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