DIY: Magazine Coasters


Drink coasters. Everyone uses them! So why not create your own unique set? This fun (and easy!) DIY project is a great way to add a splash of color to your coffee table, while also reusing old magazines. They make great gifts, too!

The only supplies you will need are a colorful magazine, scissors, and glue. The first step is finding the pages that will make up your coaster. For a multicolored coaster, you should be able to find a lot of different bright colors (mixed with white and/or print for some contrast) within just one magazine. For a coaster with a theme (all blues, for example), you may need to search through a few magazines in order to find enough pages. You will need about 12 to 15 magazine pages total. Once you have your pages:

  1. Neatly rip your chosen pages from the magazine.
  2. Cut magazine pages in half.
  3. Create little “paper folds” like so:


Repeat this process until you have created about 10 paper folds (see below for flattening tips). Now comes the fun part – coiling! Put a small amount of glue along the whole paper fold and coil it tightly around itself. The first coiled paper fold is the toughest because it is so tiny, so don’t get discouraged if it is a bit awkward or messy! The coiled paper folds will start out circular, but they should progress into a square shape.


The key to a good magazine coaster is to coil the paper folds tightly and compactly. Here are a few tips:

  • Flatten new paper folds underneath heavy books for at least an hour before coiling them.
  • Determine exactly how you will coil each paper fold before even touching the glue.
  • After adding a paper fold, put the in-progress coaster between a cupboard door or anything else that will keep it clamped together. This allows the glue to dry and keeps the edges crisp.


Depending on how thick your paper folds are, you will probably need 24 to 30 for a completed coaster (hence the 12 to 15 magazine pages mentioned above). To end the coiling and finish the coaster, you will use your last 3 papers folds: cut the 3rd to last so that it finishes neatly at the end of one side, and use the remaining 2 to create one last large coil around the whole coaster. For this particular coaster, I used 25 paper folds total.


And here is the finished product! coasterpost6

I hope this post gives you a little creative inspiration for the week ahead. Happy Monday!

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  1. K8

     /  May 13, 2013

    What a great idea!


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