coastal coasters

This is another project that I’ve done with my vintage atlases: map coasters. I wanted to find ways to use these cool outdated maps so I didn’t have to throw out the books. The coastal coasters above were a gift to my oldest son, who loves the California coast. One of the great things about crafting with maps, whether you’re making map pendant necklaces like I shared last week, or coasters, is that you can customize these for the recipient by finding a map of their favorite place or a place that is special to them. When I made a necklace for my niece, I chose Paris because she loves Les Miserables.

There are tons of interesting images that could be used for these. Here are a couple more sets that I made:

Africa in pastels Map Coasters

beige and blue global coasters from

I love making coasters, if you hadn’t noticed. I like to use this tutorial instead of some of the quicker versions I’ve seen because these last longer and are more resistant to actual use. We use ours a lot, and even the coasters I made a couple of years ago are still in great shape. So, I opt for taking more time to end up with a higher quality coaster. Even though they take some time to create, the cost for supplies is low, especially if you use vintage images that you already have laying around at your house. Have you made coasters?

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12 Responses to Vintage Map Coasters

  1. Alicia says:

    These coasters are so cool! I like the ones in your original post too. I also have accumulated a lot of old magazines and vintage ads that would make great coasters. I am excited to try this project!

  2. These are fantastic! I love decorating with maps, and this is a great way to bring them to a tabletop. If you haven’t already, I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

  3. Really fun! And I like that you hand selected certain areas on the map to make them more meaningful.

    Warmly, Michelle

  4. glee says:

    Love the look of these, but do they absorb the condensation? If a coaster doesn’t do that it defeats its purpose. Do tell!

    • Betsy says:

      Thanks, Glee! They do not absorb condensation. Glasses normally leave a ring of water that sits on the surface of the coaster, but doesn’t drip off. We just wipe them off when we’re done or let them dry on their own. It’s never been a problem for us and our surfaces don’t have any new rings thanks to the coasters. :)

  5. These are so great! I must find some epoxy :)

    Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday :) I’ve pinned it.

  6. Bella says:

    Love these coasters! I have some old maps I’ve kept from my pre GPS days, for great ideas like this one.

  7. […] maps have been a theme of mine this year. I’ve made coasters, necklaces, and a decorated storage box. I’ve also been on a downsizing kick. Isn’t it […]

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