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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Coaster Garland

This is a little post that a put together a few weeks ago,
and shared with the readers over at 
Luxe Boulevard.

If you visited Stephanie earlier in the month,
thanks for sharing the love.

If not . . . 

Today, I have a quick and simple tutorial 
for all of you wonderful ladies.

Over in my part of Blogland I craft 
and create for my home and my boys.
Today's tutorial is a home based tutorial.

Summer is nearly here,
and this means it is time to start 
shifting around decor.

My "regular" decor;
stuff like what you see here;
The Cuban Cowboy bought my the Kitchen Fairy for my birthday.
He loves my macaroni and cheese, so it is fitting.

is essentially my Summer decor
because it is up after Easter,
 which is typically earlier than this year,
until the first of October when I bring out Halloween.

I like the calm that this decorating season brings
because my social life is hectic in the summer,
as I am sure is true for many of you.

Okay, so let's get started on our 
first Summer project.
I am sure it will only be one of many that 
is completed over the next few weeks.

This project was actually inspired by 
ad different set of coasters 
that I purchased with the intention of making the garland,
but I couldn't find them when I went to get started.

I have NO clue where they went.
I had already told Stephanie what I would be doing,
so I was frantic.
Then, I remembered that I had these strawberries coasters 
from a few years back.

Phew! Relief.

Here's what you are going to need.

  • Cardboard Coaster (Michael's often has various varieties in their $1 spot ~now $1.50 spot at mine)
  • Twine/jute
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
  • Scrap Felt
  • Vinyl or Stickers

This is SUPER DUPER simple. Promise.

First, you are going to cut your twine, err on the side of excess.
Then fold the twine in half to find the center.
Like so.

Now, I had 7 coasters, so I adhered 
the first one at this center point.
If you have an even number
 then use the center as a reference point for
adhering the first two coasters on either side.

I adhered the coasters by running a thin line of hot glue about 1/2 inch down from the top. 

I then laid the twine across the glue.

Next, I took a piece of scrap felt cut 
from this FAILED Easter jacket.

I added a little more hot glue on top of the twine 
and adhered the felt for stability.

To keep accurate distance between each coaster,
I laid the first coaster to one side of my hot glue gun plate;
I always use a paper plate to glue on top of.

I then laid the next coaster in the center of the plate.
I kept this up for each coaster.

After I had added three to one side of the initial coaster,
I switched the oh so scientific method of measurement 
to the other side of the plate and repeated until 
all coasters were in place.

Now we are ready for our letters.
Since I own a Cricut
I cut my word out using white vinyl.

However, if you do not own a Cricut or Silhouette, you can use ABC Letter Stickers. I would choose these 
awesome Creative Memories ones.
They are such a great size and font for projects like this.

I chose the word Summer,
and I used the Cricut font Cuttin Up 
on the Serif setting.

I cut at 2 1/2 inches because the coasters are 
about 4 inches in diameter.

Since I was short one letter, 
I used my Cricut Indie Art Cartridge to cut out a Strawberry.

Strawberries are my FAVORITE,
they were the print of the coasters I used,
and they are essentially the theme of my kitchen.

I adhered each letter to the center of a coaster.

It was now ready to hang.

I am pleased as punch with the result.

Here's a little look at where and how 
I actually hung it in my kitchen.

I just used little white finishing nails.

And it looks like this.

I hope that you are able to create something as fun and simple for your kitchen or other room this Summer.

I would love to see it if you did.


  1. I like it! I may mix it up a bit and let my toddler help out.

  2. so cute! what a warm welcome for garden guests!

  3. So very cute! Thanks for visiting and your nice comments!

  4. Super cute! I have bought packs of those coasters at Michael's thinking they might come in handy for something!

  5. so pretty! thanks for sharing! have a nice weekend!


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