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Are you looking for a fun and unique gift idea? Use your kid’s drawings, Infusible Ink Cricut markers, and an EasyPress 2 to create creative coasters!
I have done quite a few posts on the new revolutionary product from Cricut and lately, I’ve been creating gifts with it by using my kid’s artwork.
I think this is the third set of coasters we’ve made with Infusible Ink and I think these are my favorite!
Previously I made ceramic coasters with Infusible Ink transfer sheets and also some cool summer coasters using my Cricut and the Infusible Ink pens, but this time I had my daughter draw some pictures to use.
Ok, let’s get started! These coasters are actually really quick to make.
Materials Needed for Infusible Ink Cricut Project
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- Cricut Infusible Ink markers (or pens)
- Infusible Ink compatible coasters (I used these ones)
- Cricut EasyPress 2 and mat (or find on Amazon here)
- White cardstock and butcher paper
- white laser paper
- heat resistant tape
I didn’t realize Cricut also had Infusible Ink Freehand Markers (find here). I just used what we had on hand since I had a bunch of the regular markers used in the machines, but I think the freehand markers would have been easier for my daughter to use!
How to Make Freehand Coasters with Infusible Ink Markers
The first thing you’ll want to do is have your child or children draw a picture on laser paper. The images will be pressed as a mirror image so I try to have them draw pictures without words or letters.
If you want to use words, you could turn the paper upside down and have them draw or write it in pencil and then flip it back over and trace it with the markers.
The cork square coasters are 3.75 in x 3.75 in so make sure the drawings will fit inside. If you are having a younger child draw, it might be best to trace the coasters on the paper with a pencil and have them color inside the lines with the Infusible Ink markers.
I always like to look up the Infusible Ink heat settings on the heat guide. It tells me exactly what temperature and in what order I need to lay everything.
Preheat an EasyPress 2 to 400F. It only takes a few minutes to heat up.
While it is heating up cut the pictures apart if they are all on the same paper.
Place an EasyPress mat on a hard surface and them place butcher paper on top of it. This helps protect the mat because these coasters get hot!
Wipe off the coasters with a lint-free cloth to make sure they are super clean and free of grease and lint.
Then place the coasters with the white side up on top of the butcher paper. Place the drawings upside down and center them on the coaster. Make sure the ink is facing the coaster and not you!
Then use some heat resistant tape to tape them in place so they don’t move around when the press is on them.
I was able to do two coasters at a time with a 6×7 EasyPress2. You can probably do more with the larger ones.
Place a white piece of cardstock over the coasters (Don’t forget this step! It really protects the heat plate)
Then place the EasyPress 2 over the coasters making sure every part is being covered. Let it sit there for 60 seconds without any pressure. I had to hold the cord so it didn’t wiggle on me.
Gently pick up the press after 60 seconds. This is how my cardstock looked! That’s why it’s so important to use the cardstock. That might end up on your press!
Now BE CAREFUL! The coasters are super hot! Mine moved in the video when I lifted the press so I moved them the first thing I saw… scissors.
When they are cool to the touch, peel off the paper, and be amazed by the cute waterproof coasters of your child’s artwork!
Aren’t they cute?? I love them! Perfect gift for almost anyone.
I also made a cute tote with my kid’s artwork a similar way if you want to check that tutorial out too.
I love how the Infusible Ink markers make the colors so vibrant!
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Thanks so much for stopping by and have a creative day!