I love working in my flower gardens and growing beautiful things in the summer, but I also want to enjoy my flowers all year round. In the fall, I gather the seeds and save them for the next season. This year, I decided to also dry some of my roses, zinnias, and cosmos so I could preserve them in resin coasters for everyday enjoyment. Working with resin can seem a little overwhelming if you have never tried to use it but the process is fairly simple. Follow these steps so you can create dried flower coasters for personal enjoyment and gifts.
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How to Make Resin Dried Flower Coasters
I picked some roses, zinnias, and cosmos and have had them drying out on a tray for several weeks. You could also press them in a book or use a dehydrator to dry your flowers. **Some people use hair spray or silicon spray to lock in the color or seal the flower petals.
The important thing is that there is no moisture when you create your resin coasters. If the petals are still moist, then over time, they could mold or become discolored in your coasters.
- Measure the resin and hardener in two small cups. For this resin it is exactly a 1:1 ratio.
- Gently pour each of the two ingredients into a cup and stir carefully for 3 minutes.
- Stir slowly to minimize bubbles.
- Let the resin sit for 2-3 minutes after stirring then pour into the silicon mold.
- Use tweezers to place your small dried flowers in each of the molds.
- Remember that you are working from the backside of the coaster so place them in the coaster facing down.
- You have about 30-45 minutes to arrange your flowers before the resin thickens so take your time.
- Make sure that none of your flowers stick out over the edge of the mold since this will be turned upside down. You don’t want an uneven coaster or something sharp that will scratch your table.
The instructions say that it will take up to 24 hours to fully harden where you can remove your coaster from the mold. Simply unfold the coaster from the silicone mold and enjoy the finished product.
Package them up with a piece of natural jute and get ready for the holiday gifting season.
Things I learned:
- Dried flowers do better when they are flat, so next time I will press them and make sure the petals are not poking up in all directions.
- Air bubbles and pockets of resin can gather under the petals and mar the finished product.
- If you have flowers that are poking through the resin, just add small foam pads so your coaster doesn’t scratch your table.
Looking for a way to preserve your favorite seashells from your latest vacation? You can create coasters with them as well! Click over here for full directions for creating seashell coasters.
Have you got a full collection of seashells stored in your garage or do you have them displayed in your home? I’d love to hear your favorite ideas for enjoying your favorite seashell memories.