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DIY Photo Coasters

Did you know that you can make your own DIY photo coasters? I have a fabulous method below that will give you professional results every single time. It uses two products you might not be familiar with – 2 part epoxy resin and printable tattoo paper.
Keyword coasters, diy gifts, wood coasters
Active Time 1 hour
Drying time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 1 hour
Author Angie Holden


Prep the Coasters

  • Start by painting your coasters. I used two coats of white chalk paint on all surfaces (top, bottom, and sides). Be sure to allow to dry in between coats and also before continuing with the tutorial.
  • In the meantime, you can print your images onto your printable tattoo paper. I did mine in black and white. Be sure to mirror your images before printing so they will be the correct orientation when transferred to the coasters.
  • Follow any instructions that comes with your tattoo paper. For this packet, you peel back the liner on the adhesive and put it on top of your printed images. I pressed it down really well using a stir stick like a squeegee.
  • Trace the coasters with a pencil on top of the images. Cut out with scissors.
  • Now just peel away the clear liner to expose the adhesive. Turn the image over with the adhesive down and place it on your painted coaster. Press down really well. Again I used a stir stick like a squeegee to ensure complete adhesion.
  • Then use a damp rag on top of the paper that is covering your image. Do not rub. Just press with the wet rag. Eventually the paper will start to lift from the image. Remove the paper and you are left with a gorgeous image on your coaster.
  • Seal the coasters with two coats of decoupage medium. Apply one horizontally and one vertically allowing to dry in between coats. Allow to dry.

Add Resin

  • Prepare to mix the resin by protecting your work surface: Place paper plates under each coaster. You will also want to raise your coasters up off the work surface. I just used a clay pot turned upside down for this purpose.
  • Apply painter’s tape around the edges of the coasters to protect the edges.
  • Then put on your protective gloves and start mixing your resin, following the directions on the box. Measure equal amounts and use the two container mixing procedure outlined in the instructions.
  • Once covered, I set my coasters on the terra cotta pots over the paper plates. You can then follow the instructions for popping any bubbles that may rise to the surface.
  • Remove painter's tape after an hour or so.
  • Let your DIY photo coasters rest flat and level until they are fully cured - about 24 hours.