Coasters 4 Dad

Lesson #9995

Design simple, quick coasters using Alphabet Sets and shapes.

Grade Level:

Design original coasters for Father's Day or any occasion with thin cork and any decorative die. This is a fun, simple end-of-the-year project that takes minimal time. Relax between reviewing curriculum concepts and testing with a creative craft to recognize special people in students' lives.

Follow simple steps to create unique, thoughtful coasters for loved ones on any occasion.

13622-TY-Ellison SureCut Die - Hearts, Tiny - Tiny 15750-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Circle - Large 16292-2IN-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Block Alphabet, Number Set - 2 Inch A10211-Sizzix Bigz Die - Circle 4" A10228-Sizzix Bigz Alphabet Set 9 Dies - AllStar 1 1/2" Capital Letters & Numbers A10229-Sizzix Bigz Alphabet Set 7 Dies - AllStar 1 1/2" Lowercase Letters & Punctuation A10598-Sizzix Bigz Die - Apple, Flower, Heart & Star A11007-Sizzix Bigz Die - Hearts #2

Supplies Used: Construction Paper, Cork (Thin), Glue

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut Circles from thin cork to create coasters.
  2. Die-cut Letters and Numbers using the Alphabet Sets as needed. Alternately, write or computer generate words for student use.
  3. Die-cut any Heart from red construction paper or cardstock.
  4. Adhere Letters, Numbers and Hearts onto the coasters (see Main Photo).


  • To create the #, die-cut four Uppercase Letter "D"s and cut away the straight sides. Layer and adhere to form the symbol.
  • When using the SureCut 2" Block Alphabet, use 1.25" Block Numbers for the best fit.

Fine Arts: Visual Arts

Standard 1: Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques and Processes

  • K-4 - Students use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.
  • 5-8 - Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.

Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • K-4 - Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.
  • 5-8 - Students integrate visual, spatial and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in their artworks.

Source: National Standards for Arts Education

English Language Arts: Applying Language Skills

K-12: Standard 12

  • Students use spoken, written and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion and the exchange of information).

Standards for the English Language Arts, by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, Copyright 1996 by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Reprinted with permission.

Source: NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts

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