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DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Him

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 06:44

Valentine’s Day is just that type of holiday where you want to show the people you love just how much they mean to you. Sure, it’s easy to go out to the store and buy something for them, but it’s also a great opportunity to DIY something really special for them that shows you really care and took time to create something unique. Of course we here at Resin Crafts Blog look for any and all opportunities to get our craft on. Today we’re sharing with you some of the best DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him. We hope you enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Him

DIY Valentine’s Beer Tote | Place of My Taste

DIY Valentine’s Lightbulb Gift | A Little Craft in Your Day

12 Months Pre-Planned Dates | Thinking Closet

DIY Root Beer Float Kit | Thirty Handmade Days

DIY Key Fob | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Push Pin Travel Map | The Dating Divas

DIY Man Bonquet | Woo Home

DIY Sharpie Coffee Mug | My Sister’s Suitcase

DIY Leather Conversation Hearts | Polka Dot Chair

DIY Love Coupons | The Dating Divas

DIY Beard Oil | Retro Housewife Goes Green

 

Alcohol Ink Resin Heart Jewelry

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 06:38

Make some alcohol ink resin heart jewelry to wear this Valentine’s Day!

Hello, Resin Crafters! Lindsay here with a new resin project that I think you will LOVE! Made by combining alcohol inks and resin, this this Heart Jewelry set is an easy resin craft for every level, and will definitely make a statement. The earrings and necklace are the perfect accessory for Valentine’s Day, or when you want to wear something a little more playful. This set would also be a one-of-a-kind gift idea for friends on Galentine’s Day!

To make your own Alcohol Ink Resin Heart Jewelry, you will need these supplies:

Step 1:

Prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy according to package directions. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and wear disposable gloves. Using alcohol inks can get a little messy, so lay something down to protect your work surface before getting started.

Pour in equal parts resin and hardener to the mixing cup. Stir the resin mixture together with a stir stick for two minutes, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing cup. Pour the resin into a clean mixing cup and stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick.

Step 2:

Carefully pour resin into each of the molds using a stir stick, and try your best not to overfill the molds. Let the resin sit for a minute, and then use a straw, lighter, or a toothpick to remove any air bubbles that come to the top.

*See how I made the purple heart-shaped silicone mold!

Step 3:

Add a drop of pink or red alcohol ink on top of the uncured resin. I recommend one drop in the earring molds, and 3-4 for the larger heart mold. Another reminder to protect your workspace and wear gloves, because alcohol inks will stain your hands and surfaces!

Step 4:

Add one drop of white ink to the center of the colored ink drops. White alcohol ink makes the magic happen! White alcohol ink is heavier than colored inks, so it pushes through the resin to create an awesome effect.

Repeat the process one more time with the colored ink and the white ink. As tempting as it is, try not to add too much ink. It can affect the way the resin cures.

Step 5:

For a little added shimmer, I added a few drops of gold alcohol ink into the larger heart mold, and one in each of the smaller hearts.

Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 12-24 hours.

Step 6:

Carefully remove the pendants from the molds and admire your work. The way the ink settles into the resin creates such a cool effect, and no two pendants are the same!

Use scissors to cut away any over-poured resin, and use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth any uneven edges.

Step 7:

Use jewelry adhesive to attach a bail to the back of the earrings and pendant. Let it dry completely and then attach a jump ring to the pendant and earring hooks to the earring pieces. Lastly, thread a chain through the pendant jump ring to complete the necklace.

The Heart Jewelry set is now ready to wear on Valentine’s Day or to give as a gift! You can use this same technique with alcohol inks and resin to make eye-catching keychains and coasters.

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Conversation Hearts Resin Valentine Necklace DIY

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 07:00

Conversation Hearts Resin Valentine Necklace DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing how to make conversation hearts Valentine necklaces with EasyCast Resin. These cute necklaces are filled with brightly colored beads and shimmery tinsel. Make a conversation heart resin Valentine necklace for the perfect Valentine’s day gift for a friend.

Remember the iconic, chalk-like candy known as the conversation heart? They are everything Valentine’s day. I loved reading the messages on them as a child…and particularly like the “Be Mine”, since it’s a message that nobody actually says, except on Valentine’s.

Supplies Needed for Conversation Hearts Necklaces:

Begin by mixing up a little bit of resin, just enough to fill the bottom half of the mold with resin. I mixed up 2 tablespoons and filled all the cavities in the mold. Mix one part of the resin and one part of the hardener. Then stir and scrape for 2 full minutes. Next, pour the resin into a second mixing cup and stir with a new stick for another full minute. Proper mixing is critical when working with resin.

