Like all of you, I am always looking for things I can use for resin crafts. You never know where you’ll find your next idea! In this ongoing search, I recently found glass candle holders at Ikea. I’m turning them into DIY coasters and my first Ikea Hack.
I made one resin coaster to see if it would work as I imagined. (See the ‘Shine’ coaster with blue sparkles in the photo at left). I thought it was pretty cool, so I made three more to have a set of four.
Resin Supplies for this project:
STEP 1: First resin layer
First, I got my supplies ready. If you have an Ikea nearby, I’ve included a photo of the candle holder with the model. In Canada, one of these costs $1.99 each. I also used wooden letters I picked up in the Christmas sale bin of my craft store, which I stained a dark brown. Although sold for Christmas, they were some pretty generic words, like ‘Peace,’ ‘Hope,’ and ‘Cheer.’
Then I added the sparkles. Randomly put the glitter in — there are no rules here! I think the big sparkles worked best for this project because they allow more see-through and take advantage of the glass bottom.
Next, I added the resin.
The super clear resin works great for this project because it releases bubbles easily. Plus, it cures durable, which is a must for DIY coasters. When I poured the clear epoxy into the coaster, I only filled enough to cover the sparkles. I needed to leave room for the thickness of the wooden letters I would add in the next step.
Said another way, I needed to be able to cover the letters in the second pour to ensure the resin would be flush with the edges of the outer rim of the coaster. It wouldn’t make a perfect DIY project or much of an Ikea hack if my coasters weren’t completely flat.
I used a stick to sink any sparkles that floated up and did a brief blow with a straw to remove resin bubbles. But I didn’t try too hard. I like the bubbles in these as they show depth since they are suspended at many levels in the resin.
Finally, I covered the resin coasters and let them cure for 24 hours.
I added more sparkles, then the wooden letters. I made sure the letters were straight and the glitter did not cover the words too much.
Next, I mixed and added more clear crafting resin. Again, I filled the coaster to the top, ensuring that I covered the letters and nothing was sticking up. I also confirmed the resin was flush with the edges of the outer rim of the coaster.
Finally, I covered them and let them cure for 24 hours.
As part of cleaning up, I checked the cat for sparkles since she had been in the vicinity.
STEP 3: The coasters are done!
Here they are. I’m pretty proud of my DIY coasters and new Ikea hack.
To keep them from scratching a table, I added rubber bumpers.
I will wait at least a week before using them, just as an extra caution to be sure they are fully cured. Coasters are meant to take a beating, and I want them to last a long time and look good.
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Originally written by Resinista Penny Reid
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