DIY Wood Coasters
These DIY wood coasters are a perfect way to use pieces of your Christmas tree before disposing of it! This is a quick and easy DIY project. These wood slices can be used to make DIY wooden coasters or even new Christmas ornaments for your tree next year!
Step 1: Cut the Wood Slices
Before my husband disposed of our Christmas tree, I had him cut a few wood slices off the bottom trunk of the tree. Using a chainsaw, he cut them about ½ inch thick.
If you don’t have wood rounds handy, you can purchase a box or wood slices from Michaels!
Step 2: Sand Wood Slices
I lightly hand sanded each piece of wood using 220-grit sandpaper. I would’ve loved to have used my palm sander, but the DIY wooden coasters were too small. Once the surface was smooth, I wiped each wood slice with denatured alcohol.
NOTE: Because I hand sanded my wood slices parts, I did not get a perfectly smooth surface. Therefore, parts of the photo did not transfer. Overall, I was going for a rustic look, so this did not bother me at all. However, if you want a perfect photo transfer, make sure your surface is completely smooth.
Step 3: Print Selected Pictures
In order for this to work, the pictures have to be printed on a laser printer. Most in-home printers, including mine, are inkjet. Therefore, I had to go to UPS and have them print the photos for me. It only cost about $5 to get 8 prints done.
Black and white photos tend to look best in a wood transfer; however you can use color photos if you want!
Step 4: Cut Out Photos
I traced the wood rounds on the portion of the picture I wanted to transfer and cut the circles out of the main photo!
Step 5: Apply Mod Podge
Mod Podge is a waterbase sealer, glue & finish. It will also transfer photos onto wood! Using a foam brush, I applied a layer of mod podge onto the pictures. Then I flipped them over and stuck them onto the wooden coasters. I smooths out any air bubbles to ensure the paper was fully stuck to the wood slice.
This is where it gets frustrating – you have to wait! I let them sit for 24 hours – the time killed me! I’m so impatient but trust me, it’s worth the wait!
Step 6: Rub Away Paper
Using a damp rag, I rubbed the paper off the wood slice coasters. Be careful to not rub too hard or you will remove the ink!
If you want to turn these into ornaments, I recommend drilling a hole into the wood slices before sealing them!
Step 7: Apply Finish
I used 2-part epoxy to seal the drink coasters. This was to ensure each DIY wood coaster would not absorb moisture from drinks. I skipped applying the seal coat since this was a small project. With the epoxy applied, I let dry for 24 hours.
If you have never used epoxy, check out our post on how to use epoxy here!
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DIY Wood Coasters
- Laser Printer
- Foam Brush
- Wood Slices
- 220-grit Sandpaper
- Denatured Alcohol
- Mod Podge
- Cut the Wood Slices
- Sand Wood Slices
- Print Selected Pictures
- Cut Out Photos
- Apply Mod Podge
- Rub Away Paper
- Apply Finish