Then carefully pour the resin in the molds until they are halfway full.

Let the resin sit for 20 minutes, then use a heat gun to pop any bubbles that have formed. Then wait another 30 minutes for the resin to gel slightly before placing the beads on the resin. The beads will look like they are upside down but if you lift up the mold, they should be the right direction. Use a stirring stick to get the beads aligned.

Next get the colorful tinsel. This tinsel is made for adding into hair for some shimmer. I simply cut off the bottom edge of it right over the heart shaped mold.

It’s a little like glitter and gets everywhere, but the metallic strands are so much fun! Use a small brush to wipe the tinsel into the resin.

Add a few pieces of heart shaped glitter if you want. Now mix up a tiny bit more resin and use it to fill the remaining heart shaped cavities. Set the mold aside and let it cure at least overnight.

Then next day the resin conversation hearts are easily popped out of the mold.

Use the E6000 glue to adhere the pendant bails to the back of the hearts. Let them cure for at least 4 hours.

Then attach the conversation heart pendants to a chain big enough to slip on over the head.

That’s it!

Give these conversation hearts resin necklaces to a friend for Valentine’s day!

 

Hacks to Get Organized This Year

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 07:14

Many of us are entering the new year with goals we set for ourselves. It can be said that getting ourselves and our lives more organized tends to be a popular goal year after year. It’s one of those areas that calls for constant growth and improvement, especially when life gets hectic. One of the best ways to ensure the achievement of these goals is setting yourself up for success. We’re here to help you reach your goals this new year with some easy DIY’s and hacks to help you get organized to your maximum potential. Let’s smash those goals this year! Enjoy!

Hacks to Get Organized This Year

DIY Bathroom Shelving | Domestically Speaking

Organized Dresser Drawer Hack | Polished Habitat

Craft Room Organizer | DecoArt Blog

Organized Water Bottle Storage | Blue i Style

Pantry Organization Hacks | Making Lemonade

DIY Mail Organizer | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Toilet Paper Shelf | DIY Show Off

DIY Ribbon Organizer | To Work With My Hands

DIY Shoe Organizer | Jen Woodhouse

DIY Tool Cabinet Organizer | Rogue Engineer

DIY Jewelry Organization | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Entryway Organization | Ginger Snap Crafts

Romantic Faux-Inscribed Resin Keychains

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 19:15

Create these beautiful and romantic faux-inscribed resin keychains to remember that special day you shared with your loved one.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Although I’m not one for elaborate plans and gifts, I find it a great time to stop and remember all the wonderful experiences hubby and I have had together.

Obviously our wedding day is high on the list. To me it was one of the most romantic times of our relationship. So, for Valentine’s I made us some golden keychains with our wedding date inscribed.

The open-back pendant actually looks so elegant that I plan to use mine as a pendant. In past years, I made these dangle glitter and resin earrings and hanging pendant which are also perfect for Valentines!

And since a little romance is a good thing, some of the other ways to use resin to commemorate special times is with this pressed rose petal and resin serving tray and these personalized resin keychains using a map of a significant time and place spent together.

Although this is the first time I’ve personally combined our Cricut Maker with a resin project, there is so much inspirational project ideas that utilize both. Check out these DIY wood coasters and stained wood coasters for more design ideas.

Materials needed to make Faux Inscribed Resin Keychains
  • Cricut or Silhouette Cutting Machine
  • Black Premium Vinyl
  • Transfer Tape
  • Scissors, Weeding Tool
  • Gold rectangular open-back bezel
  • Gold glitter flakes
  • EnvirotexLite Jewelry Resin
  • Measuring cups, wooden stir sticks, gloves and paper towels
  • Kitchen torch or straw

How to Make a Faux Inscribed Keychain with Resin Preparing the Inscription with a Cricut Machine

From a blank Design Space canvas, type out the inscription including the initials and chosen date using the Text tool on the left hand side. Choose a couple of fonts from the drop down menu in Design Space.

After measuring the size of your open-back bezel,  adjust the size of the inscription in Design Space to ensure it will fit inside the bezel.

Highlight and select the inscription, then select Group and then Attach from the tool bar. Next, select Make It in Design Space to proceed with cutting out the premium vinyl.

Follow the prompts on your screen to finish the cut. When completed, unload the standard grip mat and peel off the vinyl from the mat.

Using the weeding tool, peel away the excess vinyl surrounding the inscription and discard the excess. Be prepared to spend a bit of time on this step!

Preparing the Bezel for Resin Pouring

Prepare a piece of transfer tape that is larger than the size of your bezel.

