Ampersand Cut Cork Coasters

Updating your home can be a challenge. Whether it’s lack of time or funds it can sometimes seem unachievable but fear not. You can make a change. It’s all in the details. Adding small and thoughtful touches to your home can impart your personality and tastes without making drastic changes to the decor.

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Carefully picking out well designed pieces can make your home feel modern and homely at the same time. These Ampersand Coasters are a perfect example of how to take a much loved home accessory and turn it into something to give your coffee table character!

The good old ampersand. Totally on trend right now (well isn’t it always). A sign we all recognise and gives a promise that more is yet to come. Small, intriguing and interesting to boot. So why not give it pride of place and protect your at the same time surfaces? Win (&) win no? With this tutorial I’ve included a PDF document to make the perfect sized coaster. If you need to you can increase the size to make bigger coasters for bigger mugs. That’s the beauty of DIY – it’s up to you!

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You’ll need:

  • Thin cork material
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Printer

Instructions:

1. Print out this PDF document of the Ampersand Template. If you don’t have a printer you can carefully draw your own (although this is harder than it sounds!) Cut around the ampersand to give you your template.

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2. Starting in one corner of your cork mat hold the template firmly over the cork with one hand and use a pencil to draw around the outside of the template.

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3. Take the template away and keep safe for the next coaster. Use your craft knife to slowly and carefully cut around the outside of your pencil line.

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4. Carefully cut all the way around first and then cut away the details on the inside as well. Make sure you are careful but firm at the corners to avoid cutting too much – and going too far into the shape – or too little and creating a jagged edge.

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5. Pick up your template again and work through steps 2-4. Repeat for each coaster you would like. Traditionally you would make 4 or 6 coasters to complete a set, but you can make as many or a few as you need!

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I love how chic and stylish these look on my coffee table & how functional they are at the same time. What other shapes do you think would look as good as this?

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