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June 26, 2014
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DIY drink coasters | Moms

I am not much of a crafter.

I have half-finished projects in boxes waiting for the day I will complete them.

There are tiny scars on my arms and legs from glue gun burns. Don’t ask.

I could post pictures on the Pinterest-fail website, I’m sure, of things I’ve done that haven’t turned out quite as expected.

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But Pinterest still inspires me to craft.

I see a picture and I automatically think, “I could make that!”

A while ago, I saw a really cute picture of a set of coasters. The crafter had taken terra cotta pot saucers, painted them and mod-podged cute paper in the middle.

Then, the coasters were sealed.

And, of course, I thought, “I could make that!”

For this Southern girl who loves a big glass of iced tea, I needed some good coasters since the ones I had were collecting condensation. So, a craft plan was made.

At Walmart, I found some adorable terra cotta saucers in a beautiful brown. Bingo! No painting for me!

I decided that mod-podging and sealing the coasters might defeat the purpose of removing the puddles around glasses, so I formed a new plan.

A circle of cork glued to the middle of the saucer with waterproof glue would wick the water away.

Since Walmart does not carry rolls of cork, I headed to Lowe’s where I was helped to find both glue and cork. Thank you, guys!

At home, I measured out the circumference of the saucer middles by scientifically placing round things in them until one fit correctly. (The opening of a wide-mouthed canning jar worked.)

After doing extensive research online (I looked at one website bulletin board and read three entries on the thread), I decided using sharp scissors to cut the thin cork.

It worked well, and I had very little crumbling.

Using the Lowe’s employee’s recommendation of Gorilla Glue, I glued the cork into the middle of the saucers and left them to set up with heavy stuff piled on top as instructed.

I did not believe the directions when it said the glue expands. I will not make that mistake again.

When they were done curing, I managed to pull the canning jars off.

They were my weights that got stuck to the glue that expanded out the sides of the cork. Sigh…

I added tiny, sticky-backed felt circles to the bottoms of each coaster, so they won’t scratch any surfaces, and voila – my very own hand crafted coasters.

I love them. Would I do anything differently if I made more? Probably. But these are doing the job, so I’m good.

Notes to pass on: glue directions are important, so use them!

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