Preserving Greens in Resin for Holiday Decor

Learn how to preserve natural flowers, evergreens or greenery in resin to create unique holiday decor this season.

DIFFICULTY: Beginner

Overview

Brittany from by Brittany Goldwyn created a beautiful holiday decor piece by preserving fresh evergreen cuttings in resin.

1

Paint the Wood Board

Prep your workspace by covering it with a protective material. For this project, I used a trash bag laid flat out over my table. Then I painted a plain shallow wooden tray black. I found this piece at a craft store. You can also make your own using scrap wood if you’d like. The important part is to make sure the tray has a lip to hold the resin in.

wooden board
2

Add Greenery

Clip evergreen leaves and dry them thoroughly. You can dry your evergreen cuttings in a dehydrator, pressed in a book, using a flower press, or by hanging them to dry. They must be totally dry before sealing in resin, though.

preserving greens
3

Add Holiday Letters

You can also choose a centerpiece for your project. I chose a “Happy Holidays” saying printed in gold metallic vinyl. You can use anything you’d like—or just use more leaves!

happy holidays words
4

Pour Resin

Measure and mix your two-part epoxy resin in a disposable cup using a disposable stirrer. When working with epoxy resin, make sure you’re working in a well-ventilated space. Wear gloves, and if your space isn’t well-ventilated, wear a mask.

happy holidays sign
5

Apply Heat with Heat Gun

Pour a layer onto the tray and add the elements to the tray. After the resin settles for about a minute, air bubbles will begin to appear. Use the FURNO 500 heat gun to pop them. I set mine to the lower of the two fan settings, second-lowest heat setting. Slowly aim at the air bubbles, and keep blowing on the resin for about a minute to pop any more bubbles that rise to the surface.

furno heat gun resin art
6

Allow to Cure

Let the resin cure for about 6 hours. Then mix up a bit more resin and pour the final layer over the tray. This will ensure all of the elements are completely coated in resin. Follow the same process outlined in step 3 to pop air bubbles with the FURNO 500 heat gun.

happy holidays resin art
7

Display and Enjoy!

After the piece cures for 24 hours, it is ready for handling and display!

This sponsored project was created by Brittany Goldwyn. To read more about this tutorial and get Brittany’s tips for using the FURNO 500 heat gun, visit by Brittany Goldwyn’s post: Preserving Leaves in Resin for Decor

happy holidays resin art
Products Used

Materials

Wagner FURNO 500 Heat Gun

Two-part epoxy resin

Shallow tray

Black craft paint

Evergreen cuttings

“Happy Holidays” saying

Mixing cups and stirrers

Disposable gloves

Workspace protection

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