DIY Map Coasters


These coasters are functional, super cute, and a great way to remember your most recent trip once you get home! I started making these about a year ago when I started to do quite a bit of traveling for work. Plus, I also needed some coasters for my place, so you know, best of both worlds. Read on for the instructions.

- Maps (you can usually get one for free from the concierge of your hotel)
- Felt
- Clear/glossy finishing spray (mine is by Krylon and is water resistant. So if you spill, it's ok)
- Coaster-sized tiles (I got these backsplash tiles for $0.99 each at the hardware store. Score!)
- Scissors
- Glue
- Mod Podge & paintbrush

Step 1: Cut pieces of the map to the size of your tiles. I like to leave a 1/2 centimeter border around the entire edge for a nice clean finish. I also like to choose either a place I visited or an interesting section of the map.

Step 2: Paint a VERY thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire tile. The thinner the better. This will help eliminate air bubbles when you press your map cutout onto the tile. Depending on the type of paper your map is printed on though, some will be unavoidable.

Step 3: Spray! Spray! Spray! In all seriousness though, make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area that you've covered with old newspaper or flyers. Follow the instructions on the can, and make sure you don't lay it on too thick. I like to do 3-4 layers in total, waiting about 15-min between layers. That way it's still slightly wet when you do the next layer and when it dries completely you get smooth, and uniform surface.

Step 4: Once the spray is completely dry (a couple hours), flip your tile upside down. Cut your felt into 4 small squares, and glue one in each corner. That way you don't scratch whatever surface you eventually out it on.

Et Voila! Cute and chic coasters that are sure to be conversation starters whenever brought out.

- Kris


  1. Incredible idea! I save all the maps I use on my travels, but they just end up collecting dust in a box. Now I have an adorable and practical use for my favourite keepsakes!

  2. How cute, absolutely adore them! Would make great gifts as well.


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