Looking for the perfect DIY gift for teachers, family, or friends? This tutorial for DIY chalkboard coasters is easy, affordable, and from the heart!
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
Here is what you will need:plain 4×4″ tiles chalkboard paint paint brushes buttons felt tacky glue (or hot glue) chalk ribbon & gift tag for packaging
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.
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.
After your final coat of paint, let tiles dry completely so that paint can cure–at least 24 hours.
Next you will need to season your little chalkboards by using the long side of a piece of chalk to cover them completely.
Wipe the chalkboards clean with a dry paper towel; if they seem too dusty you can wet it just a little.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
But be sure to make extras…..you’ll probably want to keep a set for yourself!
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