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10 DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 08:37

If you can even believe it, Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Mother’s Day is an amazing opportunity to celebrate the special mothers in our lives and all they’ve done for us. So of course, what better way to do that than with some DIY projects? We’ve rounded up some of the best DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for you!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Hand Print Tray | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Lotion Bars | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Gift Basket | The Real Thing With The Coake Family

DIY Mason Jar | Christina’s Adventures

DIY Planked Picture Frame | The Pinning Mama

DIY Spa Bath Salts | Making Lemonade

DIY Watercolor Canvas | Lolly Jane

DIY Tiered Chocolate Stand | The Cards We Drew

DIY Scrabble Picture Frame | Buggy and Buddy

DIY Manicure or Pedicure in a Jar | The Real Thing With The Coake Family

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Marbled Resin Wood Coasters

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:08

Hello, again resin crafters! It’s Kelli, from the Craft Shack and I’m back to share another super fun resin project with you! Have you tried paint pouring and marbling yet? It’s so much fun! Did you know that you can make beautiful poured marble art with resin too?  I love using resin to pour even more than paint because the finished product has all kinds of dimension that paint doesn’t achieve and it is so gorgeous! And you won’t even believe how easy it is.   I used these beautiful bark edge basswood coasters and EnviroTex Lite pour-on epoxy to create lovely, and durable marbled resin wood coasters to match my kitchen.

Supplies used to make these marbled coasters:

To prepare for this project, cover your workspace completely to avoid getting the epoxy on everything.  I used sheets of wax paper.  Also make sure to work in a well-ventilated area, and use proper safety precautions like gloves and eye protection.

Mix 4-6 ounces of Resin by adding equal amounts of the resin and the hardener.  I made 6 ounces so I mixed 3 oz of resin with 3oz of hardener.  Follow the instructions included in the product exactly.  Mix the two parts together for 2 minutes, and then pour into a new cup and mix again for 1 more minute to ensure the two parts are combined well.

After the epoxy has been mixed according to the package instructions, divide it into several smaller cups for dying.  I divided my resin into 7 parts using 6 smaller cups and the mixing cup.

Add 1 drop of pigment to each cup of resin.  You can mix colors, so I added a small drop of white and a small drop of color to some cups, or just 1 color in others.

Be sure not to add too much pigment, it may affect how your resin will cure.    You can also add some fun elements to your colors if you wish.  I added blue glitter to the pearl pigment.  Stir the pigment into the resin until it is incorporated completely.

Next, place your wood coasters on old or disposable cups to lift them off the work surface (I used old plastic cups I wouldn’t mind throwing away) and pour each resin color over the coasters.

The colors will run together and drip off the edge of your coasters.  Keep adding until you’ve used all of your colors.

Pick up each coaster and tip it back and forth slightly to help the colors run together and blend to achieve that marbled look.  You can help them run together more by dragging a stir stick through the colors from one side to the other.

Use a small kitchen torch, lighter or blow on them lightly with your warm breath to remove any bubbles that rise to the surface.   After about 20 minutes,  scrape off any drips that have formed on the bottom side of the coasters with a stir stick.

Allow the coasters to cure for at least 24 hours before use.

The amount of detail on the finished marbled coasters is so beautiful!  Some of the dyes are more transparent than others so you can still see the wood grains under parts of the marbling, and it truly looks 3D.

It’s a gorgeous marbled effect you just can’t duplicate with paint.  The high gloss finish is beautiful as well, and there is no need to seal it.

After you make some coasters, duplicate the look in your kitchen serving trays, the handles of wooden spoons, or cutting boards… the possibilities are endless! What will you marble first?

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DIY Resin Clipboard

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 07:00

Customize a plain clipboard with scrapbook paper and EnviroTex Lite Pour On High Gloss Finish to make your own resin clipboard!

Hey Resin Crafters! Amber Oliver here with another great resin craft! For my first project, I started small with these resin dipped earrings, and this time I’ve moved to a slightly larger project. I got to work with pouring resin on this project and I have to say it was a lot of fun!

Supplies Needed for Resin Clipboard:

Step 1: Trace the clipboard onto the scrapbook paper and cut it out. Mine was just barely long enough, so if your paper isn’t quite big enough, you can always use two sheets. Just line it up like you would wallpaper!

Step 2: Coat the back of the clipboard with a thin layer of Ultra Seal. Then apply your scrapbook paper, pressing out any bubbles that appear. Next, brush the ultra seal over the top then let dry completely.

