Christmas is coming and you know what that means. Santa Claus will be here soon and he’s going to want his favorite snack, milk and cookies!
This year we’re making snacks extra fun for Santa with some fun DIY Christmas coasters. They’re super easy and all you need is your design, textured coasters and Artesprix Sublimation Markers.
WHAT ARE ARTESPRIX SUBLIMATION MARKERS?
Artesprix Sublimation Markers are the perfect way to get creative this holiday season. You can make Christmas tote bags, design a festive dog bandana or even design matching holiday shirts for the whole family.
If you’ve never used Artesprix markers, you’ll love how fun and easy they make it to create cool designs! With Artesprix markers, you just draw your designs on regular copy paper, then easily transfer them to blanks using a heat source. It’s a simple process and the perfect way to express your creativity!
DIY COASTERS FOR CHRISTMAS
These textured coasters make great gifts too. You can make them for mom as a stocking stuffer or add a funny saying to each one and give them as a hostess gift.
Since these coasters were going to be for Santa’s milk and cookies on Christmas Eve, I really just needed to make one. However, I like everything in pairs so went with two instead (what if Santa doesn’t like to snack along?).
Here’s what you’ll need to make a set of Christmas coasters of your own...
- Heat Press, Dry Iron or Home Iron
- Protective Project Mat
HOW TO MAKE DIY COASTERS
Step 1. There are a couple different ways to make your coasters. One way is to draw your design freehand…just trace the outline of the coaster first to keep track of the size of the area you’re working with.
I wanted to use a pretty font that I had on my computer so I created most of my design on my computer. I didn’t have clipart for milk and cookies so that I drew freehand.
Step 2. Now take your design and place it face down on the lightbox so the image is mirrored (this is optional if there’s no writing…your image will just be reversed otherwise). Place another piece of copy paper on top and use your Artesprix markers to color your design. Note: If you don’t have a Lightbox, you can simulate one by holding your design up to the window.
One of my favorite things about using these markers is that they’re chisel tipped, which makes them great for making both fine lines and thick ones.
Also, don’t worry if the colors aren’t as bright as you’d like. That will change significantly once the heat is added.
Step 3. Set your heat source to 400. While waiting for it to heat up, take the coaster and place it face down on the design. Make sure the ink side is the side touching the coaster. Use Artesprix heat tape to attach the paper securely to the coaster.
Step 4. Now get your Artesprix Protective Paper. Because it conveniently comes in a roll, you’re able to cut the pieces as big or as small as you like.
You’ll want two pieces, one for the top and one for the bottom. You’re basically creating a sublimation sandwich, with protective paper as bread and the coaster and design as meat and cheese.
Step 5. When the heat source reaches 400, place one piece of protective paper on bottom and add the coaster with the ink side facing up. Now lay the remaining piece of protective paper on top.
Step 6. Heat for 90 seconds, then let cool on the protective project mat.
Step 7. Once the coaster has cooled to the touch, peel back the paper to see your fun creation.
Remember how I told you not to worry about the colors? Now you can see how bright and vibrant they become once you add the heat.
These turned out so cute and I really think Santa will love them, don’t you?
Now you’ve got the perfect way to leave a snack out for Santa and keep your furniture safe at the same time.
Artesprix Sublimation Markers are such a fun way to make crafts and decor for the holidays! From coasters for the table to ornaments for the tree, the possibilities are endless!
If you loved this project be sure to check out the other holiday blogs that are also live. Another great holiday project is the Thanksgiving Pet Bandana project, be sure to check it out.
Until next time!
Very clear instructions and terrific project! Thank you, Jerri