DIY Map Coasters: Country Living Knock-Off

I have been super inspired by my shelter magazines as of late. Just a couple of days ago I showed you my DYI Brass Cornered Frames that I copied from House Beautiful. This time it was Designer Nathan Harkrader who inspired me with his map coasters. I stumbled upon them in Country Living. The great thing is that I ended up pulling these off for $1.25! IMG_7705 …………………… inspiration IMG_7709 I started out in the tile aisle wanting to use tumbled tile like in the magazine. But then when I started picking them up and feeling them, it suddenly dawned on me that with two little ones in scurrying about it would be a big mistake to have heavy breakable tiles sitting around. Next to the tile section in my local home improvement store were these fantastic laminate samples. And do you know what? They are free. Shhhh. I picked up four of them. What I used:

  • 4 samples of laminate flooring
  • one piece of scrapbook paper
  • spray adhesive
  • urethane

I think my friend Chris from Just A Girl has made some pretty cute coasters using the same type of thing. My dear hubby used his table saw to cut off the one uneven edge and to square them off. What I love is that they already have a layer of foam attached to the bottom. Ta da! IMG_7674 There is a super cute scapbook store in our neighborhood so I scooped up three pieces so I could decide once I was home which one I liked best. IMG_7678 Once I traced and cute four squares of paper, I used craft bond to adhere them to the coasters. After they dried, I applied two coats of urethane to the top of each one. Although these will mainly be used for cocktails and wine glasses when we entertain, I wanted to make sure they were water resistant so they would not be damaged. IMG_7687 ……………………. map coasters IMG_7695 IMG_7697IMG_7702IMG_7703 And for a grand total of $1.25 {for the paper} I am ready to invite you over! {I had the spray adhesive and urethane already on hand}. What do you think? Maybe not an exact match to the tile inspiration coasters, but they are making me smile. …………………………….. Between Naps on the Porch My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Savvy Southern Style The Shabby Nest


  1. says

    Courtney–I am recreating this one for sure. I am in need of new coasters too—my dogs ate the old ones. Yes–they ate them. These coasters look awesome and at that price–I love it.

  2. says

    Oh my. This is the kind of idea I look at and think, "Well, of course! Why didn't I think of that?" Only, clearly, I never would have. LOVE. IT. Going to go try that. And the laminate samples are a much better way to go than tile – again – wouldn't have thought to grab those. Nice job!

  3. says

    Oh my God I love it you are so creative and an inspiration. I see all of your projects and makes me want to go look for supplies to start making some of my own. I am a new follower but love all of the projects you post

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