I wrote this post back in the Summer, then sort of forgot about publishing it. The idea would translate nicely into holiday hostess gifts, so here you go! ;-) Just use different shapes.
We have a wonderful table on our back porch where we hang out these lovely mild evenings. One problem though, it's an open grate style and sometimes the condensation from our drinks will drip on our toes. Not painful of course, but it does sort of startle visitors! ;-)
'Time for some fun coasters!
The project begins with inexpensive cork trivets and large cookie cutters. Leaves and ladybugs would be cute, right? I had expected to just press the cookie cutters into the cork, but mine aren't strong enough.
So, I whipped out this bad boy! After tracing around the cookie cutters, I used the hot knife to slice through the cork. A regular craft knife would work fine, too! It's just cork.
You might remember I like decorating gourds using leather dyes. That stuff is so awesome on wood and such because you can still see the natural flaws. I LOVE LEATHER DYE! It doesn't cover the texture of the cork, just colors it.
The ladybugs turned out super charming, but the leaves, well, you be the judge.
To me they look like Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree! ;-) Peanuts comic strip is a favorite around here! Maybe we could figure out a whole set of Charlie Brown stuff! ;-)
Anyway, it was a fun project and our neighbors are happy that there are no more drips into their flip flops! ;-) Tell me about your back porch!