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Rings belong on your fingers, not your table! The solution for annoying water rings is as clear as our NEW Aleene’s Clear Casting & Coating Epoxy Resin Kit. In this tutorial, Craft Box Girls will show you how to make clear pressed flower coasters that are as pretty as they are functional. Follow the easy steps, then toast to your good taste, and your crafty problem solving!
- Silicone coaster molds
- Dried and pressed flowers (purchase or make your own!)
- Plastic cups (clear is best for measuring)
- Craft sticks
- Safety glasses
- Heat gun
- Plastic covering for work surface
Before getting started on making your coaster, make sure to thoroughly read the instructions in your Epoxy Resin Kit. Choose a work surface that’s nice and flat where your project can cure for 24 hours, then cover the surface to protect it.
Note: Once you start working with the resin, you have about a 25-minute work time. Start by pouring equal amounts of resin and hardener into their own separate plastic cups. The amounts should be exactly equal because you will need a 1:1 mixing ratio for a successful project.
After you have equal amounts of resin and hardener in their separate cups, pour each into one cup, scraping the sides of the cups with a craft stick to ensure that you get all of the products into the cup.
Use a clean craft stick to stir the resin and hardener mixture for 3 to 5 minutes, making sure there are no streaks or bubbles. Once you no longer see streaks, mix for an additional 2 minutes. Then pour the mixture into another clean cup, and mix again for another 2 minutes.
Pour a small amount of resin into the coaster mold.
Using tweezers, select a dried flower and carefully dip into the resin mixture. Let the excess drip off, then place into the coaster mold. This step will help eliminate air bubbles. Note: Keep in mind that the bottom of the coaster is facing up towards you, so you’ll want to create your design in reverse. Continue the process until you are happy with the arrangement of pressed flowers, then slowly pour more resin into the coaster mold until it’s full. If the flowers shift at all, use your tweezer to move back in place.
Use a heat gun on low heat to glide heat over the coaster to help burst any air bubbles. Keep an eye on the coaster for the next 30 minutes or so and repeat the process if any additional bubbles appear.
Follow the instructions to let the coasters cure completely before removing from the mold.
Now you have a beautiful set of new coasters, and no more water rings on your tables!
Feeling inspired to make your own resin crafts with Aleene’s? Make sure to share your creations with us on social by tagging us @aleenesdiy!