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Display your Vacation Photos with this Easy DIY Travel Photo Coasters Project

Tonya Prater, Owner

Turn your favorite vacation photos into a functional piece of art with this easy DIY travel photo coasters project that takes minutes to create. “

When I’m not traveling, I love me a bit of DIY therapy. My craft closet is full of possibilities. This past weekend, I decided to remove some of the photos I’d taken on past trips out of the shoebox where they were hidden away and turn them into coasters. I love the reminders scattered around the house of so many destinations where I’ve left a piece of my heart.

Easy DIY travel photo souvenir coasters

Two years ago, my husband and I traveled from our home in Ohio to the coast of Oregon and back. It was our first major trip without any of our kids tagging along. I was a bit nervous as to what to expect. I’m not sure why. We’ve always (with just a few exceptions) traveled well together. I’m not sure why I thought that would change without kids.

I worried needlessly as we discovered that traveling without kids is a whole lot easier…..and quieter….than traveling with them. I know. Big surprise, right?

I pulled my photos out of a box and asked my husband to choose his favorites. Surprisingly, most of his favorites were mine as well. The view driving through the Badlands at sunset, an early morning glimpse of the bison grazing in Yellowstone National Park, views of the Pacific Ocean at sunset, and Lassen Volcanic National Park in California.

The coasters were so easy to make that I think I’ll make some as gifts for my kids and other family members.

List of Materials to Create DIY Travel Photo Coasters

Materials for DIY Travel Photo Souvenir Coasters

4-6 Coasters- I used white but you can you another color if you prefer
Mod Podge
Foam Brush
Spray Adhesive, optional
4-6 travel photos
Felt Cushions

How to Create your Coasters, Step-by-Step

Cover your work space.

Trim your photos to fit on the coaster

Trim your photos to fit on the coaster.

spray adhesive

Either spray a bit of spray adhesive on the coaster to adhere the photo or attach the photo with a coat of Modge Podge (I used Matte, but you could also use glossy).

Adhere photo to coaster

Center your photo on the coaster.

cover with modge podge

Apply a thin coat of Modge Podge. While I used a foam brush, you may wish to use a foam roller instead.

Allow your coaster to dry for several hours.

Another coat

Apply two more coats of Modge Podge, allowing your coasters to dry fully between steps.

pads to coasters

After the final coat is dry, flip the coaster over and adhere a felt cushion to protect surfaces.

The Final Project

Final DIY Travel Photo Coasters

And that’s it! Wasn’t that easy? You now have a beautiful set of coasters to remind you of the wonderful places you’re traveled to.

Have you ever made these easy DIY travel photo coasters?

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Turn your favorite vacation photos into a functional piece of art with this easy DIY travel photo coasters project that takes minutes to create.

Originally published on October 17, 2017. Updated and reposted on April 4, 2019. 


Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler

Friday 20th of October 2017

I love this idea, Tonya. I want to turn my travel photos into coasters. They'd make great gifts, too.

melody pittman

Friday 20th of October 2017

Oh i love those! I should make these for my daughter and son-in-law since they travel so much! Thanks for the easy to follow instructions.


Thursday 19th of October 2017

Thanks so much! Looks like fun!

Carol Cassara

Thursday 19th of October 2017

I can't believe I never thought of doing this before! It's brilliant and it's definitely something that I would love to make for the house or as gifts to friends.


Thursday 19th of October 2017

Love how these turned out! They would be a great way to wrap up a trip. Re-entry is sometimes the hardest part, so having a fun DIY is great. Protection Status
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