Create handmade floral resin coasters and trays that are both elegant and functional. Join Christie Lothrop, the artist and green thumb behind MadPotters, as she shares her honed techniques for mixing and pouring epoxy resin into silicone molds while creating depth with layers of botanicals. To further customize your DIY resin trays and coasters, Christie shows us how to add metallic flakes, alcohol inks, and mica powder into the mold.
As Christie walks us through each step of the process, we learn how to make resin coasters with flowers by measuring, mixing, and pouring resin into the silicone molds. Using several different layers of resin, florals, leaves, and extra decorative elements, Christie shows us how to design a finished piece with depth and dimension. Along the way, we learn tips and tricks for eliminating air bubbles, incorporating botanicals, troubleshooting, curing, and unmolding.
Our resin kit includes everything needed to make up to 15 personalized resin pieces including circular coasters, square coasters, and oval trays—plus safety supplies to protect both you and your workspace. Christie has also included several additional decorative elements to make the dried botanicals pop. Adding metallic flakes brings sparkle to the project, mica powder creates a translucent or milky shimmer, and alcohol inks combine to make a marbled appearance. The heat gun will help to create a clear result in our cured resin.
The possibilities for these resin projects are endless. “Once you’ve mastered the mixing and pouring, you’ll be able to experiment with other items to put into your art,” says Christie. Besides botanicals, try adding photos or trinkets to preserve these memories for a lifetime.
The Curated Kit of Tools & Materials
This workshop includes:
- A detailed digital workshop led by Christie Lothrop
- A live Maker Chat Q&A for our community to join in on a creative conversation with the artist
- Tools & materials to make up to 15 custom resin pieces
- PDF pattern and written instructions to complement the video tutorial
The tools & materials included in this kit:
- Two round silicone coaster molds
- Two square silicone coaster molds
- One oval tray silicone mold
- Epoxy resin, 32oz
- Assorted dried flowers, white
- Dried pressed greenery
- Metallic flakes in gold, silver, and copper
- Alcohol ink, white
- Mixative, copper
- Dual-temperature heat gun
- Silicone crafting mat
- Mica powder, 3.5oz
- Twenty plastic mixing/measuring cups
- Silicone measuring cup, 250mL
- Silicone measuring cup, 100mL
- Silicone stir stick
- Ten wooden stir sticks
- One pack bamboo toothpicks
- Two pairs disposable gloves
- Protective sheet
- Safety goggles
- Sandpaper, 150 grit
Materials to have at home:
- Rubbing alcohol
- Paper towels
More About Our Artist: Christie Lothrop
Christie Lothrop is the artist and green thumb behind MadPotters. She was born in Korea, raised in Massachusetts, lived in Brooklyn, worked in Manhattan, and is currently thriving with her business and plants in sunny San Diego. While concrete is her main focus, the geode pots she has come to be known for wouldn’t be possible without resin.
When not mixing up a batch of medium to create with, Christie can be found exploring nature, hiking in Southern California, out in her garden, working to be more sustainable, and sampling the best foods that San Diego has to offer.
Thank you for joining us, Christie.
Materials Kits for More Exploration
An additional 32 oz of resin will allow for more creativity and experimenting with your handmade resin coasters. The included 16 oz of resin and 16 oz of hardener combine with an easy 1:1 ratio and cures crystal clear.
Additional Silicone Molds
Create personalized resin coasters with this bundle of two hexagonal coaster molds and one rectangular tray mold. These silicone molds for resin coasters are easy to clean and can be used multiple times.
Additional Dried Flowers & Ink
Customize your floral resin coasters with natural dried flowers and six additional alcohol inks. The warm red, soft purple, and delicate yellow botanicals pair with inks in flamingo, patina, amethyst, ember, sienna, and dijon.
Share with us! We look forward to sharing this fulfilling and joyful experience with you and cannot wait to see how your poured resin pieces turn out. Be sure to share your creative journey and finished creation with us by tagging @thecraftersbox + @madpotters in your social posts, and use #thecraftersbox so our community can also see your workshop come to life! Happy making.