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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.

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Sculpey159 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 Gilding159 and small paintbrush

Glaze159 to give the final product a glossy finish (optional)

baking tray

parchment paper

Marble Coaster DIY

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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 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!

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Sarah

I am a lifelong New Yorker who recently swapped the subway for the California sunshine. I'm 6'3" tall, and am always working my way through a list of creative projects that's longer than myself. I have a natural curiosity for figuring out how things are made. Currently hooked on Fabletics, dried mango, succulents and my labradoodle. When I'm not blogging here, you can find me creating jewelry, concocting new solid perfumes sticks, freaking out over how much planning has changed my life, and running a busy jewelry supply shop. Visit me at the links below if you want to connect!!

February 20, 2015

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76 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!

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    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!

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    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.

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    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!

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    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!

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