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DIY Fruit Coasters & Summer Mason Jars

May 27, 2015 By Kim Byers
DIY Fruit Coasters & Summer Mason Jars

Hi there! Kim from The Celebration Shoppe here with a fun and easy way to dress up your summer entertaining. I don’t know about you, but I love the mason jar trend that has been around for the past few years. There are just so many projects you can make, from paint dipped flower vases to magnetic lid storage containers. Plus the jars themselves remind me of my grandmother and southern sweet ice tea in her backyard, so my favorite thing to do is top them with a lovely lid and call them drinking glasses!

DIY Summer Fruit, Cupcake and Flower Coasters Made with the Cricut Explore Air // Fun Summer Decor // DIY Summer Party Decor with Fun Mason Jars

Jo-Ann carries an entire selection of colorful lids and lid inserts, all perfect for entertaining this summer. These polka dot lids are some of my favorites! And how best to compliment them than to whip up some quick and easy fruit coasters!

DIY Summer Fruit, Cupcake and Flower Coasters Made with the Cricut Explore Air // Fun Summer Decor // DIY Summer Party Decor with Fun Mason Jars

I made cherry coasters.

DIY Summer Fruit, Cupcake and Flower Coasters Made with the Cricut Explore Air // Fun Summer Decor // DIY Summer Party Decor with Fun Mason Jars

I made lemon coasters.

DIY Summer Fruit, Cupcake and Flower Coasters Made with the Cricut Explore Air // Fun Summer Decor // DIY Summer Party Decor with Fun Mason Jars

I made pineapple coasters.

DIY Summer Fruit, Cupcake and Flower Coasters Made with the Cricut Explore Air // Fun Summer Decor // DIY Summer Party Decor with Fun Mason Jars

And all three are super easy. Here’s what you’ll need from your Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store:

• Bright polka dot mason jar lids
• Paper straws
Cricut Explore Air (or Cricut Explore with bluetooth adapter, or Cricut Explore One)*
• Cricut Design Space app for iPad® (or you can use your desktop/laptop if you don’t have an iPad)
• Cherry Coaster in Design Space (personalizing, resizing, etc. is so easy!)
• Pineapple Coaster in Design Space
• Lemon Coaster in Design Space
• 12×12 Cricut Mat, strong grip recommended but standard can handle it
• Cricut Distressed Foam
• Zot glue dots
• Optional: Mini white brads

Now for the simple steps:

1. Cut foam – open the project in Design Space, insert mat with foam and cut. (Tip: You don’t need a “deep cut blade” as long as you use the “distressed foam” setting on the Cricut.)

2. Assemble fruit – using glue dots, or mini white brads, assemble the fruit coasters. (Tip: The cherry design has slits allowing you to insert the stems so no glue is necessary.)

DIY Summer Fruit, Cupcake and Flower Coasters Made with the Cricut Explore Air // Fun Summer Decor // DIY Summer Party Decor with Fun Mason Jars

And I thought it would be fun to add a few leaves to the straws. Just place the straws in the jars to determine the height, add a Zot glue dot to the back of the foam and attach to the straw. Instant leaf!

DIY Summer Fruit, Cupcake and Flower Coasters Made with the Cricut Explore Air // Fun Summer Decor // DIY Summer Party Decor with Fun Mason Jars

You can also make flower coasters!

DIY Summer Fruit, Cupcake and Flower Coasters Made with the Cricut Explore Air // Fun Summer Decor // DIY Summer Party Decor with Fun Mason Jars

Or, you could make cupcake coasters.

DIY Summer Fruit, Cupcake and Flower Coasters Made with the Cricut Explore Air // Fun Summer Decor // DIY Summer Party Decor with Fun Mason Jars

This is a favorite idea of mine because you can turn a plain white cupcake into a flower cupcake in a matter of seconds with no icing skills needed. {grin}

*By the way, did you see that Cricut just came out with the Explore One? It’s the same great machine, but a bit less expensive than the Cricut Explore (one step cut & write) and Cricut Explore Air (one step cut & write plus wireless). It’s the perfect starter machine because you can upgrade it if you want those other features. Compare all three machines and let’s get crafting!

Welcome to summer and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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