Adulting for nerds... sort of!
Apparently adults are expected to do things like use coasters... who knew?
Coasters are one of those grown-up things that the idea of spending money on makes me cringe. I physically cringe at the idea of buying a set of coasters. I don’t want some floral nonsense from Target occupying space on my table and telling my guests that I’m some kind of floral coaster type of person.. I am not a floral coaster type of person. I’m a comics-and-video-games-and-science-fiction-type-person… but they don’t make coasters for people like that.
However, I make things all the time. And coasters? They are things. Really basic things. I can make Comic Book Coasters and so can you! These also make a great gift for your fellow adult humans with youthful tastes.
Tutorial: DIY Comic Book Coasters
I saw a number of tutorials online about glued paper on small objects and then called coasters… followed by unsettling footnotes about the coasters not being waterproof. Um… not sure what other people do with their coasters but I tend to get them a little damp.
Eventually I found a recipe for super lacquer made from mixing various chemicals together. I like to be able to do my projects while slightly intoxicated so that wasn’t going to work out.
Some of the tutorials I found recommended using just Mod Podge.
Note: Mod Podge is water based and therefore not really waterproof no matter how durable it seems. If you plan to have the coaster coated in liquid repeatedly, you should seal it with a clear outdoor sealer. But enough of that.
Onward to some DIY for the geeks!
SUPPLIES: What You'll Need
STEP ONE: Set Yourself Up for Success
STEP TWO: Commit to a Square
STEP THREE: Painting and Gluing
STEP FOUR: Seal It Up
STEP FIVE: Enjoy
Our special correspondent and writer, Tavia Lewis-Castagnozzi