DIY Positive Message Coasters

DIY Positive Message Coasters

Have I ever told you about the dollar stores in Japan? Expect a tour through one soon, like the one I did for Tokyu Hands, the best craft store on the planet (no bias), but the reason I ask is because they are A-MAZING…kind of like North America’s beloved Target, but instead everything is 100 yen, or about one buck. They are also fabulous for DIY supplies and inspiration and one day I found these cute, octagonal cork coasters that I knew would come in handy. Recently, while trying to figure out how to make my apartment more of a place of inspiration, I realized that creating a happy, positive home doesn’t necessarily mean completely overhauling your house and only leaving the brightest rays of sunshine behind. Instead, it might be just as great with little additions, like a set of coasters that make me smile each time I put my drink down. If you’re like me, then you think coasters sound like a posh invention for people who want to spend money on clothes for their beverages. But after surviving Japan’s hot summers, I’m realizing that coasters do more than just protect your tabletops – they also protect your clothes, papers, phone, etc from getting drowned in the pools of water all over your countertops. I love these coasters because they’re a simple and useful way to make your home a more positive and creative space. Did I mention they were only a dollar and need only two supplies? Definitely my kind of DIY.

DIY Positive Message Coasters

Directions and more pictures after the jump. 

DIY Positive Message Coasters

The process is as easy as it looks. All you need are some cork coasters and a paint pen, such as a Posca paint pen. I love the Posca paint pens and I used white, though they have a huge range of colors. Once you’ve got your supplies, go to town with all the phrases and messages you’d love to hear on a daily basis. Then, thoroughly scatter them all over your tables and prepare to have a beautiful day. :]

DIY Positive Message Coasters

DIY Positive Message Coasters

DIY Positive Message Coasters

DIY Positive Message Coasters

What are some of your favorite positive messages? Any quotes that you always think of when you need inspiration?


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  • alvssav

    That Posca paint pen writes super nice – I’ll have to grab me one! One of my favorite quotes to tell myself when I’m really nervous or worried is, “Don’t fuck up.” It makes me laugh on the inside and calms me down. My other favorite is, “Do Good.” :)

    • http://thenectarcollective.com/ The Nectar Collective

      I love Posca paint pens! They are great for making posters and things too – they look like real paint when they dry (they don’t look streaky like regular markers). haha I like your nervous phrase and it would be funny on a coaster, like telling people they better not put their drink on the table lol. Also, I’ve always loved your other quote, “do good,” too – simple and sweet :)

  • koko mo

    so cute!! i love the shape of these, what an awesome find! and i’ve seen cute painted coasters like these, but never with writing, it looks adorable!!

    • http://thenectarcollective.com/ The Nectar Collective

      Thank you!! I loved the shape, too when I saw them! And as I’m writing this comment to you, I’m having a weird feeling that I had a dream last night where there were tons of these coasters and I bought them all. haha How weird is that?! Maybe I need to make more! lol Thanks for your sweet comment and for stopping by! :)

  • http://www.thinkingcloset.com/ Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    Ahhhhh! You created one that says “Be Free!” And I can’t help but wonder if my story about my visit to Tanzania had any influence on that. Even if it didn’t, it still makes me so happy. And yes, the positive vibes are coming through the computer screen something fierce! Oh, how I want to join you on a shopping trip to one of these amazing dollar stores you speak of. I wish ours carried fun things like octagonal cork shapes! So. much. fun.

    • http://thenectarcollective.com/ The Nectar Collective

      Lauren! Yes, your story totally stuck with me – I loved the message! I also created an iPhone wallpaper recently that said “live freely” which I’m pretty sure was inspired by your story, too! Thank you for the inspiration. :)

      • http://www.thinkingcloset.com/ Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

        How absolutely wonderful!

  • Diane Piwowarczyk

    Simple and sweet. I used a cork coaster at work, it’s really for flower pots, but perfect for my sweaty ice tea glass. Now it looks naked…I’ll have to put something inspiring on it. :)

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      So glad you enjoyed this and that you could stop by today, Diane! :) I hadn’t thought of using cork coasters for flower pots, but I am currently LOVING that idea! I have a bunch of random flower pots around my house and it would be so cute to make coasters for them, too. Thank you for the inspiration! :)

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