diy mini pallet coasters

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 |




I saw these pallet coasters on Pinterest and thought they were really adorable and funny. Because simply, almost anything mini is the cutest. I saw a lot of pictures of the coasters with simple directions and places to buy a set, but not really a how-to. I love the full-size pallet projects all over Pinterest, but that's definitely not on my level. Popsicle sticks I can handle. I modeled these after Uncle Bob's (real) two way entry pallets... Check out the how-to below.


Updated: If you like this project, be sure to check out the mini pallet magnets I made here!



what you need:


  • popsicle sticks (14 for each coaster)
  • sharp scissors
  • sponge brush
  • wood stain
  • cloth (I just used a paper towel)
  • gorilla/crazy glue
  • protective waterproof spray-optional


the how-to:


1. Cut the ends off of the popsicle sticks using very sharp scissors. This is definitely the hardest and least fun part of the project.

2. Coat the sticks with wood stain, wipe with cloth per the directions for the stain and let dry. I used 1 coat of Martha Stewart wood stain.

3. Once the sticks are dry, arrange like the second photo in the strip above. Use gorilla/crazy glue to attach the sides and middle "beams?" I don't know the terminology.

4. Make sure you are holding the sticks down to allow the glue to dry, probably about a minute for each stick. (I spent this time reading for Wills and Trusts, but I don't think that part is crucial to the process...) 

5. Add the top row of sticks and make sure the glue is dry. 

6. Coat with the optional waterproof spray. You're done! 

24 Responses to “diy mini pallet coasters”

  1. How adorable! I will add these to my "To Make" list !

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  2. These are so cute! I love popsicle stick crafts - thanks for sharing the how-to!

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  3. i looove this diy! they came out so cute! i was just wondering where you got the waterproof spray from? thank you! [:

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    1. Hello! I actually haven't sprayed them yet and they've held up well. But I usually use this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001K65K26

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  4. These are fantastic!!!!! Such a cool idea for pallets! Pinning now, thanks for sharing :)

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

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    1. Thank you Hannah! You have super cute things on your blog as well!

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  5. You could also use brown shoe polish instead of wood stain!

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  6. Using this idea for Valentine's! Since he works in retail, I thought the pallet idea was great! Thanks :)

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    1. That's great to hear! :) Hope he enjoys it!

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  7. It's a great idea, i love it!

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  8. Ohhh this is so cute *-*
    Thanks for sharing, awesome idea! :)

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    1. Thank you! I just posted the same project, but smaller and they are magnets if you're interested! http://www.cookinglikelou.com/2014/02/diy-mini-pallet-magnets.html

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  9. These are so adorable!!! I just pinned them :)

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  10. Ooh this is just adorable!

    http://cafecraftea.blogspot.com

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  11. Hi, nice tutorial. I've made few of these coaster last time, but I didn't add any stain on it. It look good with the stain on, I would love to try it next time. By the way I linked your post to my blog, if you don't mind

    http://ardeepapercrafthouse.blogspot.com/

    Keep up the good work!

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    1. Hi Ardee--looks great! Thank you for the credit! :)

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  12. My husband used the cutting edge of needle nose pliers and found that it was much easier to cut the Popsicle sticks

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