chalkboard coasters – tutorial

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Remember the chalkboard coasters from my Pay It Forward and Giveaway posts?
Well, I’m going to show you how to make your own!
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • ceramic tiles
  • chalkboard spray paint
  • black felt
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • chalk
STEP ONE: Lay your tiles out and spray with chalkboard spray paint.  I did 3 light coats,  making sure they were dry between coats.
STEP TWO: Cut out felt squares the same size as your tiles.
STEP THREE:  Using your hot glue gun, add some hot glue to the center of the tile and attach the piece of felt.  Then run a bead of hot glue along the edge (working with one edge at a time to keep glue from cooling too soon) and press edge of felt into place.

STEP FOUR:  Use chalk to draw or write anything you can think of onto your new coasters and enjoy! 

Easy peasy, super affordable, and perfect for housewarming or hostess gifts!!!
Cost Breakdown:
4×4 tiles – $0.38 each
chalkboard spraypaint – less than $5
leftover felt – FREE
leftover chalk – FREE
Love it!
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  1. Sarah Avatar

    Fabulous. I hope someone I know moves soon!!

  2. ❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ Avatar

    Very cute and affordable also. Thanks for sharing:)

  3. maggie@midwesternsewinggirl Avatar

    These are fantastic! Love 'em…

  4. Randi~Dukes and Duchesses Avatar

    I love those. So many cute possibilities of things to write on them.

  5. Mrs. DeVore Avatar

    Super cute and resourceful! Would make a great gift too!

  6. Stephanie Avatar

    What a fabulous idea!!! I love it!

  7. Its So Very Cheri Avatar

    Very Cute–I LOVE the ones we made too.


  8. Judy Avatar

    What a great project. I have to try this one. Thanks so much for linking up to my Swing into Spring party. Don't forget to stop back and grab a button and either add it to the end of your post or your sidebar. Thanks so much.

  9. Orange it Lovely Avatar

    oh I love these!! Im gonna have to save this idea for teacher gifts!!!

  10. WobiSobi Avatar

    These are so awesome.. Such a great Idea!! Thanks for finding me so I could find you back.. Following!:) Hugs, Anne

  11. Christy Avatar

    This idea is really cute! I heart chalkboard and hadn't thought about spraying coasters…>I'm adding it to my to do list for sure.

  12. Betsy Avatar

    This is a great idea with tons of possibilites. You can personalize them for guests, kids can decorate them. Thanks for sharing with us.

  13. Mel the Crafty Scientist Avatar

    So pretty and fun – great idea! : )

  14. Katie Avatar

    What a great idea! You could use them at a party and people could write their names on them so they don't forget which drink is theirs.

  15. amyd Avatar

    great idea…I just happen to have a stack of tile and some leftover chalkboard paint – thanks for the inspiration!
    amy of four corners design

  16. Hyphen Interiors Avatar

    Oh, yay! Putting this in Evernote! Thanks!

  17. Sue Avatar

    Shelley- These really would make great gifts! I've made them before using fabric, but the chalk paint idea is even easier! Thanks for the tip. Am visiting from the Picket Fence.
    ~ Sue

  18. Natalie Avatar

    I love these!! And your numbers are drawn perfectly! Thanks so much for commenting on my wood coasters because now I get to come check you out!! Definitely a new follower! Hope you get to visit again soon!

  19. The Starr Family Avatar

    These are simply adorable… just the most fun idea and my kids would have a blast leaving little scribbles & notes 🙂 Creative cookie you are!

  20. Brooke Avatar

    Shelley! Yea! Thank you so much for sharing this. I LOVE the coasters I won from you and would love to make some to share. Brilliant!

  21. Timber and Lace Avatar

    What a great house warming gift. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. (visiting from Remodelaholic). I think we have a lot in commen as I too am a stay at home mom with a love for decorating. Check out


  22. Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made Avatar

    STOP IT ALREADY!! These are SO great and such a clever idea!! How fun will it be for guests to write whatever they want (family-friendly of course!) on their own coaster!! Adding this to my growing list of reasons to buy chalkboard paint!

  23. At The Picket Fence Avatar

    Hi Shelley! Those are so cute and something that even I can do! LOL! We always love having you join us for Inspiration Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend~

  24. Susan @ Busy at Home Avatar

    I luuuurve these! What a super idea! I'm going to be trying this for sure. I have regular, brush on chalk paint. I wonder if that will work?

  25. Red Door Home Avatar

    I have seen lots of chelk projects but this has to be one of my favorites! Thanks for the inspiration.

  26. Kalen @ My Crafty Condition Avatar

    I love this! Awesome idea!

