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DIY Easter Decor Inspiration

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 07:00

With winter finally coming to a close, we have so much to look forward to. Besides the better weather, blooming flowers and Spring Break on the horizon, we also have Easter to celebrate! This holiday comes and goes so quickly, so it’s the perfect time to get started on your Easter decorations for this year. We here at Resin Crafts Blog love any opportunity to get our DIY on, so this Easter-season is no exception. We’ve rounded up some of the best DIY Easter Decor for you today!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Easter Decor Inspiration

Buffalo Check No-Sew Rabbit Pillow | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Rainbow Bunny Wreath | Tried & True

DIY Chic Easter Garland | The 36th Avenue and Live Laugh Rowe

DIY Easter Carrots | The Creek Line House

DIY Easter Chick Mason Jar Vase | Weekend Craft

DIY Elegant Easter Basket | Celebrating Everyday Life

DIY Burlap Easter Decor | A Little Craft In Your Day

DIY Easter Egg Topiary Tree | Sea and Sisal

DIY Wood Burned Easter Eggs | Jen Woodhouse

DIY Easter Centerpiece | Blesser House

Resin Eyes Tutorial for Dolls, Puppets, Monsters, Dragons or Bag Flair

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 07:00

Hello Resin Crafting friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft here with an especially fun Resin Eyes DIY.   Resin eyes are definitely useful when making dolls, monsters, puppets, dragons or third-eye wearables and bag flair.  Regardless of the final destination, resin eyes are a great resin craft for any experience level.

Supplies needed as shown above: Stage 1:

Start by prepping your molds by gently misting with the release spray. 

Begin by reading the directions for the EasyCast resin.  Mix an ounce of resin to begin, one part resin and one part hardener.  Follow the instructions and stir the mixture for 2 minutes.  Then transfer into a new mixing cup and stir with a new stick for 1 minute.  Failure to mix properly can keep resin from curing properly.

Then add a pea sized drop of black acrylic paint in the resin and stir well.  Next, drop a small amount of black resin into each round mold cavity.  For the knob mold, keep the resin to the size of a pea.  Let the molds cure overnight.

Next day mix up some more resin with the 2-phase mixing process.  

Slightly more resin is required for the iris part of the eyes than previously with the pupils.

Pour the mixed resin into smaller mixing cups and add a drop of paint to add the color.  Then pour a small amount of color over the black resin pupils, but leave room for a band of white to show.  As before, let the resin cure overnight.

The next day the process is very similar…mix resin in the 2 phase mixing process.  Much more resin is needed than previously to fill in all the remaining space with white.  Add a few drops of white acrylic craft paint to the mixture and pour into the molds.  Now let them cure overnight.

Pop the eyeballs out of the molds the next day and see what is staring back at you.  Perfect to add on dolls, dragons, monsters, puppets…sky is the limit!

Stage 2:

Now that the eyes are finished, complete the human-like effect by adding eyelids.  You will need felt, scissors and hot glue/gun.

Cut a piece of felt larger than the eyeball and hot glue the eye in the center.  Then add some hot glue to the bottom edge of the felt.

Next, fold the edge of felt up and overlap it slightly onto the eyeball.  Press the felt down firmly.

Repeat the same process as above for the other eye lid.

Now the eye is enclosed and looks uniquely creepy.

Finally, trim around the eye lids as desired.

Repeat the process identically for each eye.

Once the eyes are complete they can adorn anything, like this tote bag for example.  Simply stitch the felt to the bag like a patch or hot glue them in place.  Furthermore, you could add a necklace bail and chain for a third-eye wearable accessory.

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Butterfly Wing Resin Earrings DIY

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 07:00

Butterfly Wing Resin Earrings DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a simple resin craft today.  Butterfly wings are uniquely gorgeous.  This is an especially perfect pair of earrings for Spring.  They are easy to make and require no butterfly to create them.  Make a pair of faux Monarch wings earrings for the perfect Spring accessories.

Supplies Needed:
  • Envirotex Lite Pour-On Resin
  • Measuring Cups, Stirring Sticks and Disposable Gloves
  • Printed Monarch on Vellum Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Tiny Hole Punch or Large Needle
  • Earring Hooks
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Non stick surface like Teflon to work on
  • Old Paintbrush

 

Begin by printing this monarch off on vellum cardstock paper with an inkjet printer (toner not necessary).   Regular cardstock can be used too but will not look as ethreal.

