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Did you see my AstroTurf Yard Line Bunting Garland last week? Well, if you don’t want to make that, but still want to have fun with some AstroTurf, I’ve got the same idea … but for coasters! This is a quick and easy DIY to make this week before the Big Game if you’re having people over to watch the big game, the commercials, and the halftime show and want to protect your coffee table from ring spots. Or make them and take them as a hostess gift if you’re going to a party to watch the game! Plus, they’re just cute! And they add functional decor. If you don’t have a lot of time to decorate, make something that functions and is on theme! Ready to make them? You’ll need just a few supplies including tiles, epoxy, AstroTurf, scissors or knife, stencils, tape, and white spray paint. Recommended optional supply: felt for the bottoms to keep the tile from scratching your table. Instructions:
Step 1: Start by cutting out your Astroturf. Place your tile on the back of the Astroturf and cut around it, slightly larger. You should be able to cut along the gridded lines on the back to ensure it’s straight.
Step 2: Next, tape off your middle line and two miniature side lines. You don’t need to take the entire coaster unless you want to. I’m a quick DIYer, so I take shortcuts and in this case, I use an old catalog to protect the parts I don’t want spray painted which in this case are the right and left corners above the tape.
Step 3: Remove the tape and allow to dry. Then take your stencils and place them in the correct area, place your old catalogs or magazines over the parts you don’t want spray painted, and spray paint the numbers. Make sure the numbers don’t shift too much after you place them down, or you’ll end up with my 40 Yard Line coaster where the 4 is a bit high.
Step 4: Once dry, follow the manufacturer’s instruction on the epoxy to glue the AstroTurf to your tiles and allow to dry a few hours.
Step 5: Optional, but recommended step: use epoxy or even a glue gun to attach felt to the underneath of the tiles so they won’t scratch your table. I would use white felt, so it matches the white tile.
Step 6: Set out your new coasters with your favorite sodas and some snacks. I picked up some appetizers along with some bottled sodas which I wrapped in leftover Astroturf cozies. I picked up Farm Rich Loaded Potato Skins and Breaded Mushrooms in the frozen aisle and you can find all of the supplies for the AstroTurf coasters at your local hardware store. The Farm Rich products make it so easy to host a party, just pop them in the oven and in less than 20 minutes you have enough food to feed a crowd. And those Loaded Potato Skins? They aren’t kidding about them being LOADED with bacon! So good with a ranch dip!
What do you serve on Football Game Day? Let me know in the comments!