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Create Coasters With Parachute Cord and Wooden Beads

Parachute cord is all over the crafting world right now. People are using this nautical style supply to create jewelry, plant hangers, and so much more. What I love about parachute cord is how versatile it is and the awesome colors it comes in.

DIY Coasters from Wooden Beads

I decided it was time for me to jump on the parachute cord bandwagon, and what better way than with brightly colored coasters! If you have invested in a quality coffee table, you want to ensure it stays nice for years to come. To help preserve your coffee table, you need coasters, but not just any coasters, brightly colored DIY coasters!

For my coasters, I chose light wooden beads to use along with my parachute cord, which where the perfect size to give my coasters the lift they needed.  The natural color of the wood really popped against my cord. These coasters are a nice addition to any coffee table!

For this project you will need:

  • Parachute Cord
  • Wooden Beads
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Scissors
  • Lighter

Materials to create Coasters from Wooden Beads

Step 1: Cut your cord about 7 inches long.  You will need to cut 5 pieces of cord that are all the same length. These are what you will string your beads on.

DIY Coasters from Wooden Beads Cut Cord

Step 2: Tie a knot at the end of your parachute cord and burn the end with a lighter.

DIY Coasters from Wooden Beads Tie a Knot

DIY Coasters from Wooden Beads String

Step 2: String a bead onto your cord.

DIY Coasters from Wooden Beads Stringing

Step 3: Continue stringing your beads onto your cord until you have six beads strung.

DIY Coasters from Wooden Beads Close

Step 4: Tie a knot as close to your last bead as possible. Cut the excess cord off with your scissors and burn the end with a lighter.

DIY Coasters from Wooden Beads Step 1 and 4

Step 5: Continue Steps 1-4 until you have a total of five cords strung with six beads on each. These will be the base of your coaster.

DIY Coasters from Wooden Beads Glue

Step 6: Place a dab of glue on the sides of all 6 of your beads. You want to make sure your glue dots aren’t too big.

DIY Coasters from Wooden Beads Attach

Step 7: Attach one strand of beads to the first strand, lining up each bead with the prior bead.

Coasters from Wooden Beads Continue Gluing

Step 8: Continue gluing your bead strands to one another until all 5 strands have been glued. If you find any loose glue string in-between your beads, a hair drier can work wonders!  All you need to do is point your hairdryer at the glue strings and watch as they melt away. After all of your beads are glued (and your glue strings have been melted), your coasters are good to go!

DIY Coasters from Wooden Beads Finished