BINGO! Coasters for the Game Room

This past weekend, I had 3 projects going on at once.  Crazy, I know.  None of my projects went as planned {shocker!} so I’d move on to the next, trying to avoid yet another trip to Home Depot.  On top of all this, Tater Tot, my youngest, was bored.  That means she was constantly in the garage with me asking what she could do.  So, I did what any good mother would do…  I put her to work on one of my projects.

I needed coasters for the game room up in our loft.  I was tired of finding cups on furniture or niches.  I knew one day, a water ring would be left behind, and that would not make for a happy mama.  I originally thought of making Scrabble tile coasters, but then I remembered I had this up in the game room…

It was a Goodwill find a couple of years ago.  I had this dream of decorating the game room with vintage games and toys.  When I found this, I snatched it up for $3!  When I got home, I opened it up and realized it was not what I was looking for.  So it sat on the shelf, unused, until last weekend.

I cut some 1/4″ plywood I had left over in the garage into squares just bigger than the BINGO cards.  Our cards were 4″x4″ so we cut our pieces 4.5″x4.5″.  Then I had Tater Tot paint them up for me.

Tater Tot’s paint job was not the best.  I was trying not to let my OCD get the best of me, so I just sanded them up a bit.  I actually liked the way they looked so much, that I left them sanded on the corners.

Then I used some spray adhesive to attach the cards to the front of the wooden coasters.  It was so much easier than trying to work with Modge Podge and wait for it to dry.  We just gave each surface a light spray and laid the card on top.

Tater Tot was my photographer during this process, and she may or may not have wandered off with the camera to take pictures of EVERYTHING but our project.  Ha!

At some point, Tater Tot wandered back over to catch me putting a coat of polyurethane on the coasters.  I used oil-based poly because I didn’t have any water-based.  The oil-based will probably give the coasters a yellowish look over time, but I didn’t mind that.  If that’s an issue, water-based poly is your best bet.

After my poly was dry, I cut some squares out of a sheet of cork I had leftover from another project.  I cut the squares just ever so slightly smaller than the wooden coaster.  I applied a coat of my trusty E-6000 to the back of the coaster and one side of the cork square and pressed them together.

I found a few heavy paint cans and glass dishes to weight the coasters down and keep the adhesive bond nice and flat while drying.  I let them dry like that for a couple of hours, and they were ready to use.

The coasters didn’t cost me a dime, only took a few hours, and I have a cute way to protect my furniture in the loft.  And the best part?  They kept Tater Tot busy for a few hours.  Success!