DIY Resin Cactus Coasters

8 Materials
24 Hours

Learn how to make a cactus coaster set using resin! It's an easy resin DIY! Cacti are so popular right now in home decor -- not just for Arizonians! This cactus project is actually a set of coasters that can be used as a decoration and it is totally functional as four resin drink coasters! For more pictures, full directions and materials list, see my original blog post here:

I started by painting directly on my mold. I painted little red flowers, white speckles for the cactus stickers and stripes to give the cactus definition. I stared with the flowers, then the sticker and then the stripes.

I had these very small white fake flowers. I painted them the same color as the flowers I painted on the mold. I tried to make the ones I painted similar in shape.

I mixed my resin and added green pigment powder. I poured one ounce into each of the four cavities that I painted.

I used my lighter to pop the bubbles. I let it all cure for 12 hours before removing them from the molds.

Once cured, pulled them out of the molds and they looked like this. The paint has become one with the resin. It can't scratch off or be removed.

On the other side, I painted the same design. This time I had to work backwards. I painted the stripes first, then the stickers...

...then the flowers. I let it all dry.

Once dry, I mixed four ounces of resin and slowly poured it onto the freshly painted side of the coasters. You want to be careful not to let the resin overflow the edges.

I popped the bubbles with my lighter and let it cure.

Once cured, I drilled small holes into the sides of the coasters and I glued in the little flowers I had painted. I thought it would give them a little more dimension.

I filled a clay pot with rocks. I think coffee beans would have been a good choice too and smaller pebbles.

The rocks allow the coasters to stand in the clay pot. The only thing I might had done differently is I may have given the clay pot a light white or gray wash, just so it didn't look that new. Other than that, I'm happy!

Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by! For more pictures, full directions and materials list, see my original blog post here:


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  • Robyn Garner
    on Aug 19, 2019

    Great display! Are the flowers on the sides also covered with resin?

    • Jewellmartin
      on Oct 19, 2019

      No, Robyn, but clear fingernail polish would protect the painted flowers from moisture. Jewell

  • Barbara Wyles
    on Sep 21, 2019

    These are so adorable! Great job!

  • Laurie Morin
    on Oct 26, 2019

    I love these! Wonderful job! Where do you get your resin? I've never used it but I'd like to try.

    • Christine
      on Oct 26, 2019

      Lowe's or Home Depot in the paint department, Hobby Lobby, Michael's and online at amazon.

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