DIY Chalkboard Coaster Set


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Can you tell we have been feeling a little crafty around here lately? The girls and I have been working on so many projects that I hardly know where to start, but I figured I better get going on sharing some of our gift ideas so that y’all can get started on them too!

These fun chalkboard coasters might be one of my most favorite projects ever–I just love how cute they turned out! We have already started making more so that we can keep a set for ourselves. They are a great project for the kids to help with because they are so easy, but they are one of those projects that require a few minutes at a time, followed by lots of drying time. Be sure to give yourself at least 3 or 4 days to get them done!

I used some Martha Stewart chalkboard paint that I already had on hand from when I did this rotating artwork display gallery wall. It works on all surfaces so it is a good choice. A small bottle goes a LONG way! The buttons I used were leftover from the cute as a button baby shower I threw for my goddaughter in May. JoAnn’s has a 1 pound bulk pack of assorted buttons for around $6–use a coupon to get it for half off! For this project you could also skip the buttons or just buy a small pack of the color you wanted to use.

DIY Chalkboard Coaster Set | Supplies needed: chalkboard spray paint, paint brushes, some cheap plain white tiles, buttons (use any color you'd like!) and some felt squares.

Here is what you will need:

plain 4×4″ tiles
chalkboard paint
paint brushes
tacky glue (or hot glue)
ribbon & gift tag for packaging

DIY Chalkboard Coaster Set | This project is perfect for kids! Have your kiddos paint the tile squares with a layer of black chalkboard paint.Start by painting the front and sides of tiles with a thin layer of chalkboard paint. I let the girls paint them, then I smoothed out the paint and touched up any spots they had missed.

DIY Chalkboard Coaster Set | The kids can help by painting the tile squares. Don't worry, it doesn't have to look perfect on the first try.

Don’t worry if it doesn’t cover on the first coat. You will need at least 3 coats of paint. Let dry at least 3 hours or so between coats.

DIY Chalkboard Coaster Set | Three coats of chalkboard paint will cover the tile completely.

After your final coat of paint, let tiles dry completely so that paint can cure–at least 24 hours.

DIY Chalkboard Coaster Set | Kids can help "season" the coasters by coloring them with chalk.

Next you will need to season your little chalkboards by using the long side of a piece of chalk to cover them completely.

DIY Chalkboard Coaster Set | Season the chalkboard coasters by running chalk over the whole surface. Use the long side of the chalk to make it easy.  DIY Chalkboard Coaster Set | Wipe the chalkboard coasters clean with a paper towel after seasoning them.

Wipe the chalkboards clean with a dry paper towel; if they seem too dusty you can wet it just a little.

DIY Chalkboard Coaster Set | Have the kids pick out medium sized buttons for the corners of the coasters. Keep an eye on them for safety!

Select your buttons. The girls had a blast with this step–mommy’s buttons are usually off limits. We decided to put one button on each corner, and to do each tile with just one color. I instructed them to look for flat buttons that were small-to-medium in size.

DIY Chalkboard Coaster Set | Your kids will love helping out on this DIY chalkboard coaster project. They can help pick and apply buttons for decoration!

Lay out the buttons how you want them to look on the tiles, then glue in place. We used tacky glue so that the girls could do it themselves, but hot glue would probably work too and dries a LOT faster. The tacky glue takes forever to dry!

Let the glue on the buttons dry completely (at least 24 hours for the tacky glue.)

Use tacky glue to coat the back of the coaster and glue on a square piece of felt.

Using a tile as a size guide, cut out squares of felt then glue to the backs of the tile. Let dry completely–be sure to keep the chalkboard side down and the felt side up while they are drying or it will take a lot longer. You know they are dry when no condensation forms on the tiles when you stack them.

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Once the coasters are completely dry, stack 4 together then tie with a pretty ribbon, gift tag, and piece of chalk. You’ve now got the perfect gift for just about anyone.

You can write or draw on these DIY chalkboard coasters, which make perfect gifts! Remember to include some chalk pieces when you gift!

But be sure to make extras…’ll probably want to keep a set for yourself!

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  1. December 5 at 08:31AM

    Love this idea!

    • Ruth
      December 7 at 12:26PM

      Thanks Michelle!

  2. Amanda
    December 5 at 08:52AM

    Love love LOVE! I can’t wait to make some!

    • Ruth
      December 7 at 12:26PM

      Thanks Amanda! Let me know how they turn out! 🙂

  3. Gail
    December 5 at 09:25AM

    These are really cute. I don’t know where you find the time to do all these crafts but I am loving all the ideas!

    • Ruth
      December 7 at 12:25PM

      Oh Gail, I just ignore all the other things I have to do all day! 🙂

  4. Alisha
    December 5 at 01:52PM

    I love this idea! This looks like a craft that even *I* could do! 😉

    • Ruth
      December 7 at 12:22PM

      Yes you could, it is super easy! 🙂

  5. December 5 at 02:23PM

    These are adorable! I happened to make some last week (sans buttons). My husband put his cold drink on it and the sweat lifted the chalkboard paint off the tile. I was wondering if you’ve had this problem and if not what you may have done differently. Thanks!

