I’m sharing how to make your own set of handmade coasters using 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults, a free coloring book by Andee Graves/Mamas2Hands for FaveCrafts, and Cricut Infusible Ink Markers — no cutting machine needed! These coasters are a fun way to add some crochet love to your home decor, and they also make great gifts for your favorite crocheters.
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A few months ago, my friend Andee from Mamas2Hands invited me to share a project from her new, free coloring book from FaveCrafts, 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults on Underground Crafter. As you can guess from the name, it’s a crochet-themed, adult coloring booklet. Andee is a talented crochet designer and an illustrator, so I was happy to say yes!
Shortly afterward, the cold sweats started. Well, not literally. But let’s just say that coloring between the lines has never been my strong suit. I did spend plenty of time thinking about how I could use this coloring book, because personally I don’t find coloring to be super relaxing. (If you do, 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults is great for that, though!)
Who would have known that Cricut would come to the coloring book rescue?
While I was traveling a few weeks ago, this goodie box showed up at home. (There’s nothing quite like getting home to crafty products from one of your favorite companies after a busy trip.) If you haven’t heard, Cricut has introduced a new set of products, Infusible Ink, that are available exclusively at Michaels. Infusible Ink is a heat transfer material that makes “peel-proof, flake-proof, wash-proof” projects using Cricut blanks, Infusible Ink Markers or Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets, and a Cricut EasyPress 2.
If you’re just hearing about Infusible Ink, you can watch the short video below or check out this page on Cricut’s website to see some other project ideas in action.
I’ve always wanted crochet coasters, and no, I don’t mean crocheted coasters – I have some of those already! I thought Infusible Ink would be a great way to make my own coasters with a crochet theme, and it turns out that several of the illustrations in 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults are the perfect size for the Cricut coaster blanks.
One of the cool things about the Infusible Ink pens is that you don’t need a Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore series machine (or, any cutting machine) to use them. I hope you’ll have fun coloring in the pages of 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults while exploring Cricut Infusible Ink. If you’re new to heat transfer or Infusible Ink, don’t worry, I have you covered with a step-by-step tutorial.
How To Make Granny Square Coasters with Crochet Coloring Pages and Cricut Infusible Ink
Cricut Tutorial by Underground Crafter
I used coloring pages from 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults to make granny themed coasters with Cricut Infusible Ink Markers. If you’re making a set, be sure to use different color highlights on each coaster — it will help your guests identify their drinks! You can also customize this project with any coloring book pages.
Yield and Finished Size
- Makes 4 coasters. Each coaster measures 3.75″ (9.5 cm) square.
- EasyPress 2 with EasyPress Mat, or another heat press capable of reaching 400°F (205°C) with a heat-safe surface,
- Cricut Infusible Ink Markers (I used the Basic set),
- Cricut Heat Resistant Tape, and
- Your favorite pages from 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults by Mamas2Hands (available for free on FaveCrafts), printed onto laser paper,
- Cricut Square Coaster Blanks,
- 1 piece of butcher paper, and
- 1 piece of 80 lb. cardstock (or 4 layers of butcher paper).
Prepare Your Coloring Pages
- Start by (virtually) leafing through 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults.
- Print out 4 illustrations that will fit into a 3.75″ (9.5 cm) square. You can print 4 of the same image or 4 different images — it’s up to you!
- Cut each illustration down to size.
- With your Cricut Infusible Ink Markers, trace the outline of each illustration and color in as you prefer. I made one “petal” of these granny motif flowers a different color so that within a set of 4, each person could identify their own coaster (and, therefore, their own glass).
Prepare Your Heat Press “Sandwich”
- Turn on your EasyPress 2 and preheat to 400 degrees with a 60 second time. (If you’re new to using the EasyPress 2, you can find more details about how to use an EasyPress 2 in this tutorial.)
- Place your traced and colored illustration onto a coaster. The ink side should be facing the white (non-cork) side. Use the Cricut Heat Resistant Tape to position the illustration on the coaster once you have the placement you like.
- Position your EasyPress Mat at the bottom with a piece of butcher paper over it. This is to prevent heat transfer onto your mat.
- Place the coaster on top of the butcher paper with the cork side down.
- Place the 80 lb. cardstock on top of the coaster. Press with your EasyPress 2 at 400 degrees for 60 seconds.
- Carefully remove the EasyPress 2 so you don’t shift the “sandwich” and allow all the sheets to cool.
- As you can see, there will be some heat transfer onto the butcher paper or cardstock, so don’t forget to include those or you will end up with marks on your EasyPress 2 or mat!
- Once everything is cool to the touch, remove the cardstock and the Cricut Heat Resistant Tape from your coaster. Repeat for the rest of the set.
I hope you enjoyed this project! Don’t forget to download Andee’s free ebook, 4 Inspiring Crochet Coloring Pages for Adults at FaveCrafts.