I try to come up with a little something extra each Holiday Season to have on hand. Today I will show you how to make Christmas Coasters for a special gift. It is patterned after the coastal coasters made from a drop cloth but with a holiday touch.
I always like to get and give handcrafted gifts. Now don’t get me wrong I am always grateful for any gift and love gift cards but when I know someone is crafty I certainly appreciate the gift they give that was handmade.
Start out by cutting out 4 circles from the foam sheet using the cork coaster or if you have a round coaster like I do use that as the pattern. This time I ended up getting foam sheets that are sticky on one side and they worked out pretty good. Set them aside.
The cork coasters are 4 inches in diameter. I found a saucer that is 6 inches. Place it on the drop cloth and draw around it. I drew out 4, then cut them out.
I used a coaster I have that is 4 inches but you can also use the cork coaster as a template. Place it in the middle of the drop cloth you just cut out so there is approximately ½ inch or so all the way around the edge and draw around it.
Clip around the fabric up to the line you just drew.
To make the Christmas coaster, I used a snowflake stencil. I decided to make a set in red and one in green. Using craft paint and a dab of fabric medium mixed in, I stenciled the design on the drop cloth circle.
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
After the paint dries, carefully place the sticky side of the foam sheet on the drop cloth, taking care to place it within the cut tabs.
To make sure the drop cloth is really going to stick squirt a little bit of tacky glue on the foam before laying the drop cloth on it.
Use the glue gun and dab some glue on a few of the drop cloth tabs. Fold the tabs over the foam sheet. Continue around the coaster.
Use Mod Podge for Fabric on the drop cloth to protect it. At first, it appeared uneven but when it was fully dried the material became a bit darker and stiff. This time I only used 1 coat. It creates a good barrier so moisture won’t seep through.
Once the Mod Podge dries, use the combo of hot glue and tacky glue to stick the drop cloth circle on the cork board coaster.
THE FINAL STEP
To give the edge a finished look, hot glue green or red poly rope around the edge of the coaster. But before doing that dab some hot glue on the tip of the rope so it does not unravel. Start gluing it around the coaster, glue and push the rope against the glue. Repeat until the end, clip the rope so it meets with the beginning, glue the tip and glue to the coaster.
So How To Make Christmas Coasters For A Special Gift is easier than you think. Now I am off to make a few more sets, you never know if you will need a “just in case gift” and what better gift than a handcrafted one.