Nothing is better than a tall glass of your favorite beverage on a hot day! We southerners love sweet tea over ice! Now almost every container you drink from has a tendency to form condensation and that can make a mess on the table or desk. Grab a coaster? Is that what you were thinking? That does not exactly work well in my house. People move them and if they should get knocked off onto the floor, the dog thinks it is his toy and will chew them up to nothing.
I have recently created myself a work area including the addition of a small desk. Now creativity makes me thirsty. There is always something with me. Hence my dilemma. I do not want to wreck my desk area, but I do want a chew marked coaster sitting on my lovely desk. So I started digging and here’s what I found to work with…
I decided what size to make my coaster. I used a lid from a 44oz fountain drink, 4.5 inches. I also located a cardboard. Something with a bit of plastic on one side is a little tougher, but even an old cereal box will do. It will not show so color does not matter.
Cut 2 rounds of felt by your pattern. Then cut 2 rounds of cardboard slightly smaller than the felt.
You will notice right away that my cardboard is NOT straight, because I decided to freehand it so it would just be slightly smaller than the outside.
Nevertheless, I used it because you will not see it anyways. Besides, it is mine and until now I was the only one who knew. (Gulp)
Well anyway, let us move on to the good part…assembly and decoration.
Now since my website is while I empty the nest and nest can make you think of birds, I am using a bird.
I pulled out my ink pad and inked up my bird stamp really well. Then on the adhesive backing of the fur, I made my stamp.
I made the executive decision to leave off the olive branch. Using my Fabric Scissors I slowly and carefully cut out my bird. Once it was cut out I used the scissors and worked with the front a bit. It is fur, and I needed it to look more feather like.
With all that cutting out of the way, we are ready to assemble.
Using hot glue- glue the 2 cardboard rounds together. It is very important that you keep glue smooth. I placed most of my glue around the outside of the circle. You do not want a glass tilting over.
Sandwich the cardboard between the 2 felt rounds. Be sure you place the cardboard in the center. Now you may decorate to your heart’s desire. This is what makes the coaster look finished and customized.
Here is what I did to mine. I started with some kinda retro looking ribbon. I glued it in a cross pattern and then added ribbon give it a polished look.
It’s a hashtag!!! #CoastersRock #Createyourowncoater #HOWCOOLISTHIS
Oh, sorry, got a bit carried away. I placed my bird at the center of the hashtag. ON TO THE TRIM…
Hot glue is your best friend here. But work slowly here. You do not want big gobs of glue or strings hanging on at the end. You want it as nice and neat as you can.
I think it makes a beautiful addition to my desk and everyone knows who it belongs to and dares not take it. It looked so nice mt Dad wanted one. You can see his design in the picture at the very top and the very bottom. Simple but just right.
So to recap here are the things you actually need.
- Decide what size you desire and cut pattern
- 1 piece of felt
- Cardboard for 2 patterns
- Trim of your liking
- Hot glue
Remember not to decorate where the glass or cup will sit with anything bulky. That would be disastrous.
I will be making more I am sure of it. I would love to see yours once you are complete. Feel free to comment here and also find us on Pinterest!
Cheers to you all with my glass of sweet tea and my desk and I now have a great understanding of one another.