Exotic Christmas Ornaments from Florentine Coasters

Exotic Christmas Ornaments from Florentine Coasters

Vintage Florentine pieces are pretty common at antiques shops- you know what I’m talking about, right? The gold painted pieces like trays, jewelry boxes, etc.? Well, for years I’ve admired Florentine coasters and always secretly thought about turning them into Christmas ornaments. I just couldn’t bear the thought of purchasing a perfectly good, full-priced set and doing that.

But, I ended up finding a baggie of wood coasters that were already painted in a Florentine gold!

Florentine coasters from the thrift store

My thrifted coasters were very pretty and just a tad beat-up…making them perfect candidates for an upcycling project.

I decided I would add a little paint and an embellishment (such as filigree jewelry) as an homage to authentic Florentine coasters.

Wood coasters set in Florentine gold

But instead of using them as drink coasters, I’d hang them on my Christmas tree instead.

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Painting the Florentine Coasters

First things first, I needed to alter the wood coasters in a way so that I could hang them on my Christmas tree.

After giving various ideas some thought, I decided the simplest thing to do would be to drill a small hole in the lip of each one.

Drilling a hole through the lip of the Florentine coasters

Now for the fun part- decorating the coasters! While the plain gold was pretty, actual Florentine coasters are quite ornate and exotic.

So, I grabbed some jewel-colored craft paints, vinyl stencils, and brushes.

Decorating the Florentine gold with paint and stencils

First, I stenciled directly on the Florentine gold finish, but it didn’t really “pop”. So, I ended up painting the base of the wood coasters first.

Painting a wood coasters set

I painted all of the drink coasters with a different color, making sure that the coverage was opaque. Then, I sealed the paint job with a satin varnish.

Upcycling the wooden coasters into exotic ornaments

Now for the embellishment part!

Transformation into Exotic Ornaments

Since these would no longer be used as drink coasters, I planned on adding filigree jewelry and findings to the center of my Florentine coasters. The jewelry would provide the ornate look of Florentine coasters, but without much work at all!

I had a pair of old filigree earrings (the two with rhinestones in the center after I clipped off the earring part), and some brass filigree findings that I purchased on Etsy.

Brass filigree to decorate the Florentine coasters

But, first I gave them all a quick (and light) coat of gold paint so that they matched the gold of the coasters.

After the paint dried, I used a bit of super glue to carefully attach each piece of filigree jewelry to the center of the Florentine coasters. Then, I added a coordinating rhinestone to each one, for just a bit more glitz.

Transforming a wood coasters set into elegant ornaments

Totally optional, of course, but I just loved how the earring pieces looked with their gemstones in the center.

To finish it up, I just needed to add some hanging string. I threaded some gold embroidery floss (with a knot tied in the middle) through the drilled hole and then tied the ends together.

Embroidery floss as an ornament hanger

You could barely see the little knot, which was a relief to me!

Exotic Christmas Ornaments from Florentine Coasters

And voila! A set of Christmas ornaments that look kinda-sorta similar to Florentine coasters! Each one different but a coordinating set nonetheless.

Exotic ornaments from a wood coasters set

Hanging on a Christmas tree, the Florentine coasters look like fetching ornaments, don’t you think? Plus, they won’t break and will be super easy to store since they’re flat.

Exotic ornaments from Florentine coasters

And yes, no one (including me) would stop you from just drilling small holes through actual Florentine coasters and using them as ornaments- they’d be positively gorgeous!

I just don’t find them in shops very often…and you could get a similar effect with plain wooden coasters if you just paint them gold and distress them a bit. All kinds of upcycling possibilities with this idea…

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for unique Christmas ornaments, then you’ll love these DIY ornaments that are made from tea infusers!

Loose leaf tea strainers as Christmas ornaments

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. love the gold!

  2. Oh wow, these are so beautiful!

  3. What an easy project, and they turned out really pretty. I love the bright colors with the gold, and the jewelry filigree finding is the perfect touch for the center.

  4. This is another beautiful project. They are Christmasy and so elegant!! Love them.

  5. Very nice. The jewel in the center dresses them up so much. I did like the stencilling on the purple one; I think it only needs a rhinestone in the center, but I like the jewelry fixtures best. I have used them as trays and cake plate pedestals for the dollhouse people; they like bling, too!

  6. Love these, Sarah–especially the colors you chose! They look fantastic hanging on the tree. Another great idea from Sadie Seasongoods 🙂

  7. These are so pretty, Sarah – the jewel tone paint behind the gold painted filigree is just gorgeous!

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