Resin Coasters DIY For Beginners

DIY Resin Coasters For Beginners that are surprisingly easy to make with pretty Damask Chipboard.


Today is our first Int'l Bloggers Club challenge of 2021 and the theme is I Love Resin. Which I do and have been admiring resin art on Pinterest for years. But the truth is, I've never made anything with resin in my life. Never, not even a paperweight in grade school.



So to say I was a little nervous about our theme this month would be an understatement. But I'm always up for a challenge and decided to dip my feet into the resin pool with something simple. And if you too have never made anything with resin, I'll show you how easy it was to make these drink coasters.



These DIY Resin Coasters with a pretty Damask pattern are an easy resin craft for beginners and you'll have unique drink coasters you can be proud of.

DIY Resin Coasters For Beginners

If you haven't heard of our Int'l Bloggers Club, we are a group of blogging friends from around the globe who come together on the third Monday of every month to share a themed DIY project. We have members from Spain, South Africa, Australia, the USA, and Canada. The theme for our last challenge in 2020 was Christmas where I made a Scrap Wood Scandinavian Village.



After taking down Christmas and packing away the DIY Ornament Coasters, I realized the ones we use year-round were looking a little worse for wear. That's when inspiration struck for this month's challenge to replace them with unique handmade resin coasters.



These DIY Resin Coasters with a pretty Damask pattern are an easy resin craft for beginners and you'll have unique drink coasters you can be proud of.

The biggest challenge for this resin craft was finding the supplies I needed during a lockdown. After a few failed attempts at finding supplies for other coaster ideas I had swirling around in my head, I managed to find these at Michaels for curbside pickup.



These DIY Resin Coasters with a pretty Damask pattern are an easy resin craft for beginners and you'll have unique drink coasters you can be proud of.

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I was instantly smitten when I saw the pretty damask chipboard sampler on the website and knew it would be so pretty set inside the resin. My choice for resin was limited to this fast cure kit but there are many other choices like these clear casting resin kit alternatives.



Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to make the DIY resin drink coasters, almost all of the DIY projects shared here at Interior Frugalista have step-by-step tutorials so why not get your budget DIY on and subscribe. You can also follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.



Okay, let's get started.



How To Cut Damask Chipboard For DIY Coasters

I used my Cricut Machine to cut the damask chipboard shapes for the silicone coaster molds. But if you don't have a cutting machine you can trace the shapes onto the chipboard and cut them with a straight edge and sharp craft knife.



These DIY Resin Coasters with a pretty Damask pattern are an easy resin craft for beginners and you'll have unique drink coasters you can be proud of.

Cricut Machine Set-Up

  • First, make sure you have the knife blade in your Cricut Machine.
  • Next, move the white star wheels on the roller all the way to the right otherwise they may leave an imprint on the chipboard material.


These DIY Resin Coasters with a pretty Damask pattern are an easy resin craft for beginners and you'll have unique drink coasters you can be proud of.

Cutting Mat Preparation

It is recommended you use a strong grip mat for cutting chipboard but I spared the expense of buying one and tried the standard grip mat and it worked just fine.



These DIY Resin Coasters with a pretty Damask pattern are an easy resin craft for beginners and you'll have unique drink coasters you can be proud of.

Set a sheet of chipboard onto the cutting mat and use a brayer to get a firm bond between the chipboard and the mat's adhesive surface. It's important that you secure the chipboard to the mat with masking tape or painter's tape, making sure not to tape over the cutting surface area.



These DIY Resin Coasters with a pretty Damask pattern are an easy resin craft for beginners and you'll have unique drink coasters you can be proud of.

Create Coaster Shapes In Design Space

  • In Cricut Design Space open a new project.
  • Click on the shapes icon on the left menu.
  • We'll be using a circle, square, and hexagon shape.
  • Adjust the size of the circle and square shapes to 3.5 inches.
  • For the hexagon shape adjust the width ONLY to 4.0 inches and let the length adjust accordingly so it retains the correct shape. Ask me how I know. 😉
  • If you plan on having a different Damask pattern for each coaster, like I did, then you'll have to cut each shape separately.
  • Press the make it button and let the cutting begin.


These DIY Resin Coasters with a pretty Damask pattern are an easy resin craft for beginners and you'll have unique drink coasters you can be proud of.

Now here's where you can get all fancy-schmancy and have the damask pattern line up perfectly center within each shape. In the Design Space cutting mat screen, move the shape on the mat to best align with the damask pattern. You'll have to do some measuring here. I on the other hand was too lazy and just let the pattern fall where it may.



  • Once you have the shape aligned on the cutting mat, press the Browse All Materials on the top right.
  • Select the Chipboard 1.5mm option.
  • Then click the Done button.
  • Feed the mat into the Cricut machine and press the cut button.
  • Note that the blade will make several passes when cutting the chipboard.
  • It's a good idea to babysit the cutting process in case anything goes array. Mine cut perfectly every.single.time.


