Now I am no stranger to using drop cloth in projects. I have made valances, placemats, and napkins pre-blogging days. I sewed a slipcover for a bench using a drop cloth, reupholstered a chair and made a pillow. So what could I make for Drop Cloth Day that I have never done before? That’s right I will show you how to make coastal coasters from drop cloth.
My lightbulb moment came after reading how Jelica from the blog, A Pretty Fix made coasters from rope. After a few false starts, I came up with a plan. I decided to buy the round cork coasters as she suggested. That was my starting point. From there the idea flowed from my brain.
Cut 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. Set them aside.
The cork coasters are 4 inches diameter. I found a saucer that is 6 inches. Place it on the drop cloth and draw around it. I drew out 4. Really six times because I messed up a couple. Then I cut out 4 circles.
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 so there is approximately ½ or so from the plate to the edge and draw around it. Clip around the fabric up to the line you just drew.
To make the coaster coastal, I used a starfish stencil. Using craft paint in mosaic green and a dab of fabric medium mixed in, I stenciled it on the drop cloth circle.
Putting It Together
After the paint dried, I smeared tacky glue on the foam sheet. Carefully place the foam sheet on the drop cloth, taking care to place it within the cut tabs. 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.
I used 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. I used 2 coats. It creates a good barrier so moisture won’t seep through.
Once the Mod Podge dried, I used the combo of hot glue and tacky glue to stick the drop cloth circle on the cork board coaster.
The Final Touch
To finish the edge I hot glued my rope…I am really getting a lot of use out of the rope around the edge. But before doing that I dabbed some hot glue on the tip of the rope so it would 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.
Finish it up by running a line of glue on the underside where the rope is. Repeat on each coaster you are making.
See how easy it is to make coastal coasters from drop cloth? Now you know how I am, once I get an idea I use it over and over so I expect I will be doing variations on the coaster theme. Stay tuned.
- Cork Coasters
- Drop Cloth
- Fabric Medium
- Craft Paint
- Pouncer Brush
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Glue Gun & glue (suggested)
- 3 ply rope
- Mod Podge for Fabric
- Mod Podge Brush
- Foam Sheet
- Scissor(similar to my set)