How to Turn Floor Samples into Coasters

Hey there, Mea here!

Today’s project consists of making coasters out of floor samples. Coasters are useful items to have around the house. Instead of buying them out of the store, I chose to use some old flooring samples because it allows me to upcycle an item and create a unique conversation piece.

Now don’t worry. Making coasters are not hard at all. Matter of fact, this project is very simple and to the point. There are two ways that you can accomplish this, either by using a picture and adhesive or by painting your design on them. Today I will show you the process of making ones with your design.


To get started, you will need the following;

  • 4 to 6 Floor samples (don’t worry, they do not have to match perfectly)
  • Paint
  • 2 Paintbrushes
  • Stencils (if you want to create a word on your coasters)
  • Plastic (to prevent getting paint everywhere
  • Polyurethane.

I did not add cork to the list because the samples I have already had some durable material on the bottom of each piece. If you would like to purchase some, feel free to visit your local big-box store or order some from off of Amazon.


Setting Up Your Area

Above are the floor samples I decided to use for this project. I chose to use five because I am going to create paint the word “Dream” on my coasters.
  • To reduce the chance of you making a mess, you will need to layout your coasters on the plastic. 
  • Remember to choose a flat area to work on so that you won’t run into any problems. 
  • Set up your materials close by so that you don’t have to walk everywhere to get what you need.

Creating Your Design

Me in my element. It was very relaxing.
  • Start creating the design of your choice on a piece of paper or freestyle.
  • Draw your design on your samples using a permanent marker, paint, stickers, or stencils. (I decided to use stencils and paint for this design.)
  • After I completed my design, I decided to do any touch-ups and fill in the gaps because I wanted a smooth look when it came to the letters. 
  • After you are done, allow the coasters to dry for at least one to two hours.
Leaving the finished design out to dry for one to two hours.

Adding a Protective Finish

Putting a coat of polyurethane on the coasters after the paint dries.

After the coasters were completely dry and I was happy with my design, painted a layer of polyurethane on it to make sure that the paint does not come off or is affected by any liquid that gets on it. Afterward, I let it dry for a few hours to a day (extra time to make sure that the polyurethane cures and the smell go away.

In the end, I had a beautiful set of coasters that spelled out the word DREAM.

Isn’t it awesome!!! Well, that is all for today!

Have you following this tutorial? Let me know in the comments below!

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