Before Pinterest, I used to rip pages out of catalogs and magazines of home decor, DIY, and organization ideas that I loved. Each month, I would protect my precious mags from the recycling bin with the fierceness of a D&R Nestie raiding Ballard Designs.
Now that Pinterest lets us go paperless, I’ve shaken my urge to hang on to every Pottery Barn catalog that comes through our door – but what to do with that huge stack I’ve accumulated through the years? It seems sacrilegious to simply recycle them…so I turned them into coasters!
I made these DIY magazine coasters based on a repurposed magazine art tutorial I found on Saved by Love Creations. I pretty much followed her tutorial, cutting 4 strips per magazine page, and then folding. (I also just used my fingernails to crease the folds instead of buying a bone folder.) I couldn’t find the glue she mentions, so I used Beacon 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue which has an “instant grab” so I didn’t need to hold the coiled magazine strips for long.
I wrapped the magazine strips until the coaster was wide enough that it was the circumference of one strip, with no overlap. (I also didn’t coat my finished product in Mod Podge like the tutorial mentions, although I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt.)
Folding the magazine strips was by far the most time-consuming part of this project, but I did a little bit here and there while watching TV. (It’s a good project to zone out on over a glass of Chardonnay and a Mad Men marathon!)
Who needs a coffee table book? These coasters can be made out of any of your favorite magazines or catalogs and are such a great conversation piece! Keep a set for yourself or gift them to others – they make a great housewarming gift!
Like this repurposed project? Check out these other ideas from some fellow bloggers who also share a love of turning the old into new!
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