A Crafty Mix


Custom Coasters with a Twist

As I get older I’ve started realizing that the most valuable gift we can give someone is our time. Think about it, if you try hard enough you can get more of almost anything; we can buy more things, find more friends, create more stuff or make more money. The only thing we can never get more of is time.  It trickles through our fingers like fine sand and when we look again it’s all gone. For this Father’s day I wanted to give my Dad something special that would show him how much I love him and how much he means to me. The thing with my Dad is – he has everything, seriously!!  He collects vintage cars as a hobby, he has a gorgeous wife and a very successful company. He’s time is a precious commodity, he doesn’t have a lot to give because he’s really busy running the company, entertaining people and trying to make everyone around him happy, in his own quiet, dignified way. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I could give him. He loves cake, but I can’t bake. He loves old cars, but  I struggle to change a tyre (Lefty Loosey and Righty Tighty) and I wouldn’t know the difference between a Triumph Spitfire and a TR2 (they both have wheels don’t they?) The only thing I can do is make stuff. So I made him something, these “made with love and lots of thoughts” coasters with a twist.

Father's Day coasters with a twist - DIY on the blog

Daddy’s coasters with a twist

Making them didn’t take a lot of time but thinking about what message to put on the coasters did. And I didn’t just want to give him coasters. I really wanted to see him smile and one thing I know about my Dad is that he loves surprises, something different and unexpected. I think it’s because he studied Engineering…….he’s an inquisitive  problem solver with a heart of gold. He’s one of those quiet resourceful types, you know 🙂 So here’s the twist that made him smile, these coasters also open bottles.

Coasters with a bottler opener at the bottom - tutorial on the blog

Bottler opener at the bottom

The coasters were made from old pallets that we cut into 10 cm x 10 cm squares. The Graphics Fairy, as always, was my go to place to get inspiration and stunning images that I could play around with. I also found this site to download some awesome background textures (all free).  To make the coaster you need a  pallet that’s at least 2 cm thick, a 32 spade bit, a 20 spade bit, some 18 mm washers and screws.

Some washers, pallets and a few screws

Some washers, pallets and a few screws

We used the 32 spade bit drill a hole in the bottom of the 10 x 10 pallet square that’s deep and wide enough to fit a beer bottle top comfortably (about 15 mm).

Drill and test - DIY coasters with a twist

Drill and test

I didn’t want the coasters to wobble (beer is precious – don’t waste!!) so we counter sunk the washers using the 20 spade bit to make a small hole on the side of the bigger 32 mm hole. We found that the edge of the washer needs to overlap the hole for the beer top by about 5 mm. Anything less than that and there wasn’t enough leverage to open the bottle. Anything more than 5 mm meant that the beer bottle top wouldn’t fit in the hole. (P.S. for all my American friends, you can use this online app to convert cm/mm to inches).

Sand smooth and glue and screw the washer

Sand smooth and glue and screw the washer

We used a Dremel to sand away any rough edges and then screwed in the washer.

Wood glue and sawdust to fill the hole

Wood glue and sawdust to fill the hole

To fill the hole left by the tip of the spade bit we used wood glue and some sawdust and waited patiently for it to dry.

Mod Podge and Polyurethane - DIY coaster with a twist and they're heat resistant

Mod Podge and Polyurethane

I used Mod Podge to glue  and seal the custom made images to the front of the coasters and then added three coats of heat resistant polyurethane. Not everyone in our family drinks ice cold alcoholic beverages  😎

I love you Daddy - coasters with a twist

I love you Daddy

This is for you my Dad, you are my hero and I will love you till the end of time and then a little bit more. Happy Father’s Day.

