Introduction: Coasters

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Here are a few variations of simple and stylish coasters that can be made cheaply and easily in a matter of minutes. In fact, all of the materials I used came from the local $1 store and I managed to make all of these in less than an hour. This is a fun and easy craft project that is sure to not only sure to please your aesthetic sensibilities, but also your beloved furniture. Check the variations below and find the one that pleases you. No longer will you have to suffer from cup rings! Welcome to a brave new world!

Step 1: You Will Need.

For coasters #1:
3 sets of two fly swatters (in a variety of fun colors)

For coasters #2:
Four magnifying glasses
Pliers and/or hacksaw

For coasters #3:
4 rubber sink mats

Step 2: Coaster 1 - Step 1

Open the packaging.

Step 3: Coaster 1 - Step 2

Take your scissors and cut the fly swatter neatly along the edge connected to the stick such that, when done, it forms a square. Repeat.

For round fly swatters, simply cut along the circumference.

Step 4: Coaster 2 - Step 1

Open the packaging

Step 5: Coaster 2 - Step 2

If you have a magnifying glass where the handle unscrews, unscrew it. For mine, I needed to bend back some metal tabs with a pair of pliers so it wouldn't fall apart.

If you have a magnifying glass that is made from molded plastic and the handle can't be unscrewed, then you can remove the handle by sawing it off.

Suggestion: You can increase the magnification by placing the circles on plastic pegs to raise them slightly off the table. I didn't do this because I found it more aesthetically pleasing without this.

Step 6: Coaster 3 - Step 1

Open the packaging.

Step 7: Step 2

Cut out the center circles.

Another variation that turned out nice was cutting out 4x4 squares on the square-patterned part.

A possible variation is to paint the outer ring of the circle black or painting in every other square black.



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    I really like the first method coasters! I tried it and ended up breaking the entire thing in half! Guess they were bad quality or something...!

    May I add another idea for a coaster? A Hard Drive platter from a dead drive, I scrounged loads from when i was at work experience taking apart drives to be destroyed. They work great and are easy to clean

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    I use this on my desk with a little non slip rubber mat under it to stop it slipping and scratching my desk!

    They and old CD's/DVD's make great sun catchers too.

    CataPilla little flutterby babie

    Your turn? I ment flutterby babies you know CataPilla

    my turn to ask the question :-) above you wrote: game?

    so I said my turn to question what you mean ??


    Oh ok, you meant the larvae :-) not the game nor the heavy equipment plant ;-)

    They're darned hard to pick up without smudging the shinyness up, though. I took some little bits of rubber and superglued them to the it sits up so you can grab it by the edges.

    dinosours own!!!

    I use CDs with a bad iso burn or whatnot on them, and they work great.

    Coaster Magic! for the magnifying coaster, is it okay to put cups on it that dont fit snug inside it because they could tilt and slide around the converging lens

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    I thought that I would need to use coffee mugs without a flat bottom, but the one I used for the picture had a flat bottom and seemed fine.

    I wouldnt use anything but water on them, I wouldnt want to clean them

    Hmm, so you spill your drinks a lot then? ;-)

    No but the thought of spilling might drive me away