DIY: Disney World Map Coasters

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If you’re a Disney World fan, then I have a fun project that is easy and affordable – DIY Disney World Map Coasters. I was originally going to make map coasters with maps from a World Atlas. You may recall I used a map from an old World Atlas for a Personalized Map Art project.

I’ve seen several do-it-yourself map coasters all around the internet. I wanted to change it up…be different…have some fun with it. Well, we are currently planning our next Disney vacation which is what inspired me to use Disney World Maps. I was excited to do another Disney-themed project. (My last one was a Disney Vacation Countdown.)

These coasters are so much fun! My kiddos were all smiles when I first showed them the coasters. They love putting their drinks on them and talking about the attractions on the maps.

The materials I used for this project were old coasters, Mod Podge, polyurethane sealant, foam brush, pencil, scissors and printed maps of the Disney World parks. If you don’t have any old coasters, I’ve seen others use tile.

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Want to know how to make Disney World Map Coasters? Continue reading…it’s easy.

I first printed maps of Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. I also printed a Disney World map. You could use the maps you get at the parks. You could also print your own maps from the Disney World site. I printed mine from wdwinfo.com.

I put the coaster on top of the map and positioned it to the part of the map I wanted on the coaster. I traced around the coaster using a pencil. I then cut out what I traced. I recommend cutting slightly smaller than what you traced. And, line up the cut out map on your coaster to see if you need to trim off any excess. I needed to do this.

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I then applied Mod Podge on the back of the cut out map and also on the top of the coaster.

I placed the paper onto the coaster carefully and smoothed it out. I waited 15 minutes for it to dry.

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I applied a thin coat of Mod Podge on the top of the paper and waited 15 minutes for it to dry. I then put another coat of Mod Podge.

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I also applied three (3) coats of polyurethane sealant to make it more waterproof. I recommend this. I read somewhere Mod Podge alone isn’t enough to seal your coaster especially from wet glasses. Also Note: If you do not use a polyurethane sealant, then do NOT put anything hot on the coasters for a month. Mod Podge takes about one month to fully cure. If you do use a polyurethane sealant, then you could wait 1-7 days as directed on the sealant.

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Take another look at the Disney World Map Coasters. Aren’t they fun?! Have you made any fun coasters?

(I’m linking up to I’m Lovin’ It, Weekend Wrap Up Party, Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesdays and The Frugal Girls!)

Comments

  1. I love this idea! We are big Disney World fans here, my kids would like them too. :0)

  2. I just found some of these I had saved from one of our trips. I also have the personalized pirate maps they sent with reservations a few years ago. Thank You for sharing this idea, they will be perfect for our game/movie room.

  3. These are wonderful! I also love the mickey ice cubes you have. We had them when I was growing up!

  4. That is a GREAT idea, thanks you so much for sharing!

  5. This would be a great gift idea for anyone whos been to Disney, make along with a scrapbook.

  6. I love this and plan to make a haunted mansion inspired set soon. What kind of polyurethane sealant did you use?

  7. Hi Julie – I bought the polyurethane sealant at Michaels. The brand is Delta Ceramcoat. It says the following on the bottle “GLOSS Exterior/Interior Varnish, Super-Tough Polyurethane”

  8. Kristie Walters says:

    Simply cannot wait to get extra maps from our upcoming trip to make these!!!!

  9. What a fun idea! I have a bunch of those maps stashed away. Now to find some old coasters. Thanks for sharing! :)

  10. Oh I LOVE it SO much. Hope you can link this up at my turquoise lovin’ party going on!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/01/turquoise-lovin-21.html

  11. I found you on Tip Junkie! I would like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

  12. I’m crazy about all things Disney. I absolutely love this idea. I have it bookmarked as a favorite and would love to feature it on my Favorite Finds Friday post. With your permission :)

  13. Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We used one of your pictures. If that’s a problem let us know and we’ll removed it immediately. Thanks for you great inspiration!

  14. What a great project!
    What specifically do you use as a poly sealant? There are *many* things that that could mean! Brand and product please?

    :)

    Jud

    • Hi Jud – I bought the polyurethane sealant at Michaels (Craft store). The brand is Delta Ceramcoat. It says the following on the bottle “GLOSS Exterior/Interior Varnish, Super-Tough Polyurethane”

  15. Courtney says:

    I’m thinking of getting one big map and making the coasters into a sort of puzzle where you line up the coasters that each have a part of the map.

  16. Meranda H says:

    Thanks! I’ll be making these with the kids this week!

  17. Love these! Will definitely make them :)

  18. What a great idea! I just shared this with my clients and fans on Facebook, I’m sure they’ll love this idea, too! It’s a cute way to bring some of the Disney magic home.

  19. Elizabeth says:

    We are making these as fish extender gifts for our cruise and they ae VERY time consuming if you have a lot to make (we have to make 122 – 6 per person) and they do not come out perfect. We find that small bubble appear once the map is pressed onto the coaster and even after smoothing them out, they still manage to appear. Also, on some, the edges of the coasters round up once dry. The ones that have no bubbles and don’t round up look GREAT but just be advised this might happen to some!!

    • Hi Elizabeth – Wow, that’s a lot of coasters. I would imagine it’s time consuming to make that many. It can be challenging smoothing out and making sure there are no bubbles with any Mod Podge project. It’s important to have coverage on the entire surface. I find smoothing with a small paint foam roller helps sometimes. Thanks for your feedback.

  20. What kind of coasters did you use for this? Were they just cork?

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