Brass accessories never go out of style. In its simplest form, the metal provides a solid and understated platform to work with. Which makes it perfectly suited to protecting our tabletops and counters from drink-wear moisture. Check out these simple, elegant, but striking DIY brass coasters! From the living room, to game room, or even a ship cabin, these simple coasters are a useful and attractive addition.

Pictures provided by Online Metals employee Brad.

DIY brass coaster required materials

  1. 360 Brass Round Bar, 4″ diameter x 1-2″ length. If you want more coasters, just get a longer bar. If you use the .2″ thickness we suggest, you can get four coasters per 1″ of bar.
  2. Adhesive Felt. You will be covering the bottom of the coasters with this, so make sure you have enough.
  3. File & steel wool

Get making your DIY brass coasters!

diy brass coasters

Step 1: Cut the brass round bar into discs

You can make these as thick as you want. But we recommend you cut the discs to about .2″ thick for each coaster. A set of 4 can be made with about 1″ of Brass Rod.

While you can cut these yourself, frankly it can be a hassle due to the durability of this material. For this reason, suggest you just order the bars cut to size. Use the “Create Custom Cut” button.

diy brass coaster

Step 2: Finish discs

First, file off the rough edges. Then polish sides with fine steel wool.

Now here’s the bit where you can customize the coasters.

Brad left the top surface of the brass with the original saw cut marks. It gives extra grip for your glass. And it provides a cool and unique surface finish.

You can also scrub it down with fine grain sandpaper or a steel bristled brush to make a brushed finish if you choose.

If you want to try something really unique, you can acid etch the discs at this stage!

Step 3: Fix felt bases

From self-adhesive felt, cut circles slightly under 4″ in diameter. We suggest about 3.9″. Then apply these to the bottom side of your coaster.

When he made these, Brad used full 4″ diameter felt circles. They work well, but you can see the red felt peeking out from under the sides, which is a little less clean than he hoped.

On the other hand, don’t make the felt too small. If you do, the edges of the coaster may clink on the table when you put your glass on it.

diy brass coasters

Now you may enjoy your beverage without the worry of watermarks on the furniture!

Thanks again to our own Brad Larson for the pictures and being our guinea pig! Cheers, Brad!

diy brass coasters

Would you like to know more?

One of our favorite things about this design is how easily it can be customized to fit your aesthetic. And one of the coolest ways to customize this DIY brass coaster is with DIY acid etching!