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How To Turn an Old Neckerchief Into a Drink Coaster

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Pile of drink coasters made from a neckerchief

You can use an old neckerchief (or any fabric you like) to make a fun coaster for your drinks.


  • Fabric glue
  • Construction paper or foam tile
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Neckerchief (or any fabric you like)
  • Permanent marker
  • Tape


Step 1 cutting a paper base for the drink coaster

STEP 1. Trace a circle on a piece of paper using the mouth of a cup and cut it out.

Step 2 cutting one inch strips in the neckerchief

STEP 2. Cut three 1-foot-by-1-inch strips from your neckerchief, which will make a coaster about 2 ½ inches wide — perfect for a standard water bottle. Before cutting, measure and draw a straight line on the neckerchief from top to bottom using the ruler and marker. The longer your strips are, the bigger your coaster will be.

Step 3 tying strands of neckerchief together and braiding them

STEP 3. Tie the three strips together with an overhand knot at one end. Tape the knotted end to the table and separate the loose strips.

STEP 4. Time to braid! Take the strip on the right and cross it over the middle strip. Then, cross the left strip over the right. Repeat this method until you get to the bottom, and then tie it together with a knot. Remember: The right strip will always go over the middle, and the left strip will always go over the right.

Step 5 gluing the braid to the base

STEP 5. Starting at one end of the braid, cut off the excess fabric, leaving a little piece after the knot. Glue that end to the center of your circle. From there, apply more glue to the circle and twist the braid closely together until the circle is covered.

Mug sitting on a finished neckerchief coaster

STEP 6. Let your coaster dry for about 20 minutes before using it.


Watch the following videos to find out how to make your coaster bigger, how to add a hanging loop and how to make a coaster without a base.

How to make your coaster bigger: After you’ve glued the first braid to your base, cut off the excess fabric on one end of your second braid. Next, apply glue to your base where the first braid ends and attach braid two. Continue to apply glue and wrap the braid until it reaches the end.

How to add a hanging loop to your coaster: Once your coaster is glued to your base, take the shorter piece of fabric at the end and fold it in half. Next, wrap the longer piece of fabric tightly around the shorter piece, holding it in place. Wrap it twice and then apply a drop of glue. Wrap the longer strip one more time before applying another drop of glue. Wrap it one final time and allow your coaster to finish drying. Cut off any excess fabric once loop is formed.

How to make a coaster without a base: If you don’t want to use a base for your coaster, try out the handheld process. Place a drop of glue on one end of the braid and twist it. Apply a line of glue onto the braid before every twist. Repeat this process until you reach the end. Find a safe spot for it to dry.


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1 Comment on How To Turn an Old Neckerchief Into a Drink Coaster

  1. So cool!

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