These resin coasters are a great home accessory! Whether you are relaxing with a beverage on the patio or porch or enjoying something cool and refreshing while watching a movie on TV, this resin coaster is a necessary accessory to protect tabletops from stains.
You can always buy a set of coasters, but it is more fun to make and create your own. With DIY resin coasters, the sky is the limit when it comes to the size, style, and decorations you can use to create an individual theme.
The following step-by-step tutorial will get you started on an exciting crafting journey.
How to Make Resin Coasters
For these easy resin coasters DIY projects, there are just a few supplies needed and a couple of hours of your time. Just note, that making the resin coasters is easy, but you will need to allow ample time for the resin to dry (cure), which can take as many hours as needed.
Tools and Supplies Needed
- Epoxy resin (2-part/resin and hardener)
- Plastic disposable mixing cups
- Popsicle sticks to mix the resin
- Resin coaster mold
- Disposable gloves
- Assorted colors (mica powder or alcohol ink) (optional)
- Decorative items, such as glitter, miniature dried flowers, beads, etc.(optional)
- Heat gun
- Toothpicks and/or tweezers
- Safety goggles (optional)
Select a flat workspace with plenty of room to spread out your supplies and tools. Place a sheet of newspaper, or other material, such as plastic sheeting, over the area where you will be working with the resin. This helps protect the table’s surface in case of spillage.
Put on disposable gloves and wear them throughout the duration of the project to prevent resin from sticking to your fingers. Take the bottle of epoxy resin and the bottle of hardener and pour the stated amount into the plastic mixing cup. To help eliminate excessive bubbles, pour each liquid slowly into the cup. Do not pour it straight down, as we normally do when filling a glass. Instead, tilt the cup and let the resin and the hardener flow down the side. The point is to eliminate the formation of as many bubbles as possible.
Use the popsicle stick to thoroughly mix the two ingredients. Mix it slowly to help prevent bubbles. Mix for approximately two to four minutes. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the cup to ensure all of the liquid is mixed completely. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to mix the liquids properly.
Once you've mixed the resin, whether you plan to use the clear mixture or you've already added color and want to add mica powder or glitter, place a small dollop of either item into another plastic cup and pour in the resin or use the same cup the resin is already in. Carefully mix using a popsicle stick.
An example of resin with yellow ink and gold glitter.
If you choose to use alcohol ink, this can be added to the clear resin mixture. Use the same cup or pour some of the clear resin into a separate cup before adding color. This depends on how much clear resin you've mixed, whether you're using one color only, or if you plan to use the clear resin with multiple colors. In this case, you need a clean cup. As before, mix slowly and thoroughly. Alternatively, you can add dollops of color after the resin has been poured into the mold. If done this way, you can create circles, swirls, layers, multiple colors, etc.
Before placing the mixture into the molds, take a paper towel and wipe out the interior, to remove any dirt, dust, or foreign particles.
Carefully pour the clear or colorful mixture slowly into the mold. Be creative. You may see bubbles regardless of how carefully you followed the above steps.
Use a heat gun to carefully remove the bubbles. Simply wave the heat gun over the mold until the bubbles have disappeared.
Note: If you add dollops of alcohol ink to the clear resin in the mold, you can use the heat gun to blow (move) the ink around creating your own abstract art.
Use tweezers to carefully place any decorative items, such as beads, dried flowers, leaves, sequins, etc., in the resin. Use a toothpick or other thin object to arrange the items to your liking. This coaster uses black resin highlighted with gold glitter and stars.
Once the epoxy resin coasters are complete, let them cure. This can take anywhere from 8 hours to 24 hours, or more, depending on the size of the mold and the thickness of the resin.
Check that the resin has hardened. Once you have determined the epoxy resin has set, simply remove (peel) the colorful coasters from the molds, which are reusable for another day of making DIY coasters.
Here is the final result!
Design and Customize Epoxy Coasters
Creating resin coasters DIY projects offer a variety of ways to make decorative epoxy resin coasters. Use your imagination along with the many different styles of molds available to create your own work of art to display at your next party or family gathering.
How to make resin coasters with flowers?n
You can use dried flowers to decorate your resin coasters. Use tweezers to place the dried flowers on the coaster before it sets and then let it dry.
How to make resin coasters for beginners?n
The resin coaster craft explained in this article is suitable for beginners.
Is resin good material for making coasters?n
Resin is a great material for beginners to make coasters. It takes time to set but you can unmold the coasters easily once they have dried.
Also resin acts as a great medium to color and customize your coasters so that they have desired shape and design!
How to choose a resin coaster mold?
You can choose molds of various shapes and size, rectangular, circular or any abstract shape. If you are a beginner we recommend you choose a shape that's easy to unmold and not very complicated in form.