Save a little piece of your garden or even a wedding bouquet by casting the flowers in resin coasters. These coasters add a touch of floral whimsy to your living room and make wonderful gifts to give to new homeowners or as Christmas presents. Learn how to work with resin and eternally save a summer garden!
Hi there! You probably don?t know me but, I?ve been behind the scenes at Garden Therapy for almost three years now! My name is Holly and I work as the , making sure that all the wonderful posts on the website hit your eyes on time.
Stephanie has passed things over to me today to talk to you about one of my favourite hobbies, resin coasters!
My mother gave me her from her college days that I?m constantly putting flower finds into. I?ll be the first to admit that I have a flower pressing problem. It?s simple, I see a flower, I press it. Therefore, I find myself with an endless number of pressed flowers on my hands.
When I set out to find something to use my pressed flowers in, I came across the art of resin. I could believe how beautiful the flowers looked cast in clear resin, with gold flakes and even sprinkled throughout.
Once the world shut down, I found myself at home making endless resin pressed flower coasters. Through trial and error, I learned the ins and outs of resin, which can be a tricky medium when you?re first getting started. But I?m ready to pass that knowledge on to you!
So, if you?re ready to get started, check out how to make these DIY resin coasters below.
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How to Make Resin Coasters With Pressed Flowers
Just about everyone in my life has a set of my pressed flower coasters. They make for the loveliest gifts for housewarming, Christmas, and birthdays. Using pressed flowers from your garden makes the gift that much more personal too!
- Dried flowers ?
- Disposable plastic cup
- Scrap paper or newspaper
- Measuring cups
Before you get started making coasters, you will want to have all your materials ready to go. Start off by cleaning your coaster molds under hot water with a little dish soap. If your house is anything like mine, you?ll want to make sure no cat hairs or lint stick to the silicone molds and accidentally get cast in your resin alongside your flowers.
While the molds air dry, lay out your workstation with newspaper or recycled cardboard. Because resin gets sticky, you want to make sure your surface is protected.
Crush your gold flakes and set aside in a bowl.
Using your coasters as guidance, lay out your pressed flower design ahead of time. Have fun with overlapping flowers, adding different colours, going in various directions, and cutting stems to fit. Take a picture of your design or set it to the side so you can easily replicate it.
When you?re ready to get started with the resin, make sure to wear gloves and tie your hair up. The resin fumes can get strong, so you may also want to crack a window.
Most resin will come with two bottles, a part A and a part B. Follow the instructions according to the bottle, pouring into a disposable plastic container and mixing with a popsicle stick.
Typically, you will want to pour equal percentages of each and mix together. Every coaster mold is different, but I find that ? cup of part A and part B are the perfect amounts to fill my coaster mold!
You want to mix for at least five minutes to fully ensure the two liquids are thoroughly mixed together. Scrape the sides of the container as you mix and make sure there are no visible swirls in the liquid. Mix slowly to prevent air bubbles.
Pour your resin into your coaster, filling only halfway. Take your flowers and place them in your coaster.
Note: most coasters have a ledge around the end so you?ll need to flip your flowers around to make sure they are facing the right way once they?re popped out of the mold. Pour the other half of the resin over the flowers.
Use your popsicle stick to move the flowers back into place. Add your gold flakes to the design and use the popsicle stick to break them up further and move into place. You can also add crushed up dried flower petals for colour.
Now for probably my favourite part, the torch! I use a butane torch (like one you would use for cr?me br?l?e) to help get rid of all the bubbles in the resin. In the first half an hour while it?s drying, I go over the coasters 3-4 times with the torch. Keep it a fair distance from the coaster so you don?t accidentally burn anything close to the surface.
If you don?t have a butane torch, you can try using a heat gun or barbeque lighter.
Move your coasters somewhere safe where they can cure on their own for 24 hours.
Anything with resin on it will harden, so you?ll have to dispose of your cup, popsicle stick, and paper. You can use isopropyl alcohol to clean up resin before it begins to dry such as the measuring cup. Resin can dry quickly so make sure to do this step as soon as possible!
After 24 hours (or less according to your resin), pop out your coaster from your mold. Enjoy your new pressed flower coasters!
Frequently Asked Questions About Resin Coasters
For resin coasters, you will want to use Epoxy resin. Look for craft resin that?s labelled as clear (others may be more murky or yellow).
