Do you love searching for seashells as you walk the beach? Everyone I know has spent time collecting seashells when they vacation at the beach. But what do you do with the seashells after you bring them home? Instead of letting the seashells collect dust in a box in the attic, why not create seashell coasters with resin? This is a great way to display your beach treasures and enjoy your memories every day.
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How to Make Resin Seashell Coasters
There’s nothing like the feeling of walking the beach early in the morning looking for seashells that have washed up overnight. It’s the ultimate treasure hunt as you search for the perfect shell. It really doesn’t matter if you have found a dozen shells that are similar, it’s always a rush as you look for the best shell.
I wanted to find an easy way to display some of our favorite seashells so I can enjoy them every day. When I visited a souvenir shop in Florida a few weeks ago, I saw some clear glass coasters with seashells tucked inside. I decided to try and make a set of coasters out of resin using my own favorite seashells.
Working with resin can seem a little overwhelming if you have never tried to use it but the process is fairly simple. This was my first time using resin but now that I have started, I am full of ideas for future projects.
- 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 seashells 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 seashells before the resin thickens so take your time.
- Make sure that none of your seashells 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.
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.