Place the inscription in the center of the transfer tape and peel away the transfer tape backing.

Next, stick the transfer sheet with the vinyl inscription centered over the bezel and press tape in place to seal any openings.

Sprinkle gold glitter flakes inside the bezel over the vinyl inscription and sticky side of the transfer tape.

Pouring the Resin

Be sure to read all the instructions on the package before starting. Work in a well-ventilated area. Always wear gloves and protect your working surface.

Begin by mixing together equal parts of Resin and Hardener in a small measuring cup (you’ll need a very small amount for each bezel). Stir completely for two minutes.

Transfer the mixture into a second measuring cup and continue stirring for an additional minute.

Use the wooden stir stick to carefully transfer small amounts of resin into the bezel. Going slowly will give you a chance to check for any leaks. It will also help to prevent overflowing.

Continue filling until you’ve achieved a nice, small dome but not overflowing.

After about 15 to 20 minutes blow off any air bubbles that have risen to the top of the resin. Use either a small kitchen torch or your breath through a straw for this.

Make sure that the bezel is on a level surface and cover to prevent any dust from settling in. Let the resin cure overnight.

Once cured, carefully remove the transfer tape from the resin and bezel. The inscription should remain with the resin.

For a truly professional finish consider pouring a small layer of resin over the inscribed side to create a lovely dome finish.

I love how these faux inscribed keychains turned out. Now that they’re done I worry that it might be a bit too girly for hubby – but I know that he will appreciate the thought and find a way to use his.

With the vinyl there’s no limit to which inscriptions you can make. Just be prepared to spend some time weeding the fine details! I think these key chains/pendants would make a lovely wedding or Anniversary gift as well.

For additional jewelry resin ideas be sure to check out these DIY ways to show your love this Valentines Day.

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Mosaic Resin Upcycled Cake Stand DIY

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 07:00

Mosaic Resin Upcycled Cake Stand DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a fun upcycled cake stand using high gloss resin. This time of year is synonymous with getting organized, decluttering the home and donating things that are no longer needed. Upcycle an old cake stand with a glass mosaic finished with high gloss resin to give it new life.

Supplies Needed for this Cake Stand Upcycle:

Step 1 of how to make a mosaic resin cake stand:

Begin by pouring some watered down Mod Podge or Ultra Seal on the top of the cake stand. This will hold the pieces in place long enough to arrange them. Then fill in the top of the cake stand with glass mosaic pieces.

Let the cake stand mosaic pieces dry completely about 4 hours.

Step 2 of how to make a mosaic resin cake stand:

Secondly, mix up the high gloss resin according to the package directions. Mix 1 part resin and 1 part hardener together for 2 full minutes. Then transfer into a second cup and use a new stick to stir the resin for 1 more minute. Proper mixing is the only way to ensure the resin will set properly.

Next pour the resin on the top of the cake stand. Tip the cake stand around to let the resin fill the entire top surface. The resin is self-leveling, so it will smooth out when set on a level table.

Use the heat or embossing gun to pop the bubbles that have formed in the resin. Let the cake stand sit for 20 minutes and then use the heat gun to pop any more bubbles that have formed.

Then let the cake stand sit overnight to cure and dry completely. Now the cake stand has a new lease on life and will add pizzazz to a table or party. Perfect for a few cupcakes! We recommend not putting direct food on the cake stand, use a cardboard insert when placing a cake on the stand.

 

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DIY Winter Decor Ideas

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 07:00

We here at Resin Crafts Blog get as jazzed about Christmas decorations as the next person. However, the sad truth is that Christmas decor has a time stamp and it always flies by way too fast. The good news is that there are so many options to keep your home decked out all the way through those long winter months. It doesn’t have to be barren! We’ve rounded up some of the best DIY Winter Decor Ideas for you to enjoy.

Which ones will you create?

DIY Winter Decor Ideas

DIY Winter Snowflake Decor | The Crafted Sparrow

DIY Light Up Snowy Tree | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Winter Urn | Setting For Four

DIY Winter Woodland Sign | Blooming Homestead

DIY Burlap Sack Pillows | Diva of DIY

DIY Wine Bottle Winter Crafts | Daily DIY Life

DIY Pinecone and Cranberry Garland | Clean and Scentsible

DIY Sprayed Greenery | Liz Marie Blog

DIY Vintage Wooden Sled | Twelve on Main

DIY Sweater Basket | Lydi Out Loud

Beautiful Resin and Wood Projects

Fri, 12/27/2019 - 09:05

The combination of resin and wood is timeless. It takes a good woodworking project to something incredible and even more importantly, it makes it more durable too. What more could you ask for? These resin and wood projects are something that everyone could use in their home. Perfect for a gift or even just for yourself! We’ve rounded up some of our absolute favorite resin and wood projects so you can browse for your next crafting session. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

