DIY Fall Coasters Tutorial – Only $5!

DIY Fall Coasters Tutorial – Only $5!

Decorating your home on a budget can be challenging. You want your space to look nice, but you don’t want to spend a lot–so my way of compromising is to buy inexpensive materials and then create my own DIY decor! And that’s exactly what my plan is for this fall! The first of these autumn crafts I’ll be posting this year are some fun DIY fall coasters!

Image showing completed DIY fall coasters

I find that small touches around the home can make a really big impact overall, so that’s why I wanted to try making something a little different than the usual fall decorations you see online. Coasters might seem basic or unassuming, but it’s a quaint detail in your living room that will add to the general “autumn” feel in your home!

Plus, everyone uses coasters so it’s not just for decorative purposes–it’s something practical too! And I love it when something is both practical and pretty.

To make these DIY fall coasters, here are the materials you need:

  • Cork board
  • Material with fall design 
  • Hot glue gun
  • X-Acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Pen
Image showing materials needed to create DIY fall coasters

I bought the cork boards (it came in a set of two) and the roll of material from the Dollar Store for $5 altogether! Since you can make so many coasters out of the materials, I think that’s a great price for a DIY project!

To begin, use your pen to draw out the shape of your coaster onto the cork board. I used coasters I had at home to trace around because I liked the size of them. Use your X-Acto knife to cut it out. The cork board material is super easy to cut through, but be careful! The material can tear because it is so soft–I had a couple of corners rip off while making these! If this happens to you, you can just glue it back onto your coaster using your glue gun.

Next, we need some material! I cut out the material to be about an inch or two bigger than the coaster on all sides. This allows you to wrap the material around it and secure it at the back.

With the hot glue gun, secure the material at the back of the coaster. Keep the material taut as you glue it down so it doesn’t sag or bunch up. If you want, you can add an additional piece of material at the back of the coaster to cover the cork board material completely. 

Since the material is a sheer fabric, I decided to add a second layer on top. I cut the same size of material as I did for the first layer, and glued it down the same way, as well. Here you can see the difference between one layer of fabric (left) and two layers (right).

When you layer the sheer material, it gives a nice effect to the coaster because you can see the overlapping design from the two sheets of fabric. You could try adding a third layer of fabric too, but I liked being able to see a little bit of the cork board texture under the material!

You can also make your DIY fall coasters round! I used a round coaster to trace out the shape, and then followed the same steps as before. Securing the material around a circle is a little bit more challenging than with a square, but as long as you keep the material tight as you glue it down, it’ll look great!

This is what the final DIY fall coasters look like, both round and square! I think they’re super cute and will add a great touch to your coffee table!

I hope you liked this tutorial for DIY fall coasters! Let me know in the comments what your favourite fall DIY to make is!

For more DIY inspiration, check out my archives and my Pinterest page!

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