How to Create Your Own Picture Coasters

Written by lillian downey
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Sometimes in great design, it's the littlest details that make the biggest impact. This project is an example of one of those seemingly small decor details that adds a polished and custom touch. The project uses craft resin to encase your photos on a waterproof and durable coaster that is as functional as it is fashionable. It comes together quickly and sets up overnight, making it a quick addition to your room.

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Things you need

  • Craft resin
  • Resin mould
  • Disposable bowl
  • Disposable stirrer
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Newspaper

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  1. 1

    Choose a resin mould in the shape of your choice. A rubber or silicon mould is much easier to get your finished coaster out of after the resin hardens.

  2. 2

    Make copies of your photographs. Avoid using the original images--once they are encased in resin, you won't be able to get them back out. Cut your photo to size so it will fit inside your resin mould.

  3. 3

    Use a soft-bristled paintbrush to apply a thin coating of découpage medium, such as Mod Podge, to the front of your image. Allow it to dry, then paint a thin coating on the back. Repeat this process until you have eight coats of Mod Podge on your image. This waterproofs the image so the inks don't run when you pour in the resin.

  4. 4

    Mix your craft resin according to the package directions. Use a disposable bowl and stirrer because you won't be able to get the resin out of them. Allow the resin to cure for the amount of time specified on the package.

  5. 5

    Cover your workspace in old newspapers to protect it. Place your resin mould on top of the newspaper. Pour resin into the mould, stopping at the halfway point.

  6. 6

    Place the image on top of the resin, facedown. Press it firmly to avoid air bubbles. Fill your mould the rest of the way with craft resin. Gently shake the mould back and forth so the resin flattens completely. Repeat with the remaining coasters.

  7. 7

    Allow the resin to harden overnight. Gently pop the coasters out of their moulds, and place them on your table.

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