washi tape coasters

The school year ended for my middle daughter this week.  She has her eighth grade graduation this evening, and then she will be considered a high school freshman…she has reminded me of her school status every day this week!

We wanted to give her teachers a small thank you at the end of the semester, and I came up with this idea.

washi tape coaster | polka dots and picket fences

I created these cute washi tape coasters using the following supplies…

washi tape coasters | polka dots and picket fences

wood craft sticks

balsa wood sticks

washi tape

mod podge

scissors

hot glue gun

knife

I started by snipping off the ends of the craft sticks using scissors.  It takes seven of these for each coaster.

washi tape coasters | polka dots and picket fences

Then I used a kitchen knife to cut the balsa wood.  I measured the length of the wood sticks after snipping off the ends (which was 5 1/4 inches), and cut the balsa to the same length.  You will need three pieces of the balsa for each coaster.

washi tape coasters | polka dots and picket fences

washi tape coasters | polka dots and picket fences

Next comes the fun part…decorating the wood sticks with the washi tape.  I used different patterns of blue and yellow (her school colors).  I cut a length of the tape and attached it to one side of the stick.  Press it firmly in place.

washi tape coasters | polka dots and picket fences

washi tape coasters | polka dots and picket fences

After the sticks were decorated with the washi tape, it was time to put it all together.  I glued one end of a craft stick to a balsa stick, and then glued the other end of it to another balsa stick.

washi tape coasters | polka dots and picket fences

Then I did the same with another craft stick.

washi tape coasters | polka dots and picket fences

I turned it over, and then glued the third balsa stick in the middle for added support.

washi tape coasters | polka dots and picket fences

washi tape coasters | polka dots and picket fences

I planned my pattern of the craft sticks, and then I glued the rest of them in place.  I started with the middle one and then finished by adding two more on both sides.

washi tape coasters | polka dots and picket fences

washi tape coasters | polka dots and picket fences

I applied a coat of mod podge to the top of the coaster to seal everything in place.

washi tape coasters | polka dots and picket fences

I purchased tumblers from the school spirit store and filled each with drink stick mixes…lemonade, Arnold Palmer, iced tea.  Good summertime refreshment!

washi tape coasters | polka dots and picket fences

Wrap it up with some cellophane and ribbons, and it is ready to give as a thank you gift for a year of fun and learning!

washi tape coasters | polka dots and picket fences

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