Materials and Tools

Stir Stick

Ink Pen


Foam Brush

#240 Grit Sand Paper

Thin Adhesive-backed Cork

Small Wooden Letters

Hot Glue Gun

Glue Sticks

Coaster Molds



Concrete Form Release – For easy release from the mold

Concrete Overlay

Acrylic Water-based Concrete Sealer

Cork Roll
DIY Concrete Coasters Materials
DIY Concrete Coasters Supplies

Step 1: Create Your Mold

Figure out what you want on your coasters. You can add anything to the mold as long as it’s no thicker than the mold itself. If using initials, be sure to invert your letters before applying them to your mold.

Using your hot glue gun, add a dab of glue each piece to the coaster mold. If you mess up the placement, carefully pull the pieces off the mold. Our letters were quite thin so a few broke when we pulled them off. Be sure you have a few extra pieces lying around just in case.

Remove any excess glue from the edges so your concrete coasters don’t show that once you cast them.

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Step 2: Spray Your Mold with Mold Release

We used Countertop Mold Release for easy mold removal. Spray enough mold release to saturate the wooden pieces. There may seem like a lot in the mold but that’s ok. It’s better to have too much than too little.

Concrete Coasters - Mold Release

Step 3: Mix Your Concrete

Wear gloves. Mix your concrete with water. We added water and mixed our concrete until we achieved a pancake- batter like consistency. Make sure you mix your concrete thoroughly. Any dry lumps can create weak spots and voids in your concrete.

TIP: Add integral color pigment to the concrete overlay

Mixing Concrete Overlay

Step 4: Pour Your Concrete and Let Your Coasters Cure

Pour your concrete mix in your prepared mold. Smooth out any rough edges or peaks with a stir stick or your finger (it doesn’t have to be perfect). Tap the mold to get most of the air pockets out of the mix.

•  Concrete Overlay can be poured pretty thin and still hold together well.

• Ready mix concrete from home improvement stores will need to completely fill the mold so they don’t crack when removed from the mold.
• This can make the finished product really heavy (another reason why we used Concrete Overlay).

*Note: If your location isn’t level, use something to put under the coaster to keep it as level as possible. It’ll be easier to finish the coasters if they’re level.

*Additional Note: pour your concrete wherever you can allow the mold to sit for a few days. If the concrete is moved prior to 48-72 hours, it could crack.

Concrete Overlay needs 48-72 hours to cure. Ready mix concrete from home improvement stores needs at least a week to cure.

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DIY Concrete Coasters -Level Mold

Step 5: Remove the Coaster from the Mold

After your concrete has cured, carefully tip the mold over and remove your coaster.

DIY Concrete Coasters - Remove Mold

Step 6: Sand Rough Edges

Gently sand any rough concrete edges with a #240 grit sand paper.

DIY Father's Day Concrete Coasters - Sand Edges

Step 7: Seal Your Concrete Coaster

Seal your coaster with a concrete sealer. We used Acrylic Water-based Sealer for its durability and low odor.

Apply the sealer in thin, even coats with a foam brush. Be sure to coat the edges as well. If any bubbles occur, gently work them out with the foam brush.

Allow the coaster to dry completely (6 hours max) before applying your cork backing.

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