Upcycled Coasters

We’ve been really earthy this week! Bird nest necklaces, hidden treasures in Daniél’s yard, and Lara’s butterfly attracting weeds. And I’ll have an earthy project to share on Saturday. But to break out of the mold for a day, I have two quick and dirty upcycles for you today. These would make great kid-made gifts for people. Or just make them yourself. Ain’t no shame in doing an easy project here and there.

#1 Leftover shelf liner to coaster

Take two layers of shelf liner (non adhesive). Put them wrong sides together and stitch all the way around the perimeter. Then stitch double rows like the picture shows (sew even distances so your coasters are the same size regardless of how my photoshop makes it look). Cut between the double stitches.

Easy enough, right? Let’s make it easier. If you are using thick enough shelf liner, use a circle shape as a template and cut around it. No sewing!

#2 Placemat to coaster

This works great with seasonal placemats. I used a plasticy-foamy placemat, and I think these will work the best. Fabric ones will not work as coasters since the fabric will wick the moisture down to your table. Laminated ones? I don’t know. If you try it, let me know how it goes by leaving a comment on it.

Trace your desired shape on the back of the placemat.

Pause just long enough to take a picture of one of your favorite little kids EVER.

Yes, I craft and babysit at the same time. I’m a multitasker.

Cut the coasters out, turn them over, and marvel that a placemat you didn’t really care for made some pretty neat seasonal coasters.

Don’t take the coaster out of Coastermas!

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6 thoughts on “Upcycled Coasters

  1. Good morning! (it is here, anyway). I’ve nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award – tag, you’re it! just pop over to my blog and grab the details and photo of the award if you like :)

  2. I love this! For my December 2010 wedding, I cut out (by hand) 223 coasters that I made from very expensive upholstery and curtain fabric samples (that would otherwise have been tossed). My hand ached for 3 days but it was so worth it; our guests loved them and were excited to take them home.

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