I found some beautiful marble coasters with vintage liquor ads on recently, but at £20 for a set of four I had to walk away and tell myself they were an extravagance I couldn’t afford. Of course, I immediately set my mind on how I could make something similar but at a much lower price.
Here’s what I came up with — a very quick and easy way to update coasters or place mats. I simply used an old tatty coaster as a template to cut a piece from an old comic book (my fella is a comic fan, so this was as much for him as it was for me). Next I simply stuck the cut out onto the tatty coaster and covered it with sticky-back plastic, which gave it a water resistant finish.
I think this would look great made with sheet music, old French newspaper, wrapping paper, or maybe even wallpaper to match your walls!
Another choice for sealing the paper is Mod Podge. This glue and sealant can be used both to stick the paper down and can be painted over the top to give it protection. In hindsight, I should have used it myself (after a few months, the corners of the sticky-backed plastic have started to curl up slightly) but I got impatient trying to track it down. (Does anyone know of a good place to buy Mod Podge in the UK?) For those who can’t find it either, you could try PVA glue, which works much the same.