  27. Diana Mieczan Avatar

    This is such a brilliant project and something I would love to make…I cant wait! Thanks, darling and have a fantastic Easter weekend

  28. Chiara Avatar

    Oh, I love this! With teacher presents approaching, you have given me a creative and fun idea! Thank you! I can see writing fun little posts on the coasters for holidays, birthdays, baby showers, etc. LOVE!
    I shared this wonderful post on my Friday Favorites over at Calico and Cupcakes today. I have a featured button if you want it. Have a beautiful weekend!

  29. katy Avatar

    This is such a great idea. Thanks!

  30. Laura Ingalls Gunn Avatar

    Now this is the most creative and fun project I have seen all week~ well done!

    Happy Easter to you and yours!

  31. Karena Avatar

    Shelley I am so sorry I missed your giveaway! I came over from dear Laura's! I am from Kansas too!

    Happy Easter!

    Art by Karena

    Come and enter my very Fashionable Giveaway from the French Basketeer!

  32. Mary ♥ Mur Avatar

    ♥Nice post.) Love your blog.))♥

  33. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage Avatar

    These are darling~ what a great idea- thanks for sharing at FNF! 🙂

  34. Richmond Thrifter Avatar

    Shelley, I love love love those!!! How cute are they! And I love how you wrapped them in twine with the chalk! Super cute!

  35. Something Old, Something New Avatar

    These are so cute! What a great idea for a gift.


  36. Patricia Torres Avatar

    oh my!! oh my!! these are gorgeous.. I love the idea!! I'm your new follower… Hoping you'll drop by at

  37. Alaina Avatar

    Cute ideas you have. I came over to visit after reading about your wonderful slipcover. I too have the slipcover bug and I can't wait to make more.

  38. Judy Avatar

    I will be featuring this project at my party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. Please drop by and pick up your "I've been featured" button. Thanks.

  39. Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma Avatar

    Love your "font" for the numbers. This is simple and affordable…LOVE!

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this week!

  40. Alicia@Thrifty And Chic Avatar

    So, I guess it is true that you can turn anything and everything into a chalkboard huh? Love love love this idea!!!

  41. {nifty thrifty things} Avatar

    Shelley, thank you so much again for stopping by and linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!

  42. Hipster Hostess: Arika Avatar

    So cute! I love chalkboard anything…I recently painted the top of my coffee table with chalkboard paint. I also made these cute chalkboard placemats:

  43. Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers Avatar

    These are so cute! Thanks for sharing them. I found you on the Creative Bloggers Party

  44. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime Avatar

    Yay! You came! Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

  45. GuppyAl Avatar

    We're loving these so much that we had to put up a link on our site. We're thoroughly enjoying your blog, and look forward to visiting again soon!

    Here's a link to our post–hope you like it!


  46. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Avatar

    i love this idea! i just hopped over from hyphen interiors because i want to make these for my son's teacher's end of the year gift. thanks so much for the idea and tutorial!
    off to explre the rest of your blog! 🙂

  47. Kirsten @ Mushki Loves Avatar

    How cute and fun! I am pinning this! Love it!

  48. jessie Avatar

    I pinned this and featured it on my blog! Thanks for sharing.

  49. Dani Marie Avatar

    I just wanted to let you know I included this in my 2011 Ultimate DIY Gift Guide (101 Tutorials/Recipes) 🙂

  50. The Baker Avatar

    These are so awesome! They would be great for a christmas gift! 🙂

  51. :):) Avatar

    Love these!!:):) Teacher, friends, and family gifts!! Thank you!!:):)

  52. Sketched Soul Avatar

    Wonderful idea!

  53. Gery@Mesin Fotocopy Avatar

    Nice post. I learn something more difficult on completely different blogs everyday. It is going to always be stimulating to learn content from different writers and follow a bit of something from their store.

  54. Perlengkapan Bayi Online Avatar

    Nice post. I study one thing more challenging on different blogs everyday. It would at all times be stimulating to read content material from other writers and follow a bit something from their store.

  55. Anonymous Avatar

    My apology for not knowing this, but how do you keep the writing from not running should your glasses sweat? Thanks!

  56. V Avatar

    Added this to a blog post I wrote and cited you: Thank you for blogging some great crafts!

  57. DotDonahue ZzzonkOwl Avatar

    Would it be okay if I share the link to this tutorial on my blog? 🙂

    1. Shelley | Crazy Wonderful Avatar

      Of course, and thank you so much!

  58. SEO Melbourne Avatar

    Great tutorial!

  59. Have you viewed Endoscopes for Sale Avatar

    Such a great idea for entertaining. Love the DIY coasters! Thanks for sharing. Pinned & shared.

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