Repurposing Old Plastic Bags into Eclectic Coasters
As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, reusing and repurposing items that would otherwise be discarded is an excellent way to reduce waste. One creative upcycling project is transforming old plastic bags into unique coasters. With a little imagination, these simple household items can be given new life and purpose.
The supplies needed for this easy DIY project are very minimal. The main component is, of course, plastic bags. I like to collect various bags in different colors and textures, anything from grocery sacks to zipper storage bags. Shiny magazine wrappers or product packaging can also add visual interest. In addition, you’ll need:
- Scissors to cut the plastic
- Mod Podge or other decoupage medium to seal the plastic layers
- A foam brush to apply the decoupage
- Coaster blanks made from cork, wood, or other materials
Optional embellishments like ribbon, raffia, lace, or scrapbooking paper can be used to decorate the coasters. Collecting supplies is part of the fun – it’s interesting to see the assortment of textures and patterns.
Preparing the Plastic Pieces
Once you’ve gathered plastic bags, carefully cut or tear them into pieces. I like abstract, organic shapes but geometric designs could also work well. Make sure the plastic pieces are slightly larger than your coaster blanks.
Lay out the plastic on a work surface to play with arrangement. Mixing colors, patterns, and transparencies creates visual interest. Overlapping the pieces at different angles adds depth and texture.
Decoupaging the Plastic
Apply a layer of decoupage medium to the top of the coaster blank and begin layering on the plastic pieces, working from bottom to top. Use a foam brush to gently remove any air bubbles between the layers.
Apply another layer of decoupage over the top of the plastic to seal the layers together firmly. Let the coasters fully dry overnight before using them.
Ideas for Customization
Beyond plastic bags, there are endless options for customizing repurposed plastic coasters:
- Glue on bits of lace, raffia, or ribbon between the plastic layers
- Accent with scrapbooking paper cut into shapes or strips
- Attach flat marbles, sea glass, beads, or charms with glue before sealing
- Use letter stickers to spell out names or words
- Adhere washi tape around the edges for color
The possibilities are limited only by your imagination – let your inner artist run free!
Plastic bag coasters provide an inventive way to reuse throwaways, but take care to avoid placing very hot items directly on them. The low melting point of plastic means excess heat can deform the material. Use an insulating liner or trivet for hot pans and mugs.
To protect your handcrafted creations, avoid placing them in the dishwasher or microwave. The plastic may become misshapen under extreme heat. Gentle handwashing is best for care.
With reasonable care, your upcycled plastic bag coasters can last for years of use. Their one-of-a-kind style brings artful flair to any table.
Breathing new life into old materials through creative repurposing cuts waste while adding personal panache to your home. Plastic bags are given a stylish second act as dazzling, eco-friendly coasters.
The next time you’re tempted to toss a plastic bag, pause and consider its artistic potential. With a snip of the scissors and a swipe of decoupage, trash is transformed into DIY treasure.