This post is the third in a series of patriotic craft projects I am featuring this month and also part of the Monthly Craft Room De-Stash Challenge. This month I decided to make red, white and blue coasters from a roll of leftover cork from another project.
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Previously, I posted about our 1965 Vintage Burke Tulip Table purchase and how I used a roll of cork to replace the missing original felt pad from the bottom of the table. The cork not only closed in the bottom of the vintage table but it also stopped the unbalanced wobble of the pedestal table.
Since I had so much of the roll of cork leftover, I decided to make several different versions of cork coasters. And of course with the summer patriotic holidays, I had to make make a couple of red, white and blue versions.
For this project you will need:
- A roll of cork or cork squares or even precut round coasters
- Acrylic paints
- Craft brushes
- Painters tape
- Ruler or tape measure
- Something round to use as a circle template
The first set of coasters I made were the square red, white and blue ones. Using the ruler, I measured a 4″ square on the cork. After cutting out the first square, I used it as a template for the additional squares so they would all the be same size. Then I cut out each individual square.
I didn’t have a definite design plan for the coasters so I just had fun with them. I taped off different sections on the cork squares and started painting with the red, white and blue acrylic paints.
The result is a colorful and unique set of coasters I can use from Memorial Day until Labor Day.
I had so much fun making the first set of coasters and I was in a crafting mood I continued to make several more sets of coasters.
The next set I used the top of a jar as a template for a 3″ round set of coasters.
Using my computer and printer, I printed out our last initial and used it for a set of coasters too.
And even a metallic paint version.
Obviously I had a lot of fun with this project – or needed a creative afternoon for stress relief. Either way, I now have coasters for all types of gatherings this summer and if they get damaged, I have plenty of cork to make more.
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