For the longest time I didn't really care what my coasters looked like. I would get the cheap ones from the dollar store and call it a day. When I really started redesigning my house, I figured it might be time to even pay attention to the detail in my coasters.
I've seen so many cute coasters in stores but considering I've got major twine supply from my last couple of DIY's, I figured it might be nice to make my own!
I made two variations of this coaster. One has a painted geometric shape and the other I left with just plain twine. If you're ready to find out how to make these super easy coasters, then keep reading!
Here's what you'll need:
- Felt for the base of the coaster
- A stencil (mine is just plain paper)
- Hot glue gun
- Paint (optional)
Trace your stencils onto the felt and cut them out. I chose to go with hexagons for my coaster shape. Circles are cute and all, but I wanted something edgy and unique! I used felt that isn't so soft and flimsy. I'm not sure the exact name for it but it can be found in the same section as regular felt. It's more firm and doesn't bend as easy which I like. Either felt is fine for this particular project though.
Using small drops of hot glue, carefully adhere the twine to the felt base. This technique is identical to my mini twine vases, which you can find a tutorial for here. Be very careful to not burn your fingers. You would think after countless crafts and mishaps that I wouldn't have a problem with this, but sure enough I burnt the crap out of myself multiple times. Eventually I got smart and used the end of a pen to push the twine onto the glue for a few seconds, winning!
We're already almost done:
Continuing in the shape you chose, keep gluing the twine to the felt. If you have chosen a shape that isn't a circle, be sure to not round your edges too much when you're turning the corners. If you get too round, the inside of your coaster will look more like a circle than the actual shape you wanted!
Trim and Primp:
Congrats, you have made it to the center of the coaster. Hopefully you managed to not burn the crap out of yourself like I did. Now that you're to the middle, you want to trim your excess twine. Cut as close to the base as you can so that the twine tucks into the little room that is left. Also cut any fly away or edges that look messy.
Maybe add some paint:
If you want some extra pizazz (now that is a hard word to figure out how to spell), add some paint or sparkles to the center of your coasters. I chose to paint them with a sea glass color, it turned out pretty cute. You can really customize them any way you desire at this point. The coaster world is your oyster!
Congrats, you made a coaster:
Aren't you proud of yourself? I'm proud of you. Now when your family and friends come over and talk about your freakin' cute coasters, you can tell them that you made them. They would make great gifts too, you know!
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