How to: Marble Coasters

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Marble Coaster DIYHere
    is a colorful coaster project that has endless possibilities. I love how the coasters come out completely unique each time. You’ll never make the same pattern twice. Give this DIY a try.

    Sculpey oven bake clay (in an array of colors)

    X-acto knife

    Rolling pin or clear jar

    large can, jar or stencil to trace

    Gold Liquid Gilding and small paintbrush

    Glaze to give the final product a glossy finish (optional)

    baking tray

    parchment paper

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Break off several pieces of color that you’d like to use for your coaster.

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Roll them out with your hand on a clean even surface so they are even in length and look like this. It’s ok if some are different thicknesses, that will give your end result a more interesting look.

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Once they are all rolled out, twist all the colors together.

    Marble Coaster DIY

    And roll that out with your hand so it’s twice as long as the original pieces of clay you rolled.

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Fold in half and twist again, and roll out with your hand. This is swirling and mixing the colors and forming lots of pretty layers within the clay. Do this 2-3 times total.

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Now form a ball with the clay.

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Take your jar or rolling pin and roll the ball flat, you’ll start to see a beautiful patter emerge! I like to use this glass vase instead of a rolling pin so I can see what’s going on as I roll it. Roll to a thickness of 1/4″.

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Now find a part of the marbled cheap sildenafil 100mg pattern that you love and trace a circle to cut it out.

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Smooth the clay with your finger if there are any bumps or imperfections.

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Transfer to a baking sheet with parchment paper. You’ll bake the clay according to your brand’s instructions. I baked my Sculpey clay at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Once they are done baking, remove from oven and let cool. When the coasters are back at room temperature, use your liquid gilding and a fine brush to paint the outside edges.

    Marble Coaster DIY

    I painted the outer edge (where my X-acto knife cut down) as well as about an 1/8″ of the top outside edge.

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Allow to dry: the gold liquid gilding dries rather fast.

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Optional: I used a little bit of the liquid gilding to stamp the bottom of the coasters with an S.

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Once the liquid gilding is dry, you can seal your coasters with a touch of glaze for a glossy finish. This will also protect them from liquids.

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Your marble coasters are complete!

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Marble Coaster DIY

    Marble Coaster DIY

    I’m happy with how this project turned out! I love using them as coasters, but also think they are beautiful under my small succulent planters. I’ll be making more to give as gifts (I love them tied up with my favorite M&J silk hand-dyed ribbon!). Even if you don’t use coasters, they are little works of art resting on your side tables. I love how earthy and organic the patterns feel, and the pop of colors packs a punch!

     

     

     

     

     

    Sarah

    I am a lifelong New Yorker who recently swapped the subway for the California sunshine. I've learned the only way out is through--and tough stuff makes you a whole lot stronger. Currently hooked on self-care, kombucha, succulents and my labradoodle child. When I'm not writing here about mindfulness, wellness and encouraging you to be the bravest badass you know, I can be found designing gemstone jewelry, experimenting with new perfume notes, daydreaming about one day operating a flower farm, and spreading the Finnish spirit of sisu everywhere I go. Visit me at the links below to connect.

    February 20, 2015

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    87 Comments

    1. Reply

      Jess Abbott

      February 24, 2015

      To say I am in love with these would be a massive understatement. I L-O-V-E them!! So gorgeous.

      • Reply

        SJ

        February 24, 2015

        Thank you Jess!

    2. Reply

      Eva @ All Books Considered

      February 26, 2015

      Gorgeous! Going to attempt these!!

    3. Reply

      Brittany Merth

      February 26, 2015

      These are SO pretty! I don’t need any coasters…so now I have to think of something else to make using this method.

    4. Reply

      DRAMA

      February 26, 2015

      Such an amazing idea!!!

      Thanks for sharing!!

      NASTYADRAMA.RU

    5. Reply

      Laura

      March 10, 2015

      I love these! Beautiful! Just wondering – how many blocks of sculpey did you use for 6 coasters? Thanks!

    6. Reply

      Courtney

      April 28, 2015

      I am so in love with these!! Totally going to make some for myself and for a friend as part of her housewarming gift! I do have a question… Could you put something on the bottom of the coaster so that it doesn’t scratch glass or wood? We have a glass table and my friend has a wood coffee table and I wouldn’t want to scratch either. Maybe those little felt circles? Wondering what you would suggest, if anything!

