Lately I’ve been all about making my tiny apartment feel a little more like home. Though I’ve lived in my current building for almost six months, it feels like I’m just starting to get settled. As I’ve decorated my new space, one thing I’ve struggled to find is a good set of coasters.
While I really like the aesthetic of the Scrabble coasters I made awhile back, the super glue doesn’t hold up so well for wet or sweating glasses and causes the tiles to move and buckle—not ideal for coasters. So when I saw these corkboard coasters on Pinterest, I knew I could make a set of my own without too much trouble.
What you’ll need
- Cork board
- X-Acto knife
- Printed templates
Once you get started, these typography-themed coasters are actually incredibly easy to make. The most difficult parts—at least for me—were finding the correct size for my templates and carefully separating the cork board. Choosing which font you’d like to use is also a major decision—I picked Times New Roman.
After trying out a few different sizes, I settled on size 300 bolded type for the larger icons—@ and &—and size 450 for the #. Once you have your icons printed, overlay them on corkboard and carefully cut with an X-Acto knife. After you’ve traced the entire shape, remove the paper stencil and retrace the lines cut into the corkboard. Be very careful when separating your coaster from the extra cork—this is where you’ll have the most trouble with breaking or crumbling.