Fish Tails Beach Towel Coasters
Since I had so much fun making a DIY Beach Towel Pillow Cover last month, I wanted to make something entirely different from a beach towel this month. Beach towels are soft, colorful, and inexpensive. Using them in unexpected ways provides nostalgia, whimsy, and a laid back beach house vibe to your coastal decor. I found a gorgeous blue and white fish-covered beach towel at Walmart for a mere $5.94. Several days later, my Fish Tails Beach Towel Coasters were born.
- beach towel
- foam from an old yoga mat, or something similar
- fabric and regular scissors
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- black Sharpie
- ink pen (not pictured)
- nautical-style rope
- a round object for tracing a coaster shape (I used an old doll stroller wheel)
Trace the wheel shape onto the beach towel, and yoga mat 5 times; if you want to make 5 coasters. You can make more or less, of course. You can use a Sharpie, ink pen, or pencil. I used the Sharpie for tracing on the yoga mat, and an ink pen for tracing on the beach towel. It doesn’t matter which one you use as long as you can see the pattern well enough to cut it. Also, you don’t want ink or Sharpie to show on the finished product. I traced 3 fish tails and 2 fish.
Cut the yoga mat circles with regular scissors, and the beach towel circles with fabric scissors. Trim the yoga mat circles if needed. The yoga mat circles should be about 1/2” smaller than the beach towel circles.
Plug in the glue gun, if you haven’t already. Place the beach towel circles over the yoga mat circles. Pin each coaster in the middle to keep everything in place.
Make sure the yoga mat circle is on the bottom. Remove the pin, then place a ribbon of hot glue in the middle, and around half of the yoga mat circle. Smooth the beach towel circle over it tightly with your fingers. Glue the other half the same way.
Draw a circle with the pencil (I followed the outer edge of the yoga mat) on the beach towel part. This will be your pattern for gluing on the rope.
Cut a section of rope to go around your coaster. Trim the ends nicely. Make sure you have more length than you think you will need. You can always cut the rope shorter, but you cannot make it longer if you cut it too short. Glue the rope onto the penciled pattern. Don’t touch the hot glue with your bare fingers- the hot glue will blister them.
Now it’s time for the fun part! Pull the outer threads of your coasters with your fingers until you’re satisfied with the amount of frayed edges. Trim any hanging threads with the fabric scissors. Your Fish Tails Beach Towel Coasters are done! The yoga mat will keep your table surface dry. It’s also a good idea to spray the coasters with fabric protector. The protection spray will cause spilled liquid to bead up, rather than soak in.
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