The overwhelming desire I had back in May to make ice lollies and eat them has somewhat died down. Don’’t get me wrong, if you were to put a nice big ice cream in front of me right now, I’’d definitely eat it, but I don’’t feel the urge to actually make my own ice lollies anymore. That can wait until next spring. Maybe it’’s because summer is very slowly starting to draw to a close and my mind is already set on other treats.

So, I found myself with a bunch of wooden sticks for the ice lollies I never made. What to do with them? Well, as it will soon be hot drink season, why not put them to good use and make a coaster?

Clever, right? And as I like to decorate small things with washi tape, I thought I’’d put that to use as well. Read on if you like the idea and I’’ll explain how to make this coaster in a few easy steps.

 

here's what you'll need...

  • Lolly sticks, 12 per coaster
  • Washi tape with any design you like
  • A cutting mat
  • A craft knife
  • Small scissors (rounded nail scissors are ideal)
  • PVA glue & paint brush

Lolly Stick Coaster Materials 1

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    10 of the sticks will be covered with the washi tape, whilst two are staying plain. Stick the tape to the top of a stick, if it’’s wide enough, you can even put two sticks next to each other. With the craft knife, cut the tape right along the length of the stick. Trim the rounded ends with the scissors.

    Lolly Stick Coaster Steps1 and 2

  • 2

    Repeat until you have ten sticks covered on one side.

    Lolly Stick Coaster Steps 3 and 4

  • 3

    Turn the sticks upside down now and arrange them evenly spaced on your cutting mat. This is where such a mat comes in very handy as it has a grid which helps with the spacing.

    Lolly Stick Coaster Steps 5 and 6

  • 4

    Apply glue to the two plain sticks and carefully place them on top of the ten decorated one. You should end up with something that looks like a fence. Adjust any sticks which aren’t quite straight before the glue dries.

    Don’’t worry if some of the glue spills out between the sticks, it will dry clear.

    Lolly Stick Coaster Steps 7 and 8

  • 5

    Once dried, turn the whole thing around and it’’s done!

    Lolly Stick Coaster Post 4

    A simple and fun little coaster which I find is also great to use with certain vintage vases which occasionally tend to leak!

    I hope you like it and you’’ll have fun with this little project.

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By Carole Poirot on 26.08.14

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