Beautiful Resin and Wood Projects

DIY Stained Wood Coasters 

DIY Resin and Wood Pendant 

DIY Cutting Boards with Resin 


Wood Framed Faux Stained Glass

DIY Resin Chevron Arrows 

DIY Geometric Crystal Wood Bookend

DIY Marbled Handle Wood Spoons

DIY Glossy Photo Transfer Wood Slice 

DIY Marbled Resin Wood Coasters

The Best Resin Gifts to Make This Holiday

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 07:46

We don’t ever need an excuse to get crafting here at Resin Crafts Blog, but there’s no better reason to get your craft on than the holiday season. Some of the most meaningful gifts you can give are ones that are handmade and from the heart. It’s  not a bad thing that these types of gifts also can be more affordable than ones you buy in store. Today we’re sharing with you the absolute best resin gifts to make this holiday for a special someone in your life. They are sure to love them! Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

The Best Resin Gifts to Make This Holiday

DIY Galaxy-Themed Resin Bracelet

DIY Faux Agate Coasters

DIY Mermaid Jewelry Dish

DIY Resin Gemstones Clutch

DIY Wood Slice Resin Ornaments

DIY Resin Confetti Tray 

DIY Resin Mail Holder

DIY Resin Notebook

DIY Resin Pencil Vase

DIY Resin Cutting Board 


DIY Make-up Brush Handles with EasySculpt

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 07:00

Make-up Brush Handles with EasySculpt

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft showing how to update those old make-up brushes using resin. Repairing old, mismatched or worn brushes is easy and gives them new life. Cover make-up brushes in EasySculpt and paint them fun colors and patterns. Adding a personal touch to new make-up brushes makes a great handmade gift too.

I love a great make-up brush, but mine look like they’ve been closed or smashed in the drawer a couple times. Chips in the wood and scratches on the finish. It’s time to revitalize them and make them last years longer.

Supplies Needed:

Step 1: Mix EasySculpt

Begin by mixing one part of each of the EasySculpt tubs together. Add cornstarch to keep the epoxy from being so sticky.

Mix until it is smooth and no longer marbled.

Step 2: Cover Handles

Then wrap the EasySculpt around the handles of the make-up brushes. Squeeze and press the clay onto the handles.

Roll the handles in cornstarch to smooth them out and let them sit to cure. EasySculpt dries with a smooth, porcelain-like finish…and super strong too. These brush handles will last for a long time now.

Step 3: Paint

After the brush handles have cured overnight, paint the outside of the epoxy clay with some white paint.

Let the white acrylic craft paint dry completely.

Step 4: Decorate!

Finally, use the Posca Paint pens to decorate the brush handles.

Add stripes, color-blocked sections, polka dots and different patterns.

Let each section dry for a few minutes. While drying, paint another brush section.

Pick your favorite colors to make the brushes extra special! Make a custom set of brushes for an especially amazing handmade gift!

Step 5: Finish

Finish off the brushes by covering the bristles with paper and wrapping the metal part in painters tape. Then place on a piece of cardboard and spray them with Castin’ Craft Resin Spray for the perfect shiny, durable finish. The finish will make them shine and easy to clean often, as make-up brushes are.

That’s it!

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DIY Galaxy-Themed Resin Bangle Bracelets

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 20:44

Whether it’s for the love of Star Wars or all things astrological, these beautiful DIY resin galaxy bangle bracelets make a great gift idea for any space loving fan.

I must admit that we do have a few galaxy fans in our home. My husband’s secret moniker just may be “Space Cadet” (don’t tell anyone).

With the release of the new Star Wars movie next week it seems like the perfect time to make some galaxy themed accessories .

When I think of the cosmos all that comes to mind is sparkle, black, blue and purple swirled all together. And that’s exactly what I tried to replicate with this simple resin jewelry project.

Materials needed to make Galaxy Inspired Resin Bangle Bracelets
  • EnvirotexLite Jewelry Resin
  • Acrylic paints in black, purple and DecoArt Milky Way Blue Galaxy Glitter
  • Fine silver glitter
  • Silicone bracelet mold
  • Measuring cups, wooden stir sticks, gloves and paper towels
  • Kitchen torch or straw

How to make Galaxy Resin Bracelets

Be sure to read all the instructions on the package before starting. Work in a well-ventilated area. Always wear gloves and protect your working surface.