      • Reply

        Kate Hill

        May 21, 2015

        You can totally put cork on the bottom or felt. Personally, even though the cork is a bit pricier, I think it’s worth it. It’s more durable!

    7. Reply

      bethany

      May 7, 2015

      I made these and they turned out awesome!
      My question is what type of glaze do I buy. I have mod podge- would that work??
      Thanks for helping me beautify my home!

    8. Reply

      Courtni Wong

      June 27, 2015

      What glaze would you recommend using on the coasters?

      I want to make these as a gift for my boyfriend’s mom 🙂

    9. Reply

      Sarah

      July 8, 2015

      Would you be willing to make 6 that I would be able to buy from you? Absolutely love these but I’m terrible at crafts! LOL

      • Reply

        SJ

        July 9, 2015

        HI Sarah, I’ve had a lot of requests to purchase, so I’m going to make many sets and list them. I will let you know when they are available to buy! Thank you for your interest! xoxo

    10. Reply

      lindsay

      July 8, 2015

      I love your idea so much I tried to make them, but they kept burning on the bottom. Also, the white parts turned brown. I have no clue what I did wrong, I checked everything and did just as you said but they did not come out right. How can I fix this?

      • Reply

        SJ

        July 9, 2015

        Hi Lindsay, it sounds like the temp might have been too high. Try at a lower temperature for less time! All ovens are different…I hope that helps!

    11. Reply

      BEar

      July 11, 2015

      Aloha SJ,
      I would also like to purchase a 2 sets of 6. Would it be possible to use some of my favorite colors: Turquoise, lime green, perriwinkle, hot pink, and silver. Can you also edge them in silver and put cork or felt on the bottom? Please let me know
      how much they will cost first. THANKS SO MUCH!
      BEar
      them with

    12. Reply

      Hannah

      July 11, 2015

      Hi!

      Loooveee this idea!!!

      If I rolled out the clay into much bigger circles (about the size of a small plate), do you think it would still turn out well? I was thinking maybe using the small plate to put candles on as a table decor?

      • Reply

        SJ

        July 12, 2015

        you could definitely try! I would make them a little bit thicker (and therefore cook them slightly longer). Would love to see the finished results!!

    13. Reply

      Ro

      July 11, 2015

      Thanks for such a wonderful idea. I just moved and have been looking for some unique one of a kind coasters that were fairly inexpensive and haven’t found ANY. I finally made my own last night and I love them. My parents love them so much they want me to make them some.

      I was thinking about making some larger ones for my hot pots/pans. Do you think this clay with withstand the heat from a hot pot/pan from the oven or off of the stove??

    14. Reply

      Kenzie

      July 23, 2015

      I would love to purchase a set from you as well! Are they available for purchase ?

    15. Reply

      Kelly

      July 28, 2015

      These are gorgeous!! Going to attempt to make them as well but was wondering how many blocks you used for the 6 coasters? Do you use the entire block for 1 color or did you tear off a section? Thanks so much for the great idea!

      • Reply

        SJ

        July 28, 2015

        Just use a section of the block!

    16. Reply

      Sandy

      August 9, 2015

      Used 1/2 block each of 6 colors. The colors all bled together and was only able to get 2 super thin coasters. The edges curled on one side of each and you can see every mark and dimple in them. Not even bothering to open the glaze. Hopefully, i can return it as it was quite pricey. The $10 clay is going on the trash. Not sure where this project went wrong….

    17. Reply

      Heather

      August 11, 2015

      Absolutely love these! I made one attempt recently but didn’t have a thick enough coaster once I rolled it out – If you’re using six colors fairly evenly, can you estimate about how much you’d use of each block? About 1/4 or 1/3…or 1/2? I really appreciate it 🙂

      • Reply

        Gerri

        August 16, 2015

        I used about 1/4 of each block of Sculpey. That made a good 1/4″ thick coaster.

    18. Reply

      Sharleen

      August 13, 2015

      Hi! I love this ideas (super pretty!) but the instructions are very vague. I am having a Pinterest party and any info on what worked for you as far as how much clay to use and how thin to roll it out would really be helpful!!! Thank you ( ;

    19. Reply

      Gerri

      August 16, 2015

      Thank you for the excellent idea and the very easy to follow directions. I was going to make four coasters today, but ended up sitting down for hours and using all 30 of my “sculpey” blocks of clay…27 coasters!!.

      I used a gold ink pen instead of a paint brush because I wasn’t sure I could paint a straight line.

      • Reply

        Gerri

        August 16, 2015

        gold ink PAINT pen.

