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DIY Holiday Table Ideas

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 07:00

We can’t be the only ones who are mind blown with the idea that the holidays are right around the corner. If you’re one of the brave souls that hosts the family at your humble abode to celebrate, then you’re definitely going to appreciate today’s roundup. We’re rounding up the absolute best options for DIY Holiday Table Ideas so you can DIY your way to an amazing holiday! Your family is sure to be impressed.

Which ones will you create?

DIY Holiday Table Ideas

DIY Leaf Napkin Rings and Place Cards | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Burlap Table Runner | Two Twenty One

DIY Rose Petal Holiday Tree | Courtney’s Sweets

DIY Tea Light Centerpiece | Rogue Engineer

DIY Holiday Luminaries | Today’s Creative Life

DIY Cranberry Napkin Rings | Miss Information

DIY Painted Holiday Charger Plates | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Simple Holiday Centerpiece | A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

DIY Glam Napkin Rings | Yellow Bliss Road

DIY Snowy Mason Jars | A Pumpkin and a Princess

DIY Holiday Plates | Mod Podge Rocks

Victorian Gold Necklace With FastCast Resin DIY

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 07:00

Victorian Gold Necklace With FastCast Resin DIY

Hey friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a great necklace DIY.  This Victorian style necklace is great for themed parties, Halloween costumes, Stage play prop, or just for a dress up box.  The best part about this necklace is that it takes 30 minutes to make! (plus paint drying time).  Let’s get started!

You will need:
  • FastCast Resin
  • Mixing cups, stirring sticks, disposable gloves, disposable work surface, disposable pipette
  • Silicone Mold
  • Gold Paint
  • Gold Chain and 2 Jump rings
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Drill with small bit

Silicone molds are easy to find online.  This one is the perfect shape for an easy necklace.

Begin by reading the directions for the FastCast Resin.  Follow the directions exactly when mixing it.  Work on a disposable surface and always wear gloves when working with resin.  FastCast sets surprisingly quickly, you only have 2 minutes or less of working time, so be sure everything is set and ready to go before mixing.

Next, use a pipette or dropper to fill the mold as quickly and carefully as possible.  Then let the resin set for 15 minutes and then it’s ultimately done!  Finally, pop it out of the mold and it’s ready to work with.

Now use the drill and small bit to drill a hole on each side of the resin casting.

It’s important to realize that the holes need to be drilled close to the edge so the jump ring can fit through it…but not so close that the resin breaks.  Then paint the resin the color of your choice–I used gold spray paint.

After the paint is dry it’s time to hook it to the chain.  Then cut a length of chain to fit around the wearers head, about 24 inches.  Next hook the jump ring on the resin casting and to the chain.

The backside is unpainted, but you can see the simplicity of attaching the chain.

Now this necklace is ready to wear–perfect addition to a costume or just for fun!

Have you used FastCast resin before?  Get inspired by this Resin Victorian Necklace!

Resin Leaf Napkin Rings and Place Cards

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 07:00

I am sort of in love with these resin leaf napkin rings and place cards.  Yes, this project is both a napkin ring and a way to tell people where to sit at your Thanksgiving dinner.  The reason I am in love with them is that yes they look great – BUT – the method I used to make them is so super simple!

Supplies needed to make these resin leaf napkin rings and place cards:

Instructions:

I started by using my hot glue gun to draw leaf-like shapes right on my silicone craft mat.  This mat is non-stick and perfect for this project!  It is sort of the secret ingredient.  Allow the glue to cool completely.

I then mixed up the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy and placed it into four small cups.  Be sure to wear protective equipment and follow all mixing instructions on the package for maximum success.  One I left clear then I tinted the others yellow, orange, and red.

Now for the fun part!  I actually sprayed half of my leaf shapes with the mold release and left half with nothing on them.  The results were exactly the same.  So I am going to say you don’t need to actually spray these before pouring your resin.  Pour in the clear resin first right in your leaf outlines.

Then add droplets of the colors.

Use a stir stick to swirl your colors for a marbled effect.  Add more resin if required as you want the leaves to be completely full.

Then allow to cure overnight.  Be sure that the leaves are left flat.  You will have something that looks like the image below.

You can now peel the entire thing off of the silicone mat and then just peel the hot glue away from the sides.

These amazing little leaves are just perfect for any fall project.  Can you just imagine all of the other shapes that you can cast with this technique?

I wanted to add my leaves to some napkin rings and I actually wanted them to double as place cards.  So I used a metallic paint pen to put the initials of my dinner guests on one leaf.

I then combined a bunch of leaves right on a napkin ring with some hot glue.

These resin leaf napkin rings are complete and oh so pretty!

Imagine a bunch of these fall leaves all the way around a wreath or combined to make a great centerpiece.

