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How to Make Adorable and Inexpensive Pig-Shaped Coasters Out of Cork

Pig Shaped Cork Coasters DIY Project

Quirky coasters are a fun way to add some whimsy to your home decor but cute ones tend to average around $15-$30 bucks a pop. Here’s an easy (and we’re talking beginner level) DIY tutorial showing you how to make your own oink-worthy piggy coasters out of cork, an affordable, green and rapidly renewable material. The whole project cost me about $2! And if there’s another animal that is near and dear to your heart other than the porcine variety, feel free to use the same instructions to make coasters shaped like them instead.

DIY Cork Animal Coasters

Here’s what you’ll need to get started…

– roll of cork (a 14″ x 21″ sheet cost me a whopping $4.99)
– paper pig stencil (I’ll show you how to make it below)
– a pen
– scissors

Pig Cork Coasters DIY

Step 1: Unroll your cork roll and place a weight on it so that it flattens out and loses its curl.

DIY Pig Cork Coasters Rolling Out Cork

Step 2: Create your stencil by drawing the outline of a pig on a piece of paper. If you’re not too confident in your drawing skills, you can always print a pic of a pig (or any other animal you like) out from online.

DIY Pig Cork Coasters Tracing Pic

You can even print out the pic below! See how easy we make things for you here at Decoist?

DIY Pig Cork Coasters Pig Shape Cutout

Step 3: Cut your paper stencil out.

DIY Pig Cork Coasters Tracing Shape

Step 4: Place your paper stencil on top of your cork roll and trace around it.

DIY Pig Cork Coaster Tutorial

Step 5: Cut out your cork piggy. If your coasters are still a little curled from being rolled up, place a weight like a heavy book on top of them for a few hours.

Pig-Shaped Coaster Made of Cork

And don’t throw your cork scraps away! They make great mulch for your garden–just crumble them up and sprinkle around your plants to regulate moisture and keep your greens looking healthy.

DIY Pig Cork Coasters

Who would you give these adorable cork coasters to?

Yuka Yoneda
Yuka Yoneda is a reporter, cheese fanatic and self-proclaimed JeDIY master from Queens, New York. She is the founder of Clossette.com and an editor at sustainable design website Inhabitat.com. Yuka also writes for Edible Magazine and Ecouterre.com, and has written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.

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