Begin by mixing together equal parts of Resin and Hardener in a small measuring cup. Stir completely for two minutes.

Transfer the mixture into a second measuring cup and continue stirring for an additional minute.

Divide the mixed resin into four separate cups.

Into each cup drop a few drops of black, purple, blue glitter or silver glitter paint. Stir each completely with separate stir sticks.

Start with one of the colors such as black and add a little bit to different areas of the bracelet mold. Make sure to leave some areas without any black resin.

Take a second resin color such as the clear glitter resin and fill in some of the other areas of the bracelet mold. Continue randomly pouring bits of the different colors of resin to get a layered and swirly effect.

Continue until the mold is filled.

Consider sprinkling a bit of clear glitter in a couple areas of the mold.

After about 15 to 20 minutes blow off any air bubbles that have risen to the top of the mold. Use either a small kitchen torch or your breath through a straw for this.

Make sure that the bracelet is on a level surface and cover to prevent any dust from settling in. Let the resin cure overnight.

Remove the bracelet from the mold and enjoy.

I think the bracelet turned out absolutely beautifully. The different layers of dark and clear resin along with the glitter make it really fascinating to look at. You can completely daydream while staring at this little piece of outer space.

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Easy DIY Holiday Decor Ideas

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 07:00

As much of a joy as holiday season can be, it also can serve as a huge stressor on your life. Between hosting, decorating and gift giving, sometimes it seems there is very little time to enjoy it! We here at Resin Crafts Blog are always looking for ways to take everyday tasks and make them more simple and fun at the same time. It’s an added bonus that what we can make these things affordably, too! Today we’ve rounded up some of the easiest DIY Holiday Decor Ideas that are sure to relieve you of the stress of buying holiday decor. You can enjoy getting your craft-on as well. Happy holidays to everyone!

Which ones will you create?

Easy DIY Holiday Decor Ideas

DIY Shutter Christmas Card Holder | Pretty Handy Girl

Now-sew Christmas Pillow | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Glittered Pinecones | Making Lemonade

DIY Modern Holiday Art | Tatertots and Jello

DIY White Nordic Christmas Village | Made in a Day

DIY Snowman Holiday Decor | Happiness is Homemade

DIY Holiday Kissing Ball | View Along The Way

DIY Pom Pom Tree | The Crafty Blog Stalker

DIY Holiday Hanging Baskets | Clean and Scentsible

DIY Light Up Marquee Sign | Bre Pea

DIY Holiday Lantern | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Faux Agate Coasters

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 07:00

Make your own DIY Faux Agate Coasters that are like a miniature work of art!

Hello, Resin Crafters! Lindsay here with a sparkling new resin project! I’ve been loving the gilded-edged agate slice trend lately, but just can’t justify spending hundreds of dollars on the real thing. Instead, I wanted to try my hand and making some faux agate coasters all on my own using resin. Turns out, it’s a lot easier than I thought and is a lot of fun!

Supplies you will need to make your own DIY Faux Agate Coasters:
  • Envirotex Lite
  • Gloves, Mixing Cups, Stir Sticks
  • Mica Powders (one light shade, one dark shade) or Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigments
  • Fine Glitter (same colors as powders/pigments)
  • Gold Crushed Glass
  • Faux Agate Slice Mold
  • Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint

Step 1:

Wear gloves to protect your hands, and pour equal amounts of resin and hardener into a mixing cup. Use a stirring stick and mix the resin well for 2 minutes. Pour the resin into a clean mixing cup and stir for another minute.

Step 2:

Split the resin into 4-5 smaller mixing cups:

  • Gold Crushed Glass: add gold crushed glass until the mixture is a paste-like consistency.
  • White: add in a drop of white Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigment or a small scoop of white pearl mica powder. Mix well to distribute the color.
  • Light Color Shade: add in a drop of Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigment or a small scoop of light color mica powder. Mix well to distribute the color.
  • Darker Color Shade (optional): add in 2 drops of Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigment or a small scoop of darker color mica powder. Mix well to distribute the color.
  • Glittered: mix up the same as the darker color, and then add in a generous amount of glitter in the same shade. Mix well until color and glitter are evenly distributed.

Step 3:

Use a stir stick to place some of the gold glass mixture in the center of the mold. The best part is is that it doesn’t have to be a perfect shape!

Step 4:

Add a thin layer of the light colored resin right around the edge of the gold.

Step 5:

Use a stir stick to line the edge of the mold with the glittered resin mixture. Again, it’s okay if it isn’t perfect!

Step 6:

Next, add a thin layer of white resin around the edge of the light colored resin. Try to leave some space in between the white and the glittered resin.