Step 3: Now you are ready for the Envirotex Lite Pour On. (You’ll want to setup in a cardboard box for easy disposal.) 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. 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. Once it’s ready, pour directly onto your clipboard back! I placed a piece of cardboard under one end to keep it level.

Step 4: After you’ve poured the resin, there will be drips! Use a brush to smooth those over the sides. Be extra careful around the clip at the top.

Step 5: After about 20 minutes you’ll see bubbles appear on the surface of the resin – you can use a butane torch to pop these or simply breathe on it like I did! It’s the CO2 in your breath that releases the bubbles – not the heat!

After your Resin Clipboard has had time to cure, it’ll be ready for your next meeting! You can get really creative with this project and use any design scrapbook paper that suits your style!

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10 Nature Inspired DIY Projects

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:42

Spring is in full swing, the weather is warming up, Earth Day is approaching and hopefully you all are able to take some extra time out of your day to spend time outdoors. Sometimes, one of the best things ever after a long Winter is to enjoy the outdoors and all it has to offer us. A great way we love to take full advantage here at Resin Crafts Blog is to create gorgeous DIY projects from the essence of nature! Have you ever tried it? Today’s the day. We’ve rounded up 10 amazing DIY nature projects for you to enjoy. Which ones will you create?

DIY Faux Stone Jewelry | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Twig Flower Vase | My Thrifty House

DIY Birch Bark Candle Holder | H20 Bungalow

DIY Painted Woodland Animal Rocks | Sustain My Craft Habit

DIY Nature Bookmarks | Buggy and Buddy

DIY Grass Heads | Red Ted Art

DIY Shell Decor | Bower Power

DIY Driftwood Blanket Ladder | Sustain My Craft Habit

DIY Fake Rock Key Holder | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Painted Wood Slice Coasters | UnOriginal Mom

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DIY Rubber Ducky Jelly Soap

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 07:00

Who makes bath time lots of fun? This adorable DIY Rubber Ducky Jelly Soap!  Your kids will love baths even more with a squishy, wobbly soap shaped like their favorite bath toy.


Hello, resin crafters!  It’s Jessica from Mad in Crafts.  I am a big fan of DIY spa products, and jelly soaps are some of my very favorites.  If you aren’t familiar with jelly soaps, they are fully functional soaps that have the consistency of jello.  My kids get so excited whenever I make a new batch of these fun soaps.

Supplies needed to make the mold:

  • EasyMold® Silicone Paste
  • Small plastic or ceramic ducky (mine was from the dollar store)
  • Paper cups
  • Paintbrush
  • Stir sticks
  • Gloves

Begin by mixing together equal amounts of the two parts of the Easy Mold Silicone Paste.  Mix them until the paste is a uniform blue color.  Paint a bit of the silicone paste all over your ducky.

Scoop most of the mixture into a paper cup that is larger than your ducky.  Push the ducky into the paste.  Scoop the remaining silicone paste around the duck.  Allow the silicone to cure for 3 hours.

Peel the paper cup off of the silicone and discard.  Carefully cut partway down two sides of the silicone to release the ducky from the mold.

Supplies needed to make the jelly soap:

  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • One 1/4 oz. packet of unflavored gelatin
  • 1/3 cup liquid soap
  • Yellow soap colorant (if your liquid soap is not already yellow)

Stir the gelatin into the boiling water until it fully dissolves.  Add in the liquid soap and soap colorant.  Mix until well combined.

Place the silicone mold in a paper cup that is the same size as paper cup you used to make the mold.  Pour the soap into the mold filling it up just to the top.

Allow the soap to harden.  This usually takes a few hours at room temperature or about one hour in the freezer.

Carefully remove the jelly soap from the mold.  Keep it in an airtight container when not in use.

Now that you have the mold made, you can reuse it to make as many ducky soaps as your heart desires!  I think these soaps would be absolutely adorable party favors for a baby shower, don’t you?

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Gold Jewelry Resin Tree Hanger DIY

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 07:00

Gold Jewelry Resin Tree Hanger DIY

Hi friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft with another fun DIY resin craft.  Turn a tree branch into a stunning and unique jewelry organizer!  Yes, this is a real tree branch that makes an amazing statement.

The tree is amazing with or without jewelry on it.  Make it a home decor piece with it’s metallic simplicity…or just add jewelry for an organized and chic hanger.

