Fill the flower press with flowers and allow to dry for a week.
Measure the circumference of the chair seat and make a thick braid of black jute twine to the measured length. Use several strands and tie with a macramé Square Knot. The braid needs to be sufficiently wide that it has a 1 cm raised edge around the seat where you can cast the resin.
Glue the braid along the edges of the seat and allow to dry. Carefully brush glue on the inside of the braid to fill any gaps so that the resin does not run out later.
Place your dried flowers as you want to have them on the seat. Then brush a little glue under the flowers so that they stay in place when you blow lightly on them. Allow to dry.
Protect the surface under the chair with plastic. Use a spirit level to check that the chair seat is completely level. Build up under the chair legs to make the seat level before you mix the resin. Once the resin has dried, it doesn’t matter if the chair seat is not completely level.
Follow the instructions on the packaging carefully to mix the resin. Carefully pour the liquid resin over the flowers until the whole chair seat is covered to the upper edge of the braid.
Remove any air bubbles by gently tapping the underneath and around the edge of the seat. You can also puncture bubbles with a needle while the resin is still liquid. Check the seat now and then during the first few hours of drying because air bubbles may float up from the flowers. Leave the whole seat to dry for 24 hours.
Do you have an old chair that needs a little love? Find one at a flea market or second hand market if you don’t already have furniture at home that you want to upcycle. You can give the chair a fantastic makeover with pressed flowers and resin. Pick a bunch of colourful flowers that you can easily press using a flower press or a heavy book you don’t particularly care about. Then the fun starts, casting the flowers into the seat of the chair. Try using the same technique to cast a beautiful resin tray or coaster.