Painted Cork Coasters

by Amy on May 26, 2009

Hi everyone! Hope you had a lovely weekend. We are in serious summer vacation countdown mode around here! Here’s a simple project we did this weekend with some cork trivets I’ve had forever. You could do this with standard size cork coasters, too – I like that ours are oversized and thick, though, especially with kids around!


Cork coasters or trivets (Ours are trivets from IKEA, around 7.5″ diameter)

Acrylic paints

Painter’s tape or masking tape

Step 1: Use tape to create your design. The girls came up with this pattern, but stripes would be fun, too.


Step 2: Paint each section with acrylic paints.


Step 3: Peel off the tape – this was the girls’ favorite part! Let dry completely.


Step 4: Enjoy beautiful hand-painted coasters!


Wouldn’t these be a great Father’s Day gift? I love projects that all ages can create and have success with, from toddlers to teens! We might experiment with painting on a simple design with a stencil, too. Or making polka dots…. or making a leaf print. So many ideas!

Here’s a question for all you crafty types – do you think I need to seal them? If so, with what? Thanks! :)

Happy creating!


damaris May 26, 2009 at 9:26 am

I love this idea. It looks so beautiful and easy. I’m going to try it with my 3 year old.

MommyAmy May 26, 2009 at 9:56 am

Love that idea! Simple AND cute!

Michelle May 26, 2009 at 11:18 am

I.LOVE.THESE. I am soooooooooooooooo doing this! Thanks for the post and the tutorial!

Rebecca May 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Great idea! I think my 18 month old would enjoy this project.

brenda May 26, 2009 at 1:18 pm

These would be perfect for my great idea that I have yet to do. Each family member gets a coaster of their own (painted differently) and that’s where they set their glass for the day. When they want a drink, there is the cup waiting on their special coaster. Supposed to keep me from washing 15 cups at the end of the day…..

amy May 25, 2010 at 8:11 am

Now that is a great idea!!

Melissa A. May 26, 2009 at 7:15 pm

These are too cute, and I love the bright colors your kiddos used! I’m thinking you’re right about the Father’s Day gift – Daddy could even take one to work with him! Thanks!!

Branflakes May 26, 2009 at 8:10 pm

This is so very cute! I would seal it with polyurathaine.

Trish May 27, 2009 at 10:12 am

What a wonderful idea. These look so easy, but turn out so unique and fun. Thanks so much!

Jessica May 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

I was considering painting our IKEA cork coasters and hanging them on the wall as mini cork boards. We nixed the idea, assuming the paint would soak in.

Did you have any problem with that?

Heather Tomhave May 28, 2009 at 8:05 am

What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

katef June 2, 2009 at 4:13 am

Oh I love this idea… added to our list of christmas gifts to make!

KC @ the wonder years June 2, 2009 at 10:11 am

Oh, this would also make a great lesson on fractions too!

canvas paintings November 24, 2009 at 5:16 am

this looks like great fun, going to try this with the kids at the weekend!

Ally May 24, 2010 at 10:06 am

This looks like fun! I can’t wait to try this with my kindergarten summer school art class!

Jenn June 29, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing. I recently linked to you on my blog:

Kaveri August 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Fabulous … I’ll make them for myself too with the children.

SANGEETA MALLICK September 4, 2010 at 3:47 am

so is to easy to make and give a nice look to the will enjoy this type of painting.

Mary Ann Johnson home school coach July 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I loved this idea and am going pass it along to the mom handling the crafts for next years family reunion. The kids would love this! Thanks.

Andrea November 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm

I love this idea! I would seal with a coat of clear gloss spray paint or a thin coat of mod podge. I can’t wait to try this, thank you!

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