My latest and easiest project was inspired by some felt coasters that I saw for sale in the Christmas Crate and Barrel catalogue that found it's way into my mail slot.
For $4.95, you can have six cute coasters for your holiday beverages. In all honesty, $4.95 isn't all that bad, and if I had a store close by, I probably would have picked up a set. But the thing is, we don't have a store close at hand, which means that by the time I pay for shipping and add tax, it's closer to $12 for six coasters, and it may just be me, but I think $2 for one felt coaster is a little steep.
So I put my crafty thinking cap on and drove myself to Michael's, by way of Target. It was while I was browsing around Target that I found my first solution - a set of 3/$1 felt Christmas trees intended to be used as ornaments. I picked through the batch for the stiffest ones and ended up with nine Christmas tree-shaped coasters for $3.
I was still patting myself on the back for that one while I was walking around Michael's, when I stumbled upon some starched felt for $0.99. I decided that one can never have too many holiday coasters, so I picked up four sheets (two red, two white) of the stiff felt and headed home to dig through my cookie cutter drawer. In the end I was able to get five coasters out of one sheet of felt, which means that for around $4.50, I have the potential to have twenty (20!) Christmas coasters. Hey, if you're going to go overboard, go all the way I say!
If you're interested in trying this for yourself, here's what you'll need:
It took me all of five minutes to trace the snowflake onto the felt and then cut it out. While I have several snowflake cookie cutters, this one looked the most like the look I was going for. Another option would be to free-hand cut your design, or free-hand a pattern and then trace it, but even this craft-mad girl knows her limitations, so I went with what was easiest for me. A co-worker suggested that I take some red thread and outline the snowflake, which I may do in the future, but for now, I'm going with simple. Here's the final product...
- stiffened felt (you might be able to buy regular felt and starch it - but I'm not sure, and this was easier)
- 1 snowflake-shaped cookie cutter
- 1 fine-point black Sharpie
- sharp scissors
- A good movie to watch while you're snipping away
No, nothing fancy, but they'll do they job they need to do, and each one is equally unique! I hope to be back soon with an update about some of my other Pinterest projects, including some stenciled pillows for Christmas. Fingers crossed that I can pull that one off - and if I can, anyone can! Happy Crafting!