Supplies needed for Gold Jewelry Resin Tree Hanger:
  • Tree Branch with lots of forks and twigs
  • EasyCast: Clear Casting Epoxy Resin
  • Disposable: work surface, gloves, mixing cups and stirring sticks, and paintbrush
  • Gold Spray paint
  • Wood slice with hole drilled to fit tree branch
  • Some way to hang the branch over work surface (I used a lamp)
    Begin by securing the tree branch to the lamp or hanging mechanism, so the branch hangs upside down.  Place it over the disposable work surface, as pictured, and cover the base of the lamp as well to catch drips of resin.
    Mix a couple ounces of EasyCast Epoxy Resin in a mixing cup.  Just one ounce of resin and one ounce of hardener would be enough.  Mix according to package directions, stirring and mixing for the allocated time is crucial.  Start by painting the resin directly on the tree branch.  Let the resin drip and glide down each branch and twig.  This is a very fluid and natural resin craft.  Be sure to get resin on every part of the tree.  Work in a well ventilated space; my workroom is ventilated and separated from the house but kind of dark.After coating the tree, let it sit for a few minutes and then scrap the drips off the table and pour them back on the branches.Let the tree dry overnight to really firm up the branches.  Now it is ready to paint gold!Use gold spray paint to coat the tree branch lightly with metallic finish.  Let the paint dry completely.Drill a hole in a thick log slice or other board, big enough for the branch to fit inside.Secure the branch with glue if necessary…and it’s ready to use!Fill with jewelry on the vanity or use as home decor on a stack of books!  So chic and metallic!

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Top 10 Posts for Year 1 of the Resin Crafts Blog

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 07:00

Hello, Resin Crafters! In addition to April 1st being April Fool’s Day, this year it also marked the 1 Year Anniversary of the redesigned Resin Crafts Blog! We thank you so much for following along with our projects and ideas and hope you have been as inspired as we have by the amazing work of our Resin Crafts Ambassadors!

To celebrate our 1st year, we’re counting down the top 10 posts from our 1st year. Did your favorite make the top 10?

Top 10 Project Posts on Resin Crafts Blog 10. DIY Candy Sprinkles Resin Keychain

9. How to Make Dangle Earrings and Hanging Pendants with Jewelry Resin

8. DIY Colorful Poured Resin Wall Art

7. DIY Flower Paperweight – Layering Resin Tutorial

6. DIY Concrete and Resin Planter

5.  Maple Leaf Resin Paperweight

4. DIY Mason Jar Candles

3. DVD Mosaic High Gloss Resin Tray

2. DIY Lavender Flower Pendant

and drumroll please…

1! Wood and Resin Pendant

Which of these projects is your favorite? We can’t wait to continue our crafty journey with you this year and beyond. What other kinds of projects would you love to see?

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Resin Glitter Rings

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 07:00

Hey, it’s Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs and I’m so excited to share this tutorial for making these adorable Resin Glitter Rings! My daughter is always looking for some new fun jewelry to wear and these glitter rings are cute and easy to make!

Supplies for DIY Resin Glitter Rings: Prep Mold:

Spray your mold with Castin’ Craft Mold Release/Conditioner spray. This will help when it is time to remove your resin pieces from the mold. Spray, let it dry, then spray one more time and let dry. Two coats always works better for me.

 

Mix Resin:

Now it’s time to mix the resin for your jewelry. In the small marked measuring cup that comes in the Jewelry Resin Kit, pour a small amount of part A. I used .25 oz.

Now pour an equal amount of Part B into the cup.

Mix thoroughly.

Next, pour into a second cup and mix thoroughly again. This ensures that all of the resin is mixed and will cure correctly.

Now you’ll need another clean cup if you want to make two different colors. Any clean disposable cup will do if you don’t have more than the two that came in your kit. 

Color one cup with the Blue Transparent Resin Dye. Just add a few drops and stir thoroughly.

Now add Green Transparent Resin Dye to the other cup and stir thoroughly.

Next, add the glitter!

Mix it thoroughly.

Pouring Resin:

Grab your jewelry mold and pour resin slowly into each shape that you want. I did a few of each color until I had used up all the resin.

 

Once all the resin is poured, let it settle for a couple minutes so the bubbles can surface, then use your micro-butane torch to pop the bubbles. If you don’t have a torch you can also simply exhale above each shape and that will also pop the bubbles.

Let the resin cure for 24 hours.

Once they are cured, flip the mold over and pop the pieces out slowly.

Glue Up the Rings:

Alright, now you should have a bunch of beautiful, glittery pieces of resin. Grab your super glue and ring blanks and let’s finish this off.

