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DIY Mini Tart Pan Coasters with Cane

By Rachel

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Last Updated on September 28, 2023 by Mitch

These DIY mini tart pan coasters with cane are an adorable Summer accessory!

I bet you didn’t know you could use tart pans and spray glue to create one-of-a-kind coasters, did you?! While scrolling through Pinterest a few weeks ago, I came across a similar idea and thought I would give it a go but add my own twist to it. This fun summer craft will have you wishing for a cold beverage and a sun lounger in no time! Join me as I show you how to make DIY mini tart pan coasters with cane to use for any Summer festivity!

You guys. This DIY took on a mind of it’s own as it went along. Many of the things that I finagled to complete this project I hadn’t planned on doing but, as I went from step to step, each one made sense.

I have these coasters sitting outside on our patio couch and we have been using them everyday! They are totally adorable and useful for when your glass starts producing condensation on warm, Summer days. If I can make these, anyone can. Let’s get into it!

Supplies and Materials

Here are all the materials that I used for this project.

There are links to each item on Amazon below if you are wanting to find these same supplies.

  • 1 pack of mini tart pans
  • 1 package of cane
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • spray glue
  • fabric scraps
  • Sharpie marker
  • work surface cover such as an old towel, sheet, or paper towels
  • heavy items such as unopened pop or soup cans

*A few days before you start this project, flatten our your cane using a heavy book or something similar. You want your cane to be flat when cutting it out.*

DIY Mini Tart Pan Coasters with Cane

*Right away, I want to let you know that the spray glue takes a long time to dry. Allow at least 6 hours, even overnight, for the glue to adhere fully to the metal. From start to finish, this project took me 2 days.*

Step 1: Make Cane Circles.

The first thing I did was trace my cane pieces for the inside of the coasters.

I flipped the cane over so that the backside was facing up. This helps the marker to not be seen after it’s cut out.

back side of cane for coasters

Then, I traced around the inside circle from the tart pan using a marker.

a tart pan middle traced onto cane to make a coaster

I only wanted to make 4 coasters, so that’s how many circles I traced.

traced circles on cane for DIY coasters

Step 2: Cut Out the Circles.

Next, I cut out each circle using a scissors.

cut out a cane circle for DIY coasters

Try a test fit. The circle should fit snuggly into the bottom of the tart pan.

If it doesn’t, trim a little off the sides.

a cane circle for DIY coasters

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Step 3: Glue the Tart Pan Base.

This step is the most tedious. Practice patience with this part, okay? 🙂

First, cover your work surface. I did this outside on my patio and laid an old towel down to work on top of.

Then, remove the inner circles from the pans.

spray glue and a mini tart pan for DIY coasters

I had never used spray adhesive before so I didn’t quite know the amount of glue to use. The first thing I learned was that this stuff is super sticky!

Tip: I recommend using those rubber finger protectors so that you don’t get glue all over your fingers.

Initially, I did a super thin layer but that wasn’t holding. So, I ended up doing a thick layer of glue on each circle.

It looked like this.

spray glue on a tart pan circle for DIY coasters

Then, I flipped it up and over, into the base of the tart pan.

Press and hold VERY FIRMLY for at least two minutes to help the glue adhere.

flip circle into tart pan for DIY coasters

Now, because the base of the pan has a hole in the underside, I couldn’t let them dry flat otherwise they would stick to the towel.

So, I ended up leaning them up against my large planter outside.

Tip: If the circle falls off from the base, add more glue. This happened to me twice. I sprayed more glue around the base and held it in place for another minute. That did the trick.

mini tart pans glued together for DIY coasters

Once you have all of your pans glued together, let them dry COMPLETELY, at least 4-5 hours. I ended up letting them sit inside in the air conditioning overnight.

This is what they looked like the next day.

mini tart pans glued together for DIY coasters

Step 4: Add Fabric to the Underside.

This is the step that I hadn’t initially planned on doing. However, the bottoms of the tart tins were still tacky from the glue. That just wasn’t going to fly! I didn’t want the coaster sticking to everything that it touched.

So, I thought for a minute about how I could cover up the glue and then a lightbulb went off! I could use the same fabric from my bunting DIY!

thrifted fabric for DIY coasters

To do this, I first flipped the fabric so that the pale side was showing.

Then, I traced around the base of a tart tin with a marker to create a rough circle shape.

fabric circle for DIY coasters

I traced 4 of these fabric circles and then cut them out.

Again, I did a test fit to see how well they fit around the base. If they are too wide, simply cut off a little fabric until it looks right.

