DIY postcard coasters

21 Oct

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I picked up these beautiful vintage botanical chart postcards a couple weeks ago. And I’m feeling kinda selfish, they are just too beautiful to share. After a long internal debate over whether or not I should simply frame them, I decided to turn them into coasters! I’m so glad I did because they turned out amazing with a really thick, high-gloss finish. Looking around the internet there are a lot of different tutorials for making coasters, this is the way I did it.





white glue

cheap brush or foam brush

pour-on epoxy resin (I used Envirotex)

plastic cups

drop cloth/cardboard/paper

felt pads

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Cut postcards to size. I cut mine into 3 Β½ inch squares.

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Coat the back of the postcard with glue and place it onto the clean tile. Make sure you get the postcard positioned correctly and press it down to remove any trapped air. Coat the top with a layer of glue. Don’t worry about brush strokes, they will disappear when you apply the resin. Allow to dry completely.

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Use a disposable cup to elevate your tile, so the resin runoff will not pool under the tile. Put down a piece of cardboard to catch the runoff.

Pour on the epoxy as directed on the package. For more thorough instructions on using Envirotex, check out this incredible step-by-step from Homemade Gifts Made Easy.

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Attach felt pads to the bottoms and you’re done.

The total cost of this project was around $10 (but there was enough resin left to do a lot more than 4). The postcards were 25Β’ each, the tiles were 16Β’ each, I already owned the glue, disposable cups were a $1, and the pour-on resin was $7 from Michaels with a 50% off coupon (it can be found in the glue section). They took less than an hour of active time to make, but took several days if you include drying time.

If you aren’t feeling selfish like me, these would make a great gift.

32 Responses to “DIY postcard coasters”

  1. catseatdogs Makes and Bakes October 21, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    What a great idea, resin has always scared me a bit, but if you can get it in Michaels, I feel better already! I know what you mean about cards which you don’t want to share.

    • makingmondays October 21, 2013 at 11:22 am #

      I was nervous about the resin too. But I’m glad I tried it. It was so much less messy than I thought it would be and a lot more forgiving. I’m excited to do some more projects with it, I have so much left over!

  2. dragonfly October 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    great idea! I like that a lot. my mom and I exchange postcards and some that I have are nice enough to do something like this with.

    • makingmondays October 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

      Plus every time you see them you’ll be reminded of your mom, love that.

  3. imsupersaiyan October 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    DID YOU HEAR THAT? That was the sound of my mind being blown. This. Is. Amazing.

  4. pippinrunwild October 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    What a great idea! Useful and pretty. Perfect!

  5. Cheryl @ Artzzle October 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Great gift project. But I’m one of those scared cats about the resin. How is the odor … do you have to work in a well ventilated area, or is it safe anywhere?

    • makingmondays October 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      I was worried about the odor, too. I initially wanted to do it outside but we have a big pine tree always dropping needles in the backyard so had to do it inside to avoid anything falling in.

      I was next to an open window so the odor was low, it didn’t fill the house. Odor compares to that of a heavy duty craft glue like E6000. You definitely want to open windows to be safe though. I also wore plastic glove to avoid skin contact.

      There is no lingering odor on the coasters.

  6. bntroadstar October 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    Very cool. I’ve taken on a larger epoxy resin project not long ago. We did our coffee table and it turned out beautiful. The resin for a furniture project should be bought at Lowe’s or other hardware store since they are higher quality and won’t yellow. These turned out adorable. Nice idea!

    • makingmondays October 21, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

      Oh my, I didn’t even think about yellowing. I really hope they don’t, looking around the web it looks like most yellowing is a result of UV exposure which shouldn’t be a problem with these. But I will keep that in mind for future larger projects, thanks!

  7. myeyesarerocks October 21, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    I’ve been compiling gifts ideas to make for Christmas gifts. Added this one to the list.
    Thank you! I love your blog so much!

  8. projecthavendecor October 21, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    I never thought to use postcards for coasters!!! This is so neat and opens up a world of coaster ideas! Great post πŸ™‚

  9. Sweets. Eats. And Crafts October 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    Very cute! I have made these several times for gifts and everyone always loves them. I love that they are one if a kind πŸ™‚

  10. Laura October 22, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    Love this! I need a good Christmas idea and this is perfect!

  11. thriftytravelmama October 23, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    Very cute! I think these would be a great way to preserve vintage postcards I find when traveling. Now, I just need to figure out where to find resin in Germany…

  12. dragonfly October 25, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    I still need to figure out where to get the supplies for doing something like this. I wanted to use resin to make some bottle cap magnets. I need to go shopping soon at a supply store. I like your blog so nominated you for the versatile blogger award here:

  13. Valerie October 26, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Those turned out lovely!

    • makingmondays October 26, 2013 at 9:55 am #


      • Valerie October 26, 2013 at 9:58 am #

        I saw that you are a supporter of the USPS – I am too!! πŸ˜‰ I’ve had a postcard exchange going this whole year and I host giveaways (not just virtual) with Etsy shop owners, so there has been a whole lot of mailing going on! πŸ˜€
        Oh, and I am a BzzAgent, so I get to receive packages of stuff to review quite often too!

  14. Robbin October 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    This would be fun to do with postcards of places you have been. Great tutorial pics!

  15. Denise October 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Such a fun project! I’m going to do this with my homeschooled kids! They will love it!

    • makingmondays October 30, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

      Very cool. You could use photos or kids drawings, too. They will definitely be impressed when they see the end results. Let me know how it goes if you make them πŸ™‚

  16. becauseiwenttosydney November 3, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    These are so clever!

  17. Yolanda D November 5, 2013 at 4:19 am #

    I haven’t sealed the coasters I made the other day at our church Pinterest Party yet. So excited to find out about resin!

    • makingmondays November 5, 2013 at 9:11 am #

      Church Pinterest party!? How fun! I found the resin pretty easy to work with and I’m so happy with the results. Let me know how it works out for you.

  18. journeywithjones November 6, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    I love this idea! I think I just found my Christmas gifts for this year. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Hello, Hailey November 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    Those look amazing! So beautiful! I love your blog.. can’t wait to look around more πŸ™‚

  20. rumbl3 November 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    These are beautiful! I’ve been looking for a new non-holiday craft to do and this may be the one!

  21. Susan @ Oh My! Creative November 25, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    I have featured your coaster for the last two weeks at the top of my web site Oh My! Creative! Thanks for submitting it. I am looking for Christmas/Winter ideas if you would like to submit them! Happy Thanksgiving!

  22. apopsmile February 7, 2014 at 1:30 am #

    Great idea! I love the cards πŸ˜€


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