Sep 06, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

DIY Parachute Cord Coasters

I recently purchased a new coffee table for my living room.  I figured it was time for me to be an adult and do my best to try and avoid water marks.  To help in my fight against water rings and extending the life of my table, I figured it was time for some coasters, but not just any old coasters-brightly colored DIY Parachute Cord Coasters!

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


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

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!  Feeling inspired?  You can check out the full tutorial here!

Now that I have brightly colored DIY Parachute Cord Coasters on hand, I have no excuse for not using them.  It’s not like I won’t see them when I go to place my glass on my coffee table! You can check out the full tutorial here!

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