More decor for our upcoming Fourth of July – slash – Shane’s birthday BBQ. I took Martha’s Fourth of July parasols and turned them into a neat matching Fourth of July waterproof coasters.
- Fourth of July waterproof coaster template (PDF) lovingly adapted from Martha Stewart’s drink parasol pattern
- White paper
- Clear contact paper (get a roll – you’ll use it for lots of other crafts)
- Circle cutter
- Good paper scissors
- Self-healing cutting mat (priceless)
- Color printer
Print out the coaster template. Place it on your self-healing cutting mat. Place the center of your circle cutter in the center of the coaster and cut a circle. You should purposefully cut off some of the outside so the color on the cut circle “bleeds” to the edge.
Lay your cut coaster onto the contact paper. Using a Ruler and Xacto Basic Knife Set (or just your scissors) cut a strip of the contact paper that’s slightly wider than your circle. Cut that strip into squares slightly bigger than your circle.
Peel off the contact paper backing and put sticky-side up on your mat. Place your circle color-side down onto the contact paper and smooth. Peel off the back of another contact paper square and carefully place on the back (I pull it taught, stick down one side, and smooth it across). Your circle should now be encased in waterproof contact paper.
Now you can either cut the final coaster using the circle cutter (photo left) or your scissors (photo right). Be sure to cut your contact paper slightly larger than the printed paper circle so that the plastic edges are sealed to protecting the paper from getting wet. If you use your circle cutter at this point, you can cheat on the ‘cutting paper circles’ step above and just use scissors; you’ll clean it up nice and pretty at this step anyway. Thanks again, Martha!
Wednesday 30th of June 2010
Hi!Me and my grandma are gonna try out your all square 4th of July napkin holders.They look really easy to make,but we're gonna try 'em out today because we're having a cookout on the 4th and need some good coasters fast!Thanks for putting the template on your site!-Katie
Sunday 5th of July 2009
This is great! Thank you so much for sharing. I love the parasols on the MS site, and followed your post here to check out the coasters. Thanks again!
Friday 19th of June 2009
Seems you should mention that the contact paper circle needs to be slightly larger than the printed paper circle so that the edges are sealed - protecting the paper.
Saturday 20th of June 2009
Hi Gerry, yes, I had that in the instructions already but it seems like it wasn't as prominent as it should be. I'll edit it so it's more clear. Thanks so much for the feedback!
Saturday 5th of July 2008
Renee told me about your website and I checked it out yesterday and I loved it! You are super crafty!