You Will Need ...
  1. Duct tape

  2. Ruler

  3. Marker or Sharpie

  4. Scissors

  5. Work surface, or a fabric-covered board

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Step 1: 

The first thing you'll need to do is determine how big you want your coaster to be. We want ours to be a 3 inch by 3 inch square. So, we're going to create three 4-inch strips (your strips should be one inch longer than you want your finished coaster to be), and then another set of three 4-inch strips. We're going to do one set in this mustache pattern, and the other set in green.

Step 2: 

To create your strips, tear off your duct tape at the correct length, then fold it on top of itself lengthwise so that no sticky-side is exposed. Trim the sides if necessary.

Step 3: 

Once you have your strips, you'll need more duct tape for your border. Here, we're using a blue polka dot. We tore off a piece that is 5 inches long.

Step 4: 

For your border strip, fold it in half lengthwise so that the sticky side is on the OUTSIDE.

Step 5: 

Take your first set of strips and lay their ends on top of the sticky border tape so that they lay right next to each other. (The fold on the border strip should be on top, and the free edge on the bottom.) The strips should hang down like fringe; you can see how we did it with our mustache-patterned strips in the picture. Then, take one of your other strips, and weave it over and under the "hanging" strips, as we did with the green. You want your horizontal strip to touch the border strip, with no gaps in between.

Step 6: 

For our second horizontal green strip, we wove it over and under; the opposite of how we wove the first strip. You can see a checkerboard pattern start to form. Once again, you should make sure no gaps appear between your horizontal strips.

Step 7: 

Finally, we wove our third horizontal green strip the same way we wove the first.

Step 8: 

Carefully peel the border strip up from your work surface. Fold the border strip over the tops of the "hanging" strips to secure them in place. Tear off three more strips of duct tape for the borders on the other three sides of your coaster.

Step 9: 

To seal in the other sides of your coaster, lay your border strip across the side, with half of it hanging over.

Step 10: 

Flip the coaster over...

Step 11: 

... And fold the border strip down onto the opposite side.

Step 12: 

Repeat this process for your two remaining sides. When all four sides are done, you can trim the corners into pretty curves if you like!

Step 13: 

One thing I like to do is to take the tape at the end of the roll and save it for weaving projects. The duct tape on one side and cardboard on the other makes them perfect to turn into strips!

Step 14: 

If you like, you can create great big versions of the coasters, with many many strips, and make placemats.

Step 15: 

When making placemats, I like to cover the backside with felt. I glue it on with a hot glue gun.

Craft Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Duct Tape: 
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
1 adult per 5 children

Here, you can see some of my coasters, as well as some of my placemats!

Variation Photos: