DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Wooden Coasters {guest post from Olivia of DIY Mother}

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Anthropologie-Inspired DIY coasters

When Olivia of the blog DIY Mother, emailed me about doing a guest post, I was immediately sold on her idea to DIY some Anthropologie Coasters. And then a few days later she sent me the pictures and I was in L.O.V.E….and I knew you guys would be too! I mean, really, how cute are these? We really need some coasters so this is going on my to-do list. I think I need that fun “meh.” mug too. Perfect for Monday mornings! :)

So please welcome Olivia with her simple but awesome DIY tutorial…

DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Wooden Coasters

I’m Olivia from! I’m a mother of two sassy girls (just 16 months apart) and an aspiring interior designer. I’m SO excited that Dawn gave me a chance to share my project with all of you. If you want to check out more of my musings and projects, check me out on Pinterest or Twitter!

If you squirm at the thought of taking 100 paint chips from a paint store in order to do a DIY project, this is another project that probably isn’t for you. For the rest of you shameless crafters, read on.

I get so much of my DIY inspiration from Anthropologie. I’m naturally attracted to the clean, minimalistic, handmade home décor items. When I saw these color block wooden coasters selling for eight bucks a pop, I knew it would be an awesome DIY project. I figured I could spend a couple of bucks to get some wood cut, and call it a day.

Then I forgot I had some leftover hardwood floor samples from when we re-did our floors. They are small cuts of each type of floor, and they’re about 4×4-the perfect size for coasters. What’s more is that the different wood was so attractive when I stacked them on top of one another.

And guess what? Those little babies are free!

I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out, although next time I might use a wider variety of colors. I avoided buying more paint because I didn’t want to spend a dime on this project, and I didn’t.


  • Wood samples
  • Acrylic paint
  • Painters’ tape
  • Sealant

Anthropologie-Inspired DIY coasters

1. I had to saw the ends off of each wooden coaster (or my husband did, rather) because the samples come with some extra wood that hangs off of one side. You can do it with a handsaw, or a complicated and scary machine like my husband did.

2. Take the take and start coming up with your pattern. You won’t actually be painting much of the coaster, as you want to let the wood be the focus.

Anthropologie-Inspired DIY coasters

3. Take a paintbrush or foam brush and start painting using 2 different colors for each coaster. Use a color for each style of stripes. It’s ok if you get a “textured” look, but be sure to stay in the lines and try not to get under the tape.

Anthropologie-Inspired DIY coasters

4. Remove the tape when the paint has dried, and spray the coasters with a sealant of your choice.

5. Add some cork or furniture stoppers at the bottom of each coaster to make sure they don’t slide.

6. Enjoy!

Anthropologie-Inspired DIY coasters

Thanks so much for sharing these, Olivia! They are awesome!

Want to see more from Olivia? You can find her on Twitter and Pinterest.

Are you interested in sharing at DIY, craft, or sewing tutorial as a guest poster to help your blog grow? Read more about my guest post guidelines here. I look forward to hearing from you!

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