DIY: Upcycle Bar Coasters



As you’ve probably realized by now, I love to upcycle and repurpose. I’ve accumulated dozens of coasters from bars and restaurants and decided to upcycle them. They make great gifts and are something everyone can use.


What you need:

  • Book pages

  • Mod Podge

  • Clear acrylic sealer

  • Coasters (collect from bars and restaurants)

  • Scissors

Because I’m an author and love all things books, I decided to make a set of bookish coasters.

I found an old history book that was falling apart and removed pages I thought would work. One coaster features a drawing of Shakespeare reading to Queen Elizabeth. The other features a monk writing a manuscript and another shows Gutenberg standing at his press.


Once I selected the pages I wanted to use, I glued them to the coasters using Mod Podge and also sealed them with Mod Podge. After they dried, I sprayed with clear acrylic sealer to give them extra protection.


If you're making a set to give as a gift, stack the coasters and secure them with ribbon or twine. Add a book charm or tag for added pop.




I also upcycled a coaster using Monopoly money and a deed card. I used the same procedure I used above, gluing the paper money and the deed card using Mod Podge and, after it dried, spraying it with acrylic clear sealer.


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