As part of this month’s theme on natural living I get to share this easy DIY Coasters tutorial. You can get totally creative with this, making use of various ropes and textures to achieve varied results. Making a set of 4, 6 or 8 can be a great gift for someone or just a great addition to your own decor. If you decide to make them bigger you can use them as place-mats as well. You can even get more creative by trying your hand at different shapes like figure of eights half moons or rainbows!
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What you will need for this Easy DIY?
- Hot glue gun and Glue sticks OR 1 Tube of glue like Bostik
- Approximately 2 meters cord or rope for each coaster
- A pair of scissors
- Clear sticky tape
Step-by-step instructions for the rope DIY coasters
- Cut the one end of the cord at an angle and put a drop of glue, using your glue gun on the end. Wait a few seconds for the glue to cool and spread it on the end to prevent the rope from fraying. (you can also make use of some cellotape instead)
- Put another drop of glue on the same end and fold it over onto the cord to start a coil. Keep on putting a thin stripe of glue on the cord and carry on rolling the rope in a coil. This can be messy so I found it easier to do a few rotations and let it dry.
- Keep doing this until you reach the desired size. When you get to the size you want, cut the cord at an angle.
- Put a drop of glue on the end to prevent fraying and then secure it to the coil or wrap cellotape around the end piece to finish.
EXPERT TIP: For added rigidity you can glue the final place-mat onto a thin piece of MDF.
Wrap them up with a pretty string to give to someone special! What do you think of this tutorial? We’d love to hear!
Images by Lauren Kim Photography.
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