Impress Your Guests With These Wallet-Friendly DIY Coasters

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Why buy when you can make one of these great-looking coasters yourself? All you need is some time and a few easy-to-procure materials. What’s more, they make great gifts!

Give used wine stoppers a new life
Upcycle used wine stoppers with this rather ingenious idea: glue eight pieces of wine corks together using a glue gun, and voila, instant coaster!

Paint over ubiquitous cork coasters
Take those ubiquitous cork coasters to the next level (and match your interior at the same time) by cutting them out into on-trend hexagonal shapes and painting parts of it in your desired shade using craft paint.

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Featuring white ceramic cup, $14.95, small ceramic bowl, $30.95 and large ceramic bowl, all from HomesToLife

Piece together a geometric trivet in no time at all
These geometric trivets are not only easy to make, they are tres chic to boot. You will need three pieces of wooden dowels procured from the craft store, a box saw and some strong glue. Cut each dowel at 60-degree angles with the saw into your desired lengths and glue them together at the attachment points.

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Featuring Lux black and gold bowl, $35.95, Triangles kitchen towel, $13.95, Roma Giorgio cone-shaped carafe, $79.95 and bubble tail mouth-blown glass, $15.95, all from HomesToLife

Finger knit your way to these beauties
If you have a bit more time, this finger-knit rope coaster will be well worth the effort. Using your desired type of rope or cord create braids, knotting them intermittently to secure. Once you’ve achieved your desired length, coil the rope against itself tightly and tuck the tail end into the bottom of the coaster.

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Featuring Criss cross driftwood tray, $165, Nordic sand stoneware mug, $10.95, Nordic sand stoneware teapot, $59.95 and Voyager Collection travel wallet, POA, all from HomesToLife

String some beads up for this crafty coaster
This coaster craft is rather effortless. All you need are 1-inch wooden beads, cord and paint. First, colour each bead into your desired shades. You can leave some painted to mix things up. Once dry, string the unpainted beads and painted beads onto the first cord. Coil the row of beads into a circle and tie a knot. Make a second, smaller piece using the same method, making sure that the smaller piece can fit into the larger one. How pretty is this?

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Featuring Pois coffee cup, $20.95 from HomesToLife

A unique coaster made with wool yarn and craft rings
Looking like gorgeous store-bought coasters, this Scandi-inspired craft is sure to win admiration from your guests. You will need a roll of wool yarn, a large wooden craft ring, a smaller wooden craft ring and a wooden bead. To start, tie the yarn in a double knot on the larger wooden ring (but remember to leave a short length of the yarn at the end, you will need this later). Start wrapping both wooden rings, with the smaller ring inside, with the yarn to create a spoke-like design. Repeat this step three or four times to get a sturdy structure. Wrap right to the end, threading the last bit of yarn to meet the extra bit of string from the beginning. Thread the wooden bead through and tie a double knot to secure.

DIY handknitted coasters

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This was adapted from an article originally published in the September 2017 issue of SquareRooms.

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