Next use scissors to cut one set of butterfly wings.

Now mix up a tiny bit of Envirotex Lite into the mixing cups.  Follow directions precisely.  Pour about a “pea” sized amount of resin and a “pea” sized amount of hardener for one set of earrings.  I mixed up 1/2 teaspoon of each in my small mixing cups and had enough left over to coat a painted rock the size of a softball!  Stir in one cup for 2 minutes, then transfer the resin to the second cup and stir with a second stick for 1 minute.

Now use the paintbrush to paint a thin layer of resin on each wing.

Then use a straw to blow on any bubbles that have formed.

Let the wings dry overnight.  Resin will amber over time, so this project is especially great since the monarch wings are already shades of yellow.

Once the resin is dry, punch a hole in the top of each wing.

Just as pictured, as close to the top of the wings as possible.

Finally, use jewelry pliers to attach the earring hooks to the butterfly wings.

Perfect earrings to wear to a garden party on a Spring day!

 

Beautiful DIY Knobs and Handles

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 07:08

Some of the best projects around the home can be DIY-ed not only quickly, but affordably as well! Today at Resin Crafts Blog we’re talking about a quick project you can do at home that will surely make a big impact. We’ve rounded up some beautiful DIY knobs and handles that you can create yourself in no time at all and without breaking the bank.

Which ones will you create?

Beautiful DIY Knobs and Handles

DIY Sequin Knobs 

DIY Faux Crystal Knobs | Rain On A Tin Roof

DIY Pink Glitter Resin Knobs

DIY Dinosaur Knobs | She Knows

DIY Chic Knobs

DIY Gold Leaf Emerald Cabinet Knobs 

DIY Anthropologie Inspired Knobs | View Along The Way

DIY Shimmering Drawer Pulls 

DIY Easy Resin Door Knob 

 

The Sweetest DIY Resin Cupcake Charms

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 07:00

I’m always looking for fun and creative new items to add in my girls’ birthday party loot bags. These pretty glittering resin cupcake charms make a great option that they’re sure to love!

DIY Resin Cupcake Charms

I have four kiddos between the ages of 4-12, all with their birthdays in the last few months of the year. I have to confess I get pretty burnt out planning birthday parties and putting together little loot bags ends up being a point of stress for me.

Why?

Well, I don’t want to send them home with junk that they won’t use or a bag full of candy. So the options become limited.

For this year, I’ve decided to stick with quality over quantity! Each girl will get a little resin cupcake charm to use as a pendant or as a zipper pull. Based on my girls’ reactions to the project, they’re sure to be a hit. I may add them into a bag alongside our easy painted rock bird magnets or personalized hand lettered key chains such as these. Or this DIY donut necklace and earrings would be adorable!

This is a multi-staged project with three separate resin pours. So to make things faster I’ll be picking up a few more of the cupcake molds to be able to do the project in one or two large batches.

Supplies Needed to Make Resin Cupcake Charms How to make Resin Cupcake Charms

Be sure to read all the instructions and work in a well ventilated area prior to using the EasyCast and FastCast resins.

The First Resin Pour

To prepare the resin for pouring, mix equal amounts of resin and hardener in a measuring cup. One and a half ounces of each should be sufficient for this project. Stir the two parts together for 2 minutes scraping the bottom and sides with the wooden stir stick.

Pour the mixture into a second measuring cup and continue stirring for another minute. Your resin will then be ready to pour.

Prop your silicone cupcake mold up on one end (I just placed a stone under mine).

Carefully pour the mixed EasyCast resin into the bottom third of each cupcake well. Be careful not to overfill – you don’t want to cover the base of the cupcake.

Let the resin rest for about 15 minutes and then blow off any bubbles that rise to the surface.

Sprinkle a layer of glitter in the colours of your choice over the resin.

Cover and let cure overnight.

