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Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays! It’s right up there with Christmas. I sure love the good ol’ US of A!
The 4th of July is quickly approaching and I’ve never really decorated for it before. Money is tight, and so is time, honestly. So I came up with this awesome red, white and blue craft you can do on the cheap before your 4th of July BBQ! It’s really easy and looks super cute!
You need to purchase some plastic canvas and yard for this project. I chose large 5.5 inch round plastic canvas, but you can use any size (or shape!) you want.
Don’t worry, you won’t need all that yard for this! I barely dented these rolls.
Cut about 24 inches of yarn from a roll. I chose to start with red on this coaster. Thread your yarn through a yard needle. Tie a knot in the other end of the yarn. Push your needle through one of the holes in the center circle of the canvas. It will look like this where the knot is:
It will look like this on the other side:
Moving counter clockwise, push your needle through the hole next to the one you just came through. Pull all the yarn through. Then, moving clockwise, go through the next hole. Pull your yarn through, put your needle back through the opening to the left. It should look like this:
Once you have finished the first small circle, move up to the next one and do the same thing. Continue this until you’ve completed 4 circles.
After completing those 4 circles, move up 12 circles and pull your red yarn through a hole on the 16th circle (4th circle from the outside of the canvas).
Then ya just continue on until you reach the end of the canvas:
Knot the end of your red yarn, cut the yarn as close to the knot as you can, and start in on the white yarn. Again, cut off a piece of yarn, thread it through your needle, and insert the needle through a hole on the 5th circle.
Once you’ve completed 3 rows of white, skip two circles and thread your yarn through a hole on the 10th circle. This one’s gonna be a little different. Instead of going back one hole, go back two. This circle is going to look like this:
I really am glad I added this detail to the coasters. I think it adds some fun to the pattern!
Once you’ve finished the double hole circle, skip a couple more circles and thread your yarn through a hole on the 13th circle. Continue for three circles, until you reach the red.
Now you are done with the white! Knot it, cut it! All that’s left is blue!! Almost done!
Thread blue yarn through a hole on the 8th circle. Finish that circle normally. The 9th and 11th circle with be the double hole pattern, like we did with the white on circle number 10.
Once again, I really love the switch up in pattern!
Finish up circle 12 with the blue yard using the normal single hole pattern.
Now for something new. We have to cover up the end of the coaster! Using your needle, run your blue yarn through the other yarn to reach the end… like this:
Wrap the yarn around to the top of the coaster and insert your needle through the closest hole. Pull your yarn through. Wrap the yarn around the top of the coaster again and insert the needle in the hole to the right of the last one you put your needle through. Pull your yard through. Wrap the yarn around the top of the coaster one more time and insert the needle into the same hole you put it through last. Then you’ll put your needle through the next hole to the right, followed by that hole again, and then onto the next hole to the right. Kind of difficult to explain, but here are some pictures:
Then that’s it! Keep going around until you complete the outside of the canvas, tie your yarn off (I pulled my thread back through closer to the center prior to knotting it), cut it and you’re all done! Coaster complete! This year I decided to do just 4, two made this way and two others with the colors switched… I used blue in place of the red and red in place of the blue. And I am in love with them. I can’t wait until it’s a little closer to the 4th of July so I can pull them out and use them!
Are you gonna give these a go? Are you going to try a different pattern? A different sized or shaped piece of plastic canvas? Do you love yours as much as I love mine?!