For my upcycle project I decided to create something for my Dad that he could keep forever and that would add to his bar aesthetic. While traveling through Europe for my study abroad experience I visited many, many bars and got to experience the different drinking styles of these countries. I found that many drink for the social aspect and tend to only have one or two drinks for the taste. Following this respectful drinking nature, I decided to start a collection to remember each of the unique bars I visited. My collection consisted of bar coasters and throughout my travels I attempted to keep at least one from each unique bar that I went to. After about 3 months of traveling I had a large collection of coasters and once I got back to the U.S. I decided to create something memorable out of them.
The Bar aesthetic
These are just a few of the unique bars I got to experience and from each I took at least one coaster to remember it by. I loved the bar aesthetic in Europe. It consisted either of a clean, professional look or gave off a homey vibe by decorating the walls and ceilings with artistic content. My inspiration came from visiting the bar Lion’s Fountain (top image) with their completely covered walls and ceilings.
My idea was to condense all of my traveling experiences into one memorable, decorative item that I could give to my Dad. I started with a blank picture frame, laid out my large collection of coasters, and quickly went to work laying them out across the frame. I wanted it to look sporadic, other than a few of my favorites, so I didn’t organize them beforehand. Hot glue held them to the back of the frame and in the end I even had enough coasters to make two separate final projects.
I ended up being extremely pleased with the final design. My Dad was too! He said it complemented his bar aesthetic that he had going on and I hung the other in my own room. When you look at this from different angles you can see the 3 dimensional aspect that comes with using thick coasters inside of a picture frame. Overall this project was exciting and brings back tons of memories for me and my time traveling through Europe.
Here is a video of me presenting this upcycle project to my class: