Patriotic Freezer Paper Coasters

I have been shocked by all of the DIY coasters that crafters have created.  In fact, I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to DIY coasters.  I really like coasters as a way to spice up a table for any holiday.  A few years ago, I created a tutorial for Beaded Patriotic Coasters that I loved, but were quite time consuming and very delicate.   This year, I am going to show you a quick tutorial to design your own patriotic freezer paper coasters that will take less than 15 minutes to complete.   I used my Cricut Explore Air™ machine, but I am also going to show you how to make coasters using freezer paper without a cutting machine.

Using cork coasters, you can make these patriotic freezer paper coasters with a cutting machine or by hand in under 15 minutes! An easy, lightening fast craft!
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Dyed Cork Initial

When Mellow Man and I got married, and consolidated our homes, we ended up consolidating a lot of wine corks.  Or rather, Mellow Man gave me his collection of wine corks that he had been gathering for 10 years or so.  They were all different shapes and sizes, and there were a lot of them.  A LOT!  I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with them.  I saw several round-ups on Pinterest that included a variety of ideas with cork, including someone who did a large initial letter with wine corks.  After finding a large “L” in Michael’s, I decided that making a giant monogram for our kitchen would be a perfect use of our spare wine corks.  (I think that the letter cost between $3 and $5.  It wasn’t terribly expensive.)  In the end this project took a bit longer than I thought it would because Mellow Man’s 10 year collection of corks wasn’t quite enough!  We had to gather a few more.  We asked some friends, I started cooking with more wine, and Mellow Man made the sacrifice and drank a few more bottles of red wine!

My Mom Made That: Dyed Cork Initial

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