Step 7:

In that little space between the white and the glittered resin, add in another layer. This can be the un-glittered dark color resin mixture, or the light colored resin. Both look amazing, so you can’t go wrong!

Step 8:

Pop any bubbles that rise to the top using a lighter or by blowing through a straw. Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 24 hours. You will know that the resin is completely cured when it is no longer tacky.

These coasters are thinner than traditional coasters. If you want to make them thicker, mix up some more resin and pour it into the molds over the already cured coasters (do not remove them from the mold) and let this new layer of resin cure completely.

Step 9:

Carefully remove the coasters from the mold, and sand down any edges if necessary.

Step 10:

Use a small detail brush to paint a metallic gold paint around the edges of the coasters. Paint 2-3 coats for full coverage. For best results, paint in light coats, and let each coat dry completely before adding a new one.

Just like in nature, no two coasters will be alike! I love how I was able to save so much money with a little DIY, and they look so chic! These coasters would make gorgeous gift, and will be a unique conversation piece on your coffee table at home. Check out this other resin agate project for more inspiration!

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Resin Succulents

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 07:00

No need for a green thumb – create resin succulents with EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy for beautiful plants that will never die!

Hey Resin Crafters! Amber Oliver here with another great resin craft. How are your gardening skills? Do you have a bit of a black thumb? I rather like gardening and usually recommend succulents to friends looking for “easy” suggestions for plants. If you can even kill a cactus, I’ve got the best option for you: resin succulents! These beauties will NEVER die and you’ll have a lot of fun mixing up the color combinations to create your own resin “garden”.

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR RESIN SUCCULENTS:

Step 1: First, prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy.  This is a multi-step process so don’t start mixing until you are ready to do the whole process from beginning to end! Start by mixing EQUAL parts of the Hardener and the Resin.

Start by mixing EQUAL parts of the Hardener and the Resin.

Stir for two minutes (be sure to scrape the bottoms and sides) then pour from the first cup into a second and mix with a new stir stick for another minute.

Step 2: Once your mixture is ready, pour gently into smaller cups to mix up different colors. Add a drop or 2 of acrylic paint to each to make different colors.

Step 3: Now it’s time to start pouring into your mold! Pour the colors in gently and stir using a popsicle stick. Don’t worry too much about making a mess – the silicone cleans easily after the resin sets!

Step 4: After enough time has passed for the resin to cure, you can remove the succulents from their molds!

To get the realistic look on your resin succulents, use different colors on each “plant”. I looked at actual succulents to decide what colors to use! My favorite is the ones in the corners of the mold. I used a lime green to do the tips and added the beautiful blue I saw in my own garden to create these beautiful things!

Festive DIY Jewelry To Wear This Holiday

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 07:00

Jewelry is just one of those things that complete a holiday outfit. Being able to customize your jewelry to your own liking is just the icing on the cake. As you can imagine, we here at Resin Crafts Blog are huge fans of DIY jewelry. The options are unlimited with resin on hand! Today we are sharing with you some of our absolute favorite Festive Holiday DIY Jewelry projects. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

Festive DIY Jewelry To Wear This Holiday

DIY Christmas Tree Pedants

DIY Snowflake Pendant 

DIY Gift Wrap Jewelry 

DIY Red Resin Statement Earrings

DIY Vintage Gold Necklace

DIY Gold Silver Leaf Pendants

DIY Red Sparkle Earrings and Pendant 

DIY Christmas Glitter Stud Earrings and Pendant 

 

Stained Wood Coasters with Resin

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 12:56

Hi everyone, Stephanie from Crafting in the Rain here today with a project that combines Cricut with Resin. I’ve made stained wood coasters using basswood cut with the Cricut.

Think of the ways that you could customize these coasters! Change the shape, change the stain colors, change the cut-out design, and more. There are a lot of options! Then once you get to the resin stage, the steps will be just the same.

Cut the wood coasters

Cut Cricut basswood using a Cricut Maker and Knife blade (see the post for how to cut wood with a Cricut) Get the Design Space file for this project here.


These are the pieces that will be cut out – be sure the check the cuts around pass 10, they may be finished!

Lightly sand the edges of the basswood. Stain both sides with 2 different colors of wood stain, wiping off the excess. Let dry for 24 hours.

We need to first glue the coaster together before flooding the top to coat. Otherwise, the resin will slowly seep through the cracks before it cures.

Add resin to coasters

Mix a small amount of Envirotex Lite Pour-On resin. Follow package instructions and be sure to wear gloves and eye protection.

