Are you looking for a great DIY gift idea that is sure to wow? I suggest you try these resin coaster DIY using wood slices. This was a fun DIY that I came up with for one of the craft nights that I host on a monthly basis at my home. This project also uses a Cricut machine however it is not entirely necessary for the project to be successful.
Supplies Needed for Wood Slice Resin Coasters
- 3″ Wood slices
- Resin (my favorite brands are Mas Epoxies or Total Boat)
- Face mask (it is best to wear a mask when working with any amount of resin)
- Cricut machine (or any other cutting machine)
- Iron on material (in color of your choice)
- Cricut Mini Press
- Resin measuring cups
- Wooden Popsicle sticks (for stirring resin)
- Felt or cork (for the bottoms of the coasters)
The first step is to create your design in Cricut Design Space, my design was a monogram with a wreath of leaves surrounding the monogram. If you are interested in my design I have it available as a FREE SVG for you to download, just click the link.
I wanted to make sure the design stayed on the wood slice so I chose to use iron on vinyl to apply the design to the wood slice. An iron could be used for this or you can use a Cricut Mini Press
Once the design was ironed on my set wood slices it was time to prep for resin. Because the resin was only going on top of the coasters I applied painters tape to the bottom of each wood slice. I wanted the resin to drip over the side of the wood slice so I made sure that the tape was trimmed on the bottom.
The next step will be to prep for the resin. You will want to have a plastic sheet down to catch any spills. I used resin measuring cups to hold the coasters when the resin was poured.
Once you have this all set up it is time to mix the resin. Resin comes in parts A and B and you will want to mix equal parts of each. I usually start with about 1/2 cup of each, the resin cups with the measurements on the side are very helpful for this.
Most resin brands will recommend that you mix the combined A and B parts for 3-5 minutes to activate the hardener and mix it well.
Once this is done you will pour over the coasters and let it drip down the sides. I found that with the wood coasters they will soak up a fair amount of resin so you may need more than you initially had.
After pouring the resin mix over the coaster you will want to use a hair dryer or heat gun to lightly wave over the coasters as this will help remove any air bubbles in the resin.
Now you will want the coasters to sit and cure for 24 hours, after this is when I take the tape off the bottoms. You may need to use a heat gun or hair dryer to help remove the tape. The resin will need another 24 hours to cure completely.
Once the resin has completely cured you can cut a piece of felt or cork to glue to the bottom of the coasters. This resin coaster diy is a fun and unique project that makes a great wedding gift or housewarming gift.