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Cocktail-Time Accessories

Upcycled Record Coasters

vintage record coasters
Photo: My So Called Crafty Life

You may not be crooning along to Nat King Cole on the turntable like Don and Joan. But thanks to this creative project from Ashlee Park of My So Called Crafty Life, you can put your cocktail on those old 45s instead.

Made from old vinyl records and their protective cardboard sleeves, these whimsical coasters are sure to start a conversation around your upcycled bar. Check out Park’s tutorial at My So Called Crafty Life to try it for yourself.

Mirror Serving Tray

mirror serving tray
Photo: DIY Inspired

Every throwback bar cart needs a classy tray for serving cocktails, but you don’t need to spend big bucks to impress your party guests.

Made from a refurbished mirror, this posh serving tray is sure to get the attention of the refined revelers at your next swanky soiree.

So, pull that old mirror out of your closet (or hit the thrift store to give a low-priced pick new life), and check out this step-by-step tutorial from DIY Inspired blogger Dinah Wulf. Trust us, the homely “before” and the elegant “after” will amaze you.

Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker

Mason jar cocktail shaker
Photo: ReeseLloyd, Instructables

You’re already embracing a retro feel with your upcycled bar cart. So, why not add to the oh-so-mod vibe with your very own cocktail shaker made from a repurposed Mason jar?

Check out this step-by-step tutorial from Reese Lloyd at Instructables to make a Mason jar cocktail shaker in less than 10 minutes.

Upcycled Denim Cocktail Napkins

upcycled denim cocktail napkins
Photo: Brit + Co

Ditch the paper cocktail napkins in favor of a stylish and reusable alternative — like these fun printed pieces made from old jeans.

Adding prints and patterns to your trashed denim may look a bit tedious, but Brit + Co. production manager Misty Spinney makes it look surprisingly easy.

Check out her tutorial for step-by-step instructions with photos to help you do it right. And give your old jeans a new lease on life.

Tip: Need something to mix up at your brand new bar? Check out these refreshing warm-weather recipes that also help you cut back on food waste: Spring Cocktail Recipes Made with Leftover Produce

Feature image: Nancy Choi of Life: Designed

Editor’s note: Originally published on June 6, 2013, this article was updated in June 2019.


By Mary Mazzoni

Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.