Measure 1/2 tablespoon each of resin and hardener into a small cup. Stir for 2 minutes. Transfer to another cup and stir for another minute with a new stick.

Press coasters on a piece of contact paper that is sticky side up. This will keep everything in place. Drip resin onto the seams and spread with a stir stick. Let harden overnight.

Carefully peel away the contact paper and turn the coasters over. The bottom will now be the top.

Mix enough resin to have 1 tablespoon per coaster. Pour over the top of the coaster and spread with a stick to the edges, but don’t drip over the edges.

After about 15 minutes, exhale over the surface, or use a small heat gun on to remove any bubbles. Let cure for 24 hours in a dust-free, well-ventilated area.

After the resin is completely hardened, you have a set of trendy, glossy, DIY wood stained coasters. You could also glue a piece of felt to the bottom of each coaster to additionally protect any tables surfaces.

Do you like the look of the hexagon coasters? Would you make a different shape instead? Let us know!

Resin Alcohol Ink Christmas Tree Ornaments DIY

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 07:00

Resin Alcohol Ink Christmas Tree Ornaments DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft showing you how to make resin alcohol ink Christmas tree ornaments. They are stunning and especially colorful, plus they add a dream catcher/stain glass quality to the Christmas decorations. Resin alcohol ink ornaments are easy to make and are great for resin beginners to experts.

Replicate the beach on an ornament with shades of blue and brown. Oh, how I love the beach!

Or create an eye catching ornament with golds, greens and blues.

Alcohol inks suspended in resin create a scene of colorful drips frozen in time. Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for Resin Alcohol Ink Ornaments:

EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy

Cabinet Knob Molds

Mold Release Conditioner Spray

Silicone Coaster Molds

Alcohol Inks

Mixing Cups

Stirring Sticks

Drill with Bit

Twine

Scissors

Step 1: Mixing Resin

Mix the resin according to the package directions. One part resin and one part hardener mixed for 2 full minutes. Then pour into a second cup and use a second stick to stir again for 1 full minute.

Spritz the mold with the resin conditioner spray and then pour the resin in the mold cavities.

Step Two: Alcohol Inks

Next add a drop of alcohol ink in the resin.

Then add a few more drops of different colors. Each ornament in this knob mold needs about 8-10 drops of alcohol ink. I used yellow, blue, green, rose gold and white.

From the side view, they are already beginning to take shape. Set the mold aside and let it sit for 24 hours to cure.

Step Three: Drill and Hang

Then remove the resin from the molds. Drill a hole through the top and then string them with twine to hang on the tree. The shape and colors of these ornaments makes me thing of eye balls. What do you think?

The white and metallic alcohol inks are heavier and therefore sink to the bottom of the resin. When removed from the molds, the bottom becomes the top. Each resin ornament is different and stunning.

 

For more detailed instructions on the larger ornaments, check out this post on petrified rainbow coasters. Simply drill a hole and tie with twine.

Repeat this process for as many ornaments as you want.

These would also make fun gift tags for the top of presents.

That’s it!

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Pine Needle Resin Coasters from Christmas Tree

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 07:00

Pine Needle Resin Coasters from Christmas Tree

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a great way to preserve your Christmas tree to enjoy year after year. Pine needle coasters are easy to make with EasyCast Resin and a small branch from your Christmas tree. Make a resin coaster each year to memorialize your holidays spent together. This craft is simple and doesn’t take much time at all.

In all honesty, my husband and I have never had a live Christmas tree. This year will be our 19th Christmas together and no, never had a live tree. I’m okay with that. I like to work on handmade gifts, and they almost always involve pine–so I still get that delightful Christmas tree smell…in saw dust form. I diffuse my home with pine to make it smell amazing…but our tree has always been a fake. This craft is perfect if you get live trees each year. I’m showcasing coasters, but go ahead and add a hole, tie a string and hang it as a Christmas tree ornament. It would be fun to see the differences year after year.

Supplies Needed:

EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy

Coaster Silicone Molds

2 Mixing cups, 2 stirring sticks, disposable gloves and work surface

Pine Needles

Heat Gun, Embossing Tool or Mini Torch

Nail File

Number Beads (optional)

Step 1: Resin Mixing

Begin by reading the directions carefully for the resin. Mixing resin is simple, but needs to be done exactly for the chemical reaction to take place. It is mixed in a 2 phase process. 1 part of the resin and 1 part of the hardener, mixed for 2 minutes. Then transfer into a second mixing cup and use a second stick to mix for another full minute. This ensures complete mixing.

Then pour the resin into the silicone molds. I just filled up 2 of the cavities and used about 6 ounces of mixed resin, 3 ounces for each coaster.