Pallet coasters with a twist all ready to go - DIY on the Blog

Father’s Day coasters with a twist all ready to go

Made with love by a Crafty Mix



Categories:   DIY Crafty Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts, Pallet Hacks, Quick & Easy Crafts


  • Posted: June 25, 2017 21:02

    A Kansas farm mom

    How cute! And the bottle opener is awesome! Thank you for sharing on the Celebrate 365 Father's Day Party. I do hope you will join our new Patriotic Party that is live today.
    • Posted: June 26, 2017 05:25


      Thank you so much and the Celebrate Father's Day party was loads of fun. I got so many new ideas for next year
  • Posted: June 15, 2017 20:38


    Those are beautiful! Creative and wonderful! I love them! Thank you so much for sharing them with us at our Father's Day Favorites Themed Link up at Celebrate 365 Blog Party! I've pinned it not only to our party board but to my craft board as well, 'cause I loved them so much! thanks again for finding us and sharing your talents! Jan Tip Garden
    • Posted: June 16, 2017 13:28


      Thank you so much Jan for the lovely comment and the Father's Day party. SO many people shared so many awesome ideas for Father's Day. I had loads of fun
  • Posted: April 23, 2017 22:46


    I love them! Such a great decor item.
    • Posted: April 24, 2017 09:31


      Thank you so much Kellie, I'm glad you like them
  • Posted: June 20, 2016 16:31


    I'm loving these and so clever to put a bottle opener at the bottom. What did your dad think?
    • Posted: June 20, 2016 17:29


      My dad's one of those quiet types, but I did see him smile when he saw the bottle opener at the bottom. Not a toothy smile, he doesn't do that, a small little twinkle smile, so I think he likes them :-)
  • Posted: June 16, 2016 18:41

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    I love this Michelle. And it's even more special because it has the bottle opener. Rustic goodness all the way!
    • Posted: June 16, 2016 20:02


      Thank you Mary <3
  • Posted: June 14, 2016 21:29


    These are awesome! Dad's are sometimes hard to buy for so this is a really thoughtful gift. I love how you added the bottle opener in the back - super creative! Hope you're having a great day, CoCo
    • Posted: June 15, 2016 15:33


      Thank you, and you're right Dads are never easy when it comes to gifts that mean something. You want to show them how much you love them but socks and ties just don't do it for me. Hope you're having a beautiful day too <3
  • Posted: June 12, 2016 13:10

    DIY Father's Day Coasters - Reader Feature - The Graphics Fairy

    […] gift for Father’s Day! Thank you, Michelle, for sharing these with us today!  To see her step by step tutorial and other projects, visit her blog. To learn how to transfer images yourself, visit the Transfer Methods […]
    • Posted: June 13, 2016 15:44


      Thank you for the gorgeous graphics as always. What would we do without you :-)
  • Posted: June 11, 2016 09:10

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    These are amazing! I love the graphics you chose for the coasters, and the added bottle opener is so cool. I have never seen a coaster with a bottle opener. These are special and one of a kind. I agree there is no better gift then time, I'm sure your dad will love these.
    • Posted: June 12, 2016 07:29


      Thank you Linda :-) What would I do without the Graphics Fairy, love her stuff.
  • Posted: June 10, 2016 23:32


    Wow this is one of the most clever things I have seen. I bet your Dad will love these more then anything else. Plus it looks like you have a little bit of the engineering gene in you.
    • Posted: June 12, 2016 07:30


      Lol, thanks Debra :D
  • Posted: June 8, 2016 14:42


    These coasters are so special and so beautiful Michelle! Your dad will be amazed and so happy! There's no better gift! You're right, it's hard to find something that isn't "time" for someone who has everything, but these are so so clever with the bottle opener at the bottom! I've never seen this before!
    • Posted: June 9, 2016 09:43


      Thank you Katrin, I would love to bottle up some time with my Dad so I can save it for those days when I just need to be Daddy's little girl again. He's a very special person <3
      • Posted: June 10, 2016 20:36


        That's so nice, I know what you mean. I wish my dad was still here, I miss those days!
        • Posted: June 12, 2016 07:32


          Oh I'm so sorry to hear that Katrin, sending you lots of hugs and love.
  • Posted: June 7, 2016 10:58


    Michelle, your coasters are amazing!! They look so awesome with the graphics on them and how creative to make them dual purposed. This is a great gift idea! Your dad sounds like an amazing guy. I'm sure he'll love your gift. Would you believe I've been making wooden coasters too? Great minds think alike, hey? ;)
    • Posted: June 7, 2016 13:52


      Oh I can't wait to see your coasters Keri :D All your stuff is beautiful.