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12 Days of Holiday Crafts, Day 4: Washi Tape Coasters

 (Maggie Bullock)
(Maggie Bullock)

More washi tape!

This time, we’re making coasters. I like having holiday coasters to go with holiday décor and these are both easy and inexpensive. They would also be a good hostess give (especially when paired with a bottle of wine). You could make none Christmas pictures with the same method, just choose different tape.

Easy. As. Pie.

You will need:
4” tiles (or whatever size you find)
washi tape
Modge Podge or other sealant.

Place the tape on a diagonal across the tile, starting in the center. I like leaving a bit of room between each stripe to keep the pattern from becoming too busy. Then continue, alternating patterned tapes until you reach the corners.

I trimmed the tape, using the tile as my guide, with about an 1/8” edge to fold down over the top of tile. I like the way it finishes the coasters.

When the tape is as desired (it can be easily repositioned while you’re working if you need to move it around…not all of my stripes were straight the first time either), seal the coasters with Modge Podge or another brush on sealant. I also sprayed mine with clear coat to make them fully water resistant.
Glue a square of felt to the bottom to prevent the tiles from scraping any furniture.

Allow everything to dry and you’re done. I think wrapping a stack of coasters with a bow would make a great gift. A six-inch tile could work as a trivet (if I had thought to pick up a larger tile, I would have a trivet).


Artist and crafter Maggie Wolcott writes about craft events in and around Spokane, as well as her own adventures in creating and repurposing. Her DwellWellNW posts include project and decorating ideas, recipes, reviews of events, and interviews with local artists. Maggie spends her days as an English professor, and when she’s not grading papers, she can generally be found with a paintbrush or scissors in hand. She can be reached at