A few years ago, I bought The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter and saw an adorable idea to make chocolate frog coasters. I wanted to make them as Christmas tree ornaments, which could easily be done by adding a hole to hang a ribbon or twine. I got a few packs of creepy crawlies from the dollar store; the ones with frogs and lizards. The directions in the book said to use brown spray paint. I picked out a paint that claimed it could bond to plastic. Long story short…it never dried, and remained sticky.
I put the project on hold for a time, as I didn’t want permanently sticky frogs. A while ago, I found a different brand of brown “plastic approved” spray paint with the same result, and I tried again. I got the same results and, again the project stayed in the garage, unfinished.
A few days ago I was digging around in the garage, trying to make room for a stupid plumbing issue we are currently dealing with, and I stumbled across my little froggies. I then decided it was time to take another crack at it.
I decided to use acrylic craft paint and hand paint them, and that worked so much better. I think I did try that initially (way back when I made my first attempt), but the paint smeared off. It did the same thing, but this time I allowed it to dry in between coats, and gave them 3 coats per side and voila!
No sticky frogs!
The DIY frog coaster in the book is quite plain and leaves room to embellish to your heart’s content. Basically, the one in the book is just cork in the shape of a pentagon, with glitter gold scrapbook paper and the frog; nothing fancy, but that is where imagination takes flight.
In the past few weeks the Facebook group Accio SVG and other Harry Potter craft groups I saw a few posts of DIY’d coasters that inspired me to finish my own versions. There was one post of Gringotts coin coasters, which I believe are cast resin in a mold. I also saw a post of very pretty cork board chocolate frog coasters. The frog project is very similar to a project I started about 3 years ago. I never finished the original project and I decided it was time to do so. While I was at it, I decided I wanted to make some Prefect badge coasters, since I will have all the supplies out at once, I may as well. Side note: Head boy and girl badges would be fun to make as well!
Now, never mind that in our house we have 5 sets of coasters we don’t use as it is…I still want to make them! If nothing else, they may end up as gifts. Vanessa keep your grabby hands to yourself!
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Materials needed for all projects
ONLY if cutting 2mm or thinner cork
ONLY needed for hand cutting cork (can be for all cork thickness)
Thin tipped black marker to mark stencil on cork
cork (shapes or sheets for cutting). If you use 2mm cork sheets, you can use a Cricut Maker for cutting shapes. I used 4mm cork, so I had to cut them by hand. I think the thicker cork will make for a better coaster
I used blue electric Siser brand for the frog (this was the type used on the Facebook group – I love the color) and an assortment of glitter: silver, gold, bronze, black, red, green, yellow, blue
Paint for hand painting them, in which case you will need acrylic paint and brushes and all the tools for painting
Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine for cutting vinyl (or similar machine)
For applying HTV vinyl
Iron or Easypress
E6000 or strong clear drying glue
brown acrylic paint, brushes, and clean up supplies (for frogs)
I think that starting with painting the Chocolate Frogs would be wise so that they can have some time to dry in between coats.
To begin, I had to locate cork in the shape of a pentagon, which is harder than it sounds. You can buy pre-shaped cork, but I ended up buying a pack of 4mm cork board squares and cut my own templates. I used my Cricut to create stencils of basic shapes: pentagon, circles, and shields. Of course, you can also go old school and use a compass and ruler and such to make your own designs.
This is the shield shape I used. I designed my file to fit. I cut all my shapes 5″x 5″ or REALLY close to it.
Once you have your cork shapes, you need the design patterns. You are free to use the ones we created (I had Joe design a special Chocolate frog pattern for me). I was able to locate the Gringotts design with an image search on line, and converted it to an SVG file. I designed the Prefect badge myself in Cricut Design Space™
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Printing the designs as stencils.
You can print onto card stock and cut out the design to make a stencil, then use that as a painting stencil. The Chocolate frog design is very detailed but not overly difficult. You may not get all the details by hand, there are some tiny bits. I used the Cricut and weeded out the vinyl, then applied it to the corresponding cork shape. Be sure to line it up properly or you may have to trim the edges of the cork. If that is necessary, I would suggest using an X-acto knife.
If you want the coasters to be waterproof, apply two or three coats of Mod Podge to the tops and edges. I used glossy which does make them stick together a little when they are stacked, but just enough to not slip. There are other methods of waterproofing cork, but this is what I had on hand. For a first time around with this project, I am totally happy.
Upon drying you can, if you choose, glue a frog on the corner of the Chocolate frog card for a little extra. Note you cannot stack the coasters if this done.
These would be great for stocking-stuffers or little gifts!
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