DIY Etched Birch Coasters

DIY Etched Birch Coasters

DIY Etched Birch Coasters

Have you guys checked out Hannah’s Faux Bar Cart? I adore it. So cute. It got me thinking about setting a better scene when entertaining with friends. Remember this IKEA coffee table I prettied up with some new legs and a pretty pattern? The glass top is super easy to clean up, but any beverage left on the table leaves a not-so-pretty ring of condensation. Feeling a little inspired, I started playing around with some simple ideas for DIY coasters. I landed on a fast and easy winner using some leftover scraps of a birch log and a new tool I’ve been dying to play around with – my Dremel multipurpose tool. I bought it to cut Styrofoam cleanly for a project (which it DID!), but you can use it on wood, leather, plastics, rope, cutting stencils, and much more. DIY Etched Birch Coasters

My craft room/studio/office is jam packed with a crazy assortment of supplies, including this bucket of birch log slices. Because, y’know, that’s totally normal to have on hand. DIY Etched Birch Coasters

I cleaned up the birch slices/coasters by trimming away excess bark, giving them a quick sand, and evening out any rough edges. DIY Etched Birch Coasters

And then I was ready to get started putting a pattern on the coasters. I plugged in the Dremel and got down to business …

Tip: Click on an image below to bring up the how-to steps in a larger gallery format.


Step 1

 Open GalleryDIY Etched Birch CoastersOK, so let’s just spend a moment on the obvious: this is a tool that heats up to a temperature high enough to etch wood. Caution and safety are the words of the day. Also, given that there’s a small amount of smoke produced in the process, best to crack a window. Grab a few scraps to use as testers, just to get a feel for the tool, before you actually start working on your final product.

Step 2

 Open GalleryDIY Etched Birch CoastersI used a couple of thicker slices to test out the tool, play around with patterns and get the hang of the process. No big surprise, herringbone won. I am over the moon for herringbone right now. And I like the combination of the modern pattern with the rustic element of the birch.

Step 3

 Open GalleryDIY Etched Birch CoastersOnce I had a grasp on what I wanted to do and felt comfortable with the tool, it was time to finish the practicing and move on to the real thing.

Step 4

 Open GalleryDIY Etched Birch CoastersMy simple method for creating a herringbone pattern starts with three vertical lines. You’ll have more or less, depending on the size of your pattern and piece of wood …

Step 5

 Open GalleryDIY Etched Birch CoastersOnce you have your vertical lines, go back and add rows of parallel diagonal lines.

Step 6

 Open GalleryDIY Etched Birch CoastersThen just repeat with either the same pattern or a variety of patterns until all of your coasters are finished. Then get the drinks chilling, the ice bucket ready and call a few friends. You’re ready for company.


  • Birch log slices or store bought wooden coasters


About Ellen Foord 


A tight budget has never stopped Ellen Foord from creating a beautiful, modern, creative home and treating every day as one of life's smaller celebrations. A freelance writer and ...

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2 Responses

  1. diana says:

    Where can I get the birch log slices?

  2. Kathe says:

    My sis made me something similar years ago but she added cork to the bottom to protect the tabletops.

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