These jute coasters are SO EASY to make! Protect your furniture with these DIY coasters made from craft foam, jute twine, and tacky glue.
Add a rustic farmhouse style to your home with these spiraled twine coasters. These drink coasters come together really quickly, so it’s easy to make a whole set! Make them for yourself or give them as a homemade gift. They make a great gift for a house warming or any other special occasion!
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How to Make Jute Coasters
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Step 1: Find what you need
- Gather your supplies and materials.
Step 2: Trace and cut out the coaster base
- Find a bowl that has the same diameter that you'd like your coasters to be (ours is about 4 inches).Place the bowl upside-down on the sheet of craft foam and trace around it.
- Cut out the circle from the foam.
Step 3: Attach the jute to the coaster base
- Add a generous amount of tacky glue to the center of the foam circle.
- Put the end of the jute rope in the center of the glue. Hold it in place for 30 seconds to 1 minute to help it stick.(Be sure to keep the jute attached to the spool of twine.)
- Begin wrapping the twine around itself in a circle, sticking it in the glue. Again, hold it in place until it sticks.Press down on the glued twine as you work to make sure it doesn't lift up from the foam.
- Add another line of glue, a couple inches long, to the foam.
- Wrap more of the jute rope around the circle, pressing it onto the glue until it sticks.
- Continue gluing the twine to the foam circle, working your way out to the edge of the foam. As you get closer to the edge of the coaster you can glue larger sections at a time. You also won't need to hold the twine in place as much to get it to stick.
- Once your jute rope reaches the edge of the coaster, cut off the jute from the spool of twine.
- Add a generous final line of glue and hold the end of the jute in place for 1 minute or until you're confident it won't pop off of the glue.Allow the coaster to dry for about 30 minutes.
Step 4: Finish off the coaster
- Once the coaster is dry, cut off any extra foam around the outside of the coaster.
- Your jute coaster is complete!
- Place a book or something heavy on the coaster as it dries to help keep it flat. If you’re worried about glue residue, place a layer of parchment paper under the book.
- Use a darker colour of foam, like brown or black, to help compliment the jute rope. (A brighter colour might show through.)
What is jute?
Jute is a natural fiber that comes from the jute plant, which is used to make twine, rope, and even burlap. Jute is known for its strength and durability, and it’s also a great craft supply!
What size twine is best to make these jute coasters?
We used a 5 mm jute twine rope to make these DIY coasters. Search Amazon for “5mm jute twine” and you should see plenty of good options.
We tried making these coasters with several different thicknesses of twine. We were surprised to find that regular twine (about 2mm) didn’t even look like twine when it was spiraled onto the coaster – it completely lost its rustic texture. Plus it took a LOT longer to spiral. We definitely recommend using a thicker twine.
What do you put on the bottom of coasters?
We tried making one twine coaster on felt. And while it did work pretty well, it was harder to get the twine to stick to it so it took longer to make it.
Are jute coasters washable?
You can spot wash the coasters with water and mild dish soap. Be sure to air dry the coasters flat for several hours before using them again.
What glue is best for making jute coasters?
We found that tacky glue worked really well to make these coasters. Tacky glue is stickier than regular white glue which really helps when you’re spiraling the twine.
We tried making one coaster with hot glue, but you could see the glue through the twine in some places so it looked a bit messy. Plus, we were worried that hot drinks on the hot glue might melt the glue.
We like making easy crafts around here, but we love making functional crafts that can actually get some use, and these jute coasters definitely qualify! Plus, they’re so cute and really inexpensive to make!
Here’s even more DIY coaster ideas:
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