Now that you know this fun technique for casting resin into any shape, the possibilities are really endless!

Will you be making some resin leaf napkin rings and place cards for your Thanksgiving feast?

Be sure to pick up some extra supplies as I know you will have other ideas using this crafting technique that you will need to make in addition to these resin leaf napkin rings!

Fun Harry Potter Crafts

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 07:00

There is a really good reason why the Harry Potter series has such a cult-following. Not only are the books amazing, but the movies are great too! It seems like Harry Potter rises to even more popularity this time of year. One of the best things about Harry Potter is that is stretches across all ages and the love for the series is shared by so many. Today on Resin Crafts Blog, we’re sharing with you some Fun Harry Potter crafts you’ve got to try!

Fun Harry Potter Crafts

Printable Harry Potter Bookmarks | Artsy Fartsy Mama

Harry Potter Fun Fact Lunchbox Notes | The Crafting Chicks

DIY Harry Potter Book Covers | Paper Trail Designs

DIY Harry Potter Ties | One Sweet Appetite

DIY Quidditch Robes | Polka Dot Chair

DIY Potion Bottles | Makes and Takes

DIY Harry Potter Wands | Red Ted Art Blog

DIY Harry Potter Ornaments | A Pumpkin and a Princess

DIY Harry Potter Potion Charms | Mad in Crafts

DIY Harry Potter Corner Bookmark | Keeping It Simple

Resin Crystal Ball Wizard Staff DIY

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 07:00

 

Resin Crystal Ball Wizard Staff DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft with an awesome resin project perfect for Halloween.  Make an impressive Crystal Ball staff using EasyCast resin; great for a wizard, druid, sorcerer or gypsy costume!  I love Halloween and believe that props and the small details make the biggest difference in an award-winning costume or cosplay.

 

You will need:
  • EasyCast Resin
  • Mixing Cups/Stirring sticks/Disposable work surface/Disposable gloves
  • Round Silicone Mold
  • 1.5 inch Dowel or Hardwood Stick
  • Leather Scraps and Strips
  • E6000 Glue
  • Painters Tape

Begin by reading the directions for the EasyCast resin carefully.  Pour water into the desired mold and then pour out into a measuring cup.  Divide the amount in half and then mix that quantity of resin and equal parts hardener.  Stir for the correct amount of time.  Pour into silicone mold.

Let the resin sit for 20 minutes, then use a heat gun or mini torch to remove any bubbles that have formed.  Then let the resin cure overnight.

The next day, remove the crystal ball.  Some bubbles formed, but I think it works fine for this project.

Now it is time to form the staff.  I got an old/cured oak staff from a neighbor, but any thick stick or dowel will work, especially for a costume.

My teenage son has just discovered plait braiding or plaiting and helped me with this staff.  Cut strips of leather into 1/2 inch pieces.

Use 4 lengths of leather strips and begin the plait braiding.  (Find a youtube video for full instructions)

The ragged look is charming and perfect for this style of staff.

Once braided, it looks good, but needs the cherry on top!

Lastly, time to place the crystal ball on top.  Time to use the E6000 and painters tape.  Place a blob of E6000 glue on the base of the crystal ball and set it centered on the top of the staff.

Tape the ball in place tightly while the glue cures for at least 4 hours…but overnight to be sure.

Remove the tape.  The crystal ball was a little bigger than the staff, so a couple of wraps of leather around the top of the staff and then tied off securely.

 

That’s it!  Such an amazing piece for a fabulous costume!  Pin and save for later!

 

HeatForm Halloween Bats

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 07:00

‘Tis the season to decorate your home with all things spooky and scary! Today I am sharing how you can create dimensional bat silhouettes to add a touch of Halloween to your home.  Using a fun product most often used to create elaborate costumes, I made creepy 3D bats that are perfect for your Halloween decor.  Keep reading to learn how to make your own HeatForm Halloween Bats.

Supplies needed to make HeatForm Halloween Bats:
  • HeatForm
  • Scissors or digital cutting machine
  • Lighter
  • Needle
  • Monofilament

HeatForm is a very cool new product that I know you will want to try for yourself.  The thermoplastic sheets are rigid like regular plastic until you heat them with a hairdryer or heat gun.  While the product is hot, you can mold the sheets into whatever shape you choose.  When the HeatForm cools, the product becomes rigid again and the new shape is locked in place!  Similar products are very popular with costumers and cosplay artists, as the product is fantastic for making custom costume pieces.

Even though HeatForm is sturdy, it can still be cut with regular scissors.  I cut this simple bat silhouette out using small craft scissors, but you can also use a utility knife or digital cutting machine.  Cutting by hand is the less expensive and less time-consuming method, but your results will be less precise than those made with a cutting machine.  The tool you use for your project is totally up to you.