    20. Reply

      Hena

      December 20, 2015

      Hi, I love all the colours and the effects! I was wondering how you created a marbled effect for some of the other coasters as they look quite different from the one shown above. Thanks 🙂

    21. Reply

      Manon

      December 26, 2015

      This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! Thank you so much for the great idea!! <3

    22. Reply

      Hanna

      February 15, 2016

      Beautiful! Love this idea 🙂

    23. Reply

      Tina

      April 15, 2016

      I’ve never worked with Sculpey. How sturdy is the finished product? My toddler recently dropped one of our coasters and now every time she sits at the table she reminds me of the broken coaster. I think it would be nice for her if we involved her in making a replacement, and I know our family would have fun doing this project together. However, I’m worried about these breaking as well, and I think if something she made broke it would upset her even more. Thoughts?

      • Reply

        SJ

        April 17, 2016

        There is a slight flexibility to Sculpey after it’s been baked. I don’t think if you dropped it it would break. It’s a difference consistency than ceramic. I think it would the perfect material to use with a toddler!

    24. Reply

      Rachel

      June 12, 2016

      How do I get the gold gilding off my brushes?

      • Reply

        SJ

        June 12, 2016

        Hi, immediately remove gilding from brush with nail polish remover.

    25. Reply

      Marie

      July 9, 2016

      ooh i love this DIY ! i will definitely try this 🙂

    26. Reply

      Jess

      October 15, 2016

      Am I able to purchase a set of these from you?? I think they are absolutely amazing!!!!
      If so, could you let me know what the costs is per set and what shipping to Australia is.

    27. Reply

      Myrto

      March 2, 2017

      Hey there! I just made these and unfortunately they are not flat, there are bubbles on them…I can think of a couple of reasons but please give me your opinion, I think you know better. It’s the first time I make anything out of clay and I would really like to learn how to avoid such mistakes..thanks in advance!

    28. Reply

      Lynnie

      July 12, 2017

      Just made my first batch and love them. I studied the photos and I am trying to figure out how you make some of the larger colored areas. Is there a special way to do that?
      Thank you for an awesome craft project.

      • Reply

        Sarah

        July 13, 2017

        Hi Lynnie, I think it’s just the way the clay was twisted. Don’t over twist! It mixes the colors too much. Also use different amounts of each color so you get more variation. xoxo

    29. Reply

      Andrea D

      October 6, 2017

      I love the idea, ran out and bought clay right after I saw your post, thanks for sharing. Couple questions if you could…
      How do you keep the edges from curling and remain flat while baking?
      And, how did you keep the black from over-powering the other colors? The more I blended & rolled, the more the black seeped into the other colors, giving my finished product a dingy-like appearance.

    30. Reply

      Andrea

      November 28, 2017

      I found that the clay was way too flexible- I even baked it a bit longer. Is this normal? I was going to gift them for Christmas but I think people may be confused as to what they are as they are so bendy…

    31. Reply

      Hilary L Hahn

      December 11, 2017

      These came out so great!

    32. Reply

      Teresa

      December 31, 2017

      I made these last week, turned out great! Mine also had small bubbles, like some others mentioned, but not a big deal. Still super cute.

      However, I made a huge mistake at the end! It was my first time working with bakeable clay and I followed your directions, including putting a gloss on the coasters after I finished (it was a spray can of all purpose glaze I got at hobby lobby). Two days later, the glaze still seemed to not have dried all the way – I put them in the sun, I kept flipping them, I did everything I could think of — but they’re STILL STICKY! 5 days later they are sticky and unable to be used as coasters.

      I googled it, and apparently anything that comes in a spray can will not work on clay but some chemical in spray paints dissolves clay and causes stickiness. I don’t know if this is common knowledge and I just didn’t know, but I had never heard anything about that.

      I’m so sad!! I spent $30 on the clay and a day making and baking them, and completely ruined my beautiful coasters just by putting the wrong glaze on them 😭

      Does anyone know of anything I can do to fix them??? Will putting a different glaze on top help?

    33. Reply

      Joanna @DIY Project

      July 4, 2018

      Such lovely coaster. Have to make one. Thanks for posting such awesome coaster DIY tutorial.

    34. Reply

      Anita

      November 25, 2018

      Hello Sarah,

      Thank you for this DYI, I’m definatly going to try to make these. I only have to find the equipement in my country. This is inspirational.
      Greetings from the Netherlands – Anita

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