A simple yet beautiful coaster made from cotton rope!

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Ahh, sweet summer is here and with it the glorious arrival of a everyone’s favorite flower – the peony!


With its spectacular display of colors (think pink, red, yellow and white!), lush, unbridled petals, and a delicate, intoxicating fragrance, it’s no surprise that the peony has been a delighting the senses for thousands of years. In fact, written records from as far back as 8 their enchanting beauty. Is it any wonder then that the peony is known the world over as “queen of the flowers?”


Today, peonies are just as stunning as ever and, thanks to new and improved varieties they're even easier to grow. There are three main types of peonies to consider when planting. The most common and widely available is the herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora). Herbaceous peonies grow to about three feet tall, die back to the ground each winter, then sends up vigorous sprouts each spring. The other is the tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa), a slow-growing woody-stemmed shrub that can reach up to six feet. The third is a hybrid of the two. A combination of all three makes for a spring garden that darn near looks like it jumped out of a painting.


As dazzling as peonies are, they’re surprisingly no-fuss and require very little attention (I’m talking to you, brown-thumbs!) They survive the harshest winters, are practically drought resistant, and aren't bothered by deer or rabbits. Though peonies fare best in cool climates, early-blooming varieties with low-chill requirements can thrive in even some parts of the deep South.



You will need:

Cotton rope -- I used simple clothesline

Hot glue gun


Here's a lovely cocktail idea to test out your coaster: Cucumber & Lime Crush

  1. Start by folding the end of the rope onto itself and hot glue it to secure.
  2. Begin to coil the rope onto itself and secure with a dab of hot glue along the way.
  3. Once your coil has reached about 4 inches, snip the cord and secure the end with a last dab of hot glue.


You can use any color rope or cord.  Check out your local hardware store, you may be surprised by all the options!

You can use any color rope or cord.  Check out your local hardware store, you may be surprised by all the options!
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