DIY Dried Flower Coasters

Time: 20 minutes + 24 hour dry time
Materials: wood slices, dried flowers, epoxy resin, wax paper

DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)

I know I’ve kept you in suspense since sharing how to press flowers, but today is the big reveal! This may just be my most time consuming project to date, but I think the wait was worth it. But then again, I may be biased on this one!

DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)You can dry your own flowers following this tutorial (does take 4-6 weeks). The wood slices were cut from a dead tree branch then sanded. If you don’t have access to a saw and need to buy yours, try Etsy.
DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)I pressed my flowers for 6 weeks and am really happy with the way they turned out. For this project, you’ll want the flowers to be as flat as possible. The best results were achieved with the rose petals, hydrangea, and leaf.

DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)Place your wood slices on wax paper then position your dried flowers how you want them to be (they will be permanently sealed). Mix your resin together according to the instructions then pour over your coasters, covering the entire surface.

Let sit for about 10 minutes then carefully move to a clean sheet of wax paper. If any resin hardens around the base, it will not be easily removed. You may have to transfer the coasters to a new sheet one more time to avoid any buildup around the base. Let cure for 24-72 hours then enjoy!

DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)

DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)

DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)

DIY Dried Flower Coasters (click through for tutorial!)


  • I am obsessed with these! About how thick are your slices?

    • Oh yay, thanks Kelly! The slices are just under 1/2″. I hope you give these a try :)

      • Ruth Sligh

        I have a shortcut for drying flowers that takes about 5 days. I have been drying flowers for years this way. You use Cream of Wheat DRY pour out of the box . Put a layer of CRW in the bottom of cake pan, bowls or what have you. Then lay your flowers out. I like Orchids just before they start to curl up and fall off the plant.. Then pour a layer just to completely cover the flower for 5 days and it preserves the color very nicely also! You can use wildflowers, mostly flat flowers work well, pansies, any flower you can buy @ nursery. Minature roses work but they arrenʻt flat and they take longer. Try it it work wonders Ruth Sligh

  • allthingspaper

    So pretty and useful. And I’m uber-impressed with your evenly sawed slices. :)

  • Whaaaaaaaaaat! I can’t believe how amazing this is. They’re GORGEOUS, Rachel!

    • Amy! Thank you so much! I have to give all the credit to the flowers and wood slices though :)

  • These are pretttyyyyy!

  • holy smokes. these are sooo pretty! you are so talented and crafty, rachel! ^__^

  • lauraimurray

    So pretty! Totally worth getting resin in you’re hair :D

  • LOVE them so much!
    I’ve been trying to make coasters with resin with plant life but the exothermic heat keeps burning all the colour out of fresh foliage! Did you have any trouble with this Rachel?

    • Yay, thank you so much!

      I did not! But I used dried/pressed flowers so they had lost a bit of their coloring before starting. I did notice that orange did not work so well, but I think it’s just because it blended in with the color of the wood slice :)

      I really hope it works for ya, can’t wait to see them!

      • Thanks Rachel, I’m just glad to know natural materials actually work. I could also have added to much catalyst which I think tends to make it very hot.
        One day I will get it right!!!

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  • Amanda

    I love these! Hopefully I can find some flowers to press over the winter…

    • Oh I hope so too Amanda! Your grocery store should hopefully have some. And if not, I think you could even buy pressed flowers on Etsy. Best of luck!

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  • Debra Dequardo Beltran

    How do you cover both sides of the coaster with the resin? Meaning, do I complete one side and wait a couple of drying time days, and then turn over and cover the other side? I probably answered my own question, but would like your advice too. Very, very pretty craft.

    • Thank you so much Debra!

      Yes, if you wanted to seal the bottoms as well, that’s what I’d recommend! I accidentally applied too much on top, so it poured over the sides and seeped underneath. I had to keep moving them to clean wax paper throughout so they wouldn’t stick, but in the process, it coated the bottoms (not a clean/smooth coat though).

      I’d love to hear how this project turns out for you–keep me posted :)

      • Debra Dequardo Beltran

        Thank you Rachael for the reply and direction. Cheers!

  • kowgirl

    so, if you pour the resin over the wood slice, are you completely coating the sides? They look so pretty and we have a LOT of downed trees :-)

    • Some resin will pour over the sides, so they do get covered! You can always use a brush to fully cover the sides once the top is set too.

