“Repurposing Leftover Wallpaper Scraps into Quirky Drink Coasters”

“Repurposing Leftover Wallpaper Scraps into Quirky Drink Coasters”

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!

Gathering Materials

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.

Step-by-Step Process

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!