DIY Acrylic Pour Ceramic Coasters

It’s that time again for another project featuring DecoArt products and I am so excited to share this fun project with you.  This month DecoArt challenged me to create a project using the new DecoArt Paint Pouring Medium and I created these galaxy inspired DIY Acrylic Pour Ceramic Coasters.  

DIY Galaxy Inspired Paint Pouring Ceramic Coasters

You may remember that a few months ago I created my first paint pour project when I made my very own fluid acrylic poured canvas art. It was my first experience making anything with this super cool paint trend, and I was immediately hooked.  You’ll notice in that post that I used a slightly different technique because I wasn’t aware of the DecoArt Paint Pouring Medium.  This product is a fluid additive specially formulated to enable paint to flow easily across a surface. It thins paint to the ideal consistency, creates cell effects, and reduces cracking and crazing. Mix it with Americana Acrylics or DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to create stunning effects on canvas, wood, or other art surfaces.  Now, that I have my hands on this awesome product I have a feeling I’ll be creating a lot more of these colorful projects! 

DIY Acrylic Pour Ceramic Coaster Supplies:

DIY Paint Pour Ceramic Coasters Supplies

Step 1:

Begin by prepping your ceramic coasters by covering the backside with painters tape.  This will make sure that as the paint drips off your coaster the bottom stays nice and clean.

DIY Paint Pour Ceramic Coasters Step 1

Step 2: 

Pour a small amount of the DecoArt Pouring Medium into one of your small paint cups or containers

DIY Paint Pour Ceramic Coasters Step 2

Step 3: 

Next, add several drops of the Americana Premium Acrylic paint.  When using the pouring medium and the premium acrylic paint you ideally want your ration to be 1:3.

DIY Paint Pour Ceramic Coasters Step 3

Step 4: 

Use a wooden craft stick to mix the paint together, make sure it is completely blended together.

DIY Paint Pour Ceramic Coasters Step 4

DIY Paint Pour Ceramic Coasters Mixed Paint

Step 5: 

For this project I decided to use the puddle pour technique.  Start by pouring a base layer of white paint directly onto the ceramic coaster.

DIY Paint Pour Ceramic Coasters Step 5

Step 6: 

Next, slowly pour another color directly on top of the white paint puddle.  You will start to see the paint slowly spread outward.

DIY Paint Pour Ceramic Coasters Step 6

Step 7: 

Continue layering the paint colors on top of each other in one puddle. I also added a few small drops of gold paint around the entire paint puddle.

DIY Paint Pour Ceramic Coasters Step 7

Step 8: 

Pick up the coaster and start to tilt it from side to side so that the paint runs and starts to blend as it covers the entire surface.

DIY Paint Pour Ceramic Coasters Step 8

Step 9: 

Take a pinch of the DecoArt Glamour Dust and sprinkle it on the paint.  You can follow specific lines and curves of the paint design or just randomly sprinkle glitter all over the coaster.

DIY Paint Pour Ceramic Coasters Step 9

Step 10:

Set the coaster back on top of your small glass jar and let it dry overnight.  Once the coaster is completely dry pour enough of the DecoArt Clear Pouring Topcoat over the top of the coaster so that it covers the entire surface at one time.  Tap the edge of the surface to help spread the product over the edges.  You can use a gloved hand or palette knife to wipe off excess from the edges.

DIY Paint Pour Ceramic Coasters Step 10

Set out your pretty galaxy inspired coasters and use not only as a statement piece, but a way to keep your furniture from getting stained with water rings. 

I am seriously loving this new paint pouring trend.  Now I have successfully created projects using the puddle pour technique and the dirty pour technique.  I think my next project I will need to try the direct pour technique.  What type of surface would you like me to experiment with in my next paint pour project?  

Check out my FB Live video to see the step-by-step instructions in action:


Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. How about rocks?

  2. Is the top coat heat resistant? How does it hold up on a coaster?

    • I’m not sure if it’s heat resistant or not. I’ve only used mine with cold beverages, and so far haven’t had any problems or issues. You could always add an epoxy resin to protect the surface, although that does involve a few more steps. 🙂

      • I’ve been doing pour painting for a few months and am completely hooked! I’ve been searching for the ideal top coat for coasters, something that is heat resistant. I use countertop resin for my trivets, which is resistant up to 500 degrees and works great… but resin is messy, and expensive. I’ve tried a few things and have landed on CRC Seal Coat clear urethane coating. It’s used as an electronic/electrical insulator, so it’s head resistant (not up to 500 degrees, but enough for a cup of coffee). I order it from Amazon. Give it a try!

  3. Mother of 3 says:

    Those are so pretty! I have been wanting to try pour painting but am afraid of the mess. Pinning!

  4. I’ve done pour painting with canvas but not ceramic. I am going to try this.

  5. I have done numerous coasters but always seem to have a problem with the paint not adhering to the top edges. Paint seems just to roll off and the tile shows thru. Any ideas why this would do this? Should I prime the tiles first? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Hi Jan, thanks for stopping by. I have found that if I lightly sand the top of the tile that the paint adheres better. I haven’t had any trouble with the paint rolling off or the tiles showing through yet so you might want to give that a try.

  6. Thx

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