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Crafting Resin Paperweights: A Step-by-Step DIY Guide

Embarking on a creative journey, crafting resin paperweights can be both enjoyable and rewarding. This comprehensive DIY guide not only introduces you to the world of epoxy crafting but also offers a thoughtful way to create personalized gifts for your loved ones.

Another fantastic crafting gift idea is a resin phone case.

Supplies You’ll Need:

Gather the following materials to begin your resin paperweight project:

  • Clear casting epoxy
  • Mold release spray
  • Resin paperweight molds
  • Stir stick
  • Items to embed
  • Mixing cups
  • Measuring cups
  • Gloves
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paper towel

Before diving in, carefully read the epoxy resin instructions and ensure all materials are on hand.

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Preparation Steps:

1. Personal Protection:

Prioritize safety by wearing gloves and, if possible, a respirator to shield against resin fumes. Adequate ventilation in the workspace is essential, achieved through open doors or windows or a circulating fan.

man wearing a respirator mixing resin in a cup

2. Cover the Working Surface:

Safeguard your workspace by covering it with paper secured with painter’s tape. This not only protects surfaces but simplifies cleanup in case of any spills.

3. Determine Epoxy Amount:

Understand the amount of epoxy required by filling molds with water and measuring. This helps in estimating the necessary resin and hardener quantities.

Clean & Dry Molds:

Prepare molds by cleaning them with a petroleum jelly-soaked paper towel, followed by a release agent. Silicone molds may skip this step as epoxy doesn’t adhere to them.

Steps for Crafting Resin Paperweights:

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1. Measure & Mix Resin:

Using separate measuring cups, measure equal parts of resin and hardener. Combine them in a mixing cup, stirring until a gel-like consistency is achieved. Remove air bubbles with a butane torch or heat gun.

2. Pour Mixture into Mold:

Pour the epoxy mixture into molds slowly to avoid trapping bubbles. Allow it to cure to a jelly-like form for 15-60 minutes, depending on room temperature. Pop any bubbles with a lighter.

3. Add Inserts:

Place decorations in the center of the molds after pouring a small amount of epoxy. Pour a second layer of epoxy over the inserts, ensuring they are not too close to the edges.

4 .Second Layer of Epoxy:

Clean and dry cups, then mix another batch of epoxy. Pour it over the top to fill the molds, pressing down any floating inserts with a stir stick. Cure the paperweights.

5. Let It Cure:

Allow paperweights to cure for 24 to 72 hours, considering factors like mold size and resin type. Ensure proper ventilation during the curing process.

6. Un-Mold Your Paperweights:

Gently remove fully cured paperweights from molds. Trim excess, sand the back, and address imperfections. For a polished finish, use resin polish and a soft cloth.


Customize your paperweights as unique gifts for friends, family, or co-workers. With this guide, you’re well-equipped to embark on your resin crafting journey and create personalized, aesthetically pleasing paperweights.

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How to enclose items in resin paperweights?

Fill molds halfway with clear epoxy, arrange items, and fill the mold to the top.

Can fresh flowers be put in resin paperweights?

No, dry flowers thoroughly before embedding them in resin to prevent browning and rot.

How to prevent floating flowers and leaves in resin paperweights?

Pour epoxy in layers, allowing time for each layer to partially set before adding more items.

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