Make Colorful Coasters with Spare Buttons and Beads

I received some good comments from folks excited to try my Button Art on a Canvas tutorial. And I do have to say that making it was super fun. So, another idea with the same technique popped into my head not long ago.

Why not do the same bead and button mosaic collage thing, but put resin over it? Sounds like a good idea, right?

So that is what I have done. And I will show you the step by step photos of how.

Step 1

Cover the bottom of your jar lid (I bought mine on Amazon) with gel glue. The clear gel glue takes a lot longer to dry so you will have time to move things around if you need it.

Step 2

Start adding buttons in your lid.

Use various sizes of buttons to fill in spaces, but leave some room between them for the beads.

Step 3

Grab your seed beads and sprinkle several of them into your lid.

Step 4

Use a toothpick, or anything like that, to move the beads around and into the spaces between the buttons instead of on them.

Fill up all the spaces between the buttons with the seed beads you have.

Step 5

The last thing to add, if you have them, is micro beads. Micro-beads are tiny little colored balls that will fit in any space remaining. Just sprinkle them on. If you don't have any, your coaster will still turn out cool.

Let everything dry.

Step 6

Mix some resin up as per directions on the bottle - tho its usually always half resin and half hardener. You then stir it for two minutes and let it settle for a couple minutes.

Once that is done, pour the resin into your lid,

I filled mine so that the resin was about 1/4 inch over the buttons.

Step 7

As you can see in the photo above, there are some bubbles along the side. More bubbles surfaced as it filled up the little spaces within the buttons.

Pop the bubbles by using a toothpick or anything pointy. You can also take a heavy breath on to them. You want hot breath verses blowing.

Let your button coasters cure.

And now check out mine!

As I’ve mentioned before I love lots of bright color, so I made a rainbow set of coasters. What do you think?

They’re even stackable!

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