Coaster Gift Box

by Taylor VanBruggen

Attach a few coasters with ribbon and adhesive to create a fun open-topped box.


  • Mod Podge® [ buy it ]
  • Foam brush
  • Five 4” x 4” medium-weight chipboard coasters
  • Need some of these? StartLitStudio (Cindy Lyles) stocks chipboard coasters in her online store.
  • Five 4” x 4” pieces of patterned paper
  • Sanding Block
  • Ribbon
  • Piercing template
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • E-6000® [ buy it ] or other strong glue


  1. Step 1

    Adhere one 4" x 4" patterned paper square to each of the five coasters by applying Mod Podge™with a foam brush. Let dry.

  2. Step 2 (Optional)

    Sand and trim rounded edges. Coat the outside with Mod Podge™ for a finished look.

  3. Step 3

    Place the piercing template on the edge of one of the coasters. Trace approximately every other large hole onto the coaster.

    You will have 5 traced holes lining the side.

  4. Step 4

    Punch the holes with a hole punch. A Crop-o-Dile™ was used here.

  5. Step 5

    Once one side of the coaster is punched, set it directly on top of each of the other coasters and use it as a punching guide. Punch two opposite sides of 4 coasters.

    The fifth coaster will be used as the bottom of the box and should not be punched.

  6. Step 6

    Use ribbon to tie the four sides of the box together. You can lace the ribbon or tie it across the coasters.

  7. Step 7

    Apply strong glue to the edges of the last coaster. Adhere to the bottom of the coaster box.

  8. Step 8

    Finish project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Coaster Gift Box. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

where can I buy the 4 x 4 coasters?
caroljo  |  Thu Jan 24, 2008 at 10:22 AM
where can I buy these 4x4 coasters
Chris  |  Thu Apr 3, 2008 at 2:54 PM
I love the coaster Box. We did make one at a class. I am glad to see the instructions. I want to make some for Presents. When we made it we also made Note cards to go inside.
What an awsome project.
Thank You
Georgia sommerfeldt  |  Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 10:48 AM
I was lucky enough to find a package of unopened coasters at a garage sale a couple months back, I'm so happy to have something to do with them now! What a cute box! I can't wait to try it!
Shannon  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 12:15 PM
I found blank coasters here:

They aren't epensive at all and you can make other things from the extras.
Debra Smith  |  Wed Jul 2, 2008 at 12:20 AM
Thanks for the coaster info, Debbie, I ordered some right away. Thanks again
Georgia sommerfeldt  |  Thu Jul 3, 2008 at 10:18 AM
Precioso y muy bien explicado, aunque no entiendo el idioma, sé como hacerlo, gracias y enhorabuena.
Monika  |  Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 12:24 AM
¡Mónica, usted va a donde usted puede traducir un Web page entero (Es el mejor) o y asegurar una interpretación de cualquier proyecto que usted quiera! :o)
Usted empuja el botón de la traducción libre, no la traducción humana una… que costes uno mucho dinero.
Es difícil no entender una lengua. Usted excusa mi traducción española por favor, porque no son a veces siempre exactos.
Kelli  |  Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 6:23 AM
This is an amazing post, this step by step instructions can also be modified to make diff gift box designs .Check out Free Gift Box Template .
Ryan Regil  |  Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 6:43 PM
I just received a whole bunch of these in a RAK envy! I cannot wait to try this idea!
audrey  |  Thu Nov 6, 2008 at 6:40 AM
Do you have any suggestions where l could purchase a piercing template here in Ontario Canada
Marg Roswell  |  Sat Feb 14, 2009 at 12:59 AM
These look awesome, going to have to try them soon
Jaime  |  Sun Mar 8, 2009 at 5:08 AM
Fab creation! I'm going to have to try this one day. TFS!

Marg, you can purchase the piercing template through a canadian Stampin' Up demo. Just go to and at the top right corner click on "find a demonstrator" and you can locate one in your area to make your purchase.

Lori  |  Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 6:44 AM
I just made this adorable box, I have a cricut and tried to cut out medium weight chipboard with the deep cut blade an it didn't work, so I ended up just cutting out the coasters with scissors. It turned out really cute. great idea!!!
Mandypat  |  Sun Mar 21, 2010 at 6:03 PM
Do you have any project suggestions for circle (round) coasters.

The company I ordered the square coasters from messed up and sent me the round ones. They said I could keep the round ones, so I need something to do with 1,000 of them.
Darlene  |  Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 6:11 PM
Superbe aussi! Bravo! bises. Nadine
lamanuelle  |  Wed Mar 9, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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