DIY Wooden Photo Coasters

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These DIY Wooden Photo Coasters are a perfect way to capture a beautiful memory while creating a practical gift that anyone would love!

  • broom and dustpan
  • cookie sheet
  • kitchen towels
  • dish scrubber

You may be wondering what this list is for!  And that was exactly my thought was when I received it from my mom back in November!  Did she accidentally send me her grocery list?  In one of my daily phone conversations with her, I had to inquire.  

What?  This was her Christmas list?  While these four items would be easy to find and buy, I couldn’t see giving my mom four household items that truly had no meaning.  It quickly became a guessing game!  What to buy?  I love giving unique gifts that have some sentimental meaning, but I was at a loss!  That’s when my mind started racing.  

Before long, I had decided to create a personalized gift that would melt her heart in a second.  And that is just what these DIY Wooden Photo Coasters did!  While I know she would love a unique and colorful dish scrubber, I was quite confident this gift would be perfect!

Follow the simple steps below and get ready to create a sentimental gift that anyone would love!

These DIY Wooden Photo Coasters are a perfect way to capture a beautiful memory while creating a practical gift that anyone would love!

Materials Needed:
Natural Wood Slices (mine were 1″ thick and 4″ wide)
– 4″x6″ photos
Mod Podge
– smaller paint brush
– sandpaper (if needed)

These DIY Wooden Photo Coasters are a perfect way to capture a beautiful memory while creating a practical gift that anyone would love!

These DIY Wooden Photo Coasters are inexpensive and so easy to make!  Let’s get started!

Step 1: You must get your wooden coasters.  We chose to find, collect, and cut our own.  There is no restriction on what type of wood works best.  We ended up using some sort of pine.  You can also purchase Natural Wood Slices.  No matter where you get your wood from, it is important that it is sanded smooth to make sure your photos adhere well.  

Step 2:  Now it is time to prepare your photos.  It is important to place the coaster on top of the photo, right side up.  Once you are satisfied with the placement, trace the coaster.  Be sure to cut just inside of your traced line to avoid the photo from hanging over the coaster.  

These DIY Wooden Photo Coasters are a perfect way to capture a beautiful memory while creating a practical gift that anyone would love!

Before moving on, be sure to check the size of your photo.  When you are satisfied, you can move onto Step 3.

These DIY Wooden Photo Coasters are a perfect way to capture a beautiful memory while creating a practical gift that anyone would love!

Step 3: Using a small paintbrush, apply a decent layer of Mod Podge to your coaster.  

Step 4: Carefully place your photo on top of the Mod Podge.

These DIY Wooden Photo Coasters are a perfect way to capture a beautiful memory while creating a practical gift that anyone would love!

Step 5: To finish things off, cover your photo with another layer of Mod Podge. Make sure your brush strokes are all going in the same direction.  This also must be done quickly before it begins to dry to avoid any gunky messes.

Finally, allow your DIY Wooden Photo Coasters to dry and they are ready to be enjoyed!  

These DIY Wooden Photo Coasters are a perfect way to capture a beautiful memory while creating a practical gift that anyone would love!

I wish I would have had my camera ready when my mom opened her gift.  As soon as she saw her grandchildren’s faces, a smile came across her face and she quickly fell in love!  These DIY Wooden Photo Coasters are a perfect way to capture a beautiful memory while creating a practical gift that anyone would love!   Or they may just be something fun to spoil yourself with!

Be sure to leave a comment and share what photos you chose for your DIY Wooden Photo Coasters!

These DIY Wooden Photo Coasters are a perfect way to capture a beautiful memory while creating a practical gift that anyone would love!

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  1. I had my husband cut some slices like this from small logs we have here. As they dried out they became cracked big time. So how can this work if a picture is put on those if they dry more and crack once the picture is put on it?????? I do love these very much. So just asking so I do not waste time here and pictures.

    1. Oh no! I am guessing some woods must crack worse than others. We did not have those issues. That will not allow the pictures to adhere to the wood as needed. I would suggest trying a different type of wood or possibly purchasing the wooden disks I referenced in my post. I hope you can make it work!

  2. These are so cute! I think the kids will love this one if we’re going to make this an activity this weekend. This is a nice idea too for a gift since you can personalize it. Thank you very much for sharing this.
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    1. Great question! I did not water-proof mine, but I do know there is a clear, water-proof spray that can be used. If you decide to try something like that, please let me know! Have fun creating!

  3. Hi Tanille,
    “DIY Wooden Photo Coasters!” what an idea !!
    I am also wondering if we would have had that opportunity to see that moment while your mom opened that gift too!!
    Anyway this is such an unique idea by which anyone could be surprised.
    Thanks for sharing it among us.

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