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Resin Coasters | How to Make a Resin Coaster

by Ünal Güler

 

These resin coasters are SO PRETTY and fun to make! Follow our beginner friendly step by step photo and video tutorials, and read below for helpful tips about working with resin.

Add pressed flowers to your resin coaster and color them to match your home decor! It’s such a fun and easy DIY project, and these homemade coasters also make an awesome homemade gift.

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How to Make Resin Coasters

Make DIY resin coasters with pressed flowers in your favourite colour. These DIY coasters are really easy and fun to make!

Author: Debbie Chapman

Check Out The Video Tutorial:

Instructions:

Step 1: Find what you need

Step 3: Pour the resin and add flowers

Step 4: Add a second layer of coloured resin

Step 5: Allow to dry and demold

Helpful Tips:

  1. Do your resin pours in a well ventilated area and protect your working surface. Make sure that you also wear basic PPE: nitrile gloves, eye protection, and long sleeves. Some resin also requires wearing a respirator.
  2. To keep your coasters free of dust particles, wipe the mold with rubbing alcohol and a lint free cloth before using them.
  3. To be extra precise with your pouring, add the two parts of resin into separate measuring cups before combining them.
  4. For help preventing and removing air bubbles from resin, check out our preserving flowers in resin post.

Colourful resin coasters

Do I have to add colour to my resin coasters?

We love the look of the coasters with the coloured background, but you can also make a coaster with just pressed flowers and clear resin. We still recommend doing two pours, because it helps the flowers stay in place.

What can I use to colour resin coasters?

We used both mica powder and acrylic paint to colour our coasters, but you can also use alcohol ink, glitter, or food coloring. You can even buy special dyes specifically made for resin, in either liquid or powder form.

DIY resin coaster with pressed flowers and colored resin

How much resin do I need for 4 coasters?

The amount of resin needed will depend on the size of your silicone mold. We used about 100 ml for each of our coasters, meaning you’ll need 400 ml of resin to make a set of 4 coasters.

We prefer making a batch of resin a little bit bigger than what we might need, rather than running out before the mold is full. So try to have some small silicone molds ready for the extra resin. You can make resin gummy bears or even create your own beads!

What resin is used for coasters?

We used casting resin to make our coasters. Deep pour resin is recommended for any objects thicker than 1/2 inch, so if you’re going to buy one type of resin, casting resin is the one to choose. Even though these coasters are thinner, the casting resin works well and has a fast drying time.

Since the coasters are fairly thin, you can also use a tabletop resin. Tabletop resin cures a bit harder than casting resin, which is nice for coasters, but it can also take longer to cure.

Group of resin coasters made in a silicone mold

Can you use fresh flowers in resin?

No, fresh flowers cannot be added to resin, since moisture and resin don’t mix well. The water content in fresh flowers stops the resin from curing properly, and the flower will eventually turn brown and rot in the resin.

Flowers need to be dried or pressed properly before they can be added into resin.

How to press flowers for adding into resin coasters?

We recommend pressing flowers in a flower press or a book. It’s a bit of a time consuming process, but it results in beautifully pressed flowers that retain their colour.

If you don’t want to press your own flowers, you can also buy pressed flowers on Amazon or Etsy.

How to make resin coasters

These resin coasters are SO EASY to make! We love useful crafts, and these DIY coasters are great for both decorating and protecting your furniture. Add colour to your coffee table with these simple and beautiful resin coasters!

DIY resin coasters with pressed flowers

Here’s even more DIY coaster ideas:

Crochet Coasters

Crocheted coasters

Easy Jute Coasters

How to make jute coasters

DIY Macrame Coasters

Macrame coasters DIY

Our book Low-Mess Crafts for Kids is loaded with 72 fun and simple craft ideas for kids! The projects are fun, easy and most importantly low-mess, so the clean up is simple!

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