I made two more bats using my digital cutting machine.  I used a strong grip cutting mat and a knife blade and set my Cricut Maker to cut heavy chipboard.  The machine made twenty passes over the material to cut out the shapes, which took nearly an hour.

The process was definitely time-consuming, but the results are perfect.  Choose the cutting method that works the best for you!

After I cut out the bat shapes, it was time for the fun part!  I created a make-shift jig to add shape to my bats.  I set the HeatForm bats on top of two large glasses, then heated the HeatForm with a hairdryer.  The product became soft and pliable, so I was able to drape it over the glasses to create the illusion that the wings are in motion.  One of the many cool things about HeatForm is that if you don’t like the way your project looks after you have molded it, you can reheat it and start over!

Since this HeatForm was already black, it was perfect for these spooky silhouettes.  You can paint HeatForm though, so if you want to add more details to your bats you can!

Finally, I needed to create a hole in the HeatForm so I could hang my finished bats.  I heated the tip of a needle with a lighter and carefully pushed it through the HeatForm.  This created a perfect hole through which I could thread a line of monofilament.

My creepy Halloween bats were finished and ready to be hung by their invisible strings.  Hang these by your front door to startle trick or treaters this Halloween!

Halloween Crafts for Kids

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 07:00

The Fall season is a great time of year to embrace fun activity options to keep your kids entertained. Halloween is always a huge hit with young ones and of course there’s nothing they love more than being hands on. We here at Resin Crafts Blog are a huge fan of crafts as well, so today we’re sharing with you some of the best Halloween Crafts for Kids.

Halloween Crafts for Kids

DIY Spider Pencils | Happiness is Homemade

Hanging Bat Craft | Buggy and Buddy

Easy Paper Ghost Craft | I Heart Crafty Things

3-D Paper Spider Craft | Red Ted Art Blog

Pumpkin Watercolor Resist Art | I Heart Arts N Crafts

Monster Cupcake Picks | Eighteen25

DIY Pom Pom Ghosts | DIY Candy

Glowing Jack-O-Lanterns | Crafts by Amanda

Halloween Footprint Ghost | Happy Hooligans

Mummy Treat Containers | Skip To My Lou

How to make Candy Corn Coasters

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 07:00

Hello Resin Crafters! It’s Kelli, from the Craft Shack again.  Fall arrived almost overnight here, and now that it’s October I’m officially getting ready for Halloween. I’m excited to share a fun Halloween craft with you today! Candy corn is one of my favorite seasonal treats.  Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying it’s a cute candy.  Did you know that you can cast candy in resin? There is a simple little trick to keep the candy looking it’s best so you can make these adorable preserved candy corn coasters for Halloween.

Supplies for making Candy Corn Coasters:

The first step in casting any candy in the resin is to prepare the candy.  If you just put the candy in the resin as it is, the candy will dissolve in the resin and that doesn’t look very pretty! To keep the candy intact, with pretty, crisp lines, you have to coat it with Resin Spray Finish first. Spray a light coat of the Resin spray on all sides of the candy corn and allow to dry.   They should look shiny now.  Please be sure not to eat any candy corn that has been coated in Resin!  Now, your candy corn is ready to use.  This method also works with most other sugar-based candies.

Now that your candy corn is ready to use, you can start assembling your adorable coasters.   First, mix a small amount of resin for a base layer.  Follow the instructions on the packaging carefully.  Always use the appropriate safety gear. Wear gloves and eye protection. Mix equal parts of the resin and hardener solutions for 2 minutes.  Pour into a clean cup, and mix for 1 more minute. I mixed up 1 oz of clear resin for each coaster (3 oz total) to start.

Pour the first layer of resin into the coaster molds. Remove any bubbles that rise to the surface with a heat gun, your warm breath, or a small kitchen torch.  Allow this layer to cure for at least 4 hours.  It will be mostly set then, but still slightly soft.

Arrange your treated candy corn on the first layer of soft resin. You can lay them in a specific pattern, or simply dump them into the coaster mold.  However you lay them in the coaster, be sure that they are only in a single layer.

Mix a second batch of clear resin and pour to cover the candy corn.  If there are still a few parts of the candy sticking out of the resin, that is ok.  You will cover it with the next step. Remove any bubbles that rise to the surface, and allow this layer to cure completely.

For the final step, mix the last batch of resin.  I used 1 oz per mold again, mixing 3 oz total.  After you’ve completed your second mixing time in the clean cup, add a small amount of black paint or pigment to the resin, and mix it completely.  Pour the black resin over the cured candy corn layers.  Remove any bubbles that rise to the surface, cover and allow to cure completely.

Remove the coasters from the molds, and enjoy your fun new Halloween Candy Corn coasters!

