Feelin’ crafty, so I decided to try my hand at these recycled magazine coasters via a fab. tutorial on How About Orange.
I took some pics with my new camera (really wanted an excuse to use it!) and have included my own tutorial here.
- 6 pages from a magazine. I choose colorful pages and a few with pure text to add a little interest.
- Exacto knife and straight edge (I used a metal ruler)
- bone folder (not pictured-figured out it would be helpful after I took the pic)
- Modge Podge or some sort of sealer (I used Modge Podge then a spray varnish)
- *optional* a furry friend to help… this will add significant time to your project seeing as strips of paper are oh sooo much fun to chase
Cut the ragged edges off of each of the 6 magazine pages.
Next, cut each page in half lengthwise. Then, cut each of the half-page strips in half lengthwise again.
Take each strip and fold in half lengthwise.
Then take that folded strip and fold in thirds, hide the cut edge by folding it inward first.
Next, fold each strip in half, repeat for each strip.
To start weaving your coaster, interlock two strips. This will be the bottom left corner of your coaster.
Add another strip that wraps around the outside of the horizontal bottom strip.
While every other strip will wrap around the outside of the coaster, the alternate strips will be “sandwiched” in between two existing strips. See photo above. Keep adding one strip at a time, making sure to push the papers tightly together.
Don’t forget to check the back every now and then to make sure all is well.
I finished mine with 9 horizontal and 9 vertical strips. Feel free to keep going if you want a bigger coaster.
Now it’s time to secure the edges. You will need to secure the strips that emerge on the outsides of the “coaster sandwich.” Do this by bringing the long end around the edge of the coaster and tucking it under the closest weave to hide the raw ends.
Cut off any excess after it’s been tucked.
Cut off he strips that emerge from the inside of the “sandwich.”
Finish by applying a few coats of Modge Podge and then some spray varnish, or just varnish. I applied both to mine and I do believe that it is indestructible at this point.