The Second Resin Pour

For the “cup” of the cupcake, I used FastCast casting resin. Alternatively, you could use another batch of EasyCast resin, tinted to a colour of your choice with resin pigments or acrylic craft paint. I preferred the FastCast for this step because it sets in less than 10 minutes, so I could move on to the third resin pour quite quickly.

Follow the instructions in the package to mix the FastCast resin. It’s a similar process to the EasyCast resin but with much shorter mixing times.

Turn the mold around and prop up the opposite end.

Work quickly and pour the mixed FastCast onto the bottom third of the cupcake mold. Don’t overfill as you don’t want to completely cover the glitter!

Within a couple of minutes the clear FastCast resin mixture will start to turn white. The resin will be fully cured within 10 minutes and ready to move on to the next step.

The Third Resin Pour

Finally, set the cupcake mold flat on your working surface. Mix one another small batch of the EasyCast resin and fill the cupcake molds. Blow off any air bubbles and let cure completely overnight.

Finishing the Resin Cupcake Charms

Once fully cured remove the cupcakes from the mold. They turned out so cute!

Drill a small hole on the top of each cupcake.

Add in a small eyelet screw and a 10 mm jump ring.

You can simply add the charm onto a necklace as these little besties chose to do.

Or, you can add a couple to a small chain and lobster clasp or key chain ring.

I’m so happy with how these turned out and will definitely be making more with different colours of glitter (rainbow would be perfect!). Do you have any loot bag gift ideas that tween girls would love?

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Easter Egg Necklace and Earrings

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 07:00

You can make your own Easter egg necklace and earrings in minutes using fast cast resin and a few supplies. Marbling makes these totally on trend and you can mix and match the colors to coordinate with your Easter outfit. After all, a new necklace and earring set might be just what you need this spring!

Supplies needed to make this Easter egg necklace and earrings:

Instructions:

If you have not used the FastCast Urethane Casting Resin before, you are in for a treat. This fast setting resin product only takes 10 minutes to set up so you can go on with your craft quickly. We are showing you how to work with this product below and a few things to watch out for when you do.

Start by spraying your molds with the mold release and conditioner. Then allow those to dry completely. Once dry, you can start measuring and mixing equal parts of the fast cast in a mixing cup. Be sure to mix quickly as you don’t have much working time with this product. You will want to follow all measuring and mixing instructions included in your package. Then pour into the holes of your conditioned mold.

The product actually produces its own heat and will start to turn white right before your eyes in just minutes.

You want the entire thing to be white and the piece to be completely cool before you try and remove from the mold. Again, this should only take 10 to 15 minutes total.

You will want to leave plenty of room in your mold when pouring as the product does expand slightly.

Prepare your marbling paints while your pieces cure and cool. I used marbling paint but you can also add a marbling medium to regular craft paint if you would like. I also used two colors but you can use as many or as few as you would like.

Pour alternating colors of the marbling paint into a measuring cup.

Then add your mold pieces to corks to lift them up off of your work surface. You will also want to protect your work surface well as this project gets a bit messy.

Then pour on your paint randomly. You can pick the pieces up and tilt them if a portion is not covered. Allow to dry overnight.

Then use jewelry glue to attach backs to both the earring pieces as well as the necklace. Allow this to dry completely before wearing.

Then just add your new Easter egg necklace and earrings to your jewelry box to wear this spring.

Note that the surface of the fast cast pieces is not perfect. They do have some bubbles and bumps. They are, however, extremely lightweight and perfect for jewelry crafts.

Give FastCast a try for a few projects and see what you think! I love it for the ability to make fast crafts with resin and mold things in just minutes.

Add some marbled jewelry to your wardrobe with this easy craft project that anyone can make.

Love this Easter egg necklace and earrings? You can use this same technique to make jewelry in other shapes with our jewelry molds as well!

Fun DIY Unicorn Crafts

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 07:00

It’s just a fact: so many of us at some point in our lives has had a small unicorn obsession. They’re magical and mystical and kids love them so much! Let’s be honest, some of us adults love unicorns too. If you have a fellow unicorn-lover in your life, then today’s roundup will be just what you need. We’ve pulled together some of the best DIY Unicorn Crafts around so that you can fulfill all of your unicorn dreams in no time!

Which ones will you create?

