$5 Fall Flannel DIY Coasters

My sisters live about 5 hours away from me, and I don't get to see them as much as I'd like, so I've found ways to keep us close--I thought we'd all do a $5 Fall Craft Challenge. It's just a fun thing we like to do. Their crafts are at the end of the post. I decided to make Fall Flannel Coasters, since fall officially begins tomorrow. These are just right for holding those yummy fall drinks and making everything all cozy. Here's how I made them:

You'll need:

  • flannel shirt (or flannel pajama pants)
  • coasters (square ones are easier to work with)
  • glue gun
  • scissors

You'll do:
  • I was originally going to make this with a sweater, but decided that was too bulk/fibers could melt, so I went with cozy flannel. Since I didn't have one I wanted to part with, I headed to Goodwill thrift store and grabbed one for a couple of bucks. They have them in the women, kid, and men's departments. You can also try pajama pants.
  • Next, I bought coasters. These were a little over a dollar. I wanted square ones since they would be easier to work with.
  • Place the coaster on the fabric (more hints in the video below) and cut out slightly larger than the flannel.

Then you'll add glue and place the fabric on top, smoothing out bumps. Flip over (as pictured) and glue to sides down. You can cut away the excess fabric if needed. You can see a demo of this in the video.

And that's it! Your DIY flannel coasters (made under $5) are ready for your favorite fall drink. I enjoyed mine out on my balcony. Here's a quick 2 minute video showing all of that--I'm really happy with how this came out, so I hope you watch:

And here's what my sisters made for their $5 Fall Craft Challenge:
My sister Jess took a curtain she found at Dollar General and turned it into slip covers (see the before and after above) and as panels on her entertainment center. She said she didn't sew them.

My sister Holly made this fall candle arrangement using materials she found at Dollar General: hurricane lamp, popcorn kernels (free), fall decorative leaves, and an orange ribbon!

What did you think of the video?
What's your fave fall drink?


  1. Love it! Also one way to get rid of that flannel shirt that I never plan to wear again LOL! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. Such a cute idea! I can totally see adding this to my fall decor. :)

  3. What a cute idea! I also love your sister Holy's idea with the hurricane lamp. I cannot wait for fall to get here!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  4. What a cool way to stay in touch with your sisters! I love all of these DIY's. Those coasters are so perfect for fall.


  5. What a cute idea for fall decor or for gifting! And such a fun project to do with your sisters. I love the idea of the hurricane lamp for a fall arrangement. I'm going to have to try that!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  6. How cute! All three crafts are so simple and cute! Who knew popcorn kernels could be so chic? ;)

  7. well if that isn't the cutest idea. smart to just run to goodwill for a shirt bc well, you're chopping that sucker up! i love the plaid

    xoxo cheshire kat

  8. What a great idea! these turned out so well.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  9. This idea is so cute, definitely might have to try this out!

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

  10. I just love your coaster video
    & LOVE what your sister did - I cant believe thats a shower curtain

  11. I love how budget friendly these DIYs are, Elle, thank you for sharing.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  12. Oh my gosh, those are so cozy!!! I looove them!

  13. This is the cutest thing ever. Just stop it!

  14. These are all so cute and so creative! Love that they are done on a budget too!

  15. Love those flannel coasters!! Flannel is such a cozy print that all should enjoy!

  16. Love this idea, they're so charming! Xx


  17. Those coasters are sooo so cute, Elle! I'm definitely going to have to make those, and I can't wait to watch the video on it later. Such an easy DIY too!

  18. oh my goodness! you and your sisters are so creative. love the coasters Elle!

  19. These are so cute! I am obsessed with flannel during the fall. I love how your sisters also participated in this challenge!

  20. These are super cute and def easy to make. I like your sister's no sew panel for her entertainment center too!

  21. That challenge is such a fun idea! I love your coasters!


  22. These all are great DIY for the fall time. I so need to add some fall decor to my house.


  23. Omg these are so adorable!! Love how easy they are too!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  24. This is such a cute DIY! I need to make these :)

  25. Is it weird I'm kind of obsessed with coasters. This DIY project is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing.

  26. I always use a coaster and this DIY is simple enough that even I could make it!

  27. This is super cute and such a great idea. Funny, I was actually thinking I do need some coasters..!

  28. Ohhhhhh, I like these!!!! I bet doing the same with silk for Christmas would be cute too!!! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

  29. Ohhhhhh, I like these!!!! I bet doing the same with silk for Christmas would be cute too!!! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

  30. I like the coasters very much! I like practical things and they are not only nice, but also doable; your sister's candle arrangement is also very nice! Dollar General, what for a nice shop, I bet!

  31. Very cool, Elle:) Can't go wrong with plaid!

  32. What a cuuuuute idea, these would make an awesome gift too!

  33. What a clever idea!! :) xx


  34. I love making coasters but never thought to use flannel! These are so cute! Love how they turned out!

    Doused In Pink

  35. These are ridiculously cute! I NEED to make them!

  36. This DIY is so simple, good one!

  37. Adorable coasters...and adorable that you guys do this little challenge together! Love it!

  38. Your video is so cute! I love the old-timey home video feel of it. Also, what a fun challenge to do with your sisters!

  39. So cute & perfect for fall!! I love easy DIY's that add a touch of the current season to our home.


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