Make a Set of Camping Coasters
Camping is probably one of the most loved activities that can be enjoyed from spring through to the fall – especially with this last year that we have all endured. There really is nothing quite like taking the R.V. to a favorite site and enjoying an ice-cold summer drink to help cool you off from the heat. These coasters are the perfect answer to keeping your trailer in tip-top shape – now you can say goodbye to those pesky drink rings! Don’t have an R.V.? You can absolutely change up the design for a set of coasters for your living room or patio. This project is a win-win for everyone!
- Blank infusible ink compatible coasters (I used these from Cricut)
- Infusible ink transfer sheets (I used Buffalo Check)
- Digital Product: SVG Bundle from MagpieandCrowDesigns
- Butcher paper
- Lint roller
- Weeding tools
- Standard grip mat
- Cricut cutting machine
- Cricut Easy Press and mat
- Heat-resistant tape (optional)
Let’s Make Some Coasters!
A Little Word About Infusible Ink
Before beginning this project, it’s extremely important to understand why some of the materials you will be using will most likely differ from using regular heat transfer vinyl (HTV). Infusible ink, both the markers and transfer sheets, literally infuse ink into your blank – essentially merging with your material/blank; while HTV adheres a vinyl on top of it. Due to this difference, it’s imperative that you ensure that you are using a blank that can bind well with the infusible ink. I highly recommend sticking with Cricut blanks to ensure the most optimal results.
Let’s Get Started!
Cricut Design Space
To begin, you will want to first purchase the SVG Bundle from MagpieandCrowDesigns over at Etsy. I adore the simplicity of these designs and the many smiles they bring! Once purchased, download, unzip, and upload the files to Design Space. Now just choose the four designs that you like best for your coasters and delete the rest. Next, move the designs to the side while you create your templates.
To make your templates, start by inserting a square shape from the Shapes Library (or circle if you are using the round coaster) and adjust the size to that of your coaster. If you are using the square coasters like myself, the size should be set to 3.75” x 3.75”. Duplicate the shape to make a template for all four coasters and if you like, you can change the color to represent your transfer sheet. I am planning on making all of my coasters with the Buffalo Check pattern to match the decor of my trailer, so I just made my templates all red.
To begin designing your cut, ungroup the SVG you already uploaded and size each of the designs on your template so that they fit nicely while leaving a slight edge on all four sides.
- 👉 Design Tip: If you choose a longer phrased design such as the “toasted” or “hammered”, you may notice that the image becomes too small when comparing them to the other coasters. To correct this, you can insert a shape and then just slice off the phrase from the image. This will allow you to increase the image size separate from the text!
Once you have the SVG’s at the correct size, simply Align>Center on the templates. Select all, then attach and click on that Make It button!
Cutting and Weeding
We are almost at the fun part! Open up your infusible ink and apply it to your physical mat as it appears on the digital one in Design Space – ink side up. You will notice that the transfer sheet looks like the color is very faded – fear not! After you apply the heat, the color will be gorgeous and vibrant.
🔔 Remember!!! You must MIRROR your design before you send it to cut!
Choose “Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet” as your material, and if you prefer, adjust the pressure to “More”. I know my machine and I almost always choose more pressure to ensure that I get a flawless cut.
Allow Cricut to work its magic while you get out your tools and get ready to weed. With the transfer sheets, the tools are not always necessary, but they are good to have on hand just in case you need them – specifically the tweezers!
Once the cut is complete, slightly roll the transfer sheet to loosen the design, then weed as per usual. Set them aside while you heat up your EasyPress and prepare your pressing station. According to the Cricut Heat Guide for the square coasters, you should set your temperature to 400 degrees and the time to 60 seconds.
Use your lint roller to clean any oil, dust, or debris from the coasters. Then, place your cardstock on the mat – this is in order to protect the mat from getting any ink on it. Now place your coaster, and then align the design, followed by your butcher paper over top. Feel free to use some heat-resistant tape to keep it in place…just don’t cover the ink with it!
Now just press – remembering to use light to no pressure at all. This is a warm peel, so allow it to cool slightly so that you don’t burn your fingers, and then lift away the transfer sheet revealing your finished product. Repeat this same process for the remaining three coasters.
Allow them to rest for around 24 hours before using them just to make sure they are fully cured.
Voila! Now you have some snazzy new coasters for your next camping trip! Or should I say “glamping” trip? 😉 Cheers to a wonderful camping season! 🏕🌞🍻
Keep on Crafting! 💖