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« on: February 02, 2008 10:46:57 PM »

Hey-
Looking for a way to reuse/remake coasters that I found while packing everything to move.  Still want the coasters to be coasters, just look different.  They're new, in package from like 1960s, but not even retro-cute...just really ugly.  Threw them in the "out" pile, but thought it would be fun to change them up a little.

They're the old, cheap-y coasters, not cardboard, but weird rubber/vinyl/leathery material.  Slick on top, rough on the bottom.  Thin.  Seems like they wouldn't paint well because so shiny/slick- but I don't really know.  I thought maybe decoupage, but the same problem, don't know if anything would stick.  I'm just not sure!

Any ideas, let's hear em! : )
Thanks, and I appreciate it!
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2008 03:01:53 AM »

Staple fabric over them
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2008 06:09:09 AM »

i'm sure that decopage would look good. otherwise try painting them with plasticote paint.
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2008 07:37:18 PM »

Cut out two pieces of light weight batting the same size as the coaster.  Then cut out two pieces of fabric a little larger than the coaster.  Using the coaster as the "meat in the sandwich" assemble in this order - fabric, batting, coaster, batting, fabric.  Sew all around the coaster, adding a frill or lace if wanted.

A woman I worked with years ago did this.  She made them in a xmas themed fabric and gave them as a keepsake to everyone at the office xmas party. 

Because she found mismatched ones at a thrift store, it cost her next to nothing and with all the different fabrics and embellisments she used, everyone had a unique gift as a reminder of the party.
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2008 09:50:30 PM »

paint markers, the kind that work on anything.
(clean them first though -- windex/rinse/dry or alcohol wipes)
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2008 02:34:53 AM »

You could crochet squares the same size them glue them (or if you can make holes in them sew) to the coasters to make them "non-slip" crocheted coasters.
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2008 05:57:42 AM »

also, if you need to cover them quickly, there is the new spray paint that covers plastic.  i didn't actually go buy any yet, and i heard it comes in mostly nasty colors, but there might be one there that you like or that would be a good background for whatever you want to do on top of them.

just make sure you clean and/or texturize the surface however it tells you on the paint can, though, or it probably won't work.
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