I’m going to make a candy corn tray to match my coasters I think, using the same method!  Which candy would you like to preserve in Resin?

DIY Spider Resin Rings

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 08:21

Halloween is one of the best times of the year if you like to celebrate scary or spooky things. These DIY Spider Resin Rings are the perfect addition to your Halloween outfit whether it be for a class, party or costume! Here’s how I made them:

DIY Spider Resin Rings Supplies:

Prep Mold:

Spray your molds with Mold Release Conditioner Spray and let it dry completely. This will make it easier to remove your pieces after they have cured.

Now place your spiders into the mold spaces where they fit best.

Mix Resin:

First, put on your gloves for protection. You do not want to touch the resin. Pour a small amount of Part A into your mixing cup. 

Pour an equal amount of Part B into the cup and mix thoroughly.

Pour the mixed resin into a second cup. This is the two-cup method and will ensure that all the resin is completely mixed. Stir thoroughly again with a second stir stick.

Pour into Mold:

Now carefully pour the resin into the molds over the spiders.

You’ll notice a lot of bubbles. Exhale over the top of the resin pours to pop the bubbles.

As you see, the bubbles pop and it looks great! Let this cure for about 24 hours in a dust-free area.

Pop the pieces out of the mold. You’ll notice they have a matte finish from the mold. Spray with Resin Spray to make the tops beautiful and shiny. Be sure to be in a well-ventilated space.

Once dry, glue the resin pieces to the ring blanks.

Finished!

Now you have a few awesome and creepy DIY Spider Resin Rings to wear around this holiday season. This would be perfect for any costume or even just fun to wear to work or a party.

I hope you like this project. Let me know in the comments what you think or if you have any questions. Thanks again for reading and good luck with your resin crafting!

Oh, one more thing; if you like this project please save it to Pinterest with this image!

–Sheri

DIY Colorfully Painted Pumpkins

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 07:00

Fall is full of pumpkin spice and everything nice….but that’s not all it has in store! It has a ton of opportunities for crafts and DIY! We’re always looking for ways to bring crafting into the season, and one of our favorite ways is DIY-ing our way to amazing decor. In stores, decorations can be expensive, so we encourage our readers to try getting some crafting time in while saving themselves a couple bucks. Today, we’re sharing our absolute favorite DIY Colorfully Painted Pumpkins so you can get your craft on!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Colorfully Painted Pumpkins

Neon Pastel Pumpkin Bowls | DecoArt Blog

DIY Decorative Pumpkins | Lydi Out Loud

Gilded Pumpkin Topiary | Lolly Jane

DIY Boho Chic Painted Pumpkins | Made in a Day

DIY Heirloom Pumpkin Painting | So Much Better With Age

DIY Harlequin Painted Pumpkins | DIY Candy

DIY Paint Stitched Pumpkins | U-Create Crafts

DIY Painted Pumpkins with Decoupage | Snazzy Little Things

DIY Painted Foam Pumpkins | Tatertots and Jello

DIY Drop Painting Pumpkins | Mom Dot

DIY Watercolor Pumpkins | Lines Across

DIY Photo Magnets using EasyCast Resin

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 07:00

Hello resin crafters! Today I have a fun craft for you to display some of your favorite photos in a functional way. Rather than using generic magnets on your fridge to display photos, turn those photos into gorgeous and long-lasting magnets to hold all your other papers! Here’s a quick and easy DIY Photo Magnets tutorial using EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy in milk bottle lids.

SUPPLIES: Applying Photos:

The first step in this project is to cut your photos into the right shape. To do this, trace around the outside of the lid over the part of your photo that you want showing in the lid. Cut out the circle just inside the traced line.

Next, glue the photos circles into the milk bottle lids using Ultra-Seal or some other multipurpose glue sealer.

Apply an even coat of the sealer to the inside of the lid, press the photo into the glue and smooth down, then add another even coat over the top of the photo. Let dry.

Once the glue is completely dried, get ready to mix and pour the resin!

Adding Resin:

The first step is the gather all your resin mixing supplies: EasyCast, Vinyl Gloves, Measuring Cups, Mixing sticks, Butane Torch. Put on your gloves.

Pour Part A into your cup. I used 3 oz. because I was making 12 photo magnets. Approximate how much you’ll need and pour half of that amount into your cup.

Next, pour the exact same amount of Part B into the cup. So you will have equal amounts of Part A and B, meaning I had 6 oz. total. Mix thoroughly with your stir stick.

Once mixed, pour into your second cup and mix again. This is the two-cup method and ensures that the resin is completely mixed. This prevents any soft spots after curing.

Pouring Resin:

Now you’re going to add the resin to the magnets. Slowly pour enough resin into each lid without it going over the edge. You may want to have a stir stick in your other hand to catch any excess resin from dripping between pours.

