I’ve been looking high and low for a coaster that’s big enough for my wide based coffee mug and for my wide based tumblers. All the coasters I found are too small and the edges of my cup hang over the side and I’m worried that one day I won’t be paying attention and will set the cup on the coaster wrong and my beverage will go everywhere. I just needed one, for my side table next to where I sit with my laptop. I’m tired of looking, so when in doubt, make your own darn coaster!
Craft foam, cork, X-acto knife, scissors or snips, white tacky glue, Contact paper or some type of stencil
Using my Silhouette, I cut out a design, 5×5 inches, onto Contact paper to make a stencil. You don’t have to use a cutting machine, you could find designs of the internet and make a stencil out of them.
Stick your stencil on to the foam and carefully cut out the design with the X-acto knife. Try to hold my X-acto knife at a perfect upright angle, otherwise you could see the angle it was cut at in the foam. Use the snips to cut off any little pieces of foam that hung off, especially at any corners.
Then use a brush or finger to spread the tacky glue on to the foam. Place it on to the cork and put the coaster under a couple of heavy books to keep it flat while the glue dries. If you can, get the cork that’s packaged flat, not in a roll, because it’s a pain to get it to lay flat.
Make it personal: create coasters with monograms or special designs for a party.
♦The craft foam appears to be colorfast, at least it did when I ran a colored piece of foam under the faucet. I wouldn’t set a super hot cup on it, for fear that it might melt the foam.