DIY Embroidered Cork Board Leaf Coasters

DIY cork board embroidered leaf coasters | Popcorn & ChocolateSorry for being a bit MIA the past week. I would say we have been busy and what not but really we haven’t, we’ve just been lazy bums. Sometimes all I want to do when I get home from work is sit my bum on the couch and watch TV and eat cookies and drink tea. While that is all fine and dandy, we do enjoy this blog and are trying to make some fun things to share with you all (whilst balancing work and those occasional lazy days we all need).

DIY cork board embroidered leaf coasters | Popcorn & Chocolate DIY cork board embroidered leaf coasters | Popcorn & ChocolateToday we have one of said fun things to share with you. We have created embroidered cork board leaf coasters! They are super cute and a lot of fun to make! Plus, they are perfect for your Thanksgiving table or just out and about for an extra seasonal flare.

DIY cork board embroidered leaf coasters | Popcorn & Chocolate At first, we knew we wanted to be able to embroider different patterns on the leaves but didn’t know how we could go about doing this. That is when the lovely cork board came to mind. It is perfect because not only does it already look sort of leaf colored but you can also easily embroider into it to make any design your heart desires.

DIY cork board embroidered leaf coasters | Popcorn & ChocolateWe printed out basic leaf stencils from the interweb and then Rose stenciled them onto the cork board and cut them out using an exacto knife. This was a bit more of a delicate process than one would think, so be careful with your cuts. Cork board tends to rip and break off, and you wouldn’t want your acorn to lose its stem now would you? As you can see some of our poor acorns heads got a bit chopped off. But, ya know, nature ain’t perfect!

DIY cork board embroidered leaf coasters | Popcorn & ChocolateFinally once we cut out all the leafs and acorns our hearts desired, we began to embroider. For this, we took embroidery thread and took only 4 of the strands of it. We found that using all the strands was too thick for the cork and made bigger holes in it than we wanted. We used a regular needle for embroidery and just remembered to knot the thread before we started. Again, be careful at this step because the cork can break easily. If you have to undo a stitch, just be careful pulling it back out that you don’t break anything. We played around with different patterns and styles on all of the different leafs. We also chose fun bright colors so you would really be able to see the string.

DIY cork board embroidered leaf coasters | Popcorn & Chocolate

This craft was a lot of fun to do! I’m not much of an embroiderer but I didn’t let that stop me from trying. You can do simple stripes across (like with our acorn) or simple stitches outlining the leaf. Or, get more fancy if you are a true embroiderer and make some funky designs! We would love to see what you guys comes up with!

DIY cork board embroidered leaf coasters | Popcorn & Chocolate

Embroidered Cork Coasters | Popcorn & Chocolate


DIY Marble Coasters

marble coastersLet’s play a game where we list things we become obsessed with and then buy too much of. Okay, I’ll go first

  • Trays – any size, shape, color I have them all
  • Mugs – some are just too stinking cute to pass up
  • Popcorn & Chocolate – what did you expect?
  • Coasters – omg I need them all

Okay, now it’s your turn. It’s alright, we won’t judge you; we have a full cabinet dedicated to popcorn alone. Think of it as a retail therapy session. Doesn’t that feel nice to admit? marble coaster with mug The reason I bring this up is because we have recently added to our overwhelming supply of one of the aforementioned items on the list. However, we didn’t pick it up in a store like we usually do. Nope, this one is one of a kind couldn’t even replicate it if we tried (believe me we did try). And what, you may ask, are we talking about that we made and added to our list of why do we have so many of these? Coasters! marble coasters with newspaper These aren’t just any old coasters though; they are marbled coasters! Plus, they cost as much as buying a white tile at Home Depot costs because most likely you already have the other necessary supplies, which are water and nail polish. IMG_6679 What to do: Get a bin (something that can get ruined because it will get ruined…) or an old tupperware container like we used, and fill it with warm water. If you don’t use warm water, the nail polish will harden quickly and it won’t stick to the tile. Next uncap all of the nail polish you plan to use and then one buy one quickly pour drops into the water. You can try to make a design, but it’s pretty hard to be intentional here. Finally, take your tile and dip it into the water with the tile facing down. You want to try and dip it in as flat as you can so as to not cause any air bubbles. Lift out the tile and slowly turn it over and let air dry for a few hours. You want to do this whole process pretty fast as the nail polish tends to harden and clump quickly. Once the tile is completely dry we sprayed it with a sealant to make them heat safe and water proof. Don’t fear, if yours comes out ugly, just wipe it down with nail polish remover and wipe it with water and start over! Make sure you have some windows open or some ventilation with all these fumes!marble coasters Yep, that’s right we got this marble effect by just dipping a white tile into water with nail polish drops. Simple as that. Look at all these beauties we made and added to our coaster collection: marble coasters