I have had my wedding bouquet in our loft on ‘display’ since we got back from our Honeymoon in August as I tried to figure out what I wanted to do with it. I had pressed flowers in the past, so I didn’t want to just add to that collection, but I didn’t just want to toss the thing. I have of course, kept the ribbon that hung from it, but what to do with the petals….
In December, I used some of the elements to make a sweet ornament for us to hang on our tree every year. It was perfect and I adored it, but what else….
I found some resin molds and decided this would be the perfect way to keep some of the remaining pieces and even something I could pass down eventually.
Resin is a clear liquid that when used in a casting action, acts like glue in creating a plastic element that hardens at room temperature into the shape it is left in. Basically you mix two liquids, let it sit in a selected mold and it hardens. The fun thing about this element is that it is also self leveling so you don’t have to worry about that piece.
I chose to make two jewelry boxes and a tray using my left over florals. If I had known this was something I had planned to do, I would have dried my bouquet flat/pressed rather than the typical upside-down route, but it all worked out!
I prepped my three molds with the florals that I had chosen for each.
Circular Jewelry Box Mold – with the natural curves of this mold, it was easy to wrap leaves without them crumbling. You have to be patient and be delicate as you add each piece as the dried flowers are fragile.
Square Jewelry Box Mold – The harsher corners on the square makes it harder to wrap continuously around the mold. I chose to crush the rose petals into this mold for a different look.
Tray Mold – I selected a few large florals that worked well in this space and laid them into the open tray how best fit. Know that when adding the resin, the florals, things will slightly shift (you are essentially adding fluid after all).
Prepping the molds prior to prepping the resin, allowed me to take my time with placement and not feel the rush, but rather get things the way I would want. I highly recommend prepping this way to avoid that extra pressure.
Follow the directions listed on your resin that you purchased (some may vary). Take your time and mix throughly to avoid air bubbles forming and slowly pour the mixture into your molds. I recommend wearing gloves as an extra safety precaution.
After you are complete, the molds will need to sit for a few days, so make sure you have them in a space where they can sit and not be in the way. I also placed a garbage bag under my molds and thankfully I did as the tray mold, I accidentally overloaded and had some spilling over the mold walls.
Once the resin is fully dry, the completed pieces easily pop out of the molds for you!
This is such a cool way to keep something special in a usable and practical way! I hope this inspires you!