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Snowflake Coasters

Make a simple snowflake coaster out of felt and a pre-cut wooden snowflake.

Snowflake Coasters

For the past few years, I have seen pretty little laser-cut ornaments in the craft stores. Recently, on a paint run to Michael’s, I discovered an assortment of lovely unstained snowflakes. They were so pretty, I scooped up about a dozen or so. They are the perfect size to place a hot mug of tea or coffee on so I thought, "Why not?" Here’s my how-to for an easy-yet-elegant holiday gift that would be especially delightful as a hostess gift.

Steps

Step #1: Step 1: Prepare snowflakes

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  • If your laser-cut pieces have ties or ribbon on them, snip them off.
  • If there is a sticker label, peel that off as well. If you are having a problem removing all the stick of the sticker, try looping a piece of sticky tape, sticky side out, around your finger and use that tack to grab any stubborn stick still remaining on your wood pieces.

Step #2: Step 2: First hard coat

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  • Set up a mess-happy workspace to give your pieces their first hard-coat. I used wax paper on top of a cookie sheet.
  • Give each piece an even coat of the Mod Podge Hard Coat.
  • Make sure you are using the Hard Coat or other sealer that is water-resistant and weather-proof. We're going to be camping many a happy glass full of something liquid on these, so they need to be waterproof.
  • Go slow and keep your brush barely wet, otherwise all the nooks and crannies of your pieces may decide to collect some of that Mod Podge for their own.
  • Set the pieces aside to dry a couple of hours. If you find globs of the hardcoat gooping up your nooks and crannies, use a toothpick to dab and scoop them clean.

Step #3: Step 3: Final two coats

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  • Once they are dry, grab yourself a small piece of fine-grade sandpaper and give your wood cut a little sandpaper love.
  • Dust off any debris.
  • Give it another coat, dry, and sand again.
  • Top it off with one final coat, for a total of three coats of Mod Podge on your wood cuts.
  • Count on this part as being an all-day project.

Step #4: Make pattern for the felt backing

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  • Measure your wood pieces with a compass, unless you have found yourself something with angles (then use a ruler).
  • On a scrap piece of paper, make a pattern for your backing felt and cut it out.

Step #5: Step 5: Cut out felt backing

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  • Pin pattern to your felt pieces and cut.
  • I used two shades of blue that will be glued together to create a wee bit more stability for your coasters. You can use all the same color of felt or four different colors; it's all up to you.
  • If your wooden pieces measure 4" across, you will need two sheets of felt, 9" x 9".
  • A wool felt or wool blend is preferable. Acrylic felt will work as well, but I find wool and wool blends come in prettier colors. I picked up my felt from Lupin at etsy.com.

Step #6: Step 6: Glue felt together

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  • Layer up two circles of felt and glue them together by dabbing small dots of tacky glue along the edges.
  • You can anchor them together with clothespins until they dry.
  • A quick press with a hot iron will smooth out any bumps and wrinkles.

Step #7: Step 7: Attach snowflake to felt

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  • Apply wee dots of tacky glue to the back of your wood cut, position over felt circle and gently push down.
  • Repeat for each shape and set aside to dry.

Step #8: Step 8: Enjoy

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Admire your crafty work and wrap 'em up, or make yourself a hot cuppa somethin' and relax.

Conclusion

If you are having trouble finding laser-cut snowflakes, a simple style in maple can be found here, or try getting a friend or two to go in on a purchase of this lovely set. You can also forgo all the Mod Podging and pick up this beautiful brass set from Crate and Barrel; just don't forget to add the felt!


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