These DIY Resin Coasters with a pretty Damask pattern are an easy resin craft for beginners and you'll have unique drink coasters you can be proud of.

Now we're ready to start playing with some resin!



How To Make Resin Coasters

Before we begin, check to make sure your work surface is perfectly level or you'll risk having slanted coasters.



The resin in my kit was enough to make three coasters with a teensy bit leftover. Unfortunately, I didn't have any silicone molds in my stash other than an ice cube tray. Not letting anything go to waste around here I made faux ice cubes for blog photo props with the leftover resin.



These DIY Resin Coasters with a pretty Damask pattern are an easy resin craft for beginners and you'll have unique drink coasters you can be proud of.

Here's what you'll need to prepare the resin for pouring.



These DIY Resin Coasters with a pretty Damask pattern are an easy resin craft for beginners and you'll have unique drink coasters you can be proud of.

It's important that you use equal parts of resin and hardener. If you use red solo cups like I did, I recommend you double them up for added strength.


  • Pour all of the resin in the Part A Bottle into a cup.
  • Add the contents of the hardener in the Part B Bottle into the cup.
  • For crystal clear resin this next step is very important. Stir the resin for three minutes, scraping the sides and the bottom of the cup.
  • Remove any particles that may have settled inside the silicone molds by tipping them upside down and blowing into them. Do the same on the chipboard shapes too.
  • Pour some of the resin into each silicone mold until it fills the side cavities and thinly covers the center.
  • Remove any air bubbles by blowing into a straw or heat gun set on low. I found the latter to work much better.
  • Set the chipboard shapes (good side down) into the center of each mold.
  • Pour more resin over the top of the chipboard about 1/4-inch deep.
  • With a stir stick lightly press the chipboard down so they are completely submerged in the resin.
  • Remove any air bubbles with the heat gun.


These DIY Resin Coasters with a pretty Damask pattern are an easy resin craft for beginners and you'll have unique drink coasters you can be proud of.

It's important that you cover the molds to prevent any particles in the air from settling on the resin. I had a plastic organizer nearby and grabbed one of the empty drawers. Use whatever you have handy that won't shed any particles.



These DIY Resin Coasters with a pretty Damask pattern are an easy resin craft for beginners and you'll have unique drink coasters you can be proud of.

Be forewarned, your coasters are going to need babysitting for a few hours. Why? Because those sneaky little damask chipboard shapes are going to want to slide off-center on you.



  • Set a timer for 30 minutes and with a stir stick carefully move the shapes back to the center again.
  • Remove any air bubbles that come up with the heat gun.
  • Set the timer for another 30 minutes and repeat the process.
  • Keep doing this for approximately two hours or until the resin starts to solidify and the chipboard no longer slides.
  • But once the resin starts to solidify hold your hands in the air and walk away! If you touch them you risk having permanent impressions etched on your pretty coasters.
  • Keep covered and let them cure for at least 5 hours or overnight (depending on the resin kit you purchased).
  • Remove the coasters from the silicone molds and gently smooth the bottoms by rubbing your finger or fine sandpaper along the edges to remove any bits.
  • Attach some clear vinyl pads to the bottom of each coaster.
  • Let the coasters cure for another 48 hours before setting drinks on them.


These DIY Resin Coasters with a pretty Damask pattern are an easy resin craft for beginners and you'll have unique drink coasters you can be proud of.

Enjoy your new coasters!



These DIY Resin Coasters with a pretty Damask pattern are an easy resin craft for beginners and you'll have unique drink coasters you can be proud of.

I was really nervous going into this resin project but was pleasantly surprised by how easy they were to make. They are not perfect as you can see there are some small air bubbles but practice makes perfect. This gave me the courage to maybe try geode coasters next with dye colors and glitter.



Thanks for stopping by the Interior Frugalista today. I hope you were inspired by the handmade resin coasters. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!



If you enjoyed these DIY resin drink coasters, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your DIY Home Decor or Resin Craft Ideas board on Pinterest.




Have you always wanted to try a resin craft but was a bit nervous? I will show you how easy it is to use resin and make your very own coasters. #resin #coasters #diy #crafts #handmade


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  1. The first time I ever tried resin I was petrified so I can relate to your nerves Marie. It seemed so terribly complicated and all that stirring and debubblyifying seemed like such a mission, but it's totally worth it. And I love how your coasters turned out. They'll last a very, very long time too. I can;t wait to see how your geodes turn out.

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    1. Oh Michelle, I am totally hooked now. I want to get all fancy with some colorful dyes, glitter, and interesting materials plus I need to amp my silicone mold supply. They ended up being a lot of fun.

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  2. You have thought of everything, Marie. Your step by step tutorial is right on point. I know what you mean about resin being intimidating. I was intimidated as well. BUT, it's so fun. I can't wait to try it again and making your coasters.
    Thanks for sharing your tutorial. Definitely pinned.

