DIY: COAST LINE COASTERS
By Kirsten McKechnie.
I’m just going to have to admit this straight up- I’m quite partial to a pun. And when I can combine an excellent pun with a craft activity then you better watch out because I’ll be onto that in a heartbeat.
It’s nearly my brother’s birthday and as we grew up by the sea he has a major lifetime love for surfing. He surfs at least once a day and consequently has many favourite coast lines…He also just picked up a gorgeous new table which could do with something to protect it from ugly circles from coffee cups and glasses… I think you can see where I’m heading here.
I’m a big fan of homemade gifts and when it’s something like this that can be personalised you’re just kicking it up a notch to ninja level gift creation. This particular DIY would be great for anyone who loves water based sports or even someone who loves nothing more than to lie back and soak up the sun. Just pick a few of their (or your!) favourite spots, open up Google Maps and away you go.
What you’ll need:
Set of cork coasters. I picked mine up for $7 from H+M but IKEA has a set of 4 for $0.99!
Computer or Ipad
White paper for tracing (cheap/thin printer paper is best)
1. Choose a coastline for each of your coasters and open each in Google Maps on your computer or Ipad. Make sure the brightness setting on your device is set to high.
2. Hold your piece of paper over the screen and very gently trace the coastline onto your page. Repeat for all the coastlines.
3. Cut out each of the coastlines with your scissors and then place them onto the coasters. Trace them with your pencil onto the cork.
4. Place the coasters onto the cutting mat and cut the coast outline using your craft knife.
I wrote the names of the beaches onto washi tape and stuck it onto the bottom just incase I couldn’t remember which was which and to save me from checking on Maps again.
Now tie them all up and get ready for the applause when you hand over the most thoughtful (and punniest) gift that your friends/family ever did see.