I don’t know what I was doing one day, but I saw these coasters online and decided I NEED TO HAVE THEM. So I bought a pack of cork coasters the next time I was at the store and then they sat in my craft room. And sat. And sat. And sat. And we moved. And now I can’t find the coasters we used to use. So, necessity has dictated that I finally complete this project. I’m glad I did though, because these stenciled cork coasters came out rather well, and I might not leave watermarks on my mother-in-law’s walnut table anymore.
I used my Silhouette Cameo to design and create the stencils for these coasters, and before you ask, yes, I have the cut files for you. Of course!
As a fun October bonus, there’ll be an extra Halloweeny coaster cut file available for download in my weekly newsletters, as a special gift to my email subscribers. So be sure to sign up HERE, and look for the freebie in the newsletters this month!
cork coasters black markers – I used a large Sharpie*, an Infinity permanent marker and a Sharpie fine point pen*.
Silhouette Cameo* plus cut files
adhesive vinyl or contact paper to make the stencil
clear contact paper*
scrap piece of cardstock
*indicates affliate links
1. The Silhouette cut file includes the lettering/numbering for the dartboard and the compass, but they’re just for reference. Don’t try to cut them out, it may just rip your design to shreds. Instead, leave those as “no cut”, and only cut out the basic shapes in the design. Add the numbers and letters by hand as a final touch.
2. I recommend starting with the 8-ball to warm up.
3. The bike tire requires some illustration. The pictorial below shows the bike tire, but the general gist is the same for all four coasters. I used this one as the model because it has some hand drawing in it.
Download the Cut File Here
Reminder: These cut files are for your personal use only. Please do not redistribute them for commercial purposes.
Let’s make some stenciled cork coasters!
1. Cut the design out on your Silhouette, and put a piece of clear contact paper over the entire design. You can also use transfer paper if you know what that is. I don’t, so I use clear contact paper.
2. Remove the paper backing from the vinyl, and weed out the portions you want to have colored in, then transfer the vinyl to your coaster. Peel off the contact paper. In order to keep the design intact through the different steps, I always peel (backing or contact paper) at as sharp of an angle as possible to the project. GO SLOW.
3. Follow the outer edge of the stencil and draw a line. Remove the outer ring and outline the inner circle. Color in the sections of your design that you weeded out.
4. Remove the rest of the vinyl and your design should be complete. You may need to do a bit of fix-up, add some outlines and lettering to finish. FOR THE BIKE: removing that big piece gives you an empty coaster. Yikes! Now what?
5. You’ll need to cut out the extra shape included in the bike tire cut file, and cut it out of cardstock. Line the piece up so that the straight edge touches the inside of the inner circle. Use your pen to trace the curved edges.
6. Once you’ve traced the 2 curved edges, turn the piece and line it up against a curve you’ve already drawn. One side should be used as a point of reference, and you’ll trace the other side. Continue doing that, tracing one edge at a time while lining up against the other edge, until you complete the spokes in the tire. Yes, I actually did figure out the angles to make this happen, but I used my inspiration as a guide.
To finish, color in the outer ring and go over your spokes to make them clear.
To be honest, this took some time to do, especially figuring out where I wanted color and where I wanted no color. My mind tends to confuse itself.
Like I said above, there’s an extra coaster template available in October’s weekly newsletters, so make sure you’re subscribing to my emails! The design? What’s Halloween and can be round?
I say, now that I have coasters, it’s time to go look for a fun drink!