Every home needs a set (or 7) of coasters laying around. They are a necessity in my book! I saw some concrete coasters on Etsy that I just loved and thought, ‘Hey I could make those!’ Plus, I’d always wanted to do a DIY with cement.
Materials for Concrete Coasters
Steps to make the coasters
First I mixed the cement with the water. I didn’t want to use the whole bag so I found that doing about 9 tablespoons of powder to about 2-3 tablespoons of water worked out well. I only bought one set of 3 molds so I didn’t want all that cement to go to waste!
Mix the mixture until it is about the consistency of brownie batter. When I read that on the directions I thought ‘oh great that’s about as vague as it gets’, but then I realized brownie batter consistency isn’t too hard to spot.
Pour your cement into the molds. I tried to keep these pretty thin because they look nicer that way and I could make more! However you don’t want them to break, so I put about 1/4 of an inch in each mold.
Wait for them to dry for about 12-24 hours. If it’s a hot sunny day you can get away with 12 but I waited about 24. When I didn’t wait (because let’s face it, I messed up two batches of these before I got it right), they cracked and were unusable!
Once they are done, sand the rough edges around the rim. Don’t be too aggressive because you can ruin the soft texture. Just sand it enough that it isn’t sharp.
I decided I wanted to put an ‘M’ on our set because it’s our last initial and also because I wanted these to be a little more unique than every other concrete coaster I’ve seen. I found this beautiful font that I felt would be a simple enough ‘M’ to tape off with my 1/8 inch tape. I’m glad M’s don’t have too many curves or this wouldn’t have worked so well!
I simply taped off my letter then spray painted over the tape. The spray paint bled just a little bit, but I thought it looked kind of cool and industrial so I didn’t mind at all!
After I decorated them a bit I got some adhesive felt and pasted it to the bottom so they wouldn’t scratch my glass tables.
Then you’re done! The hardest part of these was waiting for them to dry. Patience has never been one of my strong suits. I love how these turned out! What do you think? Will you make yourself a set or two?