Wood Ornaments with Paper Coasters

Wood Ornaments with Paper Coasters

Each year as Christmas rolls around, I get all excited about coming up with a new DIY ornament project. And this year, I decided to play around with paper coasters. You know the kind I’m talking about, right? Well, I wondered if they could be paired with wood ornaments into something fun for the tree.

Paper coasters or Christmas coasters to pair up with wood cutouts for wood ornaments

There are just SO many designs of paper coasters, especially Christmas versions. They just seem destined for an upcycling project.

Christmas coasters to decoupage on wood ornaments for vintage Christmas decorations

At first, I thought I would pair them up with plain wooden rounds. But, then I found these wood cutouts in the Christmas craft section at a craft store.

And, well, these would be PERFECT as wood ornaments with my paper coasters!

Wood Cutouts from the craft store to make the wooden ornaments with Christmas coasters

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Wood Cutouts or Wood Ornaments with Paper Coasters

First and foremost, the vintage paper coasters. I found just about all of mine on Etsy; even though I’ve seen them on occasion at thrift stores, Etsy was the most reliable source.

I then needed to paint the wood cutouts. So, I selected a festive red and green from my stash of spray paint.

Painting the wood cutouts with spray paint to transform them into retro Christmas ornaments

I did not sand first, nor did I use a separate primer before the color.

After the paint dried (two coats on each side), I paired up the paper coasters with a wood ornament and grabbed my decoupage glue.

Decoupage glue to attach the paper coasters to the wood ornaments or wood cutouts

I used a small craft paint brush to spread a thin layer of decoupage glue on the back of the paper coasters. Then, I simply centered the paper on the wood ornaments and pressed down firmly.

I also flipped them over and placed a heavy object (soup can or similar) on the backside to ensure a flat seal.

Honestly, I thought I’d stop there! But then I decided that the ornament cap portion of the wood ornaments needed something. So, I stippled on some silver craft paint on the top.

Because I thought of this after I had decoupaged the paper coasters on, I couldn’t use painter’s tape to give me a straight edge. So, I nabbed a junk mail envelope from our recycling bin and laid it flat on the ornament to give me a straight edge! Use what you’ve got, right?

Just to be on the safe side, I finished by giving each of the wood ornaments a light coat of a matte sealant spray.

Using a matte topcoat on wood ornaments that were made with paper coasters or Christmas coasters

And just like that, I had a whole set of retro Christmas ornaments that showcased all the paper coasters I had collected!

Wood ornaments or retro Christmas ornaments with paper coasters and decoupage glue

Retro Christmas Ornaments with Paper Coasters and Wood Ornaments

To finish up, I tied a small loop of silver cord (to match the silver ornament caps) through the wood ornaments. And that was it!

Retro Christmas Ornaments with paper coasters that have been decoupaged on wood cutouts

These were SO SIMPLE to make, let me tell you. And they are just as cute as can be.

Christmas coasters that are made of paper on wood ornaments with decoupage glue

I swear, I know they’re supposed to be coasters but it’s like this is what they were meant to become. Between the charming graphics and the scalloped edges, they’re just ideal as wood ornaments.

Wooden ornaments with paper coasters on wood cutouts with decoupage glue

BONUS- If you paint the back of the ornament with chalkboard paint, you could use these as decorative AND reusable gift tags, as well!

Wood ornaments as gift tags or chalkboard label or retro Christmas ornaments

Tell me you won’t pass those paper ornaments by in the thrift store again, eh? And if you end up with a pack of the same design, you can always swap with your friends at a craft party!

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for retro Christmas ornaments, then you’ll also love this retro Christmas wreath that was made from a plastic cookie tray!

Retro Christmas wreath from a Christmas cookie tray

Plus, don’t forget that my book, “Crafting with Flannel” has an entire chapter dedicated to Christmas projects! You can purchase it online from Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble, and Walmart!

diy christmas ornaments from flannel shirts

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Sharon Caulineau says

    I really love the coaster idea but I haven’t seen these coasters in years. Where would i find them?

  2. deaconess19 says

    These are adorable and so easy. Love the idea of using them as gift tags.

  3. Just too cute! I love the retro vibe! Never would have thought of coasters. Used Christmas cards, napkins, wrapping paper, but not coasters. Won’t pass them up when I see them now! Always looking for ideas for ornaments for our church bazaar. I, too, often grab a piece of paper from my paper recycle bucket (next to my chair at the kitchen table, my crafting space) to put glue on, dry brush paint onto, etc.!

  4. Molly Tomaszewski says

    love them! wish i had some paper coasters to do it!!

  5. giantsdancefarm says

    These are absolutely adorable! What a fantastic idea for kids to make too.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you! And yes – super simple to make with kids. Though they might not enjoy the throwback graphics on the paper coasters like we do. 😉

  6. Yay! What a great idea! 🙂

  7. Amanda Pennington says

    Ok, you’re officially brilliant! I have some vintage coasters that I’ve been saving…ok, hoarding for something special. This is a perfect way to enjoy them longterm, thank you! By the way, I’ve been following your wonderful downsizing journey and it has been so personally encouraging! I’m excited for you and challenged to keep up my own slow and steady trek to being more fit. Keep it up!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you so very much, Amanda – for all your kind words! I keep hoping to hit the 25-lb loss mark to see if I can squeeze out one more weight loss post this year, but so far, no luck, LOL. I have a couple of weeks left to try and make it happen, though.

  8. Kathy Sober says

    I am so impressed with your creativity. I LOVE your stuff. This is such a cute idea. I’m not into the vintage designs for my tree (my tree is woodsy)….but for gift tags? AWESOME idea, AWESOME use of these very cute graphics. Thank you for the idea.

  9. Sharon Nesbit says

    Where did you find the paper coasters? I have looked all over the internet, and the ones I find are all one design which makes them fairly expensive if you want an assortment. This is a most clever idea. I had hoped to make some for our Christmas auction, but won’t be able to this year because I can’t find affordable coasters.

  10. Oh my goodness!! How CUTE!! Great idea… I’m on the lookout for those coasters now!


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