How to Preserve Flowers in Resin For Beginners

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Posted on June 2, 2021 by Jasmin Bryant
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Have you been watching all the TikTok videos of those gorgeous preserved flowers encased in resin and thought to yourself, “I wanna do that… but how?” Don’t worry, friends, today is the day you learn it.

Your project can be big or small, and the steps stay the same. I’m going to take you through three pieces that are all very different, but easy enough for a beginner.

First things first, choose your epoxy resin.  Depending on where you are in the world, there are a lot of great options. I’m in the USA, so for projects that have to be 100% clear and free from pesky microbubbles, I typically choose Hard Cast or Culture Cast from Counter Culture DIY, Unicone or SuperClear DeepPour.  You also want to make sure you have the proper personal protection equipment, or PPE.  Safety is number 1!

Choose your flowers

For these projects, I’m using roses, baby’s breath and greenery.

I picked up a few bouquets from Trader Joe’s for a great price.  When you’re just starting out, don’t spend a fortune on flowers.  As you grow and scale in experience, you can do the same with floral quality. 

Buy silica gel or silica sand

This is key when it comes to drying flowers whole.  I won’t get into pressing flowers in this article… we  can save that for another day.  Your flowers HAVE to be completely dry.  Moisture and resin do not mix.

You can get silica gel from Amazon or your local craft store. I usually get a 5 pound bag for about $25.  I use a deep plastic shoe box to dry the flowers.  When you get the flowers home, cut the buds off the stems.  Try not to leave a lot of stem on the flower head. Now, it’s time to place the flowers in the box and cover with silica gel.

Make sure you follow the instructions for the flowers you’re using.  Some need a day, others up to 10.  If you leave the flowers in too long, they fall apart. If you don’t leave them in long enough, they will rot in resin.

Pro tip: For roses, I take out a lot of the interior petals so they dry better and look prettier in the resin.

Pick your mold

I chose three different molds for this article.  I have a small star and a crescent moon essential oils bottle folder from PoodleMolds and a 6in x 6in x 2in square from Alpaca and Jellyfish Molds.

Now that you have your molds, grab your flowers.  I like to place the flowers in spots first, so I can see what the finished product might look like.

Mix your resin according to the directions.

For the star, I decided to use some baby’s breath so it would spread out through the points.  For flowers, I usually use a slow curing casting resin so it doesn’t burn the buds.  If you’re making something functional like coasters or tray, I recommend a topcoat with a harder, heat resistant resin after the casting resin cures.  I poured this star in two layers, so I could have a glittery bottom.

The moon was a lot of fun because it’s a little flatter than the star.  Remember those rose petals we pulled out?  If you dry those too, you have flat pieces for thinner molds.  For this, I recommend pouring a shallow clear coat of resin and letting it cure before adding the petals. The reason I do this, is to keep the surface bubbles to a minimum.

I find flat flowers trap air bubbles, which are a pain to dome later.  The second layer is to lay down the flower petals. You don’t want to fill the mold yet, because flowers tend to float up and you don’t want to have them stick out of the finished product. In this case, my third layer is silver and purple glitter from Counter Culture DIY.   You could keep it all clear, but I thought the color would really make the flowers pop.

Now for the big boy! This square takes roughly 40 ounces of resin! You don’t want to get things wrong.

For these flowers, you can place them upside down or right-side up.  Ideally, you would place them upside down because the mold is shiny and that will be the best looking side … however, I knew I would have to dome it, so it didn’t matter. Plus, I feel like I can control the bubbles more when I can see the open parts of the flower. Make sure your mold is deep enough for what you’re trying to do. 

I poured this is 4 or 5 layers because I didn’t use a deep pouring resin.  Most casting and artist resins only take a max depth of ½ inch.  Please make sure to cover your pieces, so dust, hair or bugs don’t ruin them.

Of course the fun part … demolding the pieces to enjoy! Happy creating!


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Wendy Boulay

June 2, 2021

This is perfect! I just started dabbling in resin crafting and can now try this too!

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Jasmin Bryant

June 2, 2021

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Thank you, Wendy! I’m glad you enjoyed the content. Congrats on starting a resin journey :)
What sorts of things are you planning to do?


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