the other day i was walking through my local hardware store looking for fun new materials, and as usual i was not disappointed; in the contact paper aisle i found these awesome rolls of grip drawer lining made of foam rubber! the material is non-adhesive and easy to cut with scissors, but the best thing is that you can easily wipe it clean with a damp cloth, making it a perfect material for coasters or place mats. these are quick to make and super inexpensive, especially if you already own a craft punch. if you don’t want to make this design, or if you want to do a place mat instead, you can really cut these into any kind if silhouette or shape you want using scissors or a craft knife for a clean cut. have fun! –kate
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2. cutting mat
3. grip drawer liner (this is found with other contact paper and drawer lining products in hardware stores)
4. craft hole paper punch (this allows you to punch holes anywhere on a sheet of paper. it usually comes with three size tips for making small, medium, and large holes)
roll of grip liner: $5
hole punch: $6
1. find something circular to trace that is a good coaster size. unroll your grip liner sheet and trace the circle shape on the backside of the material.
2. find something circular with a smaller circumference and center it inside the bigger circle. trace this on the back as well.
3. using the small circle as a guide, punch 8 large holes, spaced evenly along the circle’s circumference. to punch the holes, place the punch down on the surface of the materials and tap it firmly with the hammer. lift up to see a clean hole. if the materials did not come off completely, place the punch down in the exact same place and tap harder with the hammer.
4. punch 5 medium size holes evenly spaced around each large hole, like petals of a flower.
5. punch two small holes on either side of each “flower” you just punched, along the line of the circle you traced.
6. now you can add holes of various sizes anywhere you’d like. you can also vary this pattern to create different lace patterns.
7. use your scissors to cut out the large circle shape. if you want petal shaped edges, then cut around the flowers you punched, leaving about 1/2 inch of space between the flowers and the edge.
8. repeat all steps three more times to get four matching coasters (or make each coaster different).