How to Make Creek Coasters From Plywood and Resin

3 Materials
3 Hours

These funky little coasters are a great way to upcycle old underflooring or use up some of the scraps of plywood we seem to amass after a few projects. These coasters are pretty simple to make and are pretty durable!

Materials I used were:

  • Silicons mold from Amazon.
  • ArtResin brand resin
  • Alcohol ink
  • Scraps of 1/4" plywood cut into 4" squares
  • Vise (for holding the wood but not critical.

The Simple Creek Coaster

Step 1

Break you blank into 3rds. The middle section will be what you fill with resin.

I used a bench vise for some of them. If you don't have one, I also used a brick on the ground and placed the wood on top and then used my foot to break it. Remember, you want the wood grain to be a little funky and exciting.

Step 2

Take both ends and put them into the silicon mold.

If you place an X on the bottom, you can later find the sides that go together (I always forget that part)

Step 3

Mix up your resin and pour slowly. If you have something you can use to weigh the wood down, that may be helpful as sometimes the wood floats up. I mix the resin very clear so I can drop a drop or two of the colored alcohol ink directly in the resin. After I drop the ink into the poured mix I use a small stick to spread the ink out.

Step 4

I let the resin cure for at least 3 days. The resin may look dry, but it goes through a gummy period for me. After that, I sand off any extra resin and make it flat. I like to oil or stain the final raw wood also. I feel like it gives it a more finished look.

Here is the finished coasters. I applied a small ammount of stain and wipped it off.

If you make this tag me in a picture. I would love to see it! You can see more of my projects on my instagram @ Hawkbluff_woodworking.


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1 question
  • Tameka Coffey
    on Feb 29, 2020

    So do you cover the entire top of the wood with the resin mixture? Just wandering cause it looks like the bottom of the coaster is..?

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  • Ticia
    on Feb 29, 2020

    Very nice; is there something on the bottom to prevent them from scratching a surface or sliding? Also, you mention alcohol ink which I have never heard of so I wonder if any type of craft paint would work? TIA

  • Val
    on Mar 1, 2020

    So cool and funky! Great job!

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