I have found that some resin yellows with age, both in the bottle and the coasters themselves. My go-to brand for resin coasters is .
If you only want to make a few coasters, you only need to purchase the resin and molds to make the project. Both of which are fairly inexpensive and can be easily found at a craft store or online.
Most of the other materials you can find in your homes, such as a disposable plastic container for mixing, popsicles, gloves, and a measuring cup. Pressed flowers can come from your garden or neighbourhood!
The butane torch and gold flakes are optional, but if you plan on making multiple coasters, I highly recommend the investment.
Yes! Epoxy resin is completely heat resistant. I use my coasters daily for my morning tea.
I hope you enjoy making this craft on a lazy afternoon or creative evening. They truly turn out so gorgeous and are well worth the effort!
More DIYs with Dried Flowers
Resin Coasters With Pressed Flowers
Plastic cup (disposable)
Measuring cup (1/4 cup)
Clean your coaster molds under hot water with dish soap and let air dry.
Layout your workstation with scrap paper to protect the surface.
Use your coasters as a guide and lay out your pressed flower design. Take a picture for reference and set flowers aside.
Wear your gloves while working with resin. Follow the instructions on your resin to combine parts A and B in a disposable cup. Mix together well with a popsicle stick for five minutes until there are no swirls.
Pour half your mixture into the coaster mold. Place your pressed flowers in the mold and then pour the other half of the resin over top.
Use a popsicle to help move your flowers back into place. Add crushed gold flakes, once again using the popsicle stick to move them around.
Use a butane torch to go over the coasters to help eliminate any bubbles.
Move your coasters somewhere safe to cure for 24 hours.
To clean up, dispose of anything with resin on it as it will harden. Use isopropyl alcohol to clean up resin such as surfaces and the measuring cup.
After 24 hours, pop your coaster out from its mold. Enjoy!
Your garden sanctuary can be anything you set your mind to?a place to bask in the sun, read your favourite book, admire the blooming flowers, or simply a place to recharge. Today, I?m sharing the steps I took to make my own sanctuary with gorgeous summer flowering bulbs. Plus, I have a HUGE giveaway for one lucky winner to transform their own sanctuary this summer that you won?t want to miss.
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And it?s big. Really big. The grand prizes are valued at over $1,000!!
You really don?t want to miss your chances at winning this prize so make sure you read all the way through to the end to learn how to enter the Great Summer Flowering Bulbs Giveaway!
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When I first started gardening, my home was far from a sanctuary. My first home was a standard city lot full of peeling paint, dust, and not a plant in sight. Needless to say, it went through a lot before it even remotely began to look like my own little garden sanctuary.
While recovering from my illness, I turned greatly to the garden. I?ve but what it boils down to is that the garden became a place for healing. In my garden, my first little sanctuary was a hammock chair that I hung underneath the small deck.
Whenever I needed a moment outside but didn?t have the energy, I could sit and sway in the chair and still be amongst the plants. Below me, the engraved rocks reminded me to ?smile? and ?love.?
And the view from the hammock chair was just the cherry on top. Across from my chair, I faced a garden overflowing with three types of : ?Lucifer?, ?Montbretia?, and ?Emily McKenzie?. It created this exotic and tropical-looking garden right in Vancouver, with bursts of warm red and orange tones.
Even though my little sanctuary was simple, it was everything I needed.
Flash forward to now, I?m in a different house but I still have that hammock chair. It remains one of my favourite places in my garden, now nestled under an arbour next to my . Trust me, you won?t regret dedicating a space to becoming your own garden sanctuary!
What is a Garden Sanctuary?
Garden sanctuaries stem from the idea that gardens can be therapeutical places. Green spaces and being outside are . Without my garden, I don?t even want to know what I would have done while dealing with my debilitating illness.
Many contribute the rise of garden sanctuaries to the novel, The Secret Garden. In the story, a young girl and boy both find a new change of life from the time spent inside a large and luscious garden.
To this day, gardens are seen as a place full of rejuvenation and life. In addition to places to grow fruits and vegetables, they can be places that provide a sense of escape. An abundance of leafy foliage and bright flowers can instantly make you feel at peace.
How Do I Make a Sanctuary in My Own Backyard?
Everyone?s garden sanctuary looks different. From all the wonderful gardens I?ve seen, all are deeply personal. I encourage you to gain inspiration from gardens all around the world but most importantly, make your space uniquely you.
