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Making Cheap Cardboard Coasters

In this instructable, simple, useful coasters are made out of free materials, generally. I have lots of papers on hand and the cardboard is gathered from used boxes, available just about everywhere. Good way to recylce the cardboard. Gather some cardboard pieces, here are the end flaps from regular cardboard boxes.
 
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Step 2: Cut pieces out

Cardboard pieces after being cut out on bandsaw. Make them the size you want, I drew circles of 4 and one quarter inch, and the inside circle 5/8 inch smaller. Whatever works for you.

Step 4: Decorate plain coasters

Starting to decorate: use your imagination in decorating your coasters. Paint, photographs (make sure ink is permanent, not ink jet type), magazine pictures, construction paper, scrapbook paper, etc.

Step 6: Varnish coasters

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Several coats of an acrylic varish is used to enhance and seal the coasters. This step will protect them from moisture in limited amounts.

Step 8: Final Product

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Completed coasters, ready to use.
rimar20005 years ago
See <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How_I_maked_my_red_blue_anaglyph_eyeglasses/.">http://www.instructables.com/id/How_I_maked_my_red_blue_anaglyph_eyeglasses/.</a><br/><br/>There is an idea you can adapt to make easily and fastly these coasters. <br/>
Creativeman (author)  rimar20005 years ago
Thanks for the tip. what are anaglyph eyeglasses?
These you can see in the photos. An eye red, another blue. They are to see in 3D.
gmjhowe5 years ago
Great idea - we use alot of card here, i have a few coasters that i stick an old piece of metal plate to. (printing plates)
Creativeman (author)  gmjhowe5 years ago
thanks, gmj.
Creativeman (author) 5 years ago
Thanks alex....you could be right, didn't think of that. I'll "demote" it!
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
You might want to change the first picture, people might think that this instructable shows you how to make a the poster in the first picture... the coasters look really cool!
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