After the thrift store tray I redesigned with a placemat and some spray paint, I had leftover material of the placemat. I decided I could use the scraps to make some coasters. When I looked around for backing material, I found the backs of the picture frames that I took off when I hung my group of frames in the entry. I thought, “Well, I’m not doing anything else with these.”
My supply list included:
Backs of picture frames
“No Nails” construction adhesive
The first step was to separate the easel from the backing board. I had two different types of attachments. The photo above shows a hinge with prong attachments. This was easy to remove. I only pulled on it a bit and it came right off.
The other type of attachment was a grommet type. This required a bit more time. One of my easels with this attachment was secured so well that I wasn’t able to get it off. (That was the black one on the left.) I gave up on that after about ten minutes of failure. The teal one in the middle had a grommet attachment, but it came off a little easier. All I used was the flat side of the hammer to pry it apart.
Removing the easel was the most difficult part. The next steps were:
- Cut backing board into a square. I shortened the longer side to match the size of the shorter side. As these were relatively cheap frames, I could cut or score and break the backing board depending on the material.
- Using scissors, I trimmed the placemat scraps to size, making sure to match up the pattern where necessary.
- With No Nails, I glued the placemat scraps to the backing boards. Let dry for at least four hours, preferably overnight to cure.
- Once dry, stick plastic bumpers to the underside of the coasters. One of my coasters was flocked with velvet, so I didn’t add any bumpers to that. The velvet would be soft enough not to damage any table surfaces.
Here’s another idea for a repurposed coaster – and it’s MUCH easier than the project showcased above.
Take any 4×4 ceramic tile and add plastic bumpers to the corners. You can also use felt scraps, cut to 4×4 and glued on; or adhesive backed sheets of cork, cut to full size of tile. Another coaster lining you can use is felt furniture protectors with adhesive backs. Those work well also.
Tiles are a great option to turn into coasters. They look especially good if you have a set of designs or patterns. The ones above are ceramic tiles I picked up many, many years ago. I still use them today.
Total time: Placemat coasters took about 10-15 minutes for each coaster. The bulk of the time was spent in removing the easels. The tile coasters took a minute for all of the five shown, if you use plastic bumpers. It might take a minute for each tile if you use felt or cork liners, as that requires cutting.
Total cost: Nothing, since I used random materials from around the house.
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