Step Two: Pop Bubbles

Next, wait about 20 minutes, then use the heat gun to pop any of the bubbles that have formed and come to the surface.

Gently blow heat or use a torch to pop the bubbles on the surface. Do not apply heat to one spot for too long. Just work quickly and pop the bubbles.

Then the resin will be clear and free from bubbles.

Step Three: Add Pine Needles

Then add the pine needles right on the surface of the resin. No need to press them down, they will sink as they sit and become completely covered with resin.

Step Four: Harden Overnight

Add a good amount of pine needle pieces and then set the coaster mold aside to cure overnight.

Step Five: Remove and Enjoy!

The next day peel the resin coasters out of the mold, this part is highly satisfying. Check out the pine needle coasters! I love seeing how the needles settled in the resin to give texture and life to this fun coaster.

Another fun idea would be to add the year of the tree the pine needles came from…using these plastic number beads.

Use a nail file to lightly sand around the edges of the resin to make sure it is smooth and ready to sit on the coffee table without scratching it.

Now you can enjoy the texture and look of your pine tree year round! Or pack these away with the Christmas decorations and enjoy them again next year!

 

That’s it!

Great way to preserve that Christmas tree and enjoy some hot chocolate on a cold Winter morning.

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DIY Mermaid Jewelry Dish

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 06:51

Make your own DIY Mermaid Jewelry Dish made of resin to display your favorite pieces of jewelry and hang your rings on the mermaid’s tail!

Hello, Resin Crafters! Lindsay here with a shiny new resin project! Mermaids are all the rage, and what better way to bring them into your decor than with your very own DIY Mermaid Jewelry Dish?! This piece was a lot of fun to make, and is a great way to display your favorite pieces of jewelry! It’s been wonderful to keep on my nightstand to hold my rings at night.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

STEP 1:

Prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy according to package directions. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and wear disposable gloves! Pour in equal parts of resin and hardener to the mixing cup. Stir the resin mixture together with a stir stick for two minutes, and then pour the resin into a clean mixing cup. Stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick.

Split the resin into two clean cups. Add a small amount of green mica powder (or pigment) to one cup, and blue to the other. Stir the resin mixtures together well until the powder has been evenly incorporated. I love how these mica powders have a pearly/metallic look!

STEP 2:

I wanted to give the mermaid tail a gradient look. To do this, pour a little bit of the blue resin at the base and then some green at the end of the tail. Keep pouring a little bit resin into each end until the mold is filled. Pop any bubbles with a lighter or by blowing through a straw.

Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 24 hours. You will know that the resin is completely cured when it is no longer tacky.

STEP 3:

After the mermaid tail has cured, remove it from the mold and set it aside. Now it’s time to work on the base of the jewelry dish, which is just a large scallop shell. Using one you find on a trip to the beach would be ideal, but I’m not so lucky. I found this one at the craft store! Lay the shell down with the inside facing up. If it is too wobbly, you can add some “feet” to the bottom using a little hot glue for more stability.

Mix about 1/2 cup of resin together following the packaging directions. Stir the resin mixture together with a stir stick for two minutes, and then pour the resin into a clean mixing cup. Stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick. Add in some blue mica powder (or pigment) and mix well until combined.

STEP 4:

Slowly pour the resin into the scallop shell. Wait about 10 minutes and carefully set the mermaid tail base-down into the resin. It should stand it in the shell on its own, but if it doesn’t, you can use something like extra stir sticks to prop it up and hold it in place until the resin cures.

STEP 5:

If the resin starts to get close to the scalloped edges, place something underneath to hold that end up just a little bit so that the resin doesn’t run off of the shell. I used two small glass marbles.

Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 24 hours.

Now you can place the Mermaid Jewelry Dish on your nightstand, vanity, or wherever you like to add or remove your jewelry. One of my favorite things about this dish is that you can hang your rings on the mermaid’s tail! This dish would also be a clever and unique gift idea to someone who loves mermaids!

By the way, if you love mermaids, be sure to also check out these creative Resin Mermaid Projects!

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DIY Customizable Gift Ideas

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 08:44

This time of year is special for so many reasons, but most importantly, it is a time to spend time with the people you love. Whether that be family or friends, there is always so much to celebrate and be grateful for. During the holiday season, it can be a bit overwhelming to give gifts to all the people you care about. When giving a gift, you want it to be meaningful and quality. The good news is with DIY, it doesn’t have to be expensive! Today we’ve rounded up some of the best DIY Personalized Gift Ideas that will surely make those people in your life feel special. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Customizable Gift Ideas

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