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Project

Wallpapered Glass Coasters

You can appreciate vintage wallpaper without hanging it on your walls: Simply use scraps of your favorite paper to decorate glass coasters.

Introduction

Have a local glazier cut and sand 1/4-inch-thick glass into 3 1/2-inch squares. Use clear-drying Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage glue, to affix a paper scrap to the bottom of each coaster. Look for beautiful old wallpaper at tag sales or stores that specialize in vintage wall coverings. You can also use decorative paper for this project.

Materials

  • 1-inch paintbrush
  • Glass coaster
  • Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage glue
  • Wallpaper scraps
  • Bone folder
  • Utility knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Fiskars grid
  • Felt dots

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Using a paintbrush, coat one side of glass with decoupage glue. Place glass onto wallpaper scrap, pattern-side up. If there is a motif, be sure to center it on the glass.

  2. Step 2

    Turn the coaster over, and smooth the paper with your fingertips. Be sure to rub firmly on the edges. If the paper isn't too fragile, use a bone folder to smooth.

  3. Step 3

    Using a sharp utility knife, cut off excess paper around the edges of the coaster.

  4. Step 4

    To seal the bottom of the coaster, apply one to two more coats of decoupage glue to paper. Allow coaster to dry for a few hours.

  5. Step 5

    To protect surfaces from getting scratched, attach felt dots to the corners of the coaster's underside.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

Reviews (45)

  • 28 Feb, 2012

    Miss Mary -- your "local glazier" would be any local glass company. Check online or in the Yellow Pages. They're the same people you call if your kid puts a ball through your window, or if you want a glass top cut for a desk or table. I live in a small NH town, and we have several. I've always found them to be interested in special projects like this. Relieves the boredom of standard windows, I suppose!

  • 26 Feb, 2012

    I agree with MissMary- not practical for coasters, but perhaps making larger would make a lovely trivet?

  • 8 Jan, 2012

    So pretty! But... 2 things: I don't have a "local glazier" (lol) and glass coasters, though beautiful, just haven't been practical for me. The condensation pools or runs off onto the surface you're trying to protect. Often the coaster would stick to the bottom of the glass & then fall to the floor/lap/etc dumping the collected water all over.

    That said... Kinda crazy that I still really wanna make these! =)

  • 29 Sep, 2008

    Hi Craft Test Dummies (Great name BTW!)

    Thanks for the info on the magnetic glass coaster set. I have looked up Lillian Vernon online without luck in finding them.

    I am wondering if you remember which outlet store you found them at and also how recent it was.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

  • 24 Sep, 2008

    For those of us who live in humid areas glass coasters don't work well for cold drinks, but maybe I can make them as gifts for people in drier climates, they look very pretty.

  • 24 Sep, 2008

    I found Lillan Vernon has a magnetic glass coaster set. Just slip in the pieces of paper, and the magnets hold it together. I got a set of 4 for 1.49 at an outlet store!

  • 24 Sep, 2008

    VERY NICE IDEA i WOULD LIKE TO TRY IT WITH WALLPAPER I DID IT ONCE WITH THE PICTURES OF MY LITTLE BABY , AND EVERYONE LIKE IT

  • 24 Sep, 2008

    4 glass coasters for $10 at Bed bath, beyond. Made for inserting photos, but could use them for wallpaper. Might be cheaper than having a local glazier "make" them for you.

  • 24 Sep, 2008

    You can also get 4 glass coasters for $10 at bed,bath

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    I have had some awesome vintage wallpaper sitting in my closet for years and I am so glad to finally find a beautiful way to use it.

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    I have had some awesome vintage wallpaper sitting in my closet for years and I am so glad to finally find a beautiful way to use it.