Use the micro-butane torch to pop the bubbles. If you don’t have a torch, you can exhale over the top of each one and that will also pop bubbles.

Let the resin cure for 24 hours in a dust-free area.

Super glue magnets to the back of the lid.

FINISHED!

And there you have it, perfectly beautiful DIY Photo Magnets using EasyCast in Milk Bottle Lids. This is such a quick and easy project (aside from the 24 cure time). Just picture how beautiful your fridge will be with these personalized magnets on the entire thing. I hope you liked this project!

If you like this project, please save this image to Pinterest. Thanks for reading!

–Sheri

Spooktacular Halloween Crafts

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:15

In the blink of an eye, we are already halfway through September! Can you even believe that? Fall is such a great season that we here at Resin Crafts never want time to fly by too quickly, but we’re definitely starting to get excited for Halloween! There are so many fun crafts and activities that coincide with Halloween, so obviously it’s right up our alley! We’re going to share with you today some of our favorite Spooktacular Halloween Crafts.

Which ones will you create?

Neon Pastel Candy Dishes | DecoArt Blog

DIY Halloween Koozies | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Halloween Mason Luminary Jars | Happiness is Homemade

DIY Monster Pencils | The 36th Avenue

DIY Lighted Bats | Rogue Engineer

DIY Paper Bag Luminaries | Modern Parents Messy Kids

DIY Yarn Ghost Garland | Eighteen25

DIY Easy Ghostly Garland | The Real Coake Family

DIY Simple Halloween Doormat | DIY Candy

Glitter Slime Monsters | The 36th Avenue

DIY Haunted House Pumpkin Diorama | A Pumpkin and a Princess

Insects Cast in EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 07:00

Insects Cast in EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft with a fun Autumn time resin casting craft.  Did you know there are nearly 200 million insects for every human on earth?  Their constant molting of skin and short life expectancies makes them the perfect subjects to cast in resin.  You’ll need to do a little bug collecting.

Supplies needed:

Begin by reading the directions for the EasyCast.  Mix enough resin to fill about 1/4 inch in the base of each mold you will be using.  To estimate the best amount, fill the mold to the needed height with water.  Pour out water in mixing cup and read the measurement.  Half that amount, one part hardener and one part resin.  Mix according to package directions in the 2 phase mixing process.  Pour 1/4 inch of resin in each mold and let it set until a gel consistency, about 20 minutes, then gently place your specimens.  I included 5 bees from our hive that died…and one little stinger.

These 2 guys are cicadas.  The small body with no wings is an exoskeleton.  The cicada molts and becomes a cicada with wings.

After placing the insects in the resin carefully, mix up at least double the amount of EasyCast as earlier.  Mix the same way as earlier in the 2 phase process.  After mixing, pour the resin over the top of the insects slowly to encase them completely.

After 20 minutes, use a heat gun or mini torch to pop all the bubbles that have formed.  Then let the resin cure for at least 24 hours.  Then pop them from the molds to reveal the most interesting paperweights.

This is such an awesome way to showcase fragile insects so they can be observed, handled and understood; it’s a fun way to teach children the life cycle of bugs too!

What kind of creepers would you cast in resin?

Check out these beetle necklaces too!

Paper and Resin Pendants

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 07:00

It’s so much fun to create customized jewelry to go with any outfit or style that you wear. You can also use this method to make amazing gifts for your loved ones for birthdays or holidays. You will not believe how easy it is to create beautiful jewelry using resin, and for these pendants, a little goes a long way! Here are all the details on how I created these Paper and Resin Pendants using just some small pieces of scrapbook paper, bezels and Envirotex Jewelry Resin.

Paper and Resin Pendants SUPPLIES:

Prep Pendants:

The first step is to cut the paper so that it fits perfectly into the bezel. Use the Ultra-seal or other multipurpose sealer/glue (a decoupage type) and glue the paper pieces into the bezels.

Coat the inside of the bezel with Ultra-Seal or other decoupage product.

Place the paper circles into the bezels. Press down evenly across entire paper.

Coat the entire paper with another layer of Ultra-Seal. Let dry. I left mine for about an hour, but it may dry faster than that.

Here’s what it looks like once the Ultra-Seal has dried clearly.

Mixing Resin:

Now it’s time to mix the resin that will fill your pendant bezel and give it that shiny, perfect glass-like surface. Put on your gloves. Using the small disposable cups in the Envirotex Jewelry Resin kit, mix equal amounts of Part A and Part B into a cup. Stir thoroughly.

Next, pour the mixture into a second cup and stir thoroughly again. This will ensure that there will be no soft spots and everything is completely mixed.

Now, pour the mixture into each bezel. You want to fill it completely, but be careful not to overfill.

