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Hug Mother Earth while protecting your lovely furniture!
Several things inspired me to create these swell little drink companions:

1) I noticed (with horror) how many unsightly rings were appearing on my carefully-refinished furniture (alas!), 2) Gasped (again, in horror) at the exorbitant price of coasters, and then 3) decided to do something about both 1 & 2.

And so, with no further ado... I give you the Eco Coaster.

NOTE: These could also be made out of newspaper, old sheet music, letters from ex boyfriends or basically anything else made of paper. You can vary the size to make placemats, too!

Posted by ennaneve from Charlotte, North Carolina, United States • Published See ennaneve's 7 projects »
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  • How to weave a woven coaster. Eco Coaster - Step 1
    Step 1

    First gather your supplies. Having them all handy makes your project a lot more enjoyable.

    Rip all the pages out of an old magazine. You won't need all of the pages, so you can be picky if you like. :)

  • How to weave a woven coaster. Eco Coaster - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold one page in half lengthwise.

  • How to weave a woven coaster. Eco Coaster - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fold one quarter of the folded page in toward the center.

    (It may help to first fold the page in half lengthwise, and flatten it out again so you have a line to fold to.)

  • How to weave a woven coaster. Eco Coaster - Step 4
    Step 4

    Repeat with the other side, so both sides meet in the middle.

  • How to weave a woven coaster. Eco Coaster - Step 5
    Step 5

    Repeat steps 3 & 4 with the same paper, making the stip more narrow.

  • How to weave a woven coaster. Eco Coaster - Step 6
    Step 6

    Apply glue liberally.

  • How to weave a woven coaster. Eco Coaster - Step 7
    Step 7

    Use paper clips or a heavy book to make sure the paper sticks together and bonds as it dries.

  • How to weave a woven coaster. Eco Coaster - Step 8
    Step 8

    Repeat steps 2-7 until you have 10 strips.

    To make the border strips: Fold one page in half lenthwise and CUT in half (lengthwise), then repeat steps 3-5 with each half of the page. DO NOT GLUE. Think of them like paper bias tape. :)

    Cut ALL of your strips exactly in half.

  • How to weave a woven coaster. Eco Coaster - Step 9
    Step 9

    Cut a thin slip of scrap paper the length of one of your half-strips. Tape 10 half-strips to the slip of scrap paper.

  • How to weave a woven coaster. Eco Coaster - Step 10
    Step 10

    Cover the edge where your strips are taped with one piece of paper bias tape. Make sure it covers either side, to hide all edges and scrap paper. Glue liberally on both sides. You can use clips to hold it in place if need be.

    Note: I cut the edges of my bias tape at a 45 degree angle to cut down on bulk, but it's not really necessary.

  • How to weave a woven coaster. Eco Coaster - Step 11
    Step 11

    Weave one of your half-strips over/under every other strip as shown.

  • How to weave a woven coaster. Eco Coaster - Step 12
    Step 12

    Repeat with other strips, alternating starting one under, one over, etc.

  • How to weave a woven coaster. Eco Coaster - Step 13
    Step 13

    Glue your other paper bias strips to edges and clamp if necessary. Allow to dry.

    Use a paint brush and apply varnish to set your masterpiece.

  • How to weave a woven coaster. Eco Coaster - Step 14
    Step 14

    Et voila! Your very own recycled coaster!

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sgrey22
sgrey22 · Webster, Massachusetts, US · 1 project
i don't have varnish...is it necessary?
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Jaime R.
Jaime R. · 1 project
i used hot glue instead of regular glue... mistake.
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Knitty Nora
Knitty Nora · Cambridge, England, GB · 4 projects
hey these are fantastic
can you use PVA insted of varnish/
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Gilly S.
Gilly S. · 3 projects
hey whats that jar looking thing in the background? Could you maybe put that up too? Please???
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Stacey D.
Stacey D. · London, GB · 2 projects
These look awesome - another something for my to-do list!
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KraftyKonves
KraftyKonves · 2 projects
thts awesomness i love it ima hav to try ths Tonguethnks 4 da tut
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Mel
Mel · Belgium, Wisconsin, US
Very cute idea!
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shen!....nanigans!
shen!....nanigans! · San Jose, California, US · 7 projects
I totally love this idea! I can't wait to make these! Happy Thank you for the great idea!
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Emily B.
Emily B. · Montreal, Quebec, CA · 11 projects
Really cool project, I've just started working on coasters made out of old Archie comics! Will post them soon!
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Emily C.
Emily C. · Fort Worth, Texas, US · 4 projects
looks awesome, easy and fun! lol i'm definitely gonna try this! >~< i've made tons of magazine bowls and such but this seems a LOT faster and less boring lol
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