I'm always putting together cool projects, and lately, I've been using a lot of cardboard. It occurred to me a couple hours ago that I was thirsty, and I didn't want to set my drink down in fear of the condensation getting on any of my works, so I decided to build a cool coaster.
Step 1: Items You'll Need
- Packaging Tape
- Circular object that is the size you want for your coaster
- Sharpie (any writing utensil will work)
- X-ACTO Knife
- Magazine Page (with image you want on coaster)
- Box Cutter
Step 2: Base
Trace around the outside of the circle onto the cardboard. Now, use the X-ACTO to score the outside rim. Don't cut all the way through. Just enough so you have a "track" for the box cutter. Finally, use the box cutter to cut through the rim. Now you have a circle!
Pro Tip: Move slow. Never rush through cutting an art piece!
Step 3: Picture
First, find your image. Next, place the coaster on top of the image. Center the image to it as best as possible. Now, trace around it.
NOTE: Another way to accomplish the trace is to use the original circular object you used to trace the coaster template onto. Because I used the duct tape roll, I used the hollow center of it to center my picture.
Now pull out that X-ACTO again! Cut that sucker out!
Finally, glue the picture onto the cardboard coaster. But, don't feel too excited now. We still have one last step.
NOTE: To make it easier to stick the image to the cardboard, I used the cap from the glue stick and rubbed the top of the coaster repeatedly to get out any air bubbles and to flatten it as best as possible.
Step 4: "Laminating"
Cut a piece of tape longer than the diameter of the coaster, and lay it flat, covering the top half of the coaster. Smooth out any bubbles. Flip over the coaster. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE TAPE HANGING OFF THE EDGE AS PICTURED.
Use that X-ACTO and cut the excess away. Another option is to cut "rays" and fold them over. I did not do this on any so far, so I don't have any picture. Sorry :(
Now, this is the part that can be a little stressful. You're going to do the same thing as you did before, BUT you have to make sure to line that strip up perfectly. You could just overlap with the other piece, but, we don't do that in MY class. If you lay the tape wrong, more than likely, you're gonna have to redo it. The tape will usually pull any color if you try to remove it to reset it.
By lining it up perfectly, you can almost completely hide the "seam". Another option to keep from doing two packaging tape pieces is to actually use laminating stuff, but I tried to make this on the spot. I wanted a coaster within two minute of getting my drink. So, I didn't see a reason to go to the store if I could make it. These are not infinite, they won't last too long, I presume, but you never know. I literally invented it a couple hours ago, so, ya know.
So, there you have it! A quick, cheap, custom coaster! A great project for anyone looking to knock out some time or prepare for a little birthday party or something!