With a nautical vibe and a pop of color, these coasters are perfect for indoor or outdoor use.
They are durable enough to be a patio staple or use them indoors as the perfect coffee table accent for your space.
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The lip which helps to keep your drink secure. Because of the lip, they’re also self-stacking and can add the perfect pop of color on whichever table needs it most. The rope helps to absorb condensation meaning fewer drips and spills.
Customize them with your perfect paint color and a rope style of your choice, or leave them unpainted for a more earthy feel. Opt for thicker rope for a quicker project and more rustic feel or choose thinner cord for a more polished and detailed look.
These cute little coasters are a quick and easy DIY project anyone can rock, even if you don’t think you’re crafty.
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- 4-6 Total: 4.5 inch Terra Cotta Saucers, OR
- Colored Spray Paint(s)
- Twine OR Small Rope (used: 12 yards of 5mm wide cotton rope)
- Hot Glue Gun + Glue Sticks
- Gorilla Glue / Gel Super Glue
These DIY nautical coasters are super simple. You can make them easily even if you’re not crafty.
If you can spray paint things and wield a hot glue gun, you’re in business when it comes to these DIY rope coasters. Besides waiting for the paint to dry, the whole process took me less than 30 minutes.
Customize your coasters
Your aesthetic will be defined by the color combo and rope / cord type you choose.
I went for dual shades of light blue with white cotton rope to make it pop. I wanted my set to coordinate but not be all exactly the same which is why I used multiple paint colors.
You can also try more natural or darker rope as well as any spray paint colors you choose.
If you like a more earthy feel, you could leave the terra cotta saucers unpainted, and then use a natural rope on some and cotton rope on others for a set that shows off a natural earthy palette.
If you like things big and bold and want to add an extra pop of color, you could even use colored rope or paint a pattern – like triangles – on the rope itself.
Rope Coaster DIY Cost
They’re also pretty cheap, these exact ones cost about 11.56 for all 4.
You can obviously make some upgrades to your materials if you want to elevate the look and feel, but $2.89 a coaster is pretty amazing for something that looks so chic – it sure beats the $12 each I spent on my other favorite set from Anthropologie.
paint the saucers
Remove any stickers from the saucers and wipe them down if there is any dust or dirt. Lay out plastic or a drop cloth and spray paint one side of the saucer.
Let the paint dry and then spray paint the other side. You can repeat with multiple coats if necessary.
create the rope insert for your saucer
Measure the inside diameter of your saucer (from one side of the circle to the other) you’ll make a rope spiral to fit inside.
Glue your rope or cord in a spiral with the hot glue gun.
It’s easiest to do this on a flat surface to make sure your spiral stays flat. If your cord is thin, you can braid it first to make it thicker.
Keep gluing the spiral until it is just the size of the bottom of the saucer.
You’ll want to measure or check the fit if your spiral as you go to make sure it will fit perfectly inside the saucer.
Once your spiral is the size of the saucer, cut the rope and glue the end in place.
attach your rope to your saucer
Glue your spiral rope disk into the bottom of the saucer with gel super glue or Gorilla Glue.
The rope will absorb glue, so I used a combo of hot glue and gorilla glue.
The hot glue dries fast and holds everything together while the gel glue sets up.
Let the glue dry for a few hours or overnight before using the coaster.
You can stack a glass full of pebbles or use something heavy on it to help it get a good bond and dry flat.
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