It may be getting cold outside, but you can get cozy with these fun DIY coasters. They're a great addition to your coffee table, and they make for a super easy homemade holiday gift for a friend.

What's so cool about this project is that you can do it in a variety of ways. I chose to use scrapbook paper, but you could also use fabric, maps, letter stickers and even personalized photos. Just be sure you print your photos on a laser jet printer so the ink doesn't run when you apply the sealant. Another tip: Be sure to skip the felt. I tried using felt and it soaked up so much of the sealant that it didn't work very well.

To give this project an nature aesthetic, I used the birch wood circle coasters that you can pick up at any craft store, but you could also choose ceramic tiles or even cork. All of these options can be found in craft stores.


Materials for DIY coasters with animal silhouettesMost of the supplies you need for your coasters can be found at any craft store. (Photo: Kelly Ladd)

  • Birch wood coasters
  • Mod Podge (this is your sealant)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Foam brush
  • Pencil
  • Scrapbook paper – solid and patterns
  • Animal silhouette clip art printed from your home printer. (When doing this, just be sure to size your animals so they fit inside of your coaster.)
  • Something that you can use to trace out the background for your coaster


Cutting out animal art from construction paperCut your art out carefully to make sure your coaster looks great and to avoid wasted paper. (Photo: Kelly Ladd)

1. Cut out your animal silhouettes (I chose Arctic animals to bring more awareness to their cause) and tape them onto your scrapbook paper. Then use your scissors to cut the animals from the scrapbook paper. I kept the animal shapes as the solid colors.

Cutting out a coaster-sized piece of fabricUse a coaster-sized object as tracer to get the size of fabric correct. (Photo: Kelly Ladd)

2. Cut circles from the patterned scrapbook paper. To do this, you may need to use something to trace like the bottom of a cup or a tape roll. Just make sure whatever you use fits inside the birch coaster.

Placing the pattern on a coasterArrange the pattern carefully on the coaster before you get ready to seal it in place. (Photo: Kelly Ladd)

3. Place the animal shapes on top of the circles and place the circle on the coaster to make sure they fit well.

Seal the pattern with some Modge Podge and let it drySeal the pattern with some Modge Podge and let it dry. (Photo: Kelly Ladd)

4. Spread Mod Podge on the coaster with your foam brush. Place your scrapbook paper circle on top. Then spread another coat of Mod Podge on top. Place your animal shape on top of your circle, then spread another coat of Mod Podge. What's cool about this product is that it's both a sealant and glue. Let dry. (Note: It's best to do this step next outside because Mod Podge has a strong odor, and, ideally, your work space should be well-ventilated.)

Keep the coasters for yourself, or bundle them together with some complementary yarn for a crafty giftKeep the coasters for yourself, or bundle them together with some complementary yarn for a crafty gift. (Photos: Kelly Ladd)

How to make easy coasters with an animal theme
These coasters are a cinch to customize for the animal-lovers in your life.