DIY Resin Bookmarks: Pressed Flowers in Your Fiction!
These DIY resin bookmarks are a delightfully easy make once you know how, and there are endless possibilities to be explored with pressed flowers, glitter and gold leaf. Check out Penelope Quinn’s step-by-step tutorial below, and make a few to give to people you love as handmade gifts for them to cherish… or to your little ones, as special treasures to encourage them to spend more time reading!
DIY Resin Bookmarks Tutorial:
You Will Need:
- Resin and hardener
- Pressed flowers
- Disposable mixing dishes
- Wooden stirrers
- A resin bookmark mould
- Resin dye if you would like different colours
- A measuring spoon (I used a teaspoon)
First, mix two parts resin, to one part hardener (or follow your manufacturer’s instructions). Scrape as much of the resin off the spoon as you can – if the ratio of resin to hardener isn’t right, your bookmarks won’t set properly. As our bookmarks are quite small, I made up about 3 teaspoons worth. Wipe your spoon with a paper towel as soon as you finish, and always wear gloves when mixing resin.
Mix the resin and hardener well for about two minutes with a wooden stirrer. If you like, you can also add some resin dye. I used mica powder – you only need the tiniest bit! Mix in well.
Make sure your mould is free from dust, and start placing your pressed flowers into each mould.
You can leave as is, or decorate further with gold leaf flakes, glitter and sequins. Get as creative as you like!
Slowly pour your resin into each mould. Start from one end and gently make your way off, being careful not to overfill. Scrape down any resin that’s spilled onto the mould. Tap gently a few times to get rid of any air bubbles.
To add another colour for a gradient effect, pour a few drops of red on one end, then pour over with clear resin. You can also use your stirrer to move around the resin.
Leave for 24 hours – it’s a good idea to put a bucket or lid over the top of them while they’re setting so no dust or hair gets stuck.
Add a piece of embroidery thread for decoration. If your mould doesn’t have holes already, you can make holes in the set resin with an electric screwdriver.
Your DIY resin bookmarks are complete! Time to place them inside the covers of your favourite books and get to reading… or simply gift them to loved ones! If you’d like to know how to press your own flowers at home, so you can use these in your project, check out our article right here.