A 5-Step Guide Of How To Make A Resin Paperweight

how to make resin paperweights
A cast resin paperweight makes a great gift idea. The best part is that you can make up a bunch and keep them on hand for occasions throughout the year. From birthdays to holidays, this resin paperweight project makes a great gift and is a beautiful way to show someone you care.

resin paperweights

Supplies needed to make this resin paperweight:

Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin
Paperweight Mold
Mold Release Spray
Gilding Flakes in Silver
Resin Obsession opaque color pigments
Mixing Cups
Stir Sticks


Step 1: Prep the mold

Spray the paperweight mold with the mold release spray. Then, allow it to dry completely.

This sphere mold makes a great paperweight mold because you can split the mold apart and only use one half at a time.

Step 2: Mix clear epoxy

Mix enough super clear resin to almost fill your mold. The super clear resin is the perfect craft resin for this making this paperweight because it cures hard and durable. Plus, it releases bubbles easily. For this mold, it took about two ounces of mixed resin. Then, add to the mold.

By the way, this article explains the easy ways to know how much resin you need, including a quick trick to knowing how much resin to put in the paperweight mold.


resin mold and epoxy mold


Step 3: Add metal leaf

Sprinkle in some of the gilding flakes. Crush some with your fingers to make small pieces. Use your stir stick to press them down into the paperweight. You will need to babysit this for a while until the resin starts to set up because the gilding flakes will float and drift. Occasionally check on them and readjust.

Set the entire thing aside and allow it to cure completely.


sliver leafing resin epoxy and mold

Step 4: Add colors

Mix more resin and add colorants. I used three opaque colors per paperweight, but you can use as few or as many colors as you like.

resin paperweight resin colors

Add these colors randomly to the paperweight mold.

resin and solver leafing

Use a stir stick to slightly mix and marble the resin colors, and make sure the entire surface is covered.


resin and silver leafing in mold

Step 5: Finish

Allow to completely cure, then remove from the mold.


epoxy paperweights

Ta-da! You just learned how to make a resin paperweight.

You will love how this resin paperweight catches the light as the gilding flakes glisten. Make a resin paperweight with your favorite colors or the favorite colors of your gift recipient. They will love this handmade gift for their desk.


epoxy paperweights

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10 thoughts on “A 5-Step Guide Of How To Make A Resin Paperweight

  1. Beautiful paperweights Katherine! Nobody I know uses them, they all have smartphones or laptops. However, this gave me an idea for jewelry using the cabochon molds I bought from you.

  2. Bonjour à vous,
    Existe t’il des moules pour résine époxy 50cm/50cm?
    Pour pouvoir faire des tableaux
    Merci à vous Claire Nizet

  3. Those are beautiful! My middle son has just begun experimenting with using resin and I’ve begun looking for fun new ways to use it. Pinned.

  4. Your paper weights are beautiful. I love the colors. What a neat idea and I know I would use a few. I do alot outside on the deck. And the papers fly. Yes I’m interested. Thank you.

  5. They are lovely pieces. I’m hoping to start small and then add. Small paperweights? Who knows? Time will tell. Thank you for color ideas.

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