DIY: Resin Paperweights
Create show-stopping resin paperweights with Clear Polyester Casting Resin. Try embedding dandelions, succulents and more with crystal clear results.
Hi, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft! Resin paperweights are so cool and easy to make. They are a great way to make something personal and make a great gift idea. You can embed just about anything in resin. Have you played around with resin yet? This is a great project to start with. Resin Paperweights are a great conversation piece in any room.
- Clear Polyester Casting Resin
- Mixing cups
- Polyester Casting Resin Molds
- Mold Release
- Items to embed
(examples: dandelion, succulent, fossils and wasp paper)
f you’ve never worked with Polyester Casting Resin before, checkout the below video. This transparent casting material gives much clearer, more UV stable results than a standard 1 to 1 epoxy can.
How to Make Resin Paperweights
Read the resin instructions. Make sure you have everything you need ready to go.
Read the instructions again. Then mix the resin according to the package directions. Spray molds with Mold Release. Pour about 1/4 inch in each mold and let it set until it reaches a gel like consistency (it took me about an hour or 2).
Then gently set the item in the gelled resin face down. You will notice that the fresh vegetation (ie: succulent and dandelion) discolor after hardening.
Let the resin sit another couple hours. Then mix up some more resin and pour it over the top to fill the mold. Let it cure for a week or so. Then pop it out and enjoy your paperweights! You’ll see the green color of the succulent has reduced. But it’s still really cool!
Dandelion Bloom Embedded Paperweight
Next I did the same technique with a full dandelion bloom. Just gently set it in the gelled resin…and let it sit for a while.
Then fill the mold with more resin to encase the rest of the dandelion. The dandelion held perfectly, just pour the resin in on the side and let it fill in the spaces around the wisps. The resin is gentle enough not to ruffle a feather as it fills in around the object.
It is so amazing! I love that it is a complete blossom of seeds in there!
Wasp Paper Paperweight
Next I used some wasp paper… it has the coolest zebra-striped patterns.
I filled the mold with about a half inch of resin, slipped a piece of wasp paper right on top and then gently pushed with a stick to get the paper in half way.
Let it dry and pop it out!
Fossil Embedded Resin Paperweights
The last one are these cool fossils. They are called Crinoids…they look like little screws and machine parts, but they are primitive animal, similar to a sea star. I just dropped them in after the resin set to a gel consistency. See how they are just floating on the resin? Perfect.
I filled it up; these little tiny fossils are so delicate that it would be easy for them to break, so this is a great solution to enjoy them.
After a couple hours, I poured more resin on them to cover them completely.
Let them harden completely. A good way to know if they are hard is that they will not smell like resin at all. And trust me, this stuff smells. Work in the garage or well ventilated area.
Now enjoy your paperweights! Give them as gifts, encase things that are important to keep. Maybe get crazy and encase baby teeth, your first house key, even candy.
Natalie Shaw is a Craft/DIY blogger at Doodlecraftblog.com. She loves sci-fi, fantasy and video game geekery and that comes out in many of her projects. She posts budget conscious DIY’s, crafts, jewelry, kid friendly projects, upcycled treasures and other fun on her blog 5 days a week.