Drink Coaster Mini Album
About this Project
- 2 cardboard drink coasters
- 4x6 printed photos
- 1 book ring
- 4" circle cutter
- Cutting mat
- Hole punch
- Permanent marker
Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 1 mini-album
Decorate Your Own Coaster "Covers"
Keeping Memories in a Round Photo Mini-Album
We've gotten so used to capturing memories with cell phones and cameras digitally, and so many of those memories get filed away on flash drives and computers. I wanted to recover the feel of looking at real photos. Yet I wanted to put them together in a whole new way.
That's why I developed this memory-keeping design!
Following a trip with some family members to the beautiful Amnicon Falls State Park in northern Wisconsin, we ended up at a micro-brewery in Superior. I loved the design on the drink coasters from the establishment and thought they would make the perfect "covers" for our memories of that day. A couple of the coasters may have made their way into my purse and home for this special art project.
I'd like to involve children in a project like this in the future, and when I do, I plan to have them decorate their own blank round coasters. What a fun way to personalize the project!
I really like how it turned out and hope you do too! I plan to make more of these little photo albums as gifts for the holidays.
Let's Get Started
Step 1: Cutting Photo Circles
Most round cardboard drink coasters are 4 inches in diameter, a great size for this project, though it can be difficult to find a circle cutter the right size. That made this Martha Stewart Crafts Large Circle Cutter perfect, because I could adjust it to the size I needed, and I know I'll use it for future projects with larger circles.
Note: Make sure to measure the coasters you plan to use though, just in case the size is different.
The cutter was easy to use. Since my photos were 4x6 inches, I set the cutter to 4 inches and lined it up with the edge of the photo to ensure a full circle. Then, pressing down on the center, I rotated the arm around, pushing the blade against the photo. The result was a set of 18 perfect rounds like the one below.
Check out the video of how to use the circle cutter below.
Sample of a Cut Circle
How to Use the Martha Stewart Crafts Large Circle Cutter
Step 2: Punching Holes
This part is a little tricky, only because we want the photos and coasters to line up perfectly. That means, the holes need to line up just right as well. To get them exactly where I wanted them, I created a pattern coaster (umm... yes... that means that 3 coasters did find a new home in my purse. Funny how that can happen!).
Important: I wasn't sure how my hand-held hole puncher would handle the cardboard coasters. It went through the added thickness like a champ. No problem!
I punched a hole in the pattern coaster and used it to mark where my holes needed to be on each photo. Because I traced inside the hole with a permanent marker, it was smaller than the hole punch. That meant that all I had to do was make sure the whole red circle was punched out when I created the holes.
When I was done, both coasters and the photos were ready for the next step.
Colored Book Rings to Match the Project
Step 3: Assembling the Album
This is the easiest part. That is... unless it's hard to decide what order to place the photos in.
Open the book ring and slide one coaster onto it. Add each photo, one by one, making sure they all face the right direction. Finally, slip the back "cover" (a.k.a. the other drink coaster) into place and close the loop.
Voila! Cute photo mini-album for gift-giving or display!
Mini-Album on Display
© 2014 Monica Lobenstein
I'd love to hear your ideas and feedback about this project.
Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on October 02, 2014:
How creative! Now I wished I still drank as I could have had a large collection by now. :)
Monica Lobenstein (author) from Western Wisconsin on September 14, 2014:
@Sandy, It's fun to make too. Thanks for the visit!
Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on September 14, 2014:
Oh wow! What a great idea.
Monica Lobenstein (author) from Western Wisconsin on September 01, 2014:
@DrBillSmithWriter Thanks! Yes, we are lifelong learners here aren't we? :)
William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on August 31, 2014:
What fun! Thanks for sharing. Something new each day, here at HubPages! ;-)
Monica Lobenstein (author) from Western Wisconsin on August 28, 2014:
@CraftyPicks Thanks! I can't wait to make more.
Lori Green from Las Vegas on August 28, 2014:
This is totally adorable!
Monica Lobenstein (author) from Western Wisconsin on August 26, 2014:
@TreasuresBrenda Yes, I love because then I keep the pictures hanging where I can see them so fond memories are kept close.
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on August 25, 2014:
This is a fun way to have a short & simple reference to a favorite trip or other occasion.
Jessica Barst from Dallas, TX on August 18, 2014:
How fun! I love this idea - and I didn't realize there was such a thing as an adjustable size punch. I think I need one of those in my life!! Thanks for sharing your fun project!
Scott A McCray on August 17, 2014:
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 17, 2014:
I love this idea! This would make a great gift for friends.
Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on August 17, 2014:
What a cute idea. I love using the ones from the restaurant itself, but making your own would be even more fun. Clever girl!