This Is How To Make Resin Coasters With Easy Steps

Every time we log on to Instagram, there is at least one video of the creative process of making resin coasters. The method of mixing epoxy resin and then pouring the mixture into silicone moulds is immensely satisfying and can be used to create so many things: from coasters to resin tables. Even though they make it look so effortless, there is a little bit of science and technique going on in the background. 

Epoxy resin casters

If you want to learn this craft to have some ‘me time’, decorate your living room or turn it into a small business, then you are at the right place. We are here with an easy guide that has everything from what they are, materials you are going to require, and different DIY resin coasters ideas. So, let’s get started, shall we?

What are resin coasters?

A beverage coaster or simply a coaster is a disc-like object that is used to protect furniture from the liquid condensation produced by hot or cold drinks. These days, epoxy resin is the most preferred material for making coasters. Resin is water-resistant, which is ideal for something that is supposed to shield the surface from moisture. 

Epoxy resin coasters are usually clear or translucent, which gives them a luxurious glass-like appearance. Their shape and size depend on the coaster moulds. They are so beautiful that they are used more like a decorative item than a utility product. 

All the materials that you’re going to need

Now that you have learned about the basics, the next step is to collect all the material you need to have for resin crafts

Pouring clear resin to plastic cup for measuring

You will need:

  1. Clear epoxy resin 
  2. Resin hardener 
  3. Measuring cups 
  4. Silicone coaster moulds 
  5. Stir sticks 
  6. Mould release agents 
  7. Disposable cups 
  8. Wooden toothpicks 
  9. Sandpaper or sander
  10. Protective nitrile gloves
  11. Protective face mask and goggles
  12. Drop cloth 
  13. Colour pigments or acrylic paints 
  14. Heat gun 
  15. Large box for covering

You can easily get these supplies from your local craft stores, or you can order them online. 

Preparing for your project

The first and foremost thing is getting yourself and your surroundings prepared for a resin art project. Here is a small checklist to go through every time you start a new resin project

Woman making resin coasters with the image of the sea

1. Cover your surroundings 

Resin is hard to remove from flooring and walls, so make sure you cover your surroundings with a drop cloth before you start working. Do not have anything flammable around you, as you will be using a heat gun to pop all the air bubbles and relax the surface of your coasters.

In case of any accidental spills, wipe off the product right away before it starts drying. We suggest using an old table covered with a protective layer for these DIY projects

2. Protect yourself

Resin fumes are known to cause irritation in your lungs if inhaled for a long time. It is best to work in a well-ventilated area but if the area is short on ventilation, then work with a protective face mask and goggles. Protection like nitrile gloves is also important while working with your resin kit

Wearing long sleeves is also a good idea to safeguard your skin. When sanding the edges of the coaster, wear a mask with a respiratory filter to protect yourself from the toxic dust. Even after taking all the necessary precautions, if your resin is not of good quality, it might be harmful to your respiratory health. 

3. Gather all the material

Epoxy resin is not something that you can work with without preparation. You need to gather all the materials around and have everything within reach of your hands. While you will be running around to get your resin dye or finding a suitable coaster mould, your resin might start drying. To save more time and avoid your resin from sticking to the mould, spray the releasing agent on your resin coaster moulds beforehand. 

How to make resin coasters step-by-step

When you have all the materials at hand and your area fully prepped, it is now the time to get to work! 

Step 1

Start off by prepping your resin and hardener by putting their bottles in a bucket of warm water. Make sure no water goes inside. Once the product is lukewarm, mix equal amounts of both or the ratio suggested by the brand. 

Take out 30 ml of resin and hardener, each in separate plastic cups, and combine them in a bigger container. Mix thoroughly so that nothing stays separated. Scrape the walls to ensure everything is well incorporated. 

A young woman painting resin coasters

Step 2

The next step is adding colour, which is the fun part. Add your powdered pigment or acrylic paint to the resin mixture and mix well. You can also use alcohol ink, but the colour might fade away with time. 

Step 3

Once you are done with the colour, pour your resin mixture into the prepped silicone coaster moulds and let it sit. If you want to incorporate beads, confetti, glitter, or any other object into your mould, then it is best to pour in a thin layer of resin, embed the objects, and then fill the mould up with the rest of the resin mixture

Step 4

When you pour the resin, you will notice a few air bubbles forming on the surface. Pop these bubbles with the help of a toothpick or a heat gun

Different brands of resin require different times for curing. So, make sure to read the instructions that come with your resin kit. Some resin dries faster, and some might take almost 24 to 48 hours

Step 5

New bubbles might form during the curing process. Keep checking your coasters frequently while they dry to pop any new bubble. If the temperature of your room is more than 22-23 °C, then your coasters can end up having a yellowish tint, especially if you are working with clear resin. Cover your coasters with a large box to keep any contaminants away while they dry. 

Step 6

After making sure that your coasters are completely dry, it is time to carefully take them out of the moulds. If your mould is not prepped, it will be quite difficult to detach them from the moulds. 

Step 7

The detached coaster could have some sharp edges that you can soften down with the help of very fine sandpaper. Carefully sanding the mistakes and sharp edges away will give a professionally done appearance to your coasters. 

Woman making resin coasters using sandpaper

Step 8

Lastly, you need to polish your resin coasters with a good quality resin polish. If you have used a piece of wood or polymer clay in the making of your coasters, then use a polish designed for these materials as well. 

With this easy, step-by-step resin coasters tutorial, you can make artistic pieces at home.

Amazing ideas for your resin coasters

You can make your resin coasters in so many different ways. Here are three interesting ideas to start. 

1. Geode Coasters

Coasters made in geode shape moulds with metallic pigments and their edges painted with gold paint are one of the hottest home decor items of the year. You can also add real gold leaf to the edges for a more realistic appearance. By adding different colours to the mixture, you can give the effect of different crystals found naturally.

2. Tie & Dye Coasters

Tie & Dye is also one of the most popular trends of the year. Tie & dye coasters will be a fun pop of colour to your side table. To create this effect, you will need to use droplets of alcohol ink on top of the surface of the resin while it is still wet. Each coaster will turn out to be different in the pattern, which is the real beauty of imitating tie and dye patterns on resin. 

3. Geometric Coasters

Geometric coasters made up of clear resin will never go out of style. They are chic and add just the right amount of style to any space. You can add more personality to the coasters by embedding them with different adornments like dried flowers, logo cutouts, and much more.

Resin coasters in grey background

Resin art is a craft that is so versatile and multifaceted that it makes for the perfect creative outlet for any type of person. If you are looking for a creative way to spend your time, then this is the craft for you. Resin is a material that lets you experiment with so many different styles of art, but resin coasters are one of the most fun DIY projects you can try out this season. Not only is it practical, but also a wonderful gift idea for your friends, family, and peers. It lets you express your creativity in a safe way. So, what are your waiting for? Read up on our easy-to-follow tutorial while keeping the given tips and tricks in mind to have your very own DIY collection of beautiful coasters

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