A project I did a loooong time ago for Mod Podge Rocks has been getting some attention and I wanted to do a little updating.
As you know my Etsy shop is all about coasters. I also love comic book graphics but can’t make comic book coasters (pesky copyright law) and I thought it would be fun to share a way to make a set of that’s easy and doesn’t break the bank.
In the electrical/lighting section of Home Depot, I came across these metal blanks that are made to cover up unused outlets ($1.40 each).You can, of course, buy round chip-board blanks for coasters and they are fine but a bit too light weight maybe. A lot of people use ceramic tiles which are great (and could certainly be used here) but seem a bit large and heavy to me. So I liked these outlet covers – sturdy, thin, moderately heavy and inexpensive!
- The blanks – they come with a rubber gasket that will come in handy
- Outdoor Mod Podge (update! Mod Podge now comes in a dishwasher safe version which would be great!)
- Foam Brush
- Copies of comic book pages made with a laser printer
- Glue (not pictured – I used E6000)
- Spray paint (optional)
- 220 grit Sand paper
Step 1 Painting.
I wanted a white coaster so after lightly sanding the blank with some 220 Grit sandpaper (just to rough up the surface and give the paint something to stick to) I just popped them on top of some plastic cups and used Heirloom White spray paint.Step 2 Images
For my images I used cut-outs from a book about comics (I found it on a remainder table) but you can scan any comic books that you like and just print them (or have them printed out) on a laser printer/copier. Do not destroy actual comic books! It makes the nerds very angry.
Sometimes I find it hard to visualize what a section will look like when it’s cut out so I used my Fiskars Circle guide to get a sense of where on the page I wanted to cut. You could do the same by just cutting an appropriate sized hole in a piece of paper.
There are two screw holes in the blank and your paper will need to cover them. I chose to leave a little edge showing but it would also work to cover the entire surface with paper. If you go that route cut a circle a little larger than the blank and after applying it and allowing it to dry cut away the excess paper with a craft knife
STEP 3 MOD PODGING
After checking to make sure that my images were the right size and would cover the screw holes it was time to Mod Podge.
I like to dampen my images before attaching them as it reduces the bubbles and wrinkles that plagued me in my early Mod Podge attempts.
I fill a container with water and drop the image in to soak while I spread the Mod Podge on the outlet covers.
When I pull the image out of the bath I run my fingers along either side of it to remove any excess water. After that I lay it on the surface and gently smooth it out pushing out any air that gets trapped or any excess Mod Podge (having a paper towel handy is helpful) and allow it to dry.
STEP 4 TOP COAT
After about 20 minutes I top coated the coasters with a layer of Mod Podge and allowed it to dry. I like to use a fairly thick coat as it minimized the brush marks – but, be warned, that method is a little messy.
After that top coat had dried I gave it a light sanding and applied another coat of Mod Podge.
STEP 5: GLUE ON THE BACK
I glued the foam rubber gaskets that come with the blanks onto the back using E-6000 glue. The gaskets are just a tiny, tiny bit bigger than the blanks so if you don’t like that look just use cork, some felt or some self-adhesive furniture pads.
And that’s all there is to it.
If you use the diswasher safe Mod Podge they will be even sturdier – just don’t, you know, put them in the dishwasher.If you wanted a truly hard surface on the coaster that would be more heat resistant you could use Envirotex Lite – you can find it at Michaels. It’s easy to work with just be sure to follow the package directions precisely.
I hope you found this useful and if you do make some coasters please make sure let me know