Infusible Ink Christmas Coasters with Cricut
Make these adorable Christmas coasters that look like peppermint candies. When I saw these on Pinterest, I immediately wanted to make some. Then that led to making more with snowflake designs. Working with infusible ink is so fun, and coasters are one of my favorite things to make.
For the peppermint candy coasters, I only needed four ceramic coasters and red and green infusible ink, along with the usual Cricut machines and tools.
Standard Grip Cutting Mat
Infusible ink in red and green
Cricut ceramic coasters
Heat resistant tape
I found the peppermint candy designs for these right in Design Space Images, accessible with Cricut Access. I uploaded them into my canvas and sized them to fit the coasters. Then I made two of them red and two green, and I was ready for cutting.
I mirrored my designs for cutting as usual for infusible ink projects. These designs could probably go either way, but I like to be consistent with my process. I grouped and attached the green designs and the red designs separately to cut two of the same color on a mat.
I placed the red infusible ink on my cutting mat with the ink side up and started cutting.
After unloading the mat, I cut the two coaster designs apart and weeded them to remove the excess ink that was not part of the design, being careful to avoid touching the ink as much as possible.
Once the red ones were cut and weeded, I repeated this process for the green designs. Then all four designs were ready to apply to my coasters.
When applying infusible ink to blanks with heat, there are a couple extra supplies needed: cardstock to protect the EasyPress mat under the coasters and butcher paper to cover the infusible ink before using the heat press on it.
In addition, I used heat resistant tape to secure the infusible ink design to my blanks to prevent them from moving during the heating process. That could cause ghosting and ruin my project.
When using infusible ink, I always cut the design a bit larger than the blanks to make sure the color goes all the way to the edges. You can see that below.
I preheated my EasyPress 2 according to the Cricut Heat Guide. Once it was ready, I began applying the ink to my coasters. I could hardly wait to see the final result.
Here is one design applied, with the transfer sheet removed, once it cooled off, of course. No need to burn myself or smudge the design, even though I was excited to see how my coaster looked with the ink applied.
Look how vibrant the green is on this one! Infusible ink can be deceiving because it looks so dull before application, but that's all part of the fun.
And now, see all four completed coasters below. Aren't they cute? For a simple project, they sure turned out amazing.
I had so much fun with these coasters, I decided to make more with snowflake designs in blue colors.
Here are my designs for those, which were also found in Design Space images.
I opted to use a package of infusible ink that had four different shades of blue with different background effects. This one is called Distressed Cool Water. Blue is one of my favorite colors to decorate with for Christmas.
I followed the exact same process as for the peppermint candy coasters. However, these were a bit more difficult to weed due to the more intricate designs. I took my time and was careful with them, so I wouldn't tear any part of the design.
Here is an image of the infusible ink design attached to a coaster with heat resistant tape.
I centered the design over the coaster and taped it on, making it somewhat snug but not too much. I didn't really want the ink to transfer to the sides of the coasters.
Here are all four snowflake coasters done. I think they are beautiful. I love the different shades of blue with different background textures.
This was such a fun project, and now these coasters can be used every year. I decided these would make great Christmas bingo prizes. There were four coasters in each set, and I would prefer a set of eight that match for myself. I wrapped them in clear cellophane and tied them with some shiny ribbon.
I also cut out thin pieces of foam into circles to place between the coasters, so none of them would get scratched during storage. I discarded the ones that came with the coasters before I realized I could use them.
Now I can make more Christmas coasters for me. See what I did there? Although I really like the blue snowflake coasters, I think the peppermint candy ones are my favorite. The colors just pop.
What about you? Do you have special coasters to use at Christmas time? If not, now is the time to make some. You can impress your guests and have fun in the process. I sure hope you do.
It is never too early to start crafting for Christmas.