  • Tina Cooley Edmondson

    Can this be done with fake flowers? I’d love to make these for my mother’s birthday but it’s two weeks away!

    • Tina, I am SO sorry I missed this comment! I would image fake flower would work too, as long as they lay flat. Perhaps you could make this for a holiday gift?

  • twinmommy

    I began drying the flowers almost 3 weeks ago, I’ve picked out my wood and now I need to buy the epoxy. You show the smaller 8oz box how many coasters will that box make? I’m trying to decide what size box I need.

    • Oh how exciting! And I used half a bottle for 5 coasters but ended up having a LOT left over. I could’ve probably make 10 more, so I’d say you could probably make about 30 with the set I have pictured. A little bit goes a long way :)

      Can’t wait to hear how they turn out!

  • twinmommy

    Ok so the wood absorbed the epoxy and my flowers and leaves are not adhered.please give me any suggestions you have! This is a Christmas gift for my Mom and I would be absolutely heartbroken if I couldn’t give them to her!

    • Oh no, that should not be happening! Did you mix the two parts together according to the instructions? Also, how long did you let the resin mixture set? Could take anywhere from 24-72 hours to harden.

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  • mrs.fisher

    So pretty, what a great idea. I made some for my mom and she loved them! My husband had an idea to lightly press three thumb tacks in the back so that they weren’t touching the wax paper. It worked out great, i dint have to move them around at all. Then to cover the holes on the back i spray adhesive some felt on the back. Thanks for all the crafty ideas

    • OMG YES! I am so happy to hear that the project went well for you. And I love the idea of resting them on thumb tacks. Absolutely brilliant– thanks for sharing :)

  • Erin Walls

    Do I need to preserve the wood first I know that’s probably a weird question but I’ve never used resin before

    • Nope! I would just make sure that it’s fully dry so that you don’t run into any warping issues!

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  • Kat

    These are so beautiful. Can I use fresh petals?

  • Larissa

    Can you put hot drinks on these?

  • Eda

    Finally got all the materials, so going to try these today. can’t wait to see what mine are going to look like as I LOVE how yours came out

  • Katie Dunne

    Hello! I’m going to try these with autumn leaves. I wondered if it would be best to cover the wood with a layer of resin first, then put the leaf on, then cover it with resin? I wondered if it might help preserve the leaf. What do you think?! Thanks! :) PS thank you for the amazing idea!

    • Hi Katie! No need to have to do that! The coat of resin will preserve the leave for you, so you can do about the tutorial as suggested :)

  • Sydney Clement

    Do you have to apply epoxy to the sides and bottom? If so, is there a preferred way of going about this?

  • Kelsey DIY

    It’s really a good idea in your diy tutorial. I made frames most, never thought of making a wood one.

  • Vina Chetri

    Hi, I am so glad to have found you! I have had the idea of using local flowers for coasters and other ideas. I wanted to use other materials than wood for the coasters, but don’t know what would be ideal to use with the epoxy resin. Any ideas?

    • Hi Vina! You can use almost any material. I’ve tried this on bathroom tile and it works as well. Can’t wait to hear how yours turn out!

  • Hollie Gilbert

    Hi! I just made mine, but I don’t think they’re right. They’ve been sitting for 3 days already after applying the resin. Are they supposed to still be shiny when finished?

    • Oh no! Has the resin hardened fully or was it sticky for a few days? There should be some shine because it’ll similar to a hardened plastic.

      • Hollie Gilbert

        It’s still sticky! I’m wondering if I should buy more resin and put it over it again. Some parts of the coasters seemed to have dried completely. No shine at all, but I don’t think that’s right.

        • That’s what I was afraid of :( my guess is that something was a little off with the ratio of the mixture because it should’ve dried within 24 hours. I don’t think pouring more over will help and I am so so sorry!

  • Elly Clifton

    Hi! I’m a bit late to the discussion, but I’m hoping you’ll see my question and have some ideas for resolving my problems. I’ve been putting resin over dried flowers for a little while now, but I have found that the resin turns the purple flowers green. Have you noticed this and do you have any tips on keeping the purples, purple?

    • Oooo interesting! I still have my coasters, and the leaves are still purple, so I’m not entirely sure what might be happening with yours. Are the flowers completely dry when using? I know they tend to change pigment during that process, so I’m thinking that might be a factor? Sorry I don’t have more of a definite answer for you!