Fun DIY Unicorn Crafts

DIY Unicorn Spa Jar | The Gunny Sack

DIY Unicorn Bookmarks | Hello Creative Family

DIY Unicorn Piñata | Hello Wonderful

 

DIY Unicorn Necklace Holder | Polka Dot Chair

DIY Unicorn Coloring Shirt | Artsy Fartsy Mama

DIY Paper Plate Unicorn Craft | Red Ted Art Blog

DIY Unicorn Bath Bomb | A Pumpkin and a Princess

DIY Unicorn Craft Notebook | Rachel Teodoro

DIY No Sew Unicorn Felt Blanket | Hello Wonderful

Unicorn Fizzy Bath Salts Lydi Out Loud

Make a Narwhal Figurine from EasySculpt

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 07:00

I love that narwhals have become so popular in the crafting world in the past year. If you would like to create an adorable narwhal of your own, you can make one with EasySculpt epoxy modeling clay.

To make this narwhal figurine, you will need:

Your package of EasySculpt will contain directions, gloves, and the two parts of the clay: resin and hardener.

Wearing gloves, remove equal parts of EasySculpt resin and hardener. It is important to keep the ratios even so that the clay will set up properly.

Roll, fold, and mix the two parts together until the clay is a uniform color.  If there is any marbling in the clay, keep mixing.

Once the clay is fully mixed, you have quite a bit of time to work with the EasySculpt. When you are creating a figurine like this, you will need to let the clay set up for 60-75 minutes before you can begin shaping the clay into a form that will hold.  If you try to form it earlier, the clay will lose its shape.

Once the clay reaches this firm, but pliable state you can create the narwhal shape. Use one tiny amount of clay to roll out the horn.  Form the narwhal by creating a rounded teardrop for the body which extends out into the tail shape.

If you would like the narwhal tail to curve upward like mine, you will need to place something underneath the tail as the clay cures.  The clay will be fully cured in 24 hours.

Since EasySculpt is already a light grey color, I chose not to paint the body of the narwhal. Instead, I painted the horn white and added dots of black and pink to create the narwhal’s eyes and cheeks. Finally, I painted on a cute smile!

This darling narwhal has a smooth, porcelain-like finish thanks to the EasySculpt. What other fun critters would you make using EasySculpt clay?

Petrified Rainbow Resin Coasters with Alcohol Ink DIY

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 07:00

Petrified Rainbow Resin Coasters with Alcohol Ink DIY

Hi friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft with the most amazing resin craft to date.  Petrified rainbows are especially stunning!  These rainbows make great coasters for drinks, fun paperweights and  perfect conversation pieces on the coffee table too.

Check out this amazing close up pictured below, the colors are vibrant and playful.

Make these uniquely colorful rainbow coasters with EasyCast resin and alcohol inks.  

Supplies Needed:

Begin by setting the silicone molds inside the box to work.  Next, read the EasyCast instructions and mix up about 6 ounces of resin.  Then pour just a thin layer in the base of each silicone circle.  

Next, use a heat gun or torch to pop all the bubbles formed in the resin.  Fold the flaps of the box over to prevent dust from landing in the resin and leave on a level surface overnight.

The next day mix up 8 ounces of resin according to the package directions in the 2 phase mixing process.

Now fill the molds with the newly mixed resin.  Pop the bubbles as done previously.  Then drip the alcohol ink right into the uncured resin.

Drop the ink in a bulls-eye pattern including some white ink as well.  The white ink is heavier and will sink more…so use it sparingly.

Similarly continue adding colors, dripped in a rainbow pattern.

Finish off by dripping metallic alcohol ink into the molds.  Then close up the box and wait patiently for the resin to cure overnight again.

The next day, peel the petrified rainbows from the molds and stare in awe.  The drips of ink are dancing and twirling in a sea of crystal clear resin. 

After mine cured, I realized the place I set them to cure was not completely level, so the alcohol ink slid in the same direction.  However, I thoroughly love it!

From the side view, it’s obvious that a thin layer of clear was added first, but it keeps the alcohol inks from puddling on the top surface.

Each coaster turns out uniquely different and amazing!  More white ink was added in this one pictured below.

These petrified rainbows will add magic into your life!

