Repurposing Leftover Wallpaper Scraps into Quirky Drink Coasters
As an avid DIYer, I’m always looking for creative ways to repurpose materials I have leftover from other projects. Recently, I came across a large stack of wallpaper sample scraps that were just collecting dust in my craft closet. Rather than throwing them away, I decided to transform them into a set of fun, one-of-a-kind drink coasters!
The great thing about this project is that it requires very few supplies, most of which I already had on hand. Here’s what I used:
Wallpaper scraps – The star of the show! I made sure to pick patterns and colors that appealed to me.
Scissors – For cutting the wallpaper into coaster-sized squares. Craft scissors worked best.
Ruler – To measure and cut straight edges.
Pencil – To trace and mark cuts.
Mod Podge – To seal and adhere the wallpaper to the coasters.
Foam brush – For spreading on the Mod Podge.
Ceramic tiles – I used 4-inch square tiles as my coaster bases.
With my supplies gathered, I was ready to get started on the transformation! Follow along with these simple steps to make your own set of wallpaper coasters:
1. Cutting the Wallpaper
- Use the ruler and pencil to measure and mark 4-inch squares on the backside of your wallpaper scraps.
- Cut out each square using the craft scissors.
- Continue cutting squares until you have the number of coasters you desire.
2. Applying Mod Podge
- Lay tile coaster bases on a protected work surface, rough side facing up.
- Use the foam brush to apply a layer of Mod Podge to the surface of a coaster.
3. Adhering the Wallpaper
- Place a wallpaper square, pattern side down, onto the Mod Podge.
- Use the foam brush to gently smooth the paper, pressing out any air bubbles or wrinkles.
- Apply another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top to seal the edges.
4. Adding Top Coat
- Once the paper is adhered, apply 2-3 more coats of Mod Podge, letting each layer dry in between.
- This helps ensure a smooth finish and prevents the paper from peeling.
5. Finishing Touches
- After the final coat has dried, use the scissors to trim off any overhanging paper from the edges.
- Add felt pads to the bottom of each coaster to protect your tabletops.
Displaying My Crafty Coasters
When all was said and done, I ended up with a colorful collection of 8 unique coasters! They livened up my coffee table and added a fun, personal touch to my living room.
I love that no two coasters are alike thanks to the eclectic wallpaper scraps I used. My favorite is a bright floral pattern that looks like springtime. I also enjoy the retro geometric and damask prints.
When guests come over, the coasters are always a talking point. They get tons of compliments and make a thoughtful gift idea, too. Repurposing the wallpaper really gave it new life!
This easy craft project is proof that you don’t have to throw away leftover materials. With a bit of creativity, they can be upcycled into something special. Try using this technique to transform your own wallpaper scraps or leftover fabric. The possibilities are endless!