Faux Wood Coasters

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

DIY Faux Wood Coasters made from recycled catalogs. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

We get tons of catalogs in the mail everyday and I hate tossing them in the trash. Other than placing them in the recycling bin, what can you do with them?  My daughter loves the work of folding paper, so with this project we made paper spirals and use them as coasters for our summer beverages. We painted them up to look like slabs of wood because wooden coasters are a hot item right now, but there is no way I’m cutting a branch off of a tree, then slicing it up. These fakes look like the real thing from a distance and are fun to make.


magazine strips

Start by cutting your glossy finished magazine page into 1″ strips.

Folded Paper


Center Crease


Quarter Fold Strip

Next, fold them in half, creating a center crease. Open the fold up and fold the one edge into the middle, then the next side into the middle, then refold the center crease. This creates a neatly folded 1/4″ strip. 

Start Spiral

Start the spiral by dotting  a bit of tacky glue on the end of the strip and start rolling the strip of paper into a spiral.

Strip Spiral


Continue Spiral


After rolling the length the of paper into a spiral glue the end and then glue the next 1/4″ strip on and wrap it around. Continue until the disk is as large as you would like. 

Finished Size

We made them big enough for coasters.

Cream Paint

Then we coated them with a layer of cream paint.

Paint Edges

The edges are painted with the dark brown to look like the bark of the tree.

DIY Faux Wood Coasters made from magazine pages. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Once the paint had dried, we lightly dry brushed the tops of the spiral with the light brown color to make it look like the growth rings of a tree.

Mod Podge Covering

After all the paint had dried, it was covered on both the front and back with Mod Podge to seal it.

DIY Faux Wood Coasters. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

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3 thoughts on “Faux Wood Coasters

  1. Barbara Hundley

    I really like this idea. It’s a perfect crafty idea and so useful. How clever of a way to recycle and make something useful.

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