Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Cute & Easy Cork Coaster DIY

  Cute & Easy Cork Coaster DIY - Two Little Apple Trees

I have seen them time and time again... cute homemade coasters! They can be found here or here or even over here! Adorable little coasters.... made with cost effective tiles and craft gear you likely have kickin around the house. Not so perfect for a house with two little apple trees running around! I could just imagine all my hard work shattered on the floor for their tiny feet to step on.... Not a fit for our house at the moment.

With our recently inherited wood burl table making taking its new place in our living room I knew we would need something to make it work so when Sparkle & Mine posted her 25 easy diy projects for the home including a link to these adorable cork coasters I knew it was a match!

 *You can skip the cork steps if you have something like these ready to go cork coasters!

I already had the extra cork from an old office space in storage but was out of luck on the metallic paint pens and I knew free handing it wouldn't be an option for my less that graceful drawing skills so I decided to make good use of my Silhouette Cameo and cut out a stencil from some extra scrap cardstock!
Cute & Easy Cork Coaster DIY - Two Little Apple Trees

After taking a look at our cups and mugs I saw that they are all relatively the same size at the base and decided the top of a glass would make a large enough coaster for our needs. Since the cork was rolled in storage I tried to find a section that was relatively flat to work with.


Cute & Easy Cork Coaster DIY - Two Little Apple Trees

Four family members = four coasters. If we have company over I'm sure the littles will be just fine keeping their cups at the table or in the fridge for a sip and run like normal.
Cute & Easy Cork Coaster DIY - Two Little Apple Trees

 I decided working with a smaller chunk would be easier that the entire sheet so we downsized and continued to cut away! 
Cute & Easy Cork Coaster DIY - Two Little Apple Trees

*You can skip the stencil making process if you can draw or if you have and stencils like this around the house.
After cutting I pulled out my mat and the bin of scrap paper. When picking paper I made sure to pick one that would be big enough to give me a decent amount of area around the coasters to tape them down for coloring in later.
Cute & Easy Cork Coaster DIY - Two Little Apple Trees

Once the pattern was cut (to see the cutting process I used check out my other post here
Cute & Easy Cork Coaster DIY - Two Little Apple Trees

Next up was the weeding process. To help keep the paper flat I put it face down holding the edge of the paper onto the table firmly and pulled (more like rolled) the cutting mat away.
Cute & Easy Cork Coaster DIY - Two Little Apple Trees

I placed the coasters on the paper with plenty of space for the tape to hold on either side

Cute & Easy Cork Coaster DIY - Two Little Apple Trees

 I found it was easier to work one coaster at a time so I cut them down and got busy with my sharpie markers!
Cute & Easy Cork Coaster DIY - Two Little Apple Trees

After doing the first coaster (bottom in this photo) with a fineline marker I decided it wasn't the way to go. By the time I was finished the pen was fading and a good half hour had gone by. The next three were a breeze colored with a regular sharpie marker in about 10 minutes! 

In the end there are an unlimited amount of styles, designs and colors you can choose from. These ones will fit in just fine with our greys, blue and natural wood scheme.
If you try these at home post a link to them in the comments. I would love to see how you make them your own!!!


How I used my Silouette Cameo to cut out anything I want... FREE!

Not long ago I was using a Cricut Machine and thought to myself "wouldn't it be nice to just cut out whatever I needed whenever I needed it?" and from that moment on it was my mission to find something that would make this happen! I searched and searched and found this wonderful Silhouette Cameo! Now I cant imagine crafting without it!!

Today I decided to follow through with one of my craft pins. You know one of those ones you see, love, pin annnnnd forget? Woops! 

Knowing I had a huge sheet of cork in the basement I decided it was time! The kids went to bed and I was ready to get craft. But like many of your I'm sure drawing by hand a "perfect" pattern is a little intimidating so I decided to get some good use out of my new Cameo!
I will add the Coaster Project shortly I promise.

For now, here is how I use my Silhouette Cameo to cut out anything I want for FREE!



How I used my Silouette Cameo to cut out anything I want... FREE!

Step 1: Decide what you would like to cut out. For my coaster project I wanted a herringbone pattern that was a little bit funky so I did a Google search, found the one I liked then right clicked and selected "save image as..." then saved to my pictures album. Make sure you save it somewhere that is easy for you to find!
How I used my Silouette Cameo to cut out anything I want... FREE!










Step 2: After opening Silhouette Design Studio, open the folder containing your saved image. Simply click on the image, drag it over to the Silouette Studio and drop it on the "mat".
How I used my Silouette Cameo to cut out anything I want... FREE!










Step 3: Resize your image to fit the space you would like cut. I was using a 9x12 piece of cardstock so I adjusted my image to fit that area.
How I used my Silouette Cameo to cut out anything I want... FREE!










Step 4: Follow step 1 and 2 as shown below.
How I used my Silouette Cameo to cut out anything I want... FREE!










Step 5: Select the area you would like to cut. Adjust 2 and 3 to where you see nice crisp lines then use 1 to trace the area.
How I used my Silouette Cameo to cut out anything I want... FREE!










Step 6: After pressing Trace you should see something that looks like this. The red lines are the cut lines. If they dont look quite right you can undo and adjust the same as in 2 and 3 of step 5 until you get your desired cut lines.
How I used my Silouette Cameo to cut out anything I want... FREE!










Step 7: 1 select cut settings. 2 pick the type of paper you are going to use for your project. 
How I used my Silouette Cameo to cut out anything I want... FREE!










 Step 8: Once you have clicked on the type of paper you will be using the blade type section will pop up. This will give you the suggested settings for that type of paper and you can adjust as needed if you want it to go faster or slower. Be sure to adjust your blade to the depth setting on the machine to the settings you see on the screen.
*If you are using the machine and find that its not cutting deep enough or that it is tearing the paper it might be time for a new blade you can get one HERE. Or it might be time for a new mat you can get one of those HERE.
How I used my Silouette Cameo to cut out anything I want... FREE!










Step 9: Select send to Silhouette (1) then Start (2) and away she goes!!!  
How I used my Silouette Cameo to cut out anything I want... FREE!











And there it is... I hope this was helpful for you! If you have any questions or if this helped out you leave a comment below.