start from the middle and loop the thread through the middle of rope. You would need to “zig-zag” the thread through each layer, one by one, going all the way around till you reached the size you wanted. However, in my opinion this might be a little too tricky and harder to do.
Below are some other great ideas for rope coasters that you could do as well!