- X-acto knife (I finally got one!)
- Roll of cork
- Sharpie Paint oil based marker in Black
- Cardboard/foam/cutting surface
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Thin piece of cardboard
1. Open up your roll of cork and lay it out as flat as you can. I pre-cut a 4x4 inch square on a piece of paper to trace onto the cork with a pencil. You can also just use a ruler and make marks directly on the cork. Trace/draw twelve of these squares. My cork is pretty thin so I decided to double it! With these twelve pieces you can make a coaster set of 6.
2. Once you have your cork squares ready, start cutting them out with an X-acto knife. Make sure you do all of the cutting over some kind of cutting mat, I used cardboard!
3. Grab your Sharpie Oil Paint marker and draw on any designs you want! They sell a bunch of different colors but I chose to keep mine simple with black. I free handed mine with pencil before going over it with the marker, but you could always make yourself a stencil or try something else! Kevin works with computers so I used a techie theme for my coasters! :-)
4. Notice that my coasters are still kind of rolled and not completely flat. I decided to sandwich a thin piece of cardboard between two pieces of cork. With the help of superglue, I mounted the curvy cork to cardboard. Make sure you follow your glue instructions, and try not to glue your fingers together!
5. I left mine under a pile of books overnight to make sure they dried nice and flat.
Here's how my coasters turned out!
What I've learned:
- Make sure you don't buy crumbly cork. Someone at the store recommended the rolled cork to me! (always ask for help if you can!)
- Roll the cork the opposite way to help it lay flat.
- Wear gloves when using superglue! (My superglue kind of blew up in my hand...)
- Go back and check to see if there are any large gaps between your cork. Just a bit more glue in between!
This project was fun, especially since I've never really used an x-acto knife, so that was a learning experience in itself! I hope Kevin really likes his gift... He said he did and wants to use them on the as wall art instead of coasters, which is also a great way to use this project. Anyways, I hope you guys try it out! I think these make great gifts and I'm considering making a set for myself too!
What do you think?