DIY Coasters – Recycled Tin Cans

7 Materials
2 Hours

This simple project and doesn’t require many tools or materials. I hope you enjoy this recycled tin can coaster craft. If rustic rusted isn’t your style don’t worry you can finish these in so many different ways. Feel free to use your imagination.


  • Safety can opener
  • Large tin cans
  • Pennies
  • Wine corks
  • Knife and cutting board
  • E6000 glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Sharpening stone

Step 1 – Remove Can Lids

The first step is to remove and clean the tin can lids using a safety can opener. Choose a can size that is large enough for cups and glasses.

Step 2 – Attach Pennies

I decided to add some weight to the coasters by adding some pennies. To do this I used E6000 glue to attach the pennies to the can lids.

Step 3 – Paint

You can choose many different ways to add some color to the coasters. I chose to color my coasters with a rustic finish. To make this worn look I used black and brown paint applied with a paper towel and a paint brush. Once the first coat of paint was dry I added some other colors to each of the coasters.

Step 4 – Cut Cork

Cutting the corks is a three-step process. The first step is to boil the corks in water for about ten minutes. This puts moisture back into the cork and makes them easier to cut. Once the corks are boiled the second step is to use a serrated knife to carefully slice the wine corks into thin discs. Lastly use a sharpening stone to file down and smooth the cork slices.

Step 5 – Attach Feet

Use more E6000 glue to secure four cork feet to the bottom of each coaster.

Step 6 – Finish

Once the E6000 glue has had time to cure (around 24 hours) use a small soft paint brush to apply a thin coat of mod podge to both sides of each coaster.

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Happy Upcycling,


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Suggested materials:
  • Tin Cans
  • Mod Podge
  • E6000 glue
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Cindy @ Upcycle Design Lab
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  • Paula Bois-Brady Paula Bois-Brady on Nov 19, 2022

    I tried a project similar to this last year, May I suggestion some improvements? Soak the wine corks overnight, it makes them easier to cut, I used a really sharp knife. I also added dye to the soaking water to color/tint the cork. Cut the cork in quarter inch thick slices and use instead of the pennies, will be more absorbent. I used felt on the bottom or you can put 5 or 6 feet, it will be more stable. Happy crafting.

  • Cj57 Cj57 on Jun 04, 2023

    Just wondering, I've been looking for (and can't find) a safety can opener like the one shown, where did u get it?

  • Kaye Kaye on Sep 11, 2023

    Are the edges of the cans dangerously sharp?

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