    • Ruth
      December 7 at 12:20PM

      I have not had this problem with the ones I made for ourselves–I’ve used them several times with iced drinks with no issues. Did you use this particular paint–the Martha Stewart brand? It says it is for all surfaces, including glass and ceramic.

      • Ruth
        December 7 at 12:21PM

        Also, allowing sufficient time for the paint to “cure” and then seasoning it is really important too!

  6. Sarah C
    December 7 at 11:37AM

    Hi There,
    Was trying to make these and am having a hard time finding unglazed 4×4 tiles…did you use unglazed or glazed? Any problems so far?

    • Ruth
      December 7 at 12:22PM

      I just used the cheapo standard white glazed tiles at Home Depot. We’ve used them several times so far with no issues! 🙂

  7. December 12 at 05:35AM

    I’m crushing on chalkboard paint right now and these are fanastic. I made chalkboard trivets a while back and found with the liquid chalk pen and as you said, letting it all dry and cure, they handle moisture really well. Love using what you have.

  8. Melissa
    December 3 at 10:30PM

    Made these with my kids over thanksgiving…they really had fun with it and it turned out great! Thanks for the idea.

  9. Nicole
    December 4 at 05:48PM

    For the felt on the back could you use fleece instead? I really love this idea and I have a bunch of fleece from another project and wasn’t sure if it would work the same or if the felt is a better choice.

    • Ruth Soukup
      December 5 at 01:08PM

      I don’t see why you couldn’t!

  10. Robin
    December 9 at 10:18PM

    Did you use/do anything to prep the glazed tiles? Did you sand or use a primer?
    Thanks. I’m hoping to make some of these for Christmas gifts! 🙂

  11. Anonymous
    December 18 at 12:16PM

    In the middle of making them now! I’m so excited

  12. Kate
    December 21 at 02:23PM

    I’m in the UK & have used regular blackboard paint on glossed tiles. The first coat went on amazingly well, I left 3 hours between the next coat. But on the second coat the paint all cracked & smudged & they are not usable at all. The brush was a little wet from having washed it after the first coat, could that be the issue? I was so excited & now I’m a bit sad 🙁

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  15. Cheryl MacKay
    October 8 at 07:36AM

    Absolutely ingenious!! Just the fact that the children can do this is awesome and meaningful! thank you for sharing!

  16. Lauren
    November 12 at 02:16PM

    These are so cute! I am going to make these for some family members for Christma, but I can’t find any tiles. Where did you get the tiles from? I have checked online at Hobby Lobby and Michaels and nothing was coming up in my search. Any ideas you have would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Cassie
      November 12 at 10:34PM

      I don’t know if this was just posted or two years ago 😉 but you can buy loose tiles at home depot or Lowes… or if you have a local used building material store, you may be able to find them for cheap! (like Habitat for Humanity Restore)

  17. November 10 at 11:53AM

    Love your coasters I bought Disney chalkboard paint at Walmart says to let dry seven days for walls
    You can use itvon tiles etc so for coasters should you let it cure for 7 days like it says then rub the chalkpaint on them please email me nice post

    • Ruth Soukup
      November 10 at 08:38PM

      Hi Pat,
      I don’t think it would take 7 days for the coasters to cure. But I would suggest testing one just in case. 🙂

  18. December 31 at 01:52PM

    I come across cheap tiles all the time at yard sales! Going to grab them to make birthday gifts for my friends this year! Thanks!

  19. Emma
    December 15 at 07:17PM

    Hello there,
    I was hoping to make these coasters for my mom when I found out that I had tiles from years before but the front side of them have a shiny material and I can’t use the backside because they have stickers that would leave a mark if I peel them off. So, I was wondering, would the shininess affect the chalkboard paint? For example, not sticking to the tile. Thank you!

    • Ruth Soukup
      December 17 at 07:35AM

      You might want to try to paint the tile with a Kiltz primer product and then paint the tiles with the chalkboard paint. I would suggest you try it on one and see how it goes. Good luck and let us know how it turns out. 🙂

      • Emma
        December 19 at 02:19PM

        Sure thing, thank you!

  20. Isabella
    November 5 at 10:34AM

    Those coasters are such a simple but modern idea; my mom is all about having cute, simple decor in the house and I am considering making her a set of these for Christmas this year. You say you found the tiles at Home Depot, but how much were they? I only ask because I am on the tightest budget you can imagine, so I’d really appreciate if you would give me an answer!

    • Ruth Soukup
      November 9 at 09:14PM

      Hi Isabella,
      The tiles can run any where from .75-.98 cents per 3-3/4 in. x 3-3/4 in.Ceramic Wall tile. I hope that helps. Can’t wait to hear how they turn out. 🙂

      • Madaline
        November 13 at 02:52PM

        These are great!
        But can you use pieces of wood squares instead of the ceramic?
        Thank you!

        • Ruth Soukup
          November 14 at 10:11PM

          Yes, you could use wood squares but you might need to put more coats of paint to the squares. I would suggest you try a test piece of wood before you start your project.

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