Limestone Tile Coasters
DIY Limestone Tile Coasters

I'm learning that summertime drink condensation is a very serious daily hazard in humid climates. Having grown up in Denver where this never happens, I arrived unprepared to deal with surface protection from sweaty drinks. Here's how I took charge of the situation and made myself some very cheap and chic limestone coasters.

I frequent the Habitat for Humanity retail store down the street from my house almost every week. They have a huge warehouse full of deeply discounted building materials available for purchase by the public. The last time I was in there I noticed a few dozen of these tiles on sale for $.25 a piece. Thinking immediately how much they resembled coasters I bought a few.  Transforming them from raw tiles into bona fide drink coasters was incredibly simple. Here's what I did:

Materials Needed:

  • (8) Limestone tiles (any porous tile of your preference will work) 
  • (1) roll of self-adhering natural cork, 1/32" thick (for the coaster backing)
  • Box cutter or Exacto knife
  • Straight Edge Ruler

My (8) tiles are 3 7/8" squares. I measured and then cut the cork backing to (8) 3 5/8" squares that will fit 1/8" from the edges of the tiles. Follow these easy steps to do the same:

   Take a measurements of your tile (3 7/8").

Take a measurements of your tile (3 7/8").

  Measure and mark (3 5/8") the dimension of your cork backing.

Measure and mark (3 5/8") the dimension of your cork backing.

 
   Layout all (8) backings for quick and easy cutting.

Layout all (8) backings for quick and easy cutting.

   Use the box cutter (or exacto knife) against a straight edge to cut the square backings.

Use the box cutter (or exacto knife) against a straight edge to cut the square backings.

After laying out and cutting the proper dimensions of the cork backing, it literally took me five minutes to complete this project. Check it out:

   Ready the squares and tiles for adhering.

Ready the squares and tiles for adhering.

   Peel the backing from the cork...

Peel the backing from the cork...

   ..and smooth in to place.

..and smooth in to place.

Easy peasy and you've got yourself eight beautiful limestone coasters made for $3 in materials and next to nothing in time and energy.

DIY Limestone Tile Drink Coasters