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Great idea...!!! I used scrapbooking paper instead!!! Makes an original gift to give to the hostess!!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Great idea...!!! I used scrapbooking paper instead!!! Makes an original gift to give to the hostess!!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Great idea...!!! I used scrapbooking paper instead!!! Makes an original gift to give to the hostess!!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Great idea...!!! I used scrapbooking paper instead!!! Makes an original gift to give to the hostess!!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Great idea...!!! I used scrapbooking paper instead!!! Makes an original gift to give to the hostess!!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Great idea...!!! I used scrapbooking paper instead!!! Makes an original gift to give to the hostess!!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Great idea...!!! I used scrapbooking paper instead!!! Makes an original gift to give to the hostess!!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Great idea...!!! I used scrapbooking paper instead!!! Makes an original gift to give to the hostess!!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Great idea...!!! I used scrapbooking paper instead!!! Makes an original gift to give to the hostess!!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Great idea...!!! I used scrapbooking paper instead!!! Makes an original gift to give to the hostess!!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Great idea...!!! I used scrapbooking paper instead!!! Makes an original gift to give to the hostess!!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Great idea...!!! I used scrapbooking paper instead!!! Makes an original gift to give to the hostess!!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Great idea...!!! I used scrapbooking paper instead!!! Makes an original gift to give to the hostess!!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Great idea...!!! I used scrapbooking paper instead!!! Makes an original gift to give to the hostess!!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Great idea...!!! I used scrapbooking paper instead!!! Makes an original gift to give to the hostess!!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Great idea...!!! I used scrapbooking paper instead!!! Makes an original gift to give to the hostess!!!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    You could make copies of family photos or favorite pets and use them instead of wallpaper and make great gifts.

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    I'm a quilter and I'm going to try making some 3 1/2" blocks to mod podge on these glass blocks - I think they would make great gifts for quilters. Guess I'd have to put a finished piece on the back of the block so all the seams don't show. I'll have to experiment to see if that thickness will still adhere to the block. Martha, thanks for all the wonderful ideas you have for us!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    I'm a quilter and I'm going to try making some 3 1/2" blocks to mod podge on these glass blocks - I think they would make great gifts for quilters. Guess I'd have to put a finished piece on the back of the block so all the seams don't show. I'll have to experiment to see if that thickness will still adhere to the block. Martha, thanks for all the wonderful ideas you have for us!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    I'm going to call my local glazier ASAP!

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    What do you think about using glass tiles? I'm not sure if these are easier to find, but it's an idea.

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Friends,
    I had a friend who made glass dessert plates into adorable plates for which you could find many uses. She sold dozens of them I'm sure it's the same technique and they'd only need washed by hand. They held Christmas cookies for Santa....Halloween cookie plates. You could even use these for protecting your tables under candles.
    Great idea..someday I might even make some.

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Martha always goes for high end stuff. You might try the Michael's website and see if they carry glass coasters or google it. You might have better luck. I think this is a great idea. I can't wait to try it either as I'm desperate for decent coasters. Thanks to all of you for the suggestions.

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    I've done this before and glued cork (craft cork - comes in a roll) to the underside. This protected the paper from moisture. I gave them away as gifts and everyone loved them! I used scrapbooking paper for some and was able to customize them to each person because of the plethora of paper available. I must say that the ones I made for myself with vintage wallpaper are my favorite.

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Wouldn't water roll off the glass coasters? What are you talking about? What water? It's not going to roll off any more easily than any other coaster that isn't made of fabric... As long as drinks aren't spilled, there shouldn't be THAT much condensation...

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    Wouldn't water roll off the glass coasters? What are you talking about? What water? It's not going to roll off any more easily than any other coaster that isn't made of fabric... As long as drinks aren't spilled, there shouldn't be THAT much condensation...

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    How about scrapebook paper and plexiglass?

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    I loved this idea and phoned Westport Glass to get a price for coasters. First they asked where I live. I told them MA. They said they never ship. I said my husband travels in CT extensively and I could pick up. Then, on long distance, they put me on hold. Another lady picked up and said they never make coasters. They did them specially for Martha Stewart. Then she said $10 per coaster. I laughed. Ridiculous.

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    I've done something simlar with glass gems and the thinner the paper, the better. Origami paper and scrap book paper works well. You use photos printed on higher quality paper.
    Also, it might be good to finish off the edges with copper foil tape or the like [see "painted glass picture frames"], considering water might seep into the edges. These would also be pretty as wall art...any suggestions on a good way to hang them? Could be pretty attached to wood...

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    I have some beautiful Art Nouveau paper I could use for this project. But wouldn't the water just roll off glass coasters onto the table you are trying to protect?

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    has anyone used photographs if so how did it work out?

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    you could use origami paper, in comes in packets of small squares.

  • 23 Sep, 2008

    had tried making the painted ones with the card suits (spades, diamonds, etc.) on them and that didn't work out. I think I can handle these and the boxes is a great idea.

  • 1 Sep, 2008

    I can' wait to make these! My husband is a wood worker and I am going to have him make wooden boxes for these to be stored in and give them to our sisters and brothers for Christmas!!