Christmas is coming on quickly and we wanted to share another beautiful holiday project with you. Today resin artist Meg Epps is making poinsettia coasters and showing us how she does it. This is a fun and festive project we think you’re going to love!
There is no shortage of amazing holiday resin projects but we think this one is really special. These poinsettia coasters are so beautiful and they can be used all season long! Meg Epps of Lyndly Grove is a talented resin artist who specializes in tumblers and coasters. In the video below, Meg shows us how to make these festive coasters along with some adorable poinsettia leaf napkin rings. Who doesn’t love a bonus tutorial? We are giving you the step by step instructions for this project but it is best to watch the video to see how Meg works her magic. Words just don’t do this process justice. The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words definitely applies when describing resin art!
Making Poinsettia Coasters
First thing’s first about these fabulous coasters. Meg uses some amazing color combos to create these beauties and we will give you her exact supply list and process. However, as with all things in art, you don’t need to duplicate hers exactly. You can try different shades, different mediums, and a different pour method for yours. Also, as Meg says, you don’t have to make each coaster in the set exactly the same either. We all know that resin likes to contribute its own will to the artistic mix and there’s no reason not to roll with that! Often we are pleasantly surprised by the outcome when allow the resin to take over a bit!
Meg uses our Counter Culture DIY Painted Glass for the center of her coasters and the result is wonderful! If you haven’t tried using painted glass or crystals in your art yet, this is the perfect opportunity. The glass comes in so many different shades and sizes. They look a lot like naturally occurring stones or crystals which makes them perfect for creating geodes. You don’t have to stop at geodes with them though! These pieces add texture and dimension to any art project! Because you’ll be adding the glass to the coasters you will want to add a final “flood coat” of Artist Resin once they have cured. Simply allow the coasters to cure for 24 hours and then mix up a batch of Artist Resin and apply your final coat. If you aren’t sure how much resin you’ll need for this project (or any project) you can use our Resin Calculator to help you out!
Poinsettias are a classic holiday tradition and they don’t have to stop at Christmas. Many of us like to display them through the winter holidays. For that reason these coasters make great gifts for your loved ones and great additions to your shop! The beautiful leaf napkin holders that Meg makes look just like poinsettia leaves and, as she suggests, the rings and the coasters together make a fabulous set that is perfect for gifting!
Poinsettia Coaster Supply List
- Floral silicone molds (4)
- Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin
- Painted Glass (Bronze)
- Mica Powder (Autumn Spice and Flaxen Gold)
- Dispersion Color (Freedom Red)
- Alcohol Ink (Brea Reese Crimson and Tim Holtz Red Pepper)
- White Armor Art
- Glitter (Sunfire and Moondust)
- Mixing Cups (6)
- Mixing Sticks
- Tray (to set your coaster molds on while pouring and curing)
Step by Step Instructions
- Before getting started Meg prepped her molds by using packing tape to remove any debris from the molds. This is a good idea especially if you are using them for the first time.
- Next mix enough Artist Resin to fill 4 molds. Be sure to follow the instructions on the container and mix thoroughly. When the resin is combined separate it into 6 cups and get ready to add the pretty stuff!
- For the first cup add a few drops of the Freedom Red Dispersion color and mix well. Then add a bit of Moon Dust glitter and mix again.
- In the second cup add a few drops of the Brea Reese Crimson and a tiny bit of Tim Holtz Red Pepper and combine well.
- For the third cup add Autumn Spice Mica Powder and mix.
- In the fourth cup add Sunfire Glitter and mix.
- In the fifth cup add just a tiny bit of Flaxen Gold Mica Powder and combine.
- For the last cup add a few drops of white Armor Art and mix.
- Start by pouring the contents of cup 2 (the alcohol inks) around the edge of the coaster mold. Next pour a thinner ring of Autumn Spice mix inside the first one. Then add a ring of the Sunfire glitter mix. Finally, flood the center of the mold with the contents of cup 1 (Freedom red with Moon Dust). Next, put a little of the resin combined with Flaxen Gold on the end of a mixing stick. Starting at the center drag it out towards the edge of the mold. Repeat this a few times to streak your resin.
- Now repeat the same method with your resin combined with Armor Art.
- Next, add a dollop of the Sunfire glitter mix to the center of the mold.
- Use a toothpick to spread your white Armor Art out from the center and spread your colors a bit.
- Finally, add the Bronze Painted Glass to the center of the coaster.
- Repeat these steps with the remaining coaster molds.
- Allow the coasters to cure for 24 hours before applying a flood coat of Artist Resin.
The Wrap Up…
We hope you love these festive coasters as much as we do! They look like so much fun to create and the results are beautiful! We have a lot of exciting things in the works for you with Meg but while you’re waiting be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and you can check out her Facebook group, Curious Crafters. Meg is so generous with her time and talent so you can also find her doing tutorials and answering questions in our Counter Culture DIY Artist Support group! We love to see what you create so if you try these coasters and post them on your Instagram page be sure to tag us with #counterculturediy. Happy creating!
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