What do you think when you see a dandelion? Do you swoon that they’re nature’s way of teaching us to find beauty in everything? Or, do you cringe knowing you need to mow the lawn? Whichever side you’re on, here’s how you can use them to make a dandelion paperweight.
Resin supplies list
*Resin Obsession super clear resin
*Half of a 50 mm two-part sphere mold
*Fresh dandelion that’s gone to seed
[OPTIONAL] Step 1: Calculate the resin amount
If you hate wasting resin, keep reading. Otherwise, skip to step 2, you maverick. I bet you cut the tags off mattresses too.
Using this sphere volume calculator, the entire mold (both parts put together) holds 65.45 cubic centimeters. But, we’re only using half the mold, so we only need 32.725 cubic centimeters. The super clear resin mixes two parts resin (A side) to one part hardener (B side). So, instead of breaking down 32.725 ccs into the math for Part A and B (this is supposed to be fun), let’s do this.
First, round up to 37.5 ccs. Then, mix 25 ccs Part A and 12.5 ccs of Part B (which equals 37.5 ccs). It’s a cinch with 1-ounce mixing cups that have marks on the side. You can use your extra epoxy for some leftover resin projects after you’ve made your dandelion paperweight.
There’s an even easier way to figure out how much resin you need to fill a mold.
Yes, I could have started with that, but then I wouldn’t be able to say that this is the hardest step of the dandelion paperweight project. 😉
Step 2: Mix the resin
Mix your resin and hardener together until it’s clear and streak-free. This will take about two to three minutes.
⭐️ BONUS: Here’s how you know when your resin is mixed.
Step 3: Partially fill the mold with resin
Mix and pour enough super resin for crafts to fill the bottom half of the mold.
Why use the super clear resin for this project?
It releases bubbles easily. You won’t stress over microbubbles sticking to the seed stems. Instead, you’ll enjoy making your beautiful dandelion paperweight.
Step 4: Add the dandelion
Hold the stem of the dandelion and press it into the epoxy resin. Go slowly and softly, so you don’t disturb the white tufts.
💡 Pro tip: I’ve had the best results using dandelion heads in resin within 24 hours of cutting them. After that, they dry out too much and become fragile. They’ll fall apart when you put them in your resin.
Step 5: Finish filling with resin
Add more resin to fill the mold.
You may need to trim the stem of the dandelion to help keep it in the upright position for your paperweight.
Cover with a dome while the resin dries.
⭐️ BONUS: How long does it take resin to dry?
Step 6: Demold
Once the resin is fully cured, peel the mold away from the resin.
Step 7: Finish the back
You’re likely to have edges on the back of your dandelion paperweight. You can either sand the back or glaze with a layer of doming resin to even out the surface.
You now have a little bit of nature on your desk. And one less dandelion on your lawn.
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5 thoughts on “How to Make A Dandelion Paperweight The EASY Way”
I tried this and as soon as I put the dandelion in the resin all the seeds came off. I was really upset. The dandelion was freshly picked. Maybe next time I should let it sit for a while before putting it in the resin?
P.S. – The stem was also very long. Maybe I should have cut it down some so I would have better control of it?
I wouldn’t expect that to be the problem. I’m wondering if your dandelion was already relatively dry?
Hi Lisa, I’m sorry to hear this. I’ve done it both ways. It’s when I let the dandelion dry for a few days that mine came off and made a mess in the resin. I’ve seen others talk about spraying their dandelion with hairspray before putting it in resin to help it keep its shape. (Although, I would expect it to dissolve as soon as it hits the resin.) This is the spray I would use: https://shop.resinobsession.com/products/envirotex-high-gloss-resin-sealer-spray-clear-spray-for-resin-finishing
The dandelion was fresh. My daughter had just picked it. Next time I might try the hairspray. That worked great for some feathers that I used in a mold. I had no bubbles and they kept their shape.