12 Days of Coasters
I know what you’re thinking . . . cool it with the Christmas posts. It’s barely November!
Believe me, I get it. I feel nothing but stress and outrage when I encounter a department store’s holiday display this early in the year. I also immediately boycott any radio station playing carols before Thanksgiving. (I’m looking at you WQSH-FM). I believe that all Christmas-themed activities, décor and music should be confined to the month of December.
However, there is one exception to that belief – THE GIFTS! Between my aversion to malls during the holiday season and my affinity for a good deal I typically end up stockpiling gifts months ahead of time.
This year I am setting out to make a variety of DIY coasters. There are hundreds of easy, creative and inexpensive coaster crafts to pick from. My goal is to share 12 of my favorites over the course of the next six weeks.
To all my friends out there who are on the cusp of my Christmas list, I have exciting news for you. Surprise! You’re probably getting handmade coasters this Christmas!
Melted Peppermint Coasters
I came across these DIY peppermint candy bowls and decided to try them out in coaster form. They actually turned out way better than I anticipated. Consequently, I think everyone should make these! They cost next to nothing and are extremely easy to make. Throw in a bottle of wine or eggnog and they’d be a perfect holiday party hostess gift.
Cost: About $2 for 4
Time: 20 minutes (with an overnight drying period)
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Peppermints, 7 per coaster (I used two different brands and it made no difference)
- Large open mason jar lids
- Cork sheets
- Acrylic coating
Step 1: Prep and bake the peppermints
First, preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Then cover the baking sheet in wax paper and arrange the peppermints with mason jar lids around each coaster. Ideally, the lid should be centered around the peppermints so that they melt evenly.
Initially I tried these without a lid to contain the melting and they came out pretty unruly.
Once they’re in the oven they should bake until they pool enough to reach all edges of the mason jar lid. This took around 8-9 minutes, The goal is to pull them out immediately once they’ve melted completely into a circle. The longer you wait the more bubbles form on the surface of each coaster.
Step 2: Remove the peppermints from the mason jar lid
As soon as the coasters come out of the oven and are cool enough to touch, carefully push them out of the mason jar lid with your fingers. At this point they should still be cooling so they’ll be somewhat malleable. Next lay them down flat and let them finish cooling.
At this point I really liked how they looked. Unfortunately, I knew they were super impractical coasters for a few reasons:
- The dye melts off of them as soon as they get wet
- They stick to everything (and each other)
- They shatter into a million sticky pieces when you drop them
I added in the next two steps to turn them into peppermint coasters you could actually use.
Step 3: Spray with acrylic coating
I sprayed the top with acrylic coating twice and then flipped them over and sprayed the bottom. Each time I gave them a couple hours to dry. I also sprayed them all one more time after I completed step 4 to make sure there was no lingering stickiness.
Step 4: Attach cork to the bottom of each coaster
This part was pretty straightforward. I traced around the mason jar lids with a sharpie on the cork backing. Then I cut circles of cork backing and glued them to the bottom of each coaster using E6000.
Step 5: Reward yourself with a festive cocktail
Sit back, relax and enjoy a cranberry Moscow mule while you admire your coasters. You can use this time to contemplate which of your friends may be worthy of peppermint coasters you spent $2 and 20 minutes on.
Cranberry Moscow mule
- 3 oz Vodka (or cranberry vodka)
- 1/2 can of ginger beer
- 1/2 can club soda
- A couple of lime wedges
- Splash of cranberry juice
- Rosemary and cranberry garnish