Like all of you, I am always on the lookout for things I can use for crafting projects. You never know where you’ll find your next idea! In this ongoing search, I recently found glass candle holders at Ikea that I thought would make a great DIY coasters project. They are meant to be a base for a large candle, so I guess this is my first Ikea Hack!
I made one resin coaster to see if it was going to work out the way I imagined. (See the ‘Shine’ coaster with blue sparkles in the photo at left). I thought it was pretty cool so I decided to make three more so I could have a set of four.
Resin Supplies for this project:
-glass candleholders from Ikea (or something similar)
-big sparkles (or small if you prefer)
-wooden letters (or other items to embed, whatever inspires you)
–Super Clear Resin and all your other supplies for mixing and pouring resin
STEP 1: First resin and sparkle pour
First, I got my supplies ready. If you have an Ikea nearby I’ve included a photo of the candle holder with the model on it. In Canada, one of these cost $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 sparkles 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.
I mixed the resin according to the instructions and poured it into the coaster, only filling enough to cover the sparkles. I needed to keep in mind the thickness of the wooden letters I was going to add in the next step. That is, in the next resin pour, I needed to be able to cover the letters and make sure the resin would be flush with the edges of the outer rim of the coaster. It wouldn’t make a very good coaster if it wasn’t completely flat!
I used a stick to sink any sparkles that floated up and did a brief blow with a straw to get rid of some of the bubbles, but I didn’t try too hard. I like the bubbles in these as it shows depth since the bubbles 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, making sure the letters were straight and the sparkles did not cover the words too much.
Next, I added resin. This was the second and final resin pour. I filled the coaster to the top, making sure that the letters were covered and nothing was sticking up. I also made sure the resin was flush with the edges of the outer rim of the coaster.
Finally, I covered them and let them cure 24 hours.
As part of cleaning up I checked the cat for sparkles since she had been in the vicinity of this work.
STEP 3: The DIY coasters are done!
Here they are!
To keep them from scratching a table, I added rubber feet.
I will wait at least a week before using them, just as an extra caution to make 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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