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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


  • 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



  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.

    cork coasters
  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.

    cork coasters

    cork coasters
  3. Add more colors.

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

    cork coasters
  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.

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

    cork coasters
  8. Put all the coasters inside the lid.

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

    cork coasters
  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!

    cork coasters
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As a former teacher, this project would be so much fun and help kids to learn design and spatial relations, proportion and design. I could see doing this on wood discs for and art project, perhaps a medallion for kids to wear rather than a coaster, or make it a bit bigger or co,bine several circles and make it into a trivet by gluing the edges together. Could even be a wall hanging by gluing several to a vertical strip of very wide crossgrain ribbon clever!

I love how cute these are, even though I don't really use coasters anymore. I think I would use these as artwork instead of coasters, then I wouldn't have to worry about the color bleeding. The gear in the picture doesn't look like the spirograph I remember. I hope my artwork turns out as nice as these!

this is a really cool project to make for parties, baby showers,bridal showers etc. just make a bunch and use them as " game prizes "! I didn't realize the "Spirograph" was still around, sure brings back memories of my youth.... Very nice and easy craft for those of us who are just "starting out" in the world of crafts. One question though, could you use some type of spray on varnish or gloss to protect the cork and possibly the paint?

Super cute, but I would be afraid that the colors would run from the perspiration of the glass when used. Perhaps a paint pen would be best, or maybe they can be sealed to prevent the colors from running and ruining these great pieces of art.

How cute is that! must try that with the grand-children - still have my spirograph around somewhere - my kids never liked it - I could never figure how to use it!! Will have to try beforehand or ask the 4 year old!

Really cute and expecially inexpensive to make. This would also work on Foam board gotten at Michaels or JoAnn's, most any craft store. THen the choices could be more colorful. Otherwise a bit of paint on the sides on the "cork Coasters" would a a bit more 'bling'. Thanks for the great idea! Always looking with 10 grandkids!!

Wonderful! This is a great idea! -


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