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Stylish hand-made coasters

By Wangeci Kanyeki | March 10th 2016

Coasters not only provide a place to rest your glasses but also protect your surfaces from drips and heat from hot beverages. You can turn these little bar accessories into a statement of class and style by just adding a few beauty elements.

From pictorial plastic vinyl coasters easily available at the local supermarkets to high-end wooden or steel coasters, there are options available for every budget and personal preference. At Goodies African Interiors, a hand-crafted interiors gift shop in Nairobi, I came across handmade coasters that creatively distinguished themselves.

Maasai-beaded coasters

The beads provide an African touch with their circular shapes with the holding wire creating a web-like appearance. The beaded coasters come in a variety of colours suitable to meet your personal tastes and room décor colours.

Jacaranda tree coasters

For lovers of rustic furniture, the jacaranda tree coasters will be a great delight due to the visible wood grooves on the somewhat circular coasters. The edges are lined with the pleasant natural textured bark pieces that enhance the natural feel of the piece. They blend well with draft wood furniture or solid wood furniture.

Olive tree coasters

Famous for its oil, the olive tree is also good for timber. The olive tree coasters have hand-crafted animal carvings neatly etched on the solid wall. They also bring a wild feel into your space. The amazing thing about the wood from this tree is that it releases a pleasant aroma that will permeate your living space with a natural sweet scent.

Recycled magazines

Those old magazines need not be trashed. Rolled up pieces of the colourful gloss magazine pages can be refurbished into coasters. The top is protected with a double glaze varnish to protect the surface from spills and effects of hot beverages.

So don't just place your bare glass on a coffee table top. Style up and rest it on a handcrafted coaster.


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