As you can see, there will be bubbles. That’s okay! Simply exhale over the top of the pieces and the carbon dioxide will pop the bubbles. You may need to do this a couple times as the resin is settling.

Let the resin cure for 24 hours in a warm, dust-free space.

Finished!

And there you have it! Two beautiful Paper and Resin Pendants that you can wear with various outfits!

Isn’t it beautiful how shiny and perfect the resin makes these necklaces?

What do you think? Let me know in the comments and feel free to ask any questions you have!

If you like this project, please share this image to Pinterest, or click on the social media sharing buttons on the left side of the screen. Thanks again for reading!

–Sheri

 

Must Try Tailgating Party Ideas

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 07:00

Finally, it’s here! Football season has arrived and we here at Resin Crafts Blog are so ready to celebrate. One of the best things during this time of year is using football as a reason to spend fun quality time with your friends and family, while supporting your favorite team! We’ve compiled a list of some of the best tailgating party ideas to make sure this football season is the best one yet. Enjoy!

Must Try Tailgating Party Ideas

DIY Football Party Drink Station | Lydi Out Loud

Creative Tailgate Food Ideas | Pizzazzerie

Fabulous Football Party Table | Make Life Lovely

DIY Football Cupcakes | Oh My- Creative

DIY Football Banner | Uncommon Designs

Easy Football Field Party Table | A Night Owl Blog

DIY Trunk Tailgate Party | Homemade Interest

DIY Party Bucket Table | Rogue Engineer

DIY Football Cutlery Holders | The Cards We Drew

DIY Football Cheesecake Ball | Kenarry

DIY Candles with EasyMold Silicone Rubber

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 07:00

Hello Resin Crafters! This is Kelli, from over in the Craft Shack, and I’m so excited today to show you how you can take your favorite little knick-knacks and turn them into DIY candle or soap molds that copy every little tiny detail exactly! The best part is that this process won’t harm your (non-porous) treasures!  I adore owls, and I have some really fun little owl decor in my house.  I decided that I would love to copy one of the cute little owls and turn it into a little candle! It was surprisingly easy and now I have a sturdy reusable mold that will make DIY candles or soaps over and over again!  Here’s how you make them:

DIY Candles with EasyMold Silicone Rubber Supplies needed:

First, you need to complete some preparation steps. Cut the bottom off the disposable container.  You should have a wide open container now with a lid.  Use hot glue to glue the item you want to copy onto the lid of the container.  I glued the flat bottom of my cute owl to the container lid.  The hot glue will hold it in place but was easy to peel off when I was finished.  Put the lid on your container, and glue the container lid in place.  The lid has become the bottom of your mold, and you should have the side you cut open up on the top.

Now you can mix your Silicone Rubber to make the mold! Be sure to read the complete instructions in the package, and always remember to wear gloves. The EasyMold Liquid Silicone Rubber comes in two parts. Measure equal amounts of part A and part B.  Mix them together until they are uniform in color, with no streaks.

Pour the mixed Silicone over the item in your mold container.  Tap the sides and bottom of the container to bring any air bubbles up to the surface.   Allow the mold to cure for at least 24 hours.

Use sharp scissors or a utility knife to cut and peel away your disposable plastic container from the cured silicone mold.

Next, you will need to take the sharp craft or utility knife and cut a zig-zag pattern down the side of the mold. You need to cut all the way through from the edge to your item encased in the silicone rubber. Be careful not to cut your item!  Once you’ve cut through the edge, pull back the mold and release the item inside.  Now you have an empty cavity mold!

How to use your mold to make your own DIY candles:

Secure the sides of the mold with rubber bands or tape so the melted wax doesn’t leak out your cut marks.  I had no problems with leaking wax using just simple rubber bands.

 

Because I want to use this mold for soaps too, I did not put a wick hole in the bottom of the mold! There is a neat trick to making a hole in the wax to add the wick later though.  Before you pour the melted wax into the mold, take a thin skewer and poke it gently into the top of the rubber mold.  Pour the melted wax around the skewer, and then secure the skewer in place with tape.

After your wax has cooled and hardened, remove the rubber bands, pull open your mold, and remove the candle.

You can give that skewer a little twist, and pull it right out! Now you have a hole through your wax to insert the wick into your DIY candles without adding a hole to your mold!

Trim the wick to 1/4 inch in size, and enjoy your adorable new candles!  I can’t wait to make some super cute owl soaps next!   What item would you cast to make your own DIY candles?

DIY Glittery Resin Cacti

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 07:00

Glitter and cacti are two of my favorite crafting trends right now.  When I found an adorable silicone cactus mold, I wondered if I could combine these two trends with one of my favorite crafting supplies: resin!  I used transparent resin dye and clear polyester Castin’ Craft to make some DIY glittery resin cacti.

