These DIY Geometric Coasters are one of our most popular home decor posts of all-time, so you’re in the right place for a quick weekend craft project or gift idea!
Hello, fellow DIY enthusiasts! Teri of the Lovely Drawer here!
Today’s project is oh so simple but has maximum impact for entertaining or just a casual rendezvous over tea for that matter.
These DIY Geometric Coasters pack a punch and can be used individually or slotted together to create a patterned trivet for serving.
It’s basically the cutest (and easiest) puzzle you’ll ever see!
Coasters can be dull, but these will add a pop of custom color to your table. And I can vouch that once you’ve made one, it’s absolutely addictive!
Plus, these are extra unique with its hexagon shape. And of course, judging from our previous DIY’s, we have a thing for hexagons like with our Hexagon DIY Leather Vanity Trays and Hexagon DIY Marble Serving Boards.
They also make great gifts for the holiday season too.
Why not package up a stack with a matching ribbon and spread some patterned cheer?
Materials and Tools Needed to Make DIY Geometric Coasters
PDF template — To make the whole tutorial even more straightforward, I made a downloadable scaled template for you to use.
Craft paint – In 2 colors or mix your own
Cork tiles 1/4″ thick — I used cork tiles that are 1/3″ inch thick as a base to make sure the coasters didn’t curl up at the edges. But anything above 1/4 of an inch thick should be fine.
Optional: Mod Podge in matte — Or any other water based sealer to protect your coasters
Home Decor DIY Idea | How to Make Easy DIY Geometric Coasters
Step 1 — Start by printing out the hexagon template onto card and then cut around the outside with a scalpel/craft knife.
Use this to draw around with the pen, onto your cork sheets.
Step 2 – Cut the hexagons out using the scalpel/craft knife. Repeat this step for each coaster. Make sure the blade is sharp otherwise you’ll get rough edges.
Step 3 – Now mask off an area that’s equivalent to a third of the hexagon with the washi tape.
Follow the photo, taking the tape from the outer points to the inner point. You can measure where the middle is to start with if you’d prefer.
Step 4 – With this shape taped out you can get painting the third of the hexagon that’s exposed.
You will more than likely need two coats to get a vibrant color but make sure you leave each coat to dry before applying the next.
Step 5 – Remove the the tape once dry and then mask out another third with some more tape.
If you make sure that each color stays on the same side of the shape then the colors will fit together perfectly.
I kept the peach on the left and the orange on the right. You’ll need two coats of paint to fill in this second shape on each too.
Step 5 — Once totally dry peel away the second lot of tape and there you have a new set of geometric tessellating coasters!
Step 6 — Optional: For extra protection, you could apply a coat of clear matte Mod Podge.
Now that you’re swimming in colorful coasters, get them out on the table and dotted around your home to save your surfaces.
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Nearly every surface in my apartment is white so I’m looking forward to putting these to good use and no longer having rim marks glaring back at me.
The perils of a love affair with white!
Pre-warning: your kids may well steal coasters if they get ahold of them as thinking about it, they look like a pretty fun game through the eyes of a 3 year old.
If these DIY Geometric Coasters go missing you know where to look first. That advice is for free ;)
Also read: DIY Brushstroke Coasters
What is your go-to homemade hostess gift? Let me know in the comments!
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DIY Geometric Coasters
- Paint brush
- Rotary cutter or craft knife
- Washi tape
- Cutting mat
- Craft paint in 2 colors or mix your own
- Cork tiles at least 1/4" thick
- PDF template download the link for a free template
- Mod Podge or any water base sealer optional
- Print out the hexagon template PDF onto the yardstick and cut out the shape. Then, trace the hexagon onto the cork sheeets.
- Using the scalpel/craft knife, cut out the hexagons. Repeat this step for each coaster. Make sure the blade is sharp or otherwise you’ll get rough edges.
- With the washi tape, mask off an area that’s equivalent to a third of the hexagon, taking the tape from the outer points to the inner point. If you prefer, measure where the middle is to start. Refer to the how-to photos for reference.
- Once you've taped out your shape, start painting the third of the hexagon that’s exposed. You will more than likely need two coats of paint to get a vibrant color. Just make sure you leave each coat to dry before applying the next.
- Once the paint is dry, remove the the tape. Then, mask out another third with some more tape. Make sure that each color stays on the same side of the shape so that the colors fit together perfectly when you have the coasters all together. We painted the left peach and the right side orange. Again, you’ll probably need 2 coats of paint.
- Once the paint is dry, peel away the second lot of tape. Repeat for each coaster. And now you have a set of new coasters!
- Optional: For extra protection, apply a coat of clear matte Mod Podge.