candy heart coasters
January 17, 2011 § 14 Comments
Here’s a conversation piece for your coffee table — conversation candy heart coasters. It’s the perfect time of year to make and use these. You will not be able to get your hands on any of the candy after next month (and after you’ve forever set them in silicone rubber).
You will need:
a. A paint stirrer or anything disposable with a flat edge for spreading.
b. If I had the budget to buy resin, I would have. But for now, the best I could do is clear silicone rubber caulking. You can get a tube at the hardware store for about $3. It doesn’t give the best clarity. Even though it is labeled as “clear”, it is translucent (foggy). Rubber will not dissolve the candy into a pool of sugar, unlike water soluble adhesives such as clear glue. Please NOTE: this is not a craft for kids. Uncured silicone rubber is malodorous and may cause irritation.
c. Conversation candy hearts.
d. Plastic lids.
1. Spread a generous layer of silicone rubber on lids (1/8″ thick) Carefully smooth out until even. The smoother, the less bubbles and holes.
2. Arrange your candy hearts, right side down — if you want the letters to show, they should be facing the plastic (left example); if you want only the heart shape to show, the letters should be facing up (right example).
3. Generously cover all the gaps and candy with silicone rubber. Carefully smooth out until even. Let dry for 24 hours or as suggested on packaging.
4. After the rubber has cured, turn the lid over and trim away the lip (only if you have the type of lid with a recessed lip). The rubber will be cured on the plastic and cannot be removed without being destroyed.
The top of the coaster will be the plastic side and the bottom, the rubber side. Conveniently, these coasters are non-slip!
Just don’t forget to save some candy on the side, because once they’re set in, they are there for good!
Another great idea from you!
I’m trying real hard over here! 🙂 Thanks, Sheila.
these are adorable.
You are so on the ball with Valentine’s Day crafts! This is such a cool idea! Love it!
Glad you enjoyed this post, Melanie! More V-day stuff to come!
And a little torturous with the candy so close, yet impossible to get to.)
Are the lids from Quaker Oats, or something similar?
Yes, the lids are similar to Quaker Oats’. I got lidded plastic containers from doing a lot of Chinese soup take-out over the years. Pringles lids would work, too, though they’re smaller.
Hi! I stumbled across your site and think you have the cleverest crafts ever! I’ve trolled a lot of craft sites in my day, but what you’ve done here is very different from many others. Loving it!
Your comment made my week! 😀 Thank you. I’m really happy to hear that you are enjoying the projects here on this blog!
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How well do these coasters hold up? Its making me think I could make a few coasters for home out of various other items! (buttons come to mind!)
Try it yourself as the tutorial given. I think you also can do this.
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