Hi everyone! Unless you’re some super human/most amazing child, you may be having trouble finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift this year. Unfortunately I am one of those last minute shopper but this year I can’t really hop over to the mall down the street to pick out something my mom would love. This has forced me to get creative with gift giving.making. I stumbled upon this DIY resin flower tray and honestly ITS TO DIE FOR. I’m making an extra one for myself!
All you need for this is your preference of flowers to sprinkle petals to transform a simple tray into a one-of-a-kind decorative piece. Create a floral arrangement that speaks to you or that your mom would love—be it the shape of an initial or a sprawling bouquet—then coat in resin and let air dry, and get ready to serve up breakfast in bed.
At a glance:
Time: 1 hour, plus drying time
You will need:
- Clear casting epoxy resin (used an 8-ounce kit including resin and hardener)
- One clear mixing cup (at least 8 ounces)
- Two 2-ounce cups (for measuring)
- One white, non-porous, non-cloth tray (ours measured 13¾ x 9¾ inches)
- Pressed flowers
- Small glue dots
- Wooden mixing sticks
- Parchment paper
Step 1: Arrange the flower
First, lay out the pressed flowers on your tray. You can try lining them up neatly by color, creating a wreath design, or just scattering them about, which every design you’ve envisioned. When you’re happy with your floral arrangement, add glue dots to the backs of the flowers to secure them to your tray. This will prevent them from shifting when you pour the resin!
Step 2: Mix the resin
Next, you’ll want to line your workspace with parchment paper to protect it from drips. Then, transfer the resin and hardener to two separate cups, so that you have 2 ounces of resin and 2 ounces of hardener. After, pour both the resin and hardener into your clear mixing cup and stir with a wooden stick, following the manufacturer’s instructions for exact mixing time as well as safety precautions. Remember to scrape the sides of your mixing cup as you stir so the resin mixes evenly. TIP: It is recommend to start with 4 ounces of mixture to avoid wasting any resin. You can always mix more later if needed!!
Step 3: Pour the resin into the tray
After, pour the resin into the bottom of your tray. Work in small batches to help prevent overflow or excess.
Step 4: Spread the resin mixture
You’ll want to carefully tilt your tray in all directions until the resin has reached all four walls of the tray. Gently blow on the resin to remove any bubbles. If you need more resin to fully cover your pressed flowers, whip up a new batch as you did in step 2, and add it on top of your first layer. You’ll want to do this quickly before the first layer of resin starts to set. TIP: If your flowers begin to drift as you’re spreading the resin mixture, gently glide them back into place with your wooden stick to put them back into place.
Step 5: Let the resin cure
Set your tray on a level surface away from dust, kids, any pets, etc. and let it cure for at least 24 hours, (or the time indicated in your resin package’s instructions). Once it’s completely dry, you’ll have a tray befitting a lovely, leisurely breakfast in bed!
Photos and project by Bobbie Gossage