Transform Coasters into Christmas Ornaments
My turquoise truck (see it HERE) inspired me to transform these old coasters into Christmas ornaments. By using resources I had on hand, I made these fun rustic ornaments within minutes.
Here’s how I did it:
At first I thought I would use the cork already attached to the coasters. However, since it was loose and not covering the entire surface, I was able to pull it off with very little effort (Yeah!).
I cut out new (larger) circles from a sheet of cork I had left over from another project (by using a template).
I drew a design by hand, transferred it onto the cork circles with transfer paper, and then colored it in with a permanent marker (If I had a lot more to make, I would cut out the design with an x-acto knife and use it as a template to stencil in the color). If you need help coming up with a design, check out FREE Christmas graphics and printables from the Graphics Fairy.
I lightly sanded the wood on the coasters (to take off any loose/flaky varnish) before painting them.
I added a base coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk Paint in Smoky Mountain Gray to all four coasters (and let them dry–dries in minutes). Then, I painted two of the coasters Vintage White and the other two Traverse City Cherry.
NOTE: I paint in the direction of the grain and keep this in mind with most projects.
I sanded the dried paint/wood (again, trying to keep in the direction of the grain) to give it a more distressed/well-worn look (you can see the difference in the sanded coaster on the right).
I added a thin coat of endurance finish (and let it dry).
I attached the cork (truck design) by using 6000 glue (what I had on hand…any good bonding glue would work).
Lastly, I added rusty wire to the back of the coasters with a staple gun (it was a quick way to attach the wire…you could also drill a hole or glue on wire/string/twine).
Zoom-zoom…I love the way they turned out! What do you think? Hmmmm–maybe I’ll keep one on display for good cheer all year long!
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12/11/2015 @ 5:53 pm
Awesome, I love how you create something every year for the Christmas tree. These are so unique and cute !
12/11/2015 @ 9:19 pm
Thank you Wanda…I am so glad you like them!!!
11/23/2016 @ 4:21 pm
Michelle, these coasters are so pretty, what a creative idea to use them as christmas ornaments! Love that little truck on them! I’ll be featuring them at this weeks Sweet Inspiration!!!
11/24/2016 @ 10:36 am
Awe, thank you so much Katrin…I love all the creativity and inspiring ideas at Sweet Inspiration!!! These were fun to make and so much better looking than their coaster days!! 🙂
11/25/2016 @ 4:43 am
Michelle, these repurposed coasters into ornaments are awesome!! Love the truck design!
12/02/2016 @ 4:24 pm
Keri, Thank you so much…so honored to be featured on Sweet Inspiration among all you talented creators!!!!
11/25/2016 @ 5:48 am
That’s vrooming awesome Michelle 😉 I would never have thought of re-purposing coasters to make Christmas ornaments but they look so cute.
12/02/2016 @ 4:17 pm
Thank you so much Michelle…I am really enjoying them!!! Started to collect a few more to work on! (Sorry for the delay in responding, to IT a week to fix my computer…so glad to have it back!). 🙂
Linda at Mixed Kreations
09/14/2017 @ 3:29 pm
What a fun idea, and so cute! I love the little trucks!
09/15/2017 @ 12:27 pm
Awe,thank you so much Linda…a much better use for them!! 🙂