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diy marble coasters

UPDATE: there has been an update to this process based on a few readers having problems!  I’ve highlighted the changes in italics below!

Like most of us, I love carrara marble. I wish every surface in my kitchen and bath could be decked out with the stuff, but then I wouldn’t have anything to look forward to in my next house (that’s what I tell myself, anyway!).  In the meantime, I am satiating my marble desires with little decorative hints of it throughout my house.

When it comes to coasters, I hate coasters that are too solid or nonporous to actually work well.  This DIY is so great because it actually uses clay instead of marble which is soft to the touch and absorbent.  Not only does it look like the real thing, but all four coasters came in at under $7 so it meets my ‘cheaper or better’ DIY requirement.

faux marble coaster diy

To make all four it took me under 30 minutes, so it was fairly easy and only took three materials!  See the full tutorial below! 

marble coaster clay

Matierials:

  • Premo Oven Bake Clay in two colors – I used a sparkly white and a ‘granite’ grey
  • Gold Acrylic Craft Paint (updated from original post using an ink pad)

Tools:

  • Rolling Pin
  • Cutting Board
  • Parchment Paper
  • Large cup with a sturdy/sharp rim

diy faux marble coaster tutorial

ONE mix together one piece of the white clay with one piece of the grey clay.  Use your hands to knead them and incorporate the colors as much as possible.  What it looks like at this stage will be what it looks like finished.  TWO flatten your clay ball between two pieces of parchment.  The parchment is absolutely necessary to maintain your sanity. Roll it out to a thickness of around 1/8″.  THREE using a glass with a thin/sharp rim, cut your clay into a circle.  Repeat steps one through three until you have four coasters. FOUR bake at 250 for 30 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet.

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FIVE drag the edges of your baked and cooled coasters through the gold pigment stamp pad. **I made my coasters with an ink pad, but several readers have tried this without success.  I would recommended using gold craft paint instead.  Just smear a light layer of gold paint on a sponge brush and run the edges through it similar to shown above.

diy faux marble coasters

faux marble coasters gold rimmed marble coaster tutorial

You’ll be in love with the finished product.  You can see in some of the photos that mine have a slight sparkle that looks like real stone or quartz.  I think it makes them look much more expensive and luxe!  I don’t know that any guest would believe I made these for so cheap!

Do you think you’ll give it a try?

 

 

p.s.  My sincerest apologies to those readers who have had issues with the gold ink pads!  If you’ve already tired to use the ink pad, go over the wet ink with a clear coat – either spray or brush – to seal in the color!!

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  • Wow! What a great idea. This is a project for me this weekend. Love the gold trim! Thanks for the how-to.

  • They look so chic! You are crazy talented. I’m definitely going to pin this and giver it a go!

  • These are pretty awesome! As much as I love the simplicity of the marbling affect, I love that these are actually made to look like marble!

  • You have the best DIY projects! Seriously my go- to when Im feeling creative 🙂

  • Love this! So creative- pinning for a rainy weekend this fall 🙂

  • I would suggest using more colours. It depends on your taste of course but I have seen a lot of textures (even made some) that look stunning – http://www.amaco.com/cpwp/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/coasters-step19-pp.jpg for example.
    If you have a pasta machine that would really ease the process.

  • Erin! These are so stunning! I have a bunch of that clay and now I know just what to make!!! 🙂

  • Great project! Am definitely going to do this soon!! Am looking forward to new posts too! Thank you for sharing :))

  • It looks amazing and I’m planning to do this as hostess gifts

  • Gorgeous! These definitely look like something you could buy at West Elm. I would love to make these as Christmas gifts!

  • Hi!
    I just made these yesterday and they look awesome. But wondering how long your gold rims took to dry?
    I used the exact same product as you and the gold is still wiping off after sitting overnight. Any suggestions?

    P.S. I’m adding felt to the bottoms of my coasters and thinking about getting a clay roller to help make rolling it out much easier since I’m totally making everyone coaster sets! 😉

  • Is there a step missing here? The coasters look great, but after two weeks of waiting the pigment gold ink is still not dry on the rims. Not super functional, and a waste of money/time right now when gold rubs off onto everything they touch.

      • Erin,
        No worries, I went over the rims with a gold metallic marker – they look awesome, and no gold rubs off! Thanks for sharing!

  • These look beautiful! So glad I found this post as I planned to shop for gifts over the weekend. Will stay home and make coasters instead :-).
    Thanks for the detailed tutorial!

  • Erin, these are beautiful! I recently made clay ring bowls, but this is on my list to try next!

    Just to share from my personal experience, I used a gold metallic Sharpie marker for the gold trim and this was fast, simple and successful! 🙂

  • Damn, you must be American and use fairenheit!

  • Hi! Let me just tell you how *excited* I am that I found this project! I’ve been meaning to make it and then lost the bookmark. I will let you know soon and give you an update on this DIY (which I love, btw). I love your site and wanted to give you a shout-out in the meantime. High five and much gratitude. Keep up the great work. Best, Brooke

  • Loved how mine came out! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Hi Erin!
    Thanks for this DIY, I’m planning to make this week end 🙂
    However, I can’t find the Premo in “Sparkling White” so I wonder what would you recommend as I have find it in “White Granite” or “Glitter White”.
    Also, are you using the same quantity in mixing the two colors or should I use less “granite gray” ?
    I look forward your feedback 🙂
    Thanks in advance Erin

      • It’s never too late 😉 Thanks for the tips Erin !

  • I’m totally going to make these for my new office! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Hi! I was wondering how many coasters came out from the project? Does it only make 4?