Rustic Coasters Made From Trash

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A while back I recovered a table with some tin can lids. It was a pretty lengthy project but it inspired me to keep using the lids in other ways. Today I have a much simpler project that starts with some rusted tuna can lids. There are lots of ways to rust metal but my preferred way is to throw them in a roaring fire.
For this project the lids need to be removed with a safety can opener. I really liked the rusted effect on the lids but I decided to dab on a little color with some acrylic paint and a paper towel. Once the paint was dry I added a coat of Min wax polycrylic.
It this point the lids are still sort of flimsy. To add thickness and stability I filled them with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.
Once the Mod Podge is completely dry the cork feet can be added. To make the feet cut and sand thin slices of wine corks and then use E6000 glue to attach to the bottom of the coasters.
Once the feet are in place and the glue is dry the coasters are ready for use.

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Suggested materials:
  • Tuna Tin Lids   (Recycling Bin)
  • Wine Corks   (Recycling Bin)
  • Minwax Polycrylic   (Home Depot)
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  • Patty Patty on Feb 09, 2023

    What gave it the color? The demensional mod podge,or the polycrylic? They are very pretty. Great upcycle. Also,how much of each do you add?

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  • Lesley Owens Lesley Owens on May 25, 2017
    Cool Project! But... you need to point out that a regular can opener will not give you those lids with a rim. When you state "safety can opener" people will not likely know what it is (unless they have one). It's a can opened that cuts FROM THE SIDE of the can, rather than the inside edge.