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    1. Right! I had so much fun that I made another set of coasters the next day so we had a complete set. I'm totally hooked now and can't wait to make more resin crafts. Thanks for your kind comments regarding the tutorial, they can be such a challenge to write.

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  3. Well, being your first attempt at resin you did a fabulous job. I and so impressed that you got that cricut out to cut your shapes, that was real good thinking. The design you chose was so pretty and I love the colour. Now for the ice cubes, that was just brilliant, I am also a waste not person so these gave me a good giggle.

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    1. Thank you Anita, it ended up being a lot of fun. So much fun that I made another set of coasters for a matching set the very next day. I'm on a mission to put that Cricut machine to good use in 2021 too. LOL

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  4. Those are really pretty Marie! I don't think I have ever made anything with resin either but have been thinking about trying it.

    Tania

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    1. Thanks Tania, it's so much easier than I thought. Now I want to up my resin game with resin dyes and glitter. But first I need to work on a silicone mold stock.

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  5. Those are so pretty, Marie! I've always wanted to try my hand with resin. I've used it in repair, but not for fun. One day!

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    1. Thank you! I'm totally hooked now and itching to make more resin crafts. Give it a whirl, I promise you'll have a lot of fun!

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  6. You are amazing, I am daunted by the fiddle faddle of my Silhouette, no patience, not to mention learning a new craft medium. Your coasters are so pretty and practical as well. Love the look Marie.

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    1. Oh Leanna, I am still very much daunted by the learning curve with my Cricut machine but knew it could cut the shapes much cleaner than I probably would by hand. I had so much fun making these that I made three more the next day so I had a complete set for our living room. I'm glad you like them!

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  7. Very creative Marie. I've never worked with resin before...you make it look doable. And I love your ice cubes! Great idea. Now I'll be looking for a few creative drink posts in the near future with ice cubes nearby. 😉

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    1. Ha ha ha...good idea! I was surprised how easy these were to make so now I want to up my resin game and play with resin dyes and such. Finger's crossed.

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  8. You absolutely nailed your first resin project Marie! I love the pattern you chose for the insert. These would make such lovely gifts too!

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    1. Thank you Sam, they were a lot of fun. So much so that I made three more the very next day!

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  9. Marie, I've wanted for ages now to try my hand at resin, but still not taking the plunge :) However, I hope I do one day and I thank you for sharing this. I pinned it!

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    1. Oh you definitely should try, Maya! I could see you making beautiful crochet florals and embedding them into resin. They have earring molds, gift tag molds, and so many others.

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  10. These are so pretty Marie! And isn’t resin amazing!?! I’ve mastered using it in silicone molds for furniture but when I tried it in a table top... 😬 yikes. You’ve inspired me to try again! 💙💙💙

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    1. One of my next goals is to try it for furniture appliques, so you're a step ahead of me. Pouring it over a table top is like a long term goal. LOL Glad you were inspired, Denise. xo

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  11. I really enjoy and admire resin crafts too but have always been too intimidated to try it myself-- which is weird considering my son made resin animal crafts for years and honestly if he could do it I'm sure I could too! These look so easy to make and I just love the patterned chipboard you were able to find. Pinned.

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    1. Joanne, if I could make these, you definitely can! I hope you give resin a try. Besides, you have an expert helper. Have fun!

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  12. Those are very pretty! I have wanted to try resin but I'm intimdated by it, lol!

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    1. Cheryl, if I could do it, you definitely can! I was very intimidated at first but was pleasantly surprised how easy it was. You'll be hooked after giving it a try.

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  13. Just so you know..... You write the best tutorials.
    I've always wanted to try resin, but never had the courage. I think starting with coasters is brilliant. Great job.
    Susie from Chelsea Project

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    1. Thank you for that, Susie, it's always a struggle to write them so I'm honored you feel that way about my tutorials. xo Girl, if I could make these resin coasters, you definitely can. It's surprisingly easy and now I'm totally hooked.

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  14. I have never used resin before, but really want to start using it. This was a great tutorial to start me of, thanks

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    1. I'm glad you found the tutorial helpful and inspiring to give resin a try. Thanks for popping over for a visit Natasha!

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  15. Love that paper you have there! I tried resin coasters several years ago, and after many rubbery failed attempts, I had success with a set of two, and have yet to venture back in, but what I did with scrapbook paper was I poured half of the resin mixture in the molds, and let it dry, then I placed the paper, and poured the rest of the resin mixture over. It was more difficult coming up with the mixture half at a time.

    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.com

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    1. Yes, I've heard that is one way of doing it and if you use a small kit like mine where you pour the entire contents of each bottle, the resin mixture will be consistent with each pour. The way I did it all in one shot does require some babysitting to keep the paper centered until it starts to set but I would imagine the same applies when doing the first stage of the two pour method. The one pour method is less time consuming and the coasters can be ready in as little as five hours (depending on the resin).

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  16. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

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    1. Thanks for partying with us, Marilyn, and have a great weekend!

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