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Whimsical St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 07:00

If you can believe it, St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! There are so many great ways to celebrate this holiday while making sure it’s tons of fun for friends and family. Today we’ve rounded up some whimsical St. Patrick’s Day ideas that everyone is sure to love. Enjoy!

Whimsical St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

DIY Mosaic Paper Shamrocks | Happiness is Homemade

DIY Four-Leaf Clover Keychains | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Bath Bombs | Lydi Out Loud

 

St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Donuts | Oh My Creative

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Upcycled Vases | Polished Habitat

Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables | The Crafted Sparrow

DIY Pot Of Gold | The 36th Avenue 

DIY Rainbow Water | Happy Hooligans

Shamrock Cupcake Cake | Yellow Bliss Road

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Party Favor Bags | Happiness is Homemade

 

Polished Rocks with High Gloss Resin Spray DIY

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 07:01

Polished Rocks with High Gloss Resin Spray–No Rock Tumbler Needed!

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a quick resin craft.  Polished rocks are shiny and smooth and can be made without expensive rock tumblers and supplies!  I love collecting rocks and typically end up carrying pounds of rocks around on hikes and trips because I love them so much.  My husband thinks I’m crazy!  Shiny wet rocks always look so amazing until they dry and become dull.  Polished rocks are the best way to keep that shine permanently!

Making polished rocks just takes a few supplies:
  • Envirotex Clear High Gloss Spray
  • Smooth rocks  (these were curated near the ocean, so they are round and smooth)
  • Disposable work surface like a cardboard box

Place the dry rocks in a shallow cardboard box or on another disposable work surface and take them outdoors.

Then shake the High Gloss Spray can for about 30 seconds.  Then hold the can about 6-8 inches away from the rocks and spray them with a gentle mist.

Let the resin spray dry and then repeat again.  Then let the rocks dry and turn the rocks over.  Spray the other side of the rocks and repeat a second coat.

Now the rocks are especially shiny and perfectly polished! 

By using already smooth rocks, the shiny finish completes the polished look.  Just the way the rocks look with waves splashing over them.

Look at this amazing before and after side by side, the rocks are uniquely bright and vivid!  Display them in a pretty dish or adorning a small garden.  

Awesome, right?  Perfect resin craft for those pockets full of rocks after a trip to the beach or river!

 

How Make Shimmering Drawer Pulls from Resin

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 07:00

Over the summer, family friends gave us a larger dresser for my daughter’s room. They no longer needed it, but it was perfect for her room. The only problem is that the dresser was missing several drawer pulls. Instead of paying for basic builder-grade hardware, I created my own shimmering drawer pulls from resin. It’s a fun process that results in unique, customized furniture hardware.

Supplies:

Begin by mixing enough Easy Cast Resin to fill the mold. If you use the Castin’ Craft mold, it tells you that each mold cavity holds 0.5 ounces of resin — meaning you will need a total of 3 ounces of resin to fill all six cavities. Wearing protective gloves, be sure to mix together equal parts resin and hardener. Stir in one cup for two minutes, scraping down the sides of the cup as you stir. Then pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.  Add in a small squirt of pearl pigment, and 1-2 drops of the transparent resin dye color of your choice.  Stir until the pigment and dye are fully mixed into the resin.


Next, prep your cabinet knob mold by spraying it with mold release.  Allow the mold release to dry.  Then, carefully pour the resin into the cavities of the cabinet knob mold. Do not overfill the mold! Place the mold on a level surface, cover, and let cure for 24 hours.

After the resin has fully cured, gently twist the mold to loosen the resin pieces from the mold. Press the back of each mold cavity or gently tap the mold on a table to dislodge the resin pieces.

Look at these beautiful knob tops! Fully customized for your project!

This is my cautionary tale not to bang the mold too hard trying to remove the resin from the mold.  I cracked one of my resin pieces by doing this. I might save the broken pieces for another project.  They kind of look like pieces of ice, don’t they?

I was able to get five good resin casts from my first batch, and six from my second batch.

You can find drawer knob bases online. These are the metal “stems” that sit between the knob and the front of the drawer.  Use an adhesive made for plastics and metal to adhere the bases to the resin knobs.

