Ecoponics Upcycling Workshops

Upcycled Fabric Braided Coaster

Ecoponics Upcycled Fabric Braided Coaster is a sustainable and stylish solution to protect your surfaces while reducing waste. These coasters are handcrafted using upcycled fabric, making them an eco-friendly alternative to traditional coasters.

Each coaster is meticulously braided from strips of fabric, giving it a unique and textured look. The upcycled fabric used in the production process comes from discarded clothing, ensuring that no additional resources are consumed in its creation.

By repurposing old fabric into functional and decorative coasters, the Ecoponics Upcycled Fabric Braided Coaster promotes recycling and reduces the amount of textile waste that ends up in landfills. This environmentally conscious approach not only helps to conserve resources but also adds a touch of sustainable style to your home.

With their vibrant colors and patterns, these coasters add a pop of color to any table setting or decor. They are durable and absorbent, providing an effective barrier against spills and condensation. Whether you’re enjoying a hot cup of coffee or a refreshing cold drink, these coasters protect your furniture while making a positive impact on the environment.

Join our Upcycled Fabric Braided Coaster for a practical and aesthetically pleasing addition to your home that aligns with your commitment to sustainability!

Upcycled Fabric Braided Coaster

Workshop Description

Programme Highlights

In our Upcycled Fabric Braided Coaster Workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn about the issue of waste and how waste is managed in Singapore.
  2. Explain the concept of upcycling and how it differs from recycling.
  3. Understand the benefits that upcycling has on our environment.
  4. Have their own hands-on experience in making an upcycled fabric braided coaster!

Convenient Location

Take Exit B from Marymount MRT and walk towards MAPEX building. Proceed to the third floor via the lift and exit through 2 doors on the right to the carpark. We are located right at the end!


1-1.5 Hours

All Materials Provided & Trainers Guidance

All necessary materials and most equipment required for the workshops will be provided by Ecoponics. In addition, certified instructors and trainers guide participants through the entire process, from theory to practical application.

Participants learn about the differences between upcycling and recycling, the benefits of upcycling to the environment, and how to create functional items from used materials.

Other Options

Virtual@3x 150x150 1 | Ecoponics Singapore | June, 2024
DIY Kit@3x 150x150 1 | Ecoponics Singapore | June, 2024
DIY Kits

Ideal For

  • Children
  • Team Building
  • Work together as a team

Benefits of Upcycled Fabric Braided Coasters

Understand The Importance Of Waste Reduction & Sustainability

Through hands-on experience, participants can learn about the concept of upcycling and how it contributes to minimizing textile waste.

This upcycled fabric braided coaster workshop fosters a greater understanding of the environmental impact of consumer choices and encourages participants to adopt more eco-friendly practices in their daily lives.

Creativity & Skill Development

Participants will be able to tap into their creativity and develop new skills. Participants learn various techniques for braiding fabric strips, creating unique patterns, and transforming discarded materials into functional and aesthetically pleasing coasters. 

This hands-on activity encourages experimentation, problem-solving, and the development of fine motor skills, making it a fun and engaging experience for all participants.

Sustainable & Eco-Friendly
Home Décor

Participants will be empowered to create sustainable home décor items using recycled materials such as old-tshirts, table cloths and other pieces of scrap fabric they have lying around at home.

These coasters can be used in their own homes or gifted to others, serving as a reminder of the importance of sustainable living.

Through this workshop, participants gain practical knowledge about how to repurpose materials, reducing their reliance on single-use items and contributing to a more circular economy.

Upcycling Fabric Braided Coaster Workshop FAQ

Upcycling is the process of transforming waste materials into new and useful products. It is similar to recycling, however, instead of throwing away used materials or objects, upcycling involves using creative methods to reuse them in a way that creates a product of higher quality or value compared to the original items. It is a sustainable approach that not only reduces waste but also conserves natural resources by creating new products out of old ones.

Upcycling offers a sustainable and creative alternative to traditional waste management methods, and can have a positive impact on both the environment and communities.


Here are some of the benefits of upcycling:

  1. Reduces waste: Upcycling presents an effective solution to waste reduction by taking advantage of materials that would otherwise be discarded in landfills. By repurposing these materials and transforming them into new products, we can reduce the amount of waste that is generated and limit our environmental impact.
  2. Saves resources: Upcycling represents a sustainable approach to resource conservation, as it utilizes existing materials in lieu of extracting or manufacturing new resources. By reimagining the potential of discarded items, we can reduce the need for additional raw materials, which can help to minimize our environmental footprint.
  3. Saves energy: In contrast to recycling, which involves melting and reprocessing materials, upcycling requires significantly less energy. Instead, upcycling involves repurposing existing materials and transforming them into new products, which can lead to a reduction in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
  4. Promotes creativity: Upcycling fosters creativity and ingenuity by inspiring individuals to discover novel and imaginative methods of repurposing materials. This sustainable approach to waste reduction motivates people to think outside of the box and experiment with different materials, textures, and colours, to create something unique and functional.
  5. Saves money: Upcycling presents a cost-effective means of generating innovative and practical items, since it often entails the utilization of readily available materials. By upcycling, individuals can reduce their reliance on costly new materials and instead take advantage of the potential that can be found in materials that are already at hand.
  6. Reduces carbon footprint: By reducing the need for new raw materials and energy-intensive manufacturing processes, upcycling helps to minimise the carbon footprint of a product

An upcycled fabric braided coaster is a coaster made from meticulously braiding strips of scrap fabric, giving it a unique and textured look.

The coaster can be customised by carefully selecting the type and colour of fabric you wish to braid for the coaster!

