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These adorable Spirograph Coasters can be made for less than $5.00!  These cute coasters from Carmen Flores Tanis are great projects for kids and are perfect for displaying at a summer beach party or dinner party.  Kids will love getting in on the fun, too!  The simple spiral technique is created with easy to use stencils that you can pick up at any craft store.  Have fun with these cute and colorful cork coasters.

cork coasters

Materials:

  • Small Spirograph gear drawing tool
  • Pack of four cork coasters
  • Cardboard
  • Large plastic lid (I got mine from a large empty container of nuts)
  • Ribbon, twine or paper twist
  • Assorted permanent markers and paint pens (make sure they are permanent or waterproof so the colors won't run when someone sets a drink on the coasters)
  • Paper tape
  • Scissors

 

Instructions:

  1. Use pieces of tape to attach the larger part of the spirograph tool to a cork coaster. This will keep the piece from slipping as you draw.

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  2. Use a marker or paint pen in the smaller gear to draw a design on the cork. Work slowly because the gear has a tendency to jump and skip teeth. Also work from the lightest color to the darkest - that will help keep the colors from becoming muddy.

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  3. Add more colors.

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  4. Once you're done with the spiral flowers, add finishing details.

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  5. You're on a roll! Decorate all the coasters in the pack.
     
  6. Now that you've made the set of coasters, how about making a holder for them? Take the large lid and trace around the outside onto the cardboard to make a circle. Trace two circles - one a little bit bigger than the lid and one a little smaller.

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  7. Fit the smaller circle inside the lid. This adds a nice finishing touch. 

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  8. Put all the coasters inside the lid.

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  9. Cut a flower or simple shape from the cardboard and punch a hole in the center.

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  10. Tie the larger circle onto the top of the lid using ribbon, twine or paper twist. Finish off with the cardboard flower. Tie it snugly but loose enough so that you can slide the lid with the coasters in and out like a drawer.
     
  11. Now you've got a little set of coasters that's pretty enough to give as a present!

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