Be sure to center the bases on the back of each resin knob.

Place the knobs right side down on a level surface and let the adhesive cure according to package directions. You can then add your DIY drawer knobs to your pieces of furniture just like you would store-bought hardware. But you have the satisfaction of knowing your piece is now one-of-a-kind!

Fun Spring Break Activities For Kids

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 05:00

Winter is passing us by so quickly and many of us are already looking forward to the next season ahead. With Spring comes so many great things, one of them being Spring Break! If you are someone who has kids at home, it’s definitely a vacation from school that requires plenty of activities to keep the children busy. Today we’ve rounded up some great activities that the whole family will enjoy this Spring Break.

Which activities will you do?

Fun Spring Break Activities For Kids

Q-Tip Finger Painting | Mess For Less

DIY Silly Putty | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

DIY Watercolor Bubble Art | My Cakies

DIY Egg Carton Lady Bugs | Crafts By Amanda

Birds Nest Craft | Buggy and Buddy

DIY Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial | Six Sisters Stuff

DIY Crystal Geodes | Feels Like Home

DIY Dollar Store Robin Eggs | Mad In Crafts

Popsicle Stick Easter Bunny Trucks | Glued To My Crafts

DIY Papier Mache Easter Baskets | Red Ted Art Blog

How to Make Resin Grapes: Retro Craft DIY

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 07:00

How to Make Resin Grapes: Retro Craft DIY

Hi Resin Craft friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing an especially fun retro resin craft: Resin Grapes!  Have you seen resin grapes before?  This was a fairly common craft that ladies would get together to make in the 1960’s…sometimes called Lucite Grapes.  My mother-in-law has a cluster of purple grapes in her house, so I thought I’d go with a green-ish bunch!

Supplies Needed:

Directions

Begin by pulling the ornament hardware out of the ornaments.  Place them with the openings up in the egg carton tray.  I used ornaments that have a metallic leafing inside the glass…so when I peeled my glass off, some of the silver leafing stayed behind. 

Use clear glass if you don’t like the silver effect.  Spray one spritz of mold release inside each ornament and work it around the inside.

Fill one ornament with water and pour it out into a measured cup…that will let you know how much liquid each ball holds.  Mine were just over 1 ounce each.  I mixed up about 6 ounces of resin at a time so I could mix a variety of colors.  Be especially sure to work over a disposable surface, read the resin directions and wear gloves.

Next, add a few drops of green and one or 2 of blue.  I did some mixes darker and some lighter…some more green and some more blue.  The variety of the colors in my bunch of grapes is surprisingly pleasing.  Mix the color in thoroughly before pouring.

After mixing, carefully pour the resin into each ornament.  Then pour slowly and try to get the resin all the way full in the ball but not in the neck part…or it will take the grinder to remove them later.

Continue filling the ornaments with colored resin in the same fashion.  Then let them sit undisturbed for 24 hours.

The next day clank 2 ornaments together deep inside a box.  Again: wear gloves, some eye protection and work outside or in a garage.  The glass these ornaments will shatter into shards as pictured below.

By hitting the ornaments into themselves, they break and the glass peels off significantly easier.  Although, I had a few tough spots that I had to scrape with a small spatula.  Then clean them all in warm, soapy water.

See how much silver leafing stayed behind as a result?  Regardless, I did not know this would happen until I tried it…but I love the effect too!  Next, I sent my son out to the garage to sand off the nubs and drill a 1 inch hole in each ball for 6 inches of wire.  Then push in some wire and then add a couple drops of super glue.  

Now drill holes about 1/2-1 inch apart in the tree branch.

Then push a wire through the hole and wrap the remaining wire tightly around the branch.

Now, drill holes as needed and keep adding resin balls.  Ultimately, tuck the wire around the grapes as you work.

Next, fill in gaps too by adding colorful resin balls.  Keep the resin grapes as close to the stick as possible at the end and gradually further away as you work your way up…giving it an obviously distinct grape cluster look.

The range of colors is uniquely stunning–I love the bright pops of aqua!

Reviving this fun retro craft becomes the perfect conversation starter on the coffee table or hanging on the wall. 