Supplies:

My silicone mold was meant to make popsicles, so I closed the holes for the popsicles sticks with duct tape.  I wanted to be able to remove my finished resin cacti from the mold easily, so I applied two coats of mold release to the mold — allowing it dry in between coats.
Next I followed 6 steps to create the green, glittery resin for my project:

  1. Gather your supplies: polyester resin and catalyst, a mixing cup and stir stick, transparent green resin dye, and glitter.
  2. Follow the directions for the correct resin to catalyst ratio for your project.  Since my mold was about 1″ deep, I added 4 drops of catalyst per each ounce of resin.  I ended up mixing up about 5 ounces of resin with 20 drops of catalyst.  I mixed for 60 seconds, making sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the cup as I mixed.
  3. Add in a few drops of transparent green resin dye.  The more dye you add to the resin, the more it interferes with the cure time, so only use as much as you need.
  4. Stir well until the resin is an even color.
  5. Add in green glitter.  I like using a variety of shades and sizes of glitter for more interest.
  6. Stir well until the glitter is evenly spread throughout the resin mixture.

Carefully pour the resin into the prepared mold.  Be sure the mold is on a level surface.  Then allow the resin to cure.  The resin’s cure time is affected by several factors including the depth of your mold, the temperature of the air, and what you have embedded in the mold.  When you tap on the back of your project with a stir stick, it will make a click noise when it is fully cured.

Remove the finished resin pieces from the mold.  The glitter is suspended inside the resin making your project sparkle beautifully!

While I loved the look of my finished pieces, I decided they would be even cuter with little faces.  I quickly painted faces onto the resin cacti with craft paint.  This step is completely optional, of course.  These cacti would make adorable magnets, paperweights or decor items!

Outdoor Fall Decor Inspiration

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 07:46

There’s just something special about the Fall season. Whether it be the autumnal leaves changing, the cooler evenings or the endless amount of Fall activities to be celebrated, there’s always plenty to do! If you’re like us, you’ve been stalking Pinterest for some great Fall decor inspiration to admire and also to help create your own seasonal decor. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorites in terms of outdoor fall decor inspiration. Enjoy!

Outdoor Fall Decor Inspiration

DIY Fall Festival Sign | Lydi Out Loud

Jewel Toned Inspired Front Porch | Bower Power

Bold Colored Fall Outdoor Decor | Positively Splendid

DIY Fall Outdoor Bench | Oh My Creative

DIY Rustic Wheelbarrow | Jen Woodhouse

DIY Farmhouse Gather Wreath | Tatertots and Jello

Simple and Stylish Porch Decor | Lolly Jane

DIY Fall Mailbox Decor | 11 Magnolia Lane

Outdoor Fall Pallet Decor | One More Time Events

Upcycled Outdoor Decor | DIY Beautify

Poured Resin Wedding Keepsake Book Box

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 07:00

I still can’t believe it’s been 15 years since my wedding! I have a box filled with mementos from the special day which I absolutely cherish. Today I’m sharing this idea to DIY a wedding keepsake book box with a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind resin cover. It would make a lovely shower or wedding gift idea for any bride-to-be.

Poured Resin Keepsake Book Box

Hi! This is Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit, a DIY, craft and home decor blog I co-author with my sister Sonja. Although it’s been 15 years since I tied the knot, it feels like just yesterday. I remember setting aside a few items such as copies our wedding invitation, the program from the church and the tiara which I wore. I open that box every now and then and look forward to showing it to my daughters this year.

We DIYed a lot of our wedding and reception decorations. If I were to plan another wedding I’d love to have it as a coastal theme. I would make these beach-themed wedding centerpieces and gift bags embellished with ocean-themed resin paper tags. I’d also make these resin seashell soap dishes or  hand-lettered wood slice key chains as gifts for all the guests.

I’ve been wanting to try a resin pouring project for a little while and this idea came to life when I saw these fun wooden book boxes. You could do any colour combo but I love the blue, white and gold combination.

Materials Needed to make this Wedding Keepsake Box:
  • Wooden Book Box
  • Wood Pallet Word Shape
  • Screwdriver
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Acrylic Craft Paint in white, deep blue, metallic blue topaz
  • Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer / Glue (or any clear drying craft glue)
  • Envirotex Lite Pour-On
  • Gold glitter flakes
  • Paintbrush
  • Small and large cups, wooden stir sticks, small kitchen torch, disposable work surface, disposable brush, gloves
  • Hot glue gun and clear craft glue

How to Make a Resin Poured Keepsake Book Box: Preparing the book box cover for the resin pour

The resin will pour off of your piece so prepare your work surface with disposable paper (e.g. newspaper) to catch any run off.

