How To Recycle Old Drink Coasters For The Holidays

Are you like me and use the same drink coasters for years without giving it any thought? Then the day arrives when you serve guests a drink and realize how embarrassingly stained they are. Please say I'm not the only one.



When the time comes to finally replace them, instead of throwing them out, here's an idea for how to recycle those old drink coasters for the holidays and winter. They are so easy to make with just two supplies and you'll feel good knowing you saved them from ending up in the landfill.



Instead of throwing out your old and stained drink coasters, recycle them into cozy cabin in the woods style winter and/or Christmas drink coasters.

Upcycled Stained Drink Coasters For The Holidays

Earlier this summer when I realized how embarrassingly stained our drink coasters were I replaced them with these DIY resin coasters.



I was about to toss the old ones in the garbage when I thought maybe they could be turned into something useful and set them aside for another day.



How to recycle these old permanently stained drink coasters for the holidays instead of tossing them in the garbage.

Last weekend when I was putting out my pre-holiday decor I realized we have no winter coasters. I'm so glad I didn't toss those old ones out because in just a few short hours I had the perfect cozy cabin in the woods style winter drink coasters for our living room.



But I'll also be using them for Christmas drink coasters too because they go perfectly with the simple woodland theme I'm decorating with this holiday season.



Instead of throwing out your old and stained drink coasters, recycle them into cozy cabin in the woods style winter and/or Christmas drink coasters.

I made two of each of the three different styles. These green and white plaid coasters remind me of a warm and cozy flannel shirt.



How to recycle old coasters with decoupage green and white plaid scrapbook paper into cozy winter drink coasters.

The pretty winterberry pattern on these coasters works for both winter and the holiday season.



How to recycle old coasters with decoupage green and white winterberry pattern scrapbook paper into cozy winter drink coasters.

I couldn't resist the pretty winter scene coasters. It's hard to tell in the photo below but the snow is glistening with sparkles.



How to recycle old coasters with decoupage green and white woodland themed winter snow scene scrapbook paper into cozy winter drink coasters.

What You'll Need To Make It

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Supplies you'll need to recycle old drink coasters into decoupage winter and/or Christmas drink coasters.

If the scrapbook paper booklet looks familiar that's because last year I used some of the sheets to make these adorable Christmas ornament shape drink coasters.



Supply List

Old Drink Coasters (recycled)
Holiday Homestead Paper Booklet
Mod Podge (glossy or matte)



How To Decoupage Recycled Drink Coasters

I've included a convenient printable instruction card further down in the post that you're welcome to use.



You'll notice that I painted the coasters red. Don't do that!



Paint old drink coasters with primer first to cover the original design.

Instead of traditional red Christmas paper, I'm using a woodsy green and white scrapbook paper to decoupage on these winter coasters.



Prime Old Coasters

Instead of painting the coasters like I did, brush one coat of white primer on them instead to cover the original pattern.



Decoupage Scrapbook Paper

Once the primer is completely dry (a few hours) brush each coaster with either glossy or matte Mod Podge and set the scrapbook paper in place.



Decoupage winter themed scrapbook paper onto primed recycled coasters with Mod Podge.

Don't worry about precutting the paper to size because we'll do that in another step. Press firmly with your fingers or use a decoupage squeegee for good adhesion.



Check to make sure there is enough Mod Podge along the edges and corners. If not, add more with a small art brush and let the coasters dry for a few hours.



With the bottom of the coasters facing towards you, trim the scrapbook paper along the edge of the coasters with a retractable craft knife.



Trim decoupage winter themed scrapbook paper on recycled coasters with a retractable craft knife.

For this next step, it's important that you have the paper side of the coaster facing towards you. If you go the opposite direction the white paper on the back will be visible along the edges.



With a small piece of 220-grit sandpaper or an emery board nail file, brush the edges and rounded corners in a downward motion to trim the excess paper.



Remove excess decoupage wood themed scrapbook paper from recycled coasters with a small sheet of 220-grit sandpaper.

Remove any dust particles with a lint-free rag and brush a light coat of Mod Podge over each coaster with a foam brush. Once dry, repeat with a second and third coat of Mod Podge.



Instead of throwing out your old and stained drink coasters, recycle them into cozy cabin in the woods style winter and/or Christmas drink coasters.

And that my friends is how easy it is to recycle your old and stained coasters into lovely winter and/or Christmas drink coasters.



Yield: 6
Author: Marie - Interior Frugalista
Estimated cost: $10

How To Recycle Old Drink Coasters For The Holidays

Instead of throwing away your old well-used coasters, here is an easy peasy idea for how to recycle them into a cozy cabin in the woods-style Winter and/or Christmas Drink Coasters.

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  1. Brush one coat of white primer over the coasters to cover the original design.
  2. Once the primer is completely dry (a few hours) brush the coaster with glossy or matte Mod Podge and set the scrapbook paper in place.
  3. Check that there is enough Mod Podge along the edges and corners. If not, add more with a small art brush.
  4. Rub your fingers or a decoupage squeegee over the paper for a good bond with the coaster.
  5. Wipe away any seeping Mod Podge with a damp rag and let the coasters dry for a few hours.
  6. Turn the coasters upside down and with the bottom of the coasters facing towards you trim the scrapbook paper along the edges with a retractable craft knife.
  7. Working from the top of the coaster downward, carefully trim excess paper along the sides and rounded corners with a small piece of 220-grit sandpaper or an emery board nail file.
  8. Wipe coaster with a lint-free rag.
  9. Brush a thin coat of Mod Podge over the coaster with a foam brush and let dry.
  10. Repeat with a second and third coat of Mod Podge.
  11. Wait at least 24 hours before setting drinks on the coasters.
  12. Enjoy!
Created using Craft Card Maker


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  1. Marie these are just darling! I keep seeing them in my feed and I had to come over and peek. What charming designs you chose. LOVE them!

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    1. I'm thrilled to hear that you keep seeing them in your feed, Kim, and even more thrilled that you popped over to take a closer peek. Thank you, I'm glad you like them! They look so good with my pre-Christmas woodland theme.

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  2. Oh so cute!! I love these better than the originals as they have all the feels perfect to accompany a cuppa. Sharing!

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    1. You're the best Larissa, thank you for sharing! xo I've been using the coasters every evening while enjoying a cup of holiday tea by the fire.

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  3. Had to pin these Marie! They look gorgeous! I also hate throwing things that can be (re)used and I am always on the look for a little sprucing up and refashioning/recycling ideas! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. A gal after my own heart. I'm happy to hear you like this recycled and refashioned idea, Maya, and thanks for the pin!

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  4. These are so pretty, Marie. I love the fabric you chose. They will be perfect all winter long. . Upcyling coasters is somethin I love to do. I just finished a set with funny reindeer and Santa on them. Mod Podge makes it so easy to do.

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    1. Thank you Beverly! I'm thrilled you thought they are made with decoupage fabric because the scrapbook paper that I used reminded me of fabric. Sounds like you and I both enjoy upcycling secondhand coasters. Can't wait to see your reindeer and Santa ones.

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  5. I love it! Thank you for sharing with us at the To Grandma's house we go link party - I'm featuring you this week!

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