As I look into the kitchen, I can see our entire cup collection sitting beside the sink. Last night the dishwasher was run and everything was clean. Less then 24 hours later, there they sit, ready to be washed again. This has become a very common scenario. Nobody can remember which cup they had previously used, so they reach for a new one.
I loved the concept of the chalkboard coaster from the moment I saw it. Not only are they fun to decorate for special occasions and parties, they are perfect for the day to day task of keeping track of which cup belongs to you. Simply write your name on a coaster, place your drink on it, and you’re good to go.
DIY Chalkboard Coasters
- Tiles – Home Depot has them for $.16 a piece.
- Chalkboard Spray – I found this at Walmart for less then $4.
- Adhesive Felt Pads – For instance, the type you would use for furniture.
- Ribbon or Tulle – This is optional, but great if you plan to give as a gift.
1. First you need to prep the tiles for painting. Use the sandpaper to rough up the smooth face of all your tiles.
Tip: Make sure the sandpaper you choose is not too rough or you will see scratches in your final product. I used a 120 grit paper.
2. After sanding, wash your tiles and let them dry completely.
3. Spread the tiles on a tarp outside.
4. Shake the can of paint for one minute. Evenly spray on a thin first coat making sure to coat the edges of the tiles as well.
4. Let dry for 20 minutes and then apply a second coat. Follow up with a third coat if needed.
5. Let paint dry for 24 hours.
6. To prep your chalkboard coasters, rub chalk over the entire surface and then wipe with a cloth.
7. Finally, remove the backing from the felt pads and attach one to each corner of the bottom of the tiles.
That’s all there is to it! Now, you have an adorable set of coasters that are great for gifts, parties, kids, or just keeping track of which cup is yours.
If you come up with a chalk design you would like to seal onto your chalkboard, simply mist your design with hairspray and let dry.