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DIY Stenciled Felt Coasters

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Here we are, sharing a quick and easy DIY coasters tutorial on how to make beautiful stenciled felt coasters. Trust me, you will love these coasters.

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My new home is running out of disposable paper coasters, so I made some quick washable and reusable coasters with 2mm thick synthetic felt. Simply zest up the plain synthetic felt with a touch of stenciled prints on them to make these beautiful DIY coasters. I chose an elegant French Victorian design to stencil on, you can have other designs to suit your own theme.

These DIY felt coasters as super absorbent, they will slurp up any condensing water that drips from the glass. Due to the thickness and the properties of the felt material, it is able to insulate heat up to a certain degree from hot drinks to your table. It is tough and it holds its shape in the laundry, but no brushing, please.

How To DIY Coasters With Felt

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What Materials Do You Need To DIY Felt Coasters?

Prepare a 2mm thick of stiff synthetic felt, I bought mine in a size of 12″ x 12″ and I can make 9 pcs. of felt coasters. I cut them into 4″ circles for a classic shape of coasters. If you have heavy-duty die-cutting machines like a Sizzix, you may cut the coasters in various shape as long as it is big enough to hold your glass or cup. Be cautious, a normal die cut meant for paper won’t be able to cut this felt.

If you don’t have this type of felt, you may use a normal craft felt as an alternative. Layer a few pieces of them and stitch them up to form a thick and stable coaster, then follow the tutorial on how to stencil on felt.

As for the stencil craft, I used Pre-cut plastic stencils, a foam brush, and acrylic paints from Martha Stewart. You may add a fabric medium to the acrylic paint so that it provides better flexibility to the paint, however, it is not really compulsory as the felt is not stretchy, so using good quality acrylic paint itself is sufficient for this DIY stencil felt coasters.

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[Update 2022] Time flies, it has been 9 years since I made these DIY coasters, believe it or not, they are all still in good shape and the stencils are still pretty well preserved.

I hope you have a fun time playing with the stencil and if you need more free DIY coasters patterns and tutorials, click the link to find out more. We have the free coasters patterns in crochet and sewing, also how to make coasters from drinking straws too. I particularly like the DIY Cork Coasters which I gifted to my sister for her new home. Lastly, you might be interested in making some of these Halloween-theme coasters with felt, they are using the same synthetic felt as these stenciled felt coasters.

How To Make Coasters With Felt

How To Make Coasters With Felt

Yield: 4" Diameter Felt Coasters
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Avid Beginner
Estimated Cost: $5 - $10

This is a quick and easy DIY coasters with stencil method you can make for your home. Bring the prints on to zest up your drinking pleasure while protecting your table from water or heat damage!

Enjoy making them!



  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Adhesive tape
  • Kitchen Towel or Paper to cover your working table and for cleaning up


  1. Gather materials and tools as listed above.stenciled felt coasters materials
  2. If you are using other stencils, make sure the diameter of your felt coasters is slightly bigger than the stencil pattern, unless you want to have partial stencil coasters
  3. Trace 4″ diameter circles onto the 2mm thick synthetic coasters
  4. Cut out the circle felt and place it at the back of the stencil.
    Holding them to the light to check if the alignment is coasters
  5. Tape them down to secure the coasters
  6. If you can’t make up your mind which color to use, sample the colors on the felt and pick the most appealing to you.
    I chose to use Martha Stewart’s Acrylic Pearl paint in Jet Stream 32121 and Purple Martin 32119. I like the pearl paint that gives the sheen look that shimmering with a little coasters
  7. Dab the paint with the foam pouncer, don’t over saturate the foam but just wet enough to do the stenciling.
    If you would like to add fabric medium, add it to the paint and stir well before dabbing the paint on the foam coasters
  8. Pounce it vertically on the stencil repeated and move-on slowly. Replenish the paint if coasters
  9. Try to cover all the cavities but don’t over paint. Overpaint will cause smearing and it looks coasters
  10. Flip to the back, carefully take out the adhesive tape and remove the felt from the coasters
  11. Border completed. Set aside and do the other pieces.
    Wash stencil if needed especially when the accumulated paint on the stencil is too thick.
    It is safe to touch the stenciled acrylic paint after about 10 minutes, though not thoroughly dry it is safe to work on the coasters
  12. Place the centerpiece stencil on the center of the felt coasters. This stencil has an adhesive backing, so it will stick on nicely, otherwise, use adhesive tape to secure it in coasters
  13. Repeat the stenciling process on the coasters
  14. Let the stenciled felt coasters dry overnight before using it.dual color stencil
  15. You can also stencil the felt before cutting it out. This will give you asymmetrical and random print, just to make things more fun and coasters
  16. Align the stencil carefully in a correct spacing to get a symmetrical print pattern, otherwise, just stencil randomly.stencil print on felt
  17. The look of my whole piece of felt after stenciling with a symmetrical pattern.stencil print on felt
  18. I did another centerpiece stenciling after cut out the stenciled printed coasters

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Wednesday 18th of April 2018

Just found your site. Loving all the different crafts. Question: Can I use wool felt instead of synthetic?

Craft Passion

Wednesday 18th of April 2018

As long as it holds the shape and gives you the thickness, wool felt can be used.

Chrissy Corrado

Sunday 30th of November 2014

These are wonderful! I had just a few questions: What is fabric medium and what does it do to the paint if you add it in? Also, when you remove the stencil in the middle of the coaster with the adhesive backing, will it make the felt all fuzzy? Thank you!

Craft Passion

Monday 1st of December 2014

Fabric medium is a kind of liquid to mix into the acrylic paint to make it more flexible so that the paint won't crack. The adhesive is not strong so it is ok to stick to the felt.


Wednesday 16th of October 2013

Those look great! and I love simple they are to make, Thanks for sharing!

Renata Ascenso

Tuesday 8th of October 2013

Quero lhe convidar a conhecer meu blog: É um blog novo, ainda não tenho muita experiência. Espero que goste. Bjs... Rê Ascenso!!!

Translation (by Google): I want to invite you to know my blog: It is a new blog, do not have much experience. Hope you enjoy. Bjs ... Rê Ascended!!


Monday 7th of October 2013

wonderful coasters, thank you so much for sharing! I will give it a go, they will do nicely as holiday gifts.

Craft Passion

Tuesday 8th of October 2013

Thank you, Anne. You are absolutely right, they are great as holiday gifts. You can also stencil them in holiday theme too, by pattern and by color theme. Have fun with the creations!!!

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