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Are you tired of using the same old coasters that lack style and flair? Do you wish to create custom paper coasters for your brand or home? 

Get rid of those pesky water rings and protect your furniture with style. Let’s unleash your inner creative side. We’ll teach you how to design customized coasters that represent your uniqueness and authenticity. 

They’re perfect for having an ice-cold drink at home or hustling through the business world to represent your brand. Having pulpboard coasters custom-fit to your table setting is the finishing touch you’ve been looking for. 

This blog post deals with everything you need to know about designing pulpboard coasters. Once you get the hang of it, creating them will be a breeze. Let’s add scenery, images, logo, or your initials, shall we? 

Here’s how to create your collection of custom coasters today.

But First, Why Pulpboard?

Choosing a suitable material is necessary when it comes to designing your personalized coasters. Pulpboard, in this case, comes in incredibly handy!

 It has several advantages over other materials like:

  • Cardstock - a thicker paper material but isn’t as durable or moisture-resistant as pulpboard
  • Cork - natural and absorbent but they can wear out over time; not easy to customize with vibrant designs
  • Rubber - is known for durability but may not offer the same printing quality and customization options
  • Plastic - waterproof and long-lasting but lacks pulpboard’s premium feel and texture
  • Stone - highly durable and moisture-resistant but is often heavier

Pulpboard is reliable and suitable for daily use. The stains are super easy to remove, and it is long-lasting. 

It’s also moisture absorbent so it protects your table from the glass “sweating”. . No more glass rings for life! 

The best part? Drawing, painting, or pasting printed photos on customized pulpboard coasters is quick and easy. 

Pre-Creation Tip #1: Gather Inspiration and Plan Your Design

Gathering inspiration before designing your own pulpboard coasters is important. Good news though: Inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere! 

Dive into your favorite TV series, movies, or sports to gather design ideas.Alternatively, explore your interests and hobbies and get a rough sketch for your coaster's design. Go as creative and personal as possible! 

Pre-Creation Tip #2: Prepare The Materials For Your Custom Coasters 

After finalizing your pulpboard coaster designs, you’ll need a few materials to bring those designs to life. Ensure you have the following:

  • a pulpboard paper of the required shape and size
  • acrylic paints or markers of various colors 
  • paintbrushes of different types and sizes
  • stencils to create patterns or images that match your decor

These tools will help you achieve amazing designs with great precision. Test the designs on cardboard before drawing on the custom coaster. 

Not a big fan of handmade patterns or scenery? Try printing your photos onto the custom pulpboard coasters instead. This is a fantastic way to customize the table pads with full-color, high-quality designs

Pro-tip: Print the pictures onto adhesive paper or use decoupage techniques with Mod Podge to affix your images.

All you have to do is visit any creative website and choose your coaster template. Next, upload the image.  Then, add text, customize the size, font, and colors, and print the image. Voila, your customized printed coasters are ready!

Getting Started: A Step-by-Step Guide 

Now that your materials are ready let’s dive into designing your own pulpboard coasters

Step 1: Prep and Prime 

Start by cleaning the pulpboard. This helps remove any debris or unnecessary dust particles, making them look fresh. In addition, you can apply a primer to the coasters to help with paint adhesion and increase ​​pulpboard coaster’s durability. 

Step 2: Unleash Your Inner Creativity 

It’s time to unleash your creativity and create a custom coaster that resonates with your personality and interests. 

Think about what you want your coaster to look like. Take inspiration from Pinterest or Instagram (whatever suits you the best!). Start by making a rough sketch using stencils to get an idea of your design to come to life.

Use acrylic paints, glitters, and markers to turn your dream design into reality. Always remember that you don't have to be perfect while constructing your custom coaster. It is all about enjoying the process and having fun while designing your own pulpboard coasters. 

Step 3: Add Finishing Touches 

After finalizing your design, allow the paint to dry. Once that’s done, apply a clear sealant or varnish to give it a refined look. This is a great hack, especially for custom bar coasters that often endure spills, condensation, and frequent use.

Post-Design Tip: Showcase Your Masterpiece

So you’ve successfully designed your own pulpboard coasters.  It’s time to showcase your masterpiece on your table and use them during family gatherings. They will surely add a lovely vibe to your table setting. 

Or, you can also use them as giveaways for your next event. Not only are they beautiful, but they’re also functional!Did you love reading about how to make custom drink coasters? Then make sure to visit our website to read more blogs on amazing DIY and customization tips!

If you prefer to leave the heavy lifting to the pros–we have your back. Looking for custom coasters for a wedding, birthday, or promotional event? You can customize coasters with Coldie Holdie in a few clicks. We offer free shipping, so it’s even more affordable to order bulk coaster quantities for your big event. Design yours today!

October 17, 2023 — joshua mcintosh