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Fun Projects Using EasySculpt

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 07:00

EasySculpt Epoxy Modeling Clay is something we use frequently here at Resin Crafts Blog and there are so many reasons for that! It’s such a user friendly product that allows you to create any number of amazing things in an affordable way. To help get you inspired on the many unique ways to use EasySculpt, we’ve rounded up some of our absolute favorite projects for you to try out and enjoy.

Which ones will you create?

Fun Projects Using EasySculpt

DIY Customized Crochet Hooks 

DIY Fake Rock Key Holder 

DIY Leaf Imprint Clay Dish 

DIY Driftwood Sunburst Mirror 

DIY Clay Herb Signs 

DIY Unicorn Ring Dish 

DIY Handmade Animal Planter

DIY Coffee Mug Planter

DIY Jewelry Organizer 

DIY Faux Stone Jewelry

 

Shamrock Necklace for Saint Patrick’s Day

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 07:00

A shamrock necklace is a perfect accessory for Saint Patrick’s Day. Today we are showing you how to make your own with a bezel and some resin. This sparkly green necklace will keep you from getting pinched this March and may even bring you a little luck! Plus it is easy to make so there really is no reason not to wear green this year.

Supplies needed to make this shamrock necklace:

Instructions:

Start by adding masking tape to the back of your shamrock bezel. Press down well.

Then add hot glue to the bottom and secure to a non-stick mat. This will keep everything still while you work.

Measure and mix the resin according to the package directions. Be sure to wear protective gloves and mix completely. Then add in some green coloring and a lot of green glitter. You will need to make it where you can only see glitter and no green resin. The glitter will settle once poured and you want to be left with glitter on the top surface. Then pour your mixture into each shamrock bezel carefully. Use can use a stir stick or toothpick to get the resin into all of the corners.

Be sure the pieces are level and leave them to cure about 24 hours. Come back every hour for the first three hours and make sure there isn’t any resin seeping under the tape. If you have some, just use a damp cloth to remove. Don’t pick up your pieces! Just use the rag around the outside while the shamrocks are still firmly on the mat.

Once cured, add a necklace to the bezel and this one is ready to wear.

Sport a shamrock necklace this Saint Patrick’s Day and avoid getting pinched! This quick and easy project will look great with any outfit.

You can use this same technique and differently shaped bezels to make a wide variety of necklaces. Imagine this glitter and sparkle with every outfit you own. A fun idea with resin that everyone will love!

DIY Ways To Show Your Love This Valentine’s Day

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 07:00
DIY Ways To Show Your Love This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is definitely the holiday that sneaks up on us. This holiday in particular is so great because it is all about showing how much we care about our loved ones. But as many of us know, love isn’t measured by how much money we spend, but rather how much thought we put into a gift! That’s why we here at Resin Crafts Blog are huge fans of this day because it’s a great reason to get our DIY on for a great cause. Today we’ve rounded up some of the best DIY ways to show your love this Valentine’s Day.

Which ones will you create?

DIY Valentine’s Day Ideas

DIY Heart Jars | The 36th Avenue

DIY Homemade Chocolate Massage Lotion | Oh My Creative

DIY Striped ‘Love You More’ Sign | DIY Show Off

DIY Spa in a Jar | The Gunny Sack

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Boxes | Eighteen25

DIY Bath Bombs | Make Life Lovely

12 Months of Pre-Planned Dates | The Thinking Closet

DIY Sharpie Valentine’s Mug | My Sister’s Suitcase

Sparkle Valentine’s Pops | Lydi Out Loud

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Crochet Hooks Customized with EasySculpt Epoxy Modeling Clay

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 07:00

Crochet Hooks Customized with EasySculpt Epoxy Modeling Clay

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a great custom craft using EasySculpt Epoxy Modeling Clay.  Do you crochet or know someone that does?  Crochet hooks are not especially comfortable and this craft makes them more comfy to use–plus more fashionable!  These hooks will make a uniquely great gift for a yarn crafter.

 

Supplies needed:

The secret to using EasySculpt is to have baby powder on hand.  EasySculpt is very sticky and can tear apart the disposable gloves, baby powder helps immensely.  

Read the instructions and then mix one part of each tub of clay together.

