What to Do with Your Old Agendas: Coasters

Amber Clark

Nov 22, 2016

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What to Do with Your Old Agendas: Coasters

 

Part of the reason why agenda planners are so fun is that their covers come in a huge variety of fun and beautiful designs. But eventually, your old agenda reaches the end of the road. As the year comes to a close, it’s no longer in date, and you need to switch to a fresh new planner to start the new year.

But why throw out such a pretty work of art? Instead of throwing away your old agenda planners, you can transform them into pretty coasters that you can use for years to come. Here’s how to make coasters out of old agendas.

What You’ll Need

To transform old agendas into coasters, you’ll need a few basic supplies.

  • 4 ceramic tiles. You can get these at hardware stores. 4”x4” is a good size for drink coasters.
  • Mod Podge. Mod Podge is a water-based sealer, a glue, and a finish, all in one. It’s designed for applications like collage and decoupage, making it a great choice for our new agenda coasters.
  • Foam brush. You’ll need a foam brush to apply the Mod Podge.
  • Your old agenda. You’ll be using the cover.
  • Pencil. This is for marking things.
  • Felt pads. These are optional, but we really recommend them. They help prevent your coasters from scratching your wood tables.
  • Scissors or a paper cutter. We recommend using a paper cutter, but scissors will also work.

 

The Process

  1. Remove the paper covers from your old agenda planners, and lay them face down on the table. Then, set a tile face up on top of it. Use the pencil to carefully trace the square. This creates your pattern.
  2. Use your paper cutter or scissors to cut along the square you drew.
  3. Use the foam brush to spread a thin layer of Mod Podge over the tile. You might want to do this over some newspaper to prevent spillage. Then, place the paper square evenly on top of the tile. Press down gently, making sure there are no air bubbles trapped under the paper. Then, set it aside to dry. It’s worth noting that you shouldn’t try to move the paper after it’s been set onto the tile, even if it’s crooked or uneven. Mod Podge is incredibly sticky, which is why it’s such a good fit for this project. The paper won’t move without getting scrunched up and wrinkled. It’s important to be careful the first time to make sure it’s properly aligned.
  4. Repeat step 3 for each of your tiles. You can make as many as you’d like.
  5. Take each tile, and coat it with three fresh layers of Mod Podge. This creates a seal over the paper, protecting it from damage. Wait 15-20 minutes between each coat, so that the previous coat can dry.

Now, you’re done. You have beautiful, unique new coasters to protect your wood tables and surfaces from condensation from the bottom of your drinks. They also make fantastic holiday gifts.

Other Things to Do with Old Agenda Planners

Coasters aren’t the only thing you can make out of old agenda planners at the end of the year. Here are some more fun craft ideas that you can try.

  • Use them for collage art
  • Use decoupage to decorate a wooden box, a stepstool, or other items
  • Glue pieces of the paper cover onto clothespins to decorate them for your bulletin board

Waste Not, Want Not

Why throw away something so beautiful? Old agenda planners may have already served their purpose, but that doesn’t mean they have to be relegated to the trash bin. Instead, try making coasters or other awesome crafts to get some use out of the patterns and designs.

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