The workshop uses fabric strips sourced from upcycled clothing as the main material for creating the braided coasters. These fabric strips are cleaned, prepared, and provided to participants during the workshop.

We highly encourage you to use your own fabric too 🙂 

Our Upcycled Fabric Braided Coaster Workshops are designed to be efficient and engaging, with a typical completion time of 1.5h. This includes both the theoretical portion and the practical portion of the workshop. We understand that the students have many lessons to attend, making it difficult to slot such activities into their timetables at times, so we've structured our workshops to be concise and easy to fit into even the busiest of schedules.

However, despite the short duration, we are confident that the participants will walk away with a newfound appreciation for upcycling and the skills necessary to continue creating functional items from used materials, along with the scientific knowledge of how terrarium ecosystems work.

  1. Environmental Consciousness: By using upcycled fabric braided coasters, you contribute to reducing waste and promoting sustainability. These coasters are made from repurposed or recycled fabric, giving new life to materials that might have otherwise been discarded.

  2. Decorative Accents: Upcycled fabric braided coasters can add a charming and unique touch to your home decor. The braided patterns and vibrant colors of these coasters can complement different interior styles and add visual interest to tabletops, coffee tables, or side tables.

  3. Heat and Moisture Protection: Just like any coaster, upcycled fabric braided coasters provide protection for your surfaces. They can shield tabletops from heat damage caused by hot mugs, cups, or pots. Additionally, these coasters absorb condensation from cold drinks, preventing water rings and stains on your furniture.

  4. Eco-Friendly Gift Option: Upcycled fabric braided coasters make thoughtful and eco-friendly gifts. They showcase your commitment to sustainability while also providing a practical and stylish item. Consider giving them as presents for housewarmings, birthdays, or other special occasions.

Absolutely! The coasters you create during the workshop are yours to take home. They make for great functional decor pieces or thoughtful handmade gifts.



Braiding Techniques: In an upcycled fabric braided coaster workshop, participants have the opportunity to learn various braiding techniques used for creating fabric braided coasters. This includes understanding different types of braids such as spiral, flat, or round braids, and becoming familiar with the steps involved in creating them.

Coaster Construction: Participants are guided through the step-by-step process of constructing fabric braided coasters. They learn techniques like starting the braid, joining fabric strips, and shaping the coaster to achieve the desired size and design.

Knotting and Finishing: The workshop teaches participants how to secure the ends of the braided fabric strips, tie knots, and finish the coasters neatly. This ensures that the coasters are durable, visually appealing, and ready for use.

Creative Design: Workshops often emphasize creative design aspects, allowing participants to explore different colour combinations, patterns, and embellishments. 

Upcycling Concepts: Beyond coaster-making techniques, participants gain insights into the broader concept of upcycling. They learn about the environmental benefits of upcycling, creative ways to repurpose materials, and methods to incorporate sustainable practices into their crafting projects.


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Ecoponics’ upcycled fabric braided coasters are a remarkable blend of sustainability, craftsmanship, and artistic flair. These coasters are meticulously handcrafted using discarded fabric scraps and old clothing, transforming them into functional and visually captivating pieces that contribute to a greener world.

At the core of Ecoponics’ coaster-making process is the commitment to sustainable materials and practices. Instead of allowing fabric waste to end up in landfills, they repurpose these materials, breathing new life into what was once deemed useless. By upcycling fabric scraps and old clothing, Ecoponics reduces waste, minimizes their ecological footprint, and exemplifies the power of resourcefulness.

Through their workshops, Ecoponics invites participants into a world of braiding techniques and design innovation. These hands-on sessions allow individuals to explore various types of braids, such as spiral, flat, or round braids, and grasp the intricacies of creating them. Participants are encouraged to experiment with different designs, color combinations, and embellishments, enabling them to unleash their creativity and produce coasters that are not only practical but also aesthetically pleasing.

The selection and preparation of materials are paramount in Ecoponics’ coaster-making process. Participants learn to discern which fabrics are ideal for braiding, considering factors such as durability and visual appeal. Fabric scraps and old clothing are transformed into meticulously cut strips, ready to be woven into intricate patterns. This approach not only gives new life to forgotten fabrics but also encourages participants to appreciate the beauty and potential of upcycled materials.

The resulting upcycled fabric braided coasters are more than just functional items. They serve as practical barriers against heat damage and water rings, preserving the surfaces of furniture and tabletops. However, they also embody artistic expression. Each coaster showcases the unique handiwork of its creator, boasting intricate braided designs, captivating color combinations, and thoughtful embellishments. They add a touch of artistic elegance to any setting, elevating the aesthetic appeal of the space and sparking conversations about sustainability and eco-conscious living.

Beyond the physical creation of coasters, Ecoponics’ workshops foster environmental awareness and education. Participants gain insights into the positive impact of upcycling, understanding how their small actions contribute to reducing waste and conserving resources. Through engaging discussions and demonstrations, they learn about the broader environmental benefits of upcycling and discover practical ways to incorporate sustainable practices into their everyday lives.

Ecoponics’ upcycled fabric braided coaster workshops also cultivate creativity and problem-solving skills. As participants embark on their coaster-making journey, they encounter challenges and variations in design. However, with the guidance of experienced instructors, they learn to adapt, think innovatively, and overcome obstacles. These skills empower participants to become more resourceful and resilient, extending beyond coaster making to other aspects of their lives.

In conclusion, Ecoponics’ upcycled fabric braided coasters are a testament to the harmonious fusion of sustainability, craftsmanship, and creativity. Through our dedication to repurposing materials, fostering artistic expression, and promoting environmental awareness, Ecoponics inspires individuals to make a positive impact on the planet while adorning their spaces with beautifully crafted and eco-friendly coasters.