A fun and festive circle garland whipped up from restaurant coasters. You know, those chipboard like coasters they toss out for your drinks? I'm talking about these:
Well, the three pieces of round paper on the right are the papers I used to cover the coasters. I can't help but collect the restaurant coasters after dinner, beacause I just love chipboard and am quite fond of the circle shape. I just knew I'd find many uses for them. The funny thing is, not one person in my family NOR my kids' friends every blinked when I asked for them. They all know me well enough by now, haha.
I did recover some for the purpose using at home. Seems we are always short of something to protect the various tables that people put drinks on (all of them). So one trip through the Xyron each side and peel and press on some scrapbook paper. I used the coaster as the template and just cut around it after the paper was attached. Easy peasy. I started the garlands the same way, but started to get a little cost concious about the xyron sticker paper, so began sewing the scrapbook paper on the coasters instead, then glue sticking the edges down afterwards.
Still easy peasy. Here's how the garland turned out:
It would be very pretty twirling in a light breeze, so you get to see both sides. I think it's pretty all clumped together ...
And single strand too.
These up close photos make it clear to me that they could stand a swipe of sandpaper on the edges to clean them up and meld the chipboard with the paper for a finished look.
Of course, you could make the same type of thing with two pieces of paper cut to size and sewn together without the chipboard coaster in between, but the coaster makes them so sturdy and makes them useable as coasters...couldn't do that if it were just two pieces of paper. Also, the coasters make them really easy to fold up accordian style to put away for use another day without letting the paper get all bent or torn.
And hey, look at the pile I saved from the landfill....Next time I collect a bunch I think I'll use them to attach black and white portraits...wouldn't that be fun, a strand of family photos? Next time, next time...