Hi everyone! Welcome to our first day of DIY Gift Giving ideas that you can create. Fluid Art is so much fun, and with the holidays upon us, I thought it would be fun to share with you 10 of my favorite DIY gift-giving ideas so you can create beautiful gifts for your family and friends.
Each day I will post a new idea for you to get inspired from. I will list the materials I used that include links for you to purchase them yourself. Each post will have a video that I have created to see how I completed the project, step-by-step. As always, contact me with any questions or comments on this post, or comment on the video post on our YouTube channel.
Are you ready to get started with this project? Let’s create Resin Coasters!
BONUS: I decided to add a little bit of extra fun into our 10-day event. I will be giving away the Resin Beach Tray that I created on Day 1 of our 10 Days of DIY Fluid Art Gift Giving event! The give-away instructions are detailed at the end of this post.
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Here are the supplies I used:
- Resin Coaster Mold
- Unicone Resin
- Armor Art White Pigment
- Mica Powder Pure 50 Color
- Colourarte Primary Elements Big Dragonfly Wings
- Glitter I used a discontinued chunky glitter I purchased at Michaels (Sorry, it is no longer available). Any blue/green chunky glitter will work well.
- Stir Sticks
- Dixie Cups
- Pastry Bag
- Silicone Mixing Cup
- Heat Gun
- Clear Adhesive Bumper Pads
- Krylon Leafing Pen: Gold
- Krylon Leafing Pen: Silver
- Krylon Leafing Pen: Rose Gold
Creating with resin is fun but it is important to learn about how to use the resin safely. Believe it or not, safety is one of the most commonly overlooked steps when working with resin. I know I wanted to jump right in and start creating but I quickly learned that I needed to read up on the safety measures so that I could enjoy this medium for years to come. Here are a few basic safety guidelines to review before you start working with resin:
- Well ventilated area. It is crucial to work in an area that has good circulation and/or open windows. Some resins emit fumes that can be toxic.
- Gloves. Yes, there is a thing called resin allergy. Wearing gloves is the easiest method to help with ongoing and prevent future skin conditions while working with resin.
- Respirator. Protecting your lungs is a top priority. Wearing a respirator provides consistent protection to your lungs while working with resin.
- Clean spills immediately. Don’t let resin sit on your table or floor. Use paper towels to scoop up as much as possible then use denatured alcohol or isopropyl alcohol to clean up any remaining residue.
- Safety goggles. Not only do goggles help prevent unexpected splashes from touching your eyes, but they prevent you from touching your eyes. If you are like me, you will touch your eye without thinking. Getting resin in your eyes is dangerous. If you do get resin in your eyes, flush with water repeatedly and seek medical attention immediately!
- Apron. Aprons are great to help prevent resin from getting on your clothes and then absorbing and touching the stomach. When you are working, you can get easily focused on your process and not even realize resin has been touching your belly for 5 minutes or more!
The Process: Day 1
Creating resin coasters is super fun! There are no hard-fast rules on applying your colors, and it is fun to experiment with the design. In my YouTube video, I show how I created five different resin coaster sets. While I used different colors and techniques to create them, I followed a simple process as my guide:
I mixed my resin according to the directions on the bottle. Once mixed, I add small amounts of the clear resin into smaller cups to mix colors and glitter. The rule of thumb is to add no more than 5% color to the clear resin or 1-part color to 20 parts resin. Once done, stir thoroughly. I start with a small amount of clear resin and add my color, mixing thoroughly to mix my colors. Once mixed, I add the remaining clear resin into the cup. (This method helps pigment and mica powders mix easier!)
Now that my colors and/or glitter are mixed with the resin, I always start from the center of my mold and work out. I pour a small amount of color in each cavity while trying to get the same quantity in all four cavities. This is where the fun really begins.
You can add the colors in rows to fill the mold, and you can add sections of colors and then drizzle a contrasting color over the top; you can add white resin to a pastry bag and create flower lines….you are only limited to the ideas that you can imagine!
Once the mold is full, add some heat to release any air bubbles. You can also use the heat as a tool to help blend the resin. I like to start at the center of the mold and spiral out to the edge, or I like to start at the center of the mold and go out to the edge in lines.
TIP: Be mindful not to overwork your resin. The resin will continue to move while curing, and the colors can easily over-blend if you are not careful.
Cover your mold and let cure for at least 24 hours (or according to the directions on the bottle.)
The Process: Day 2
Once the resin has cured, it is time to demold the coasters and see how they turned out! They should easily “pop” out of the mold. You will notice that the top side of the coaster will look different than the bottom side. You can decide which side you like better to be the top.
You can add small silicone feet to the bottom of the coaster or you can leave the coaster as-is.
Another popular option is to outline the coaster with a metallic leafing pen. These pens are easy to use, and the smooth outline of this resin mold makes it easy to apply. Use your imagination and have fun!
What do you think about our Resin Coasters gift idea? Contact us or comment on this post. We would love to hear your thoughts!