The following post is from Janel of Life with Lucie and Ella.:
March is the perfect time to add a touch of green to your home decor! Not only does green decor work for St. Patrick’s Day, but using emerald green is one of the design trends for 2013 too.
One inexpensive and easy way to add green (or any other accent color) to your decor is with felt coasters. Not only will they add a burst of color, but they’ll also protect your table surfaces.
Although this tutorial is designed for a coaster, you could also create a trivet as well. Just follow the same instructions but on a larger scale.
How to Make Woven Felt Coasters:
- ruler & pen
- glue gun and glue sticks
- roll of cork
- iron & ironing board
Cut out two squares of felt that are the size that you would like your coasters to be. I used 4.25″ squares.
To create the woven top of the coaster, you’ll need several felt strips. To do this quickly and easily, fold a felt square in half and cut along the fold to create two strips. Repeat with each of these strips to create four strips of approximately equal width. Do the same thing with the other square so that you have a total of eight felt strips.
Put some hot glue at the bottom end of one strip. Align the top of another strip perpendicularly so that you’ve created a right angle with the strips.
Continue by adding another horizontal strip above the bottom one. This time instead of gluing it on top of the vertical strip, glue it to the underside. Repeat with the other two strips — the next going on top, and the last going underneath. It should look like this:
Continue weaving and gluing the remaining strips until you have a completely woven square. The edges might not align exactly. No problem! Just use the scissors to trim it up. Remove any excess bits of glue or felt fuzz.
Next prepare your cork for the coaster. If you’ve purchased a roll of cork, the cork will hold its curl. Just give it a few passes with a hot iron and it will flatten right out.
Use your completed woven square as a template and trace it onto the cork. Cut out the cork square. Use hot glue to affix the woven felt square onto the cork.
Other Felt Projects:
Have you incorporated GREEN into your home decor this year?
|Janel is a stay-at-home mom of two and law school wife. Raised in a budget-conscious and do-it-yourself minded family, she loves seeing something in a store or magazine and making her own version at home for less money. Janel blogs about motherhood, crafts and recipes at Life with Lucie and Ella.|