I personally didn’t want the fabric to be seen from above so I went in a little from the edge of the tart tin.

a fabric circle cut out for DIY coasters

*Plug in your hot glue gun here*

Then, I arranged the fabric circles and the tart tins on a paper towel for gluing.

fabric circles ready for gluing on DIY coasters

I squeezed a narrow line all the way around each circle and secured to the base of the tart tin.

fabric glued on the base of tart tins for DIY coasters

I let those dry then pulled off any stray glue strings.

After I had the fabric done, I realized that this was totally worth it because now the bottoms of the tart tins won’t scratch the surface that they sit on. It’s a win-win!

Step 5: Glue Cane to the Bottom.

Now we are to the last step! Remember those cane circles I cut out forever ago? Yea, it’s time for those.

Again, I did this step outside and used a towel as a work surface cover.

All I did was coat the back side of each can circle with spray glue.

spray glue on cane circles for DIY coasters

Then, I flipped it into the bottom of the tart tin.

Apply A LOT of pressure here and hold for a good 60 seconds.

press cane into tart tin for DIY coasters

I learned that it takes awhile for the glue to bond with the metal so I ended up using full sparkling water cans as weights.

This really helped adhere the cane with the tart tin during the drying process.

weight cane down with cans for DIY coasters

Allow a good 6 hours for these to dry. I let them sit overnight with the cans on top.

Where To Use Cane Coasters

After all that, we have 4 adorable cane coasters!

a finished DIY cane coaster

You guys. I am obsessed with these! I’ll admit they were a ton of work to get right but the effort was so worth it.

These cane coasters can be used for everyday use inside on an end table or in an outdoor space.

finished DIY cane coasters

Or, how precious would these be as a handmade gift for a friend?

These would also be super fun to use at a 4th of July celebration or a Summer birthday gathering.

I have them stacked outside on the patio to use whenever we dine al fresco. These coasters are such a fun accessory to add to a casual Summer dinner!

finished DIY cane coasters used on a patio

Closing Tidbits

I hope these DIY mini tart pan coasters with cane gives you some fun ideas for creating your own decor! Coasters are one of those home accessories that most of us don’t pay much attention to. But, what if we choose to embrace and celebrate small moments, such as dining outdoors with handmade coasters? I think we could all use more of that. Be encouraged to slow down and find joy in the everyday, no matter how small it may be.

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27 Comments. Leave new

  • Oh my gosh – isn’t getting spray adhesive glue all over your fingers the worst? That stuff stays on for DAYS. This project turned out so cute Rachel. Such a clever upcycling and DIY project. Pinned!

  • MaryJo Materazo
    June 16, 2023 10:25 am

    I love these Rachel! What a great idea and they came out wonderful. You had me at cane, since I love anything with caning on it. I actually have to fix a chair so thanks for the reminder. Have a great day friend- cheers! XO- MaryJo

    • Rachel Granholm
      June 16, 2023 10:53 am

      Hi! thank you!! I’ve actually never worked with cane before…it’s a little testy!! Happy weekend!

  • Very cute idea Rachel.

  • EsmĂ© Slabbert
    June 16, 2023 12:20 pm

    This is so cute, I love it.
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  • You are so creative, Rachel! This idea is perfect for summertime entertaining and I love how you can customize them with different colors to use in celebrations throughout the year as well. Just pinned – they’re fabulous! Hugs, CoCo

  • Debra@CommonGround
    June 18, 2023 11:00 pm

    this is such a fun idea and practical too. Love the caning and the fabric on the bottom. really cute, Rachel!

  • This is such a cute idea! Love the caning.

  • Debbie- Dabble
    June 20, 2023 9:14 pm

    These are so darn cute!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet words…

  • Hey Rachel! These coasters are the cutest! I am loving all the glassware with cane wrapped around it! They are perfect for summer entertaining and your coasters would match beautifully! Pinning now!

  • Cindy@CountyRoad407
    June 21, 2023 3:13 pm

    These are darling and I’m featuring them on Farmhouse Friday this week. Thank you for always supporting me and linking up. pinned

  • […] look at these adorable mini tart pan coasters!  Rachel from The Antiqued Journey is so clever.  I have got to find some minis so I can do this […]

  • Hey Rachel – Just wanted to stop by again to tell you that your coasters are so cute! This is such an original project. Love it!

  • Lora Bloomquist
    June 28, 2023 6:15 pm

    These turned out so cute! Love that caning. Yes, spray adhesive is a doozy; it gets all over and is sooo sticky.

  • Cara ~ Vintage Style Gal
    August 10, 2023 2:02 pm

    These are so cute Rachel! I love cane, but have never worked with it before. Good to know about the spray adhesive, I seem to learn things the hard way around here too! Hope you are having a great week!

    • Rachel Granholm
      August 10, 2023 2:54 pm

      Thank you!! You DIY things and learn better for next time, right?? Hope you have a great weekend ahead!!

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