Coasters — they keep your tables clean by collecting all the drips from that delicioso iced coffee! Not to mention that coasters are one of the most giftable items in the known universe. Who can't use a new set of coasters? They are the perfect storm: cute and useful.
The crafters below have found some fantastic ways to reuse items already in the world to create some unique and useful upcycled coasters.
Wood Pallet Coasters
How many pallets do you see by the side of the road every day? One pallet could yield a hundred coasters! The folks at Getting Weddy use some much nicer reclaimed wood for their coasters. Check them out and get inspired.
Flannel Scrap Fabric Coaster
Any kind of fabric is good for absorbing condensation; these classy woolen lovelies from DJArt
add a prep-school uniform touch to your table.
Sewing Pattern Coaster
Sewing patterns are a ubiquitous offering at every thrift store; Crabapple Design
discovered a great way to upcycle the pretty paper into a usable item once again!
Another forgotten medium, the 45 record, makes up this coaster from Rock and Roll Coasters
. Remember those little plastic thingies you put in the middle to make 'em fit the record player? Yeah, me neither.
You can also do it yourself! Make upcycled coasters from old magazines with this simple tute from Melunder8
. Shabby chic never looked so good.
Since everyone's playing Scrabble online these days, all the tiles are fair game. Kappy6
knew just what to do; her coasters are totally worthy of a triple word score.
Woven Magazine Coasters
These upcycled coasters from Simpatica Designs
make a glossy and colorful place to put your icy glass. Don't worry, the liquid won't seep through; these babies are sealed with Mod Podge, the seventh wonder of the craft world.
Wine Cork Coasters
If you drink a glass of wine with dinner each night (hey — no judgment!), you might have a plethora of corks at your disposal. Lizzie Joe Designs
used their abundance of corks for, you guessed it, coasters! Set a wine glass on one of these for the total experience.
Sweet fabric scraps make up this set of coasters from SoSoRosey
! With the color scheme of Gramma's quilts and a kitschy cottage vibe, these would fit right in at an afternoon tea.
Image credits (from top): Getting Weddy, DJ Art, Crabapple Design, Rock and Roll Coasters, Melunder8, Kappy6, Simpatica Designs, Lizzie Joe Designs and SoSoRosey