DIY: Pressed Floral Coasters

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Pressed floral coasters highlight spring’s vibrant colors and the organic shapes and textures of nature. Resin suspends the flowers, naturally creating  three-dimensional interest.

 


 

Supplies:

Plastic gloves

Respirator Mask

Drop cloth

Silicone coaster molds

Tweezers

Single-use measuring cups

Wooden craft sticks for stirring

Epoxy resin

Epoxy resin hardener

Toothpicks

Dried, pressed flowers

Optional: mica powders or gold leaf

 

Directions:

  1. Before beginning, ensure you are wearing gloves and a respirator mask. Work on top of a drop cloth in a well-ventilated area.
  2. Using tweezers, arrange flowers and gold leaf (if using), inside of the silicone coaster molds. 
  3. Mix equal parts resin and hardener, enough to fill the molds to their brim. Mix resin and hardener for five minutes, or until no streaks are left and the resin appears clear.
  4. If using mica powders for color or sheen, reserve a small amount of resin in a separate measuring cup. Mix mica powder into clear resin a pinch at a time until desired color is achieved.
  5. Pour resin into molds. Pop any bubbles with a toothpick.
  6. Let coasters cure for 24 hours. Gently release from molds and enjoy.

text and portraits by Lindsay Pace