My new home is running out of disposable paper coasters, so I made some quick washable and reusable coasters with 2mm thick synthetic felt. Simply zest up the plain synthetic felt by a touch of stenciled prints on them to make these stenciled felt coasters. I chose an elegant French Victorian design to stencil on, you can have other design to suit your own theme.
These stenciled felt coasters as super absorbent, it will slurp up any condensing water that drips from the glass. Due to it thickness and the properties of the material, it is able to insulate heat up to certain degree from hot drinks to your table. It is tough and it holds its shape in the laundry, but no brushing, please.
I cut them into a 4″ circles for a classic shape of coasters. If you have heavy-duty die-cutting machines like a Sizzix, you may cut the coasters in various shape as long as it is big enough to hold your glass or cup. Be caution, a normal die cut meant for paper won’t be able to cut this felt.
If you don’t have this type of felt, you may use a normal craft felt as an alternative. Layer a few pieces of them and stitch them up to form a thick and stable coaster, then follow this tutorial to stencil.
This is a quick and easy DIY coaster with stencil method you can make for your home. Bring the prints on to zest up your drinking pleasure while protecting your table from water or heat damage!
Stenciled Felt Coasters
Make: 9 with 4″ diameter each
Materials & Tools:
1. Synthetic Felt, 2mm thickness, Grey, 12″ x 12″
2. Pre-cut plastic stencils (I used Martha Stewart 32258 Medium Stencil, Eyelet Lace and Martha Stewart 32268 Adhesive Stencil, Scrolls)
3. Foam brush (I used Martha Stewart 32243 Foam Pouncers, Set of 6) or stencil brush
4. Acrylic paints (I used Jet Stream 32121 and Purple Martin 32119)
5. Fabric Medium (optional, I didn’t use)
8. 4″ round card (you can draw it with compass)
9. Adhesive tape
10. Kitchen Towel or Paper to cover your working table and for cleaning up
If you can’t make up your mind which color to use, sample the colors on the felt and pick the most appealing to you.
I chose to use Martha Stewart’s Acrylic Pearl paint in Jet Stream 32121 and Purple Martin 32119. I like the pearl paint that gives the sheen look that shimmering with a little blink.
Dab the paint with the foam pouncer, don’t over saturate the foam but just wet enough to do the stenciling.
If you would like to add fabric medium, add it to the paint and stir well before dabbing the paint on the foam pouncer.
Border completed. Set aside and do the other pieces.
Wash stencil if needed especially when the accumulated paint on the stencil is too thick.
It is safe to touch the stenciled acrylic paint after about 10 minutes, though not thoroughly dry it is safe to work on the surface.