IMPORTANT: Remove the cover flap from the rest of the box by unscrewing and removing the hinges. I tried to complete the project leaving the cover on the box and had some problems in the end with the resin getting into the hinges (even though I tried to cover them with tape).

Lightly sand all the surfaces and edges of the wood book box using fine grit sandpaper.

Paint all of the surfaces with two coats of white acrylic paint.

Coat the surface flap which you plan to pour the resin onto with a multi-purpose glue/sealer and let dry completely.

Tape off the edge of the cover flap along the spine side of the book box. Otherwise you may have difficulty reassembling the book box when finished.

Mixing and colouring the resin solution:

Read and follow all instructions in the Envirotex Lite packaging for best results. Work in a well ventilated area with gloves.

Ensure your resin and hardener are at room temperature or warmer before mixing.

Mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into one measuring cup. The size of your piece will determine how much resin you need. In my case, I poured 2oz of the resin and 2oz of the hardener.

Stir together continuously for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the container.

Pour the mixture into a second cup and stir for an additional minute, scraping the sides of the container and stir stick.

Evenly distribute the resin mixture into 4 different smaller cups. Add 3-4 drops of acrylic paint of each colour in each cup. Mix gold glitter flakes in the fourth cup.

Pouring the coloured resin

Elevate your painted and sealed wood flap off of your work surface. A couple of small cups underneath work great!

In a separate cup, pour about half of the white tinted resin. Then slowly pour some of the topaz tinted resin in the center, then some gold glitter resin and finally a bit of the deep blue. Repeat this pattern with smaller amounts until you nearly fill up the cup. There’s really no wrong way to go about this!

Place a flap of sturdy paper such as thick card stock over the top of the cup.

Try and hold it tight to the rim of the cup and then flip it all over onto the book box cover. Firmly hold the cup down and slowly slide the card stock out from underneath the cup. Next, gently lift the  cup up to reveal your creation!

Use the wood stir stick or a disposable brush to distribute the resin to the edges of the book box cover. You may need to repeat the resin pour with additional resin to fully cover the surface.

I felt that the cover was a bit too dark for a wedding keepsake box, so I zig zag poured some white resin in a diagonal across the cover.

The resin blends together beautifully as it settles. However, I helped to soften the edges using the air and heat from the kitchen torch. Use the torch to pop any air bubbles that arise to the surface. I did this several times over the first hour or so of the curing process. Be sure to cover the piece to keep dust from settling in.

With the remaining resin, coat the wood Love shape. Be sure to raise it off of your work surface to let the resin drip off (I used a few small measuring cups).

Add in the glitter resin in various spots.

Use the kitchen torch to blow off any air bubbles then cover and let cure overnight.

Once the phrase and book box cover are fully cured, glue the phrase in place with hot glue. Note, you may need to trim down any large drips on the back side of the phrase.

I’m so pleased with how my first resin pouring project turned out! It’s a bit of a mystery what the end result will be and no two projects will ever be the same. That’s the beauty of resin pouring.

I’m looking forward to making a couple more of these, one as a graduation gift and another for my niece’s birthday. Do you have anyone in mind who would appreciate a keepsake book box?

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Marbled Resin Pumpkins for Halloween Decor

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 07:00

Make a batch of marbled resin pumpkins for your Halloween decor in just minutes.  You can add some spook to a mantel with these fun pumpkins.  Change up the colors to something more festive to use the same technique for your fall decor.  Either way, you are sure to love just how easy these are to make.

Supplies needed to make these marbled resin pumpkins:

Instructions:

Be sure to protect your work surface with cardboard before beginning.  Then remove the stems from the pumpkins and add them onto a skewer or dowel rod.  Stick that in a foam block as shown below.

Measure and mix your EnviroTex Lite® Pour On High Gloss Finish according to the package directions.  Then divide up into small cups and add Castin’Craft Opaque Pigments to get the desired colors.  I mixed yellow and red to get a deep orange and used white.  NOTE:  Be sure to wear protective gloves when working with resin.

You will also need a skewer or toothpick in the other side of each pumpkin so you can pick up the pumpkins and turn them.  Start pouring the resin on each of your pumpkins.

Layer a few colors.  I find that dripping the product on using the stir stick is effective and less messy.

Then start picking up the pumpkins using the two skewers and twisting them to get complete coverage.  Add more resin if needed.  Continue until you are happy with the look.

Allow to cure overnight, then remove the two skewers.  You may need a craft knife to cut away the cured resin in order to remove.  Add your stem back to your pumpkins and they are ready for a fun and spooky display.

My favorite part about these marbled resin pumpkins is just how glossy they are!

The black pumpkins made the perfect base for Halloween but you can try this same technique on some orange pumpkins.  Marble with white and light orange for a fun effect.

Be sure to try this technique on some pumpkins this season.  You are going to love your own marbled resin pumpkins!

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