Paper and Stitch · Jun 24, 2015

Once in a Blue Moon: How to Make DIY Moon Phases Coasters and Trivets with Carpet Tile

I’ve been meaning to tackle this project for a couple of months now (does that ever happen to you?) and the day has finally come for these DIY coasters and trivets to have their day in the sun. Here’s the story… I picked up a Flor tile from a local shop months ago when I was buying some other pretty random items (like these tiny spoons) and knew exactly what I would make with it. Coasters and trivets, naturally.

I kind of feel like I may be the only person to pick up ONE lone carpet tile and think, ‘Perfect! That’s all I need. Just one.’. But that’s what happened and one REALLY was all I needed. Which brings me to today’s DIY. I wanted to create a color blocked coaster design…something simple, but still interesting. And after Linda and I started cutting these little guys, it hit me….what about an abstract moon phases design. Done!

It’s much easier to do the moon phases with a straight line, as opposed to a curved crescent shape. It creates a more abstract / subtle color blocked design. So that’s what we did. And you can make your own set too, if you’re game. Full tutorial below…


- wood rounds (4 inch for coasters 7 inch for trivets)
- low profile carpet tile (mine is by Flor, which I purchased at a local store for $8)
- sharp cutting blade (I like this one)
- strong glue (I used super glue)
- ruler or straightedge

How To:

1. Place a wood round on top of the carpet tile and use it as a template to cut out a circle that is the same size as the wood. If you’re having trouble making the cut this way, you can trace the wood with a pencil and then cut with a blade following the pencil line.

2. Next, use a straight edge to create a clean line across the circle at the desired point. You’ll want to place the ruler right where you’ll want the color to change. So if you’re doing moon phases, like ours, you’ll want to change the position of each circle to a slightly larger or smaller area for the cut line.

3. Then flip one of the pieces over to the opposite side (exposing the black rubbery surface). This will represent the empty space of each moon phase. Or as I like to call it, the abstract galaxy of crafting.

4. Next, glue both pieces of the circle to the wooden round that you used in step 1. And you’re done!

5. Repeat steps 1-4 for the remainder of the moon phases that you want to create.

Budget Breakdown: Just in case you’re curious, the total cost of materials was about $17. Nine bucks for all of the wood rounds and eight dollars for the carpet tile (we already had the ruler, glue, and cutting blade – so those weren’t counted in the cost breakdown). One 20 inch square of carpet tile made a total of 3 trivets and 7 coasters! Which means each finished piece cost less than $2 to make. Not to shabby.

Crafting assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Styling and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff

What do you think? Are you into the color blocked / moon phases pattern?

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