Custom Coasters for Holiday and Christmas Parties

Custom Coasters for Holiday and Christmas Parties

Sometimes I walk the aisles of thrift stores and have “near-craft experiences”, which is when I have a repurposing idea immediately, right there in the shop. But there are plenty of times when I find a treasure with potential but don’t have a clear vision in mind. That, my friends, is what happened when I came across this adorable set of vintage coasters that looked like a bookcase of encyclopedias! But, I wondered if I could somehow transform them into custom coasters for Christmas…

I know, I know- I already played around with a vintage coaster set just a few months ago! But, bear with me- as my idea might come in VERY handy this holiday season…

As I removed the tape from my newly-procured coaster set, I thought about upcoming holiday parties and the beverages that would be consumed. That’s when I realized a few holiday party truths:

  • It’s party season…and flu season…which drink is mine??
  • Wine charms are great for stemware…
  • But what about regular glasses and beer bottles? How can I tastefully mark (and remember) my drink?

With custom coasters that would help keep track of everyone’s drink, of course! And in my case, these would become custom coasters with Christmas words for titles! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Wood and cork coasters for upcycling into custom coasters to use at Christmas parties and gatherings

Transforming Vintage Coasters into Custom Coasters for Christmas Parties

Since my “book” coasters were already green with gold trim, they were well on their way to a Christmas-y feel. I just needed to give the bookcase a merry makeover with some bright red spray paint (with my comfy trigger handle).

Upcycling the vintage coasters from the thrift store into Christmas coasters with spray paint

Now, to make each coaster different (and thus act as a “wine charm” for each drink), I used a good-quality paint pen in gold.

Using a gold paint pen to make the custom coasters to use at holiday parties during Christmas

I made a list of Christmas words or Christmas vocabulary and carefully wrote one word on each of the custom coasters. And while my handwriting isn’t fabulous, I just went with it.

Stenciling or image transferring just sounded like an awful lot of work on a small, curved work space. So, I threw caution to the wind and put pen to paper, err…wood coaster.

Custom coasters by writing the Christmas words or Christmas vocabulary with a paint pen

Can I just say that I LOVED that gold paint marker? It wrote wonderfully and dried in a moment’s time.

Anyway, in the theme of all things holiday, I decided to embellish my now-red bookcase with a little more pizazz. After nixing stencils and rubber stamps, I decided to use Christmas decals and snowflake stickers.

Making the personalized coasters with Christmas vocabulary and snowflake stickers

My favorites were the clear-backed snowflake stickers, which I ended up using exclusively. With the glossy red paint, the edges of the stickers almost disappeared entirely!!

They almost look like they were perfectly stenciled on after all!

Keeping Everyone’s Drinks Straight with Custom Coasters

And there you have it- a set of custom coasters for my next Christmas party. No two are the same, which will help my party guests out!

And if you can’t find book coasters like mine, you could easily paint one edge green and add gold stripes with the paint pen- done!

Christmas vocabulary on custom coasters to help keep track of drinks at a Christmas party

Holiday guests, don’t fail me now! I have faith that you’ll appreciate the custom coasters so much that you won’t notice my not-magazine-photo-worthy handwriting on each one!

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for Christmas decor, then you’ll love this minimalist Christmas tree from a coffee mug tree!

Mug Holder or coffee cup holder as a Scandinavian Christmas tree or minimalist Christmas tree

And be sure to check out this winter scene and Christmas centerpiece idea by upcycling a cheese dome, too!

Making a winter scene with ice skaters on a frozen pond by upcycling a glass cloche or cheese dome

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  1. These are so cute. You always come up with the neatest repurposing! Happy Holidays…Cheers!

  2. Brilliant! You always need more coasters during the holidays. Love the ‘near craft experience’!

  3. I’m taking you goodwill shopping with me!! You are amazing! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party-

  4. Love this!

  5. That’s a great idea to mark drinks. And I love Sharpie paint pens too…use it all the time.

  6. Forgot to tell you, loved how you fixed up your little coaster caddy and coasters. You don’t have bad printing. Look pretty doggoned neat to me. Great project and so handy for entertaining during holidays.
    Have wonderful week

  7. Lauren Becker says

    Omg! I love this idea. I’m a big reader, so this is so cute. I wish I had a place near me that had these…but you could definitely find another stand in that might work!


  8. Those are cute as can be! I’ve always liked the little books in bookcases too! The red really brightens it up & then with the addition of the writing & snowflakes…WOW! So cute! It would make a great gift too. You can pass it my way…wink wink.

  9. This is such a great idea! I always have the same thought about keeping track of drinks… wine charms are great but only work for wine glasses with stems. This is a clever solution 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday – I pinned your coasters to our party board.

  10. Even new these coasters were drab but with the red holder and snowflakes, it now fab!

  11. Very festive!

  12. These turned out fantastic!
    I really want a set- your writing is perfect! I love that it has a personal charm!
    Thanks for your inspiration!
    I need to hit the thrift store!

  13. Knocked it out of the park Sarah! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  14. OH my gosh…these are TOO cute!! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  15. Awwwww, that’s super cool Sarah. And I love what you said about “near-craft experiences”. I have those too and I’m so glad you saw the unknown in this one. I really like what you did.

  16. These are great and I love how pretty they turned out. Thanks for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

  17. I love little books too and this makes an adorable holiday project. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  18. This is fabulous, Sarah! You’re always so creative. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning.

  19. Great idea!


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