Repurposing Used Nail Polish Remover Towelettes into Crafty Coasters
I have always enjoyed crafting and finding new uses for everyday items. Recently, I came across an idea to repurpose used nail polish remover towelettes into homemade coasters. As an avid DIYer, this project immediately caught my attention as a fun, thrifty way to reduce waste and make something new. In this article, I will walk through the steps I took to transform these common beauty products into decorative and functional coasters perfect for setting out drinks.
To start this project, I gathered the following supplies:
Used nail polish remover towelettes – The main component and what gives the coasters their texture. I saved mine over time after removing nail polish.
Scissors – To cut the towelettes into coaster shapes. Craft scissors with decorative edged blades can make the coasters look more intricate.
Mod Podge – Acts as an adhesive and sealant over the towelettes. The matte finish works well.
Foam brush – To evenly apply the Mod Podge over the towelette layers. I used a 1-inch wide brush.
Acrylic paints – For adding color and designs. I chose red, yellow, blue, and white.
Stencils – Optional for achieving intricate patterns. I bought a set of geometric stencils.
Coaster backing – To give stability. Cork or felt work nicely.
With my supplies assembled, I was ready to start the transformation process.
Cutting the Towelette Shapes
The first step is cutting the nail polish remover towelettes into circular coaster sizes. I stacked 4-5 towelettes at a time and used a small bowl to trace circles roughly 4 inches in diameter. Here are a few tips I learned:
Cut just inside the traced line so the coasters don’t end up too large.
Stack the towelettes in alternating directions to add texture.
Cut diverse shapes like squares or triangles to make a set.
Use patterned scissors for fun edges.
I repeated the tracing and cutting until I had a stack of coaster-shaped towelettes ready for the next steps.
Adhering the Layers with Mod Podge
Now it’s time to adhere the coaster layers together using decoupage medium. I chose Mod Podge since it is inexpensive, widely available, and easy to use. Here is the process I followed:
Apply glue. Brush a layer of Mod Podge on the back of a towelette circle.
Stack circles. Place it glue-side down onto another towelette circle.
Repeat. Brush on more Mod Podge and top with another towelette, continuing to build layers.
Seal circle. Brush Mod Podge over the entire top coaster surface. Let dry.
Add 2-3 more layers. Apply 2-3 additional thin coats of Mod Podge to seal and harden the coasters.
The Mod Podge created a smooth, finished surface while allowing the woven towelette texture to show through. Now my base coasters were ready for the fun part – adding color and designs!
Painting and Embellishing the Coaster Surface
With blank slate coasters, I was able to get creative with paints, stencils, and other embellishments. Here are some ways I decorated my homemade towelette coasters:
Solid paint colors. I coated some coasters in bright, bold hues like red and yellow using acrylic craft paint.
Patterns from stencils. Using small stencils and paint, I added geometric, floral, and other designs. Pouncing through the stencil with a foam brush worked well.
Painted accents. I highlighted the textured weave by dry brushing white paint over colored backgrounds.
Mixed media. I experimented by gluing on lace, beads, buttons, and even decorative paper napkins.
The options for surface decoration are endless! I had a great time coming up with unique embellishment combinations.
Adding Backing for Stability
For the final step, I added backing material to each coaster to give them more structure and stability. Self-adhesive cork or felt sheets are perfect for this. I simply cut squares to fit my coasters and stuck them on. The cork and felt also help protect surfaces from moisture.
And that’s it – my DIY towelette coasters were complete! The end result is both stylish and practical.
Displaying the Unique Upcycled Coasters
I am thrilled with how my repurposed nail polish remover towelette coasters turned out. They have become wonderful handmade additions to my home decor.
I arranged them on accent tables, bars, and countertops throughout my house. They add a splash of color and texture to any space. I also plan on gifting them to friends and family.
My crafty coasters sparked lots of interest and compliments from guests. I enjoyed explaining the unique upcycling process and inspiration behind them.
In summary, I found this to be an extremely gratifying craft project that produced beautiful results. Transforming everyday discarded items like used nail polish remover towelettes into decorative, useful coasters was very fulfilling. I appreciated giving new life to something normally tossed out.
The techniques were straightforward enough for a beginner DIYer like myself. With minimal supplies, I was able to create lovely accent pieces. I enjoyed the process of layering, gluing, painting, and embellishing. I would definitely recommend this project to anyone looking for an easy, thrifty craft idea that makes use of common household products. I am already brainstorming more ways to upcycle beauty and household items into crafty treasures!