Let’s be real. Finding a reasonably priced gift for Dad can be pretty boring. After all, how many tennis balls or pliers does a fella really need? Get out of a rut and make a fun and functional gift. He will definitely love this unique DIY beer coaster tray.
Although not difficult, this project needs planning and patience, as you will have to wait several hours in between coats to allow the Mod Podge to dry. Cut down on expenses with a tray picked up at a garage sale or an old one you just aren’t that fond of anymore. Finish it with paint you already have then dive into your beer coaster collection or purchase a pack of new ones for under $6. (Our supply was running low so naturally we chose to visit several establishments during ‘happy hour’ to replenish our stock—it’s a tough job but someone had to do it.)
To make your arrangement spill-proof, apply two coats of exterior Mod Podge, allowing each to dry completely—it may take overnight but it’s definitely worth the effort.
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Beer Coaster Tray Instructions
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- medium grit sandpaper
- interior/exterior spray paint
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- exterior Mod Podge
- disposable brush
- Spray paint an unfinished wooden serving tray with your choice of color and allow it to dry. Once dry, rough it up with sandpaper if a vintage look is desired. (You can also skip the paint and use stain—it’s whatever you prefer.)
- Once your tray is ready to go, arrange the coasters how you want them on the tray. Place them as close together as possible without overlapping them. If using a variety of shapes that require something other than a straight cut, simply trace where they overlap then trim to lay flat using scissors.
- When you’re satisfied with your arrangement, start with a corner coaster and apply Mod Podge to the back of it, using a disposable brush. Return the coaster to its place on the tray and press firmly to adhere. Repeat for each of the remaining coasters.
- Once the coasters are securely in place, apply an even coat of Mod Podge over the entire surface of the coasters. Be sure to get in all the corners and cracks. Then allow it to dry several hours or overnight—it will turn clear and harden—before adding another coat.
- Once that coat is completely dry, evenly apply one last coat of Mod Podge and again allow it to dry for several hours.
- Once dry, wrap it up as a gift or grab a few beers and use it yourself!