Find a Location
The first thing you want to do before you can begin the work on your garden sanctuary is to find the perfect spot. When surveying the backyard, note if you have any favourite parts of the property that you already gravitate to. Can you improve it anyway?
Alternatively, you could look for areas with untapped potential. Perhaps there?s an area of the garden that?s gone neglected that could be a diamond in the rough.
At my house, I had a with the worst soil imaginable (think building-materials-buried-in-the-soil kind of imaginable). While it seemed like the worst place to grow something, I knew the space could be transformed.
Remember, a sanctuary can be as big or small as you want. You may consider the whole garden as your sanctuary while others may only have a deck to dedicate. As long as you create an outdoor space you see yourself spending time in, that?s all that matters!
Begin Planting Flowers
When you have your area all planned out, it?s time to get started with the greenery! Begin by creating a list of all the plants you want to include or head out to the garden centre for inspiration.
When selecting plants, make sure they do well with your location?s sun, soil, and wind. I also suggest you plan ahead and have something for year-round interest. Consider perennials that come back year after year with different blooming times, and some evergreens or colours for the winter.
Sometimes, it can help to have a general theme for your sanctuary. It could be a full of aromatherapy favourites, a Mediterranean garden that reminds you fondly of a favourite holiday, or perhaps even a cottage garden full of wildflowers. A theme can help you narrow down your plants, but you can grow whatever you love most!
For my front shady garden, I originally went with the green woodland feel. But now, I want to add some more flowers as well. On my list for this year, I?ll be adding in some since they grow well in partial shade. Begonia is a good reminder that you can still get bright colours even in shady spots.
Before planting, make sure you take the time to . My shade garden needed some serious work getting rid of all the buried building materials and a huge boost of organic material to bring it back to life. Without good soil, the new plants in your garden sanctuary won?t thrive.
Add the Finishing Touches
The plants are in so it?s time to add those final touches. Comfortable seating is a must-have so you can enjoy time in your garden sanctuary. It can be as simple as a hammock chair or as grand as a complete patio set.
For ambiance, don?t underestimate the power of . You can enjoy your space long after the sun has gone down!
If you feel like you want more colour, consider adding container gardens. These are great to fill with annuals and bulbs that you can change out every year. Summer flowering bulbs that do well in containers include , , canna lilies, , and more.
In my shade garden, I also added a . The sound of water always has a calming effect and was the perfect addition to a space originally seen as the sore spot of my garden.
Also, consider how you make your sanctuary space for others as well. Wildlife such as birds, bees, and butterflies are a welcome addition to my outdoor escape and I?m sure to include things like , , and .
The Great Summer Flowering Bulb Giveaway!
I promised a huge giveaway so here it is!
This Giveaway is now CLOSED. Congrats to the winners Amelia who on the Grand Prize on this post and Patagonia Flower Farm on Instagram!!
If you?re in the midst of creating your sanctuary, you?re going to need some greenery and colour to fill it up. I?m thrilled to partner with flowerbulbs.com for an absolutely ah-mazing giveaway!
One lucky grand prize winner will get $500 worth of summer flowering bulbs and a 1-hour virtual design installation consultation with me. A second prize for Instagram and Facebook will award one fan with $250 worth of summer flowering bulbs.
Together, this is more than $1,000 value!!
Do you know what you could do with that many bulbs? It?s enough flower bulbs for your whole garden to turn into a complete explosion of bold flowers and to grow some extras as cut flowers. To plant flowers in your community, start a flower farm, give them to neighbors, or beautify a barren public space. We want to use this enormous number of bulbs to create a space for joy in your community.
I can?t wait to help the winner create an amazing space. These summer flowering bulbs will add so much colour to their garden. They can sit and enjoy the delightful fragrance of flowers such as gladiolus, lilies, and freesias. The butterflies will arrive in no time!
During our consultation, I will help the winner figure out the best way to use their space as well as answer all their gardening questions. Y
To enter, for the grand prize draw please leave a comment down below on this post. The contest closes on March 24th, 2022 and I will use a random number generator to select a the winner. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 3 days to reply with mailing address before we chose a runner up. This contest is only open to those in the continental USA this time due to shipping limitations. International friends, please don?t fret, I will have another giveaway for you opening up soon.
To enter the second prize draw, please look for the contest details on Instagram.
Hugs and good luck!