Mix together until there is no marbling.  Dust the non-stick surface with baby powder.

Cover the hooks with the EasySculpt clay.  The clay is very soft for a while, so roll the hooks in hand every 15 minutes until they are hardened…otherwise they will end up flat on some sides, like mine.

Then spray paint the hooks gold and let them dry.

Paint on some of the gilding adhesive on the gold EasySculpt, let it dry to a tacky finish.

Cover the hook with the metallic foil.  The foil will not adhere completely, but will stick in the places that you applied the adhesive.

Then spray the hooks with a coat of Clear High Gloss Envirotex Spray.

Let the crochet hooks dry and then get to work crocheting!

The sparkle is especially terrific–plus it makes crocheting fashionable and comfortable.

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Pressed Rose Petal and Resin Serving Tray

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 07:00

Preserve that lovely bouquet you’ll receive for Valentine’s Day throughout the year by creating a pretty and practical pressed petal serving tray.

After over 15 years of marriage I must admit that the rose bouquets don’t come as frequently as they used to. It’s actually my fault because my husband knows that I would much rather receive a plant for my home then a bouquet that will die within a couple weeks. So when I do receive a beautiful bouquet at Valentines I’d like to be able to preserve a bit of it afterwards.

This serving tray idea using rose petals I pressed from my Valentines bouquet will make a lovely keepsake that will be useful year round. Maybe in I can even get him to serve breakfast in bed every now and then.

For some additional ideas for preserving your flowers we invite you to explore these posts:

Supplies needed to make this serving tray

How to make a pressed rose petal serving tray

Be sure to read all the instructions and work in a well ventilated area prior to using the EasyCast resin.

Pressing and drying your flowers will take a couple of weeks so leave yourself plenty of time to complete the project if you have a deadline. From your fresh flower bouquet, collect a number of various sized rose petals and sections of baby’s breath, and press them between the pages of a book for 2 to 3 weeks. Then they’ll be ready to use for your project.

Preparing the tray

I hand-lettered the word love onto the center of the tray. I started by sketching it out with a pencil and then filling it in with blue metallic paint. Let this dry fully before moving onto the next step

Once your rose petals are fully dry, arrange them on your serving tray either randomly or in a lovely pattern of your choice. You can also then place pieces of pressed baby’s breath throughout the tray as well.

Once satisfied with your arrangement, glue all the pieces onto the tray to keep them from floating up in your resin. Also make sure to glue any holes or edges in the tray to keep the resin from seeping out.

Pouring the resin

I ended up pouring the resin two times. The first time I mixed up 4 oz total volume and poured it into the tray. After the resin cured for 12 hours I decided the petals weren’t adequately covered, so I poured another 3 oz total volume.

To prepare the resin for pouring, mix equal amounts of resin and hardener in a measuring cup. One and a half ounces of each should be sufficient for this project. Stir the two parts together for 2 minutes scraping the bottom and sides with the wooden stir stick.

Pour the mixture into a second measuring cup and continue stirring for another minute. Your resin will then be ready to pour.

Carefully pour the resin into the serving tray being gentle while working over the petals.

Ensure that all the contents on the tray are covered with resin. Cover and let this settle for 15 to 20 minutes.

Blow off any bubbles that have risen to the surface of the resin using a kitchen torch or your breath through a straw.

Check the resin several more times for additional bubbles. Blow them off. Cover the pieces and let the resin cure fully (72 hours for complete cure).

I really like how this pressed petal serving tray turned out, even more so for its sentimental value. I would have loved to preserve some of the petals from my wedding bouquet in this way.

Resin is such a great way to personalize and create beautiful serving trays with a high-gloss finish. Here are just a few ideas for additional inspiration:

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Adorable DIY Painted Rocks

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 07:00

We can’t be the only ones that love taking things out of nature and DIY-ing them into something great! Crafting doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money, and we think that’s awesome. We here at Resin Crafts Blog are always looking for easy options to help you get your craft on. Today we’re sharing some of our favorite Adorable DIY Painted Rocks. These types of projects are perfect for all ages and will definitely fulfill your crafting needs!

Which ones will you create?

Adorable DIY Painted Rocks

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DIY Marbled Rocks | Creative Green Living

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