Have you ever found these paper coasters, loved the design or phrase? Then flipped over the container and see the price, and your eyes popped out of your head. You put them back, but then you add them to your basket anyway because of the awesome phrase or design.
Then, if you are anything like me, you never use them. You think to yourself, I paid a fortune for these ten (if you’re lucky) pieces of cardboard and the first red wine, watermark stain, or dollop of guacamole on them they won’t look so darn cute now will they?! Now that is a waste of money and a good coaster tag-line. As you can tell, I don’t ‘do’ disposable well 😉
All of a sudden it hit me, I could easily make turn disposable into non-disposable, and rid my money-wasting woes. All you need is a few minutes of time and waterproof sealer like this one. You of course could use a spray or any sealer you have on hand. I like a water based sealer is no fuss and easy clean up.
- Water based sealer
- 1.5-2″ all purpose paint brush
- Cardboard coaster
- Optional* Cork sheeting cut to size and glue to the bottom with modge podge, hot glue, or E6000
Paint a thin coat of the sealer on the top side Lay on a sheet of parchment to dry. This sealer dries fast and you will be able to flip the coasters over in 15-20 minutes. If you choose to add cork to the bottom of your coasters you will only need to seal the edges and the tops. I did a coat on each side and then an extra coat on the top. Take care to apply an even coat of sealer. I ran the brush around the edges the coaster too.
You may want to place the coaster on a small glass to let the edges dry. Let dry for the time stated on the sealer before using.
Finally not a one time use coaster.
Wouldn’t these make the sweetest gifts?!