Spread some super glue on the top of the ring blank then press the resin piece onto the ring, making sure it is centered and straight.

Find some way to let the glue set without moving the pieces on the ring. I used a square piece of wood and hung the rings on it.

Finish Resin Glitter Rings:

This step is optional, but I recommend it. Resin Spray will give your rings a perfect glossy finish.

Spray the Resin Spray over each of your rings and let dry.

Finished Resin Glitter Rings!

What do you think? I just love these Resin Glitter Rings! My daughters do too. I made a few different shapes and love them all.

I hope you liked this project! If so, please share on social media with the colored links on the left!

Also, pin this image to Pinterest so you don’t lose it!

Other projects you may like:

Easy DIY Abstract Paint and Resin Necklaces

Resin Seashell Wall Art

Resin Map Pendant using EasyCast

 

 

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DIY Map Coasters from Terra Cotta Saucers

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 07:00

I have a thing for old maps.  So adding them to some DIY map coasters was a project I was all over!  Plus they are so easy to make when you use terra cotta saucers. Hunt down an old book of maps at a thrift store near you and get started on this project.

Supplies needed to make these DIY map coasters:

Instructions:

Start by painting your terra cotta saucers with a good quality outdoor paint.  These coasters will see a ton of moisture and you don’t want the finish ruined.  I find that two coats of this paint works perfectly.

Turn over and paint the other side as well for a finished look to your final project.

Once the paint has dried, cut your maps in a circle shape that will fit in the bottom of the saucers.  You can use a circle template or cutter.  TIP:  Use a coat of the Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer / Glue on the back of each of the circle pieces and allow to dry before adding to the coasters.  This will minimize any bubbles or wrinkles in your paper.

Then use a coat of Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer / Glue to adhere the map pieces to the bottoms of the saucers.  Allow to dry completely.  Then use two coats of the sealer over the top of the maps allowing to dry in between coats.  Once dry, you can break out the EnviroTex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish to finish off your DIY map coasters.

Measure equal parts of the 2 part system using measuring cups.  Pour both parts into a mixing cup and stir according to the package directions.  Be sure to use the two cup mixing procedure to ensure a proper mix.

Then pour the mixture into your coasters.  Make sure you get a nice even layer on each coaster.  Pop any bubbles that may rise to the surface.  You can find instructions for popping bubbles in the package.

Allow your DIY map coasters to cure and they are ready to be used in any room of your home.

Make as many of these as you would like.  They are the perfect coasters for entertaining or daily use.

Change up the color to match your decor and pick maps of places that are meaningful to your family.

Plus everyone loves a gift of some DIY map coasters so be sure to make extras!

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10 Beautiful DIY Planters For Spring

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 07:00

There’s no better way to ring in Spring than by adding some gorgeous greenery around your home. Whether it’s inside the house or out, it’s a great way to bring some life back after a long winter season. Today we’ve rounded up some beautiful options to bring greenery into your humble abode without having to go out and spend a great deal of money. We hope you love these DIY planters as much as we do!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Two-Tiered Vertical Planter | Jen Woodhouse

DIY Cedar Wall Planter | Rogue Engineer

DIY Tall Planters | Bower Power

DIY Raised Garden Bed | Polished Habitat

DIY Mini Plant Stands | Persia Lou

DIY Copper Pipe Marble Plant Stand | A Hubby Life

DIY Wood Slice Plant Stand | Jennifer Rizzo

DIY Color Block Plant Stand | The Shabby Creek Cottage

Scrap Wood Hexagon Planter | Jen Woodhouse

Macrame Inspired Clay Pots | Lydi Out Loud

Spring Paper Mache Pots | Darice Blog

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Personalized Key Chain Bottle Opener for Father’s Day

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 07:00

This year skip the ugly ties and make your dad a Father’s Day gift he will use and appreciate!  You can make a personalized key chain bottle opener using EnviroTex Jewelry Resin to give to dad this Father’s Day.  The key chain is super practical, but he will especially appreciate the effort you put in to make his gift by hand.


Hello, resin crafters!  It’s Jessica from Mad in Crafts.  If you are unfamiliar with me and my blog, I am a huge fan of craft beer and Detroit Tigers baseball — both qualities that I inherited from my dad.  I thought for this year’s Father’s Day gift I would make him a Detroit Tigers key chain bottle opener to combine some of our favorite things into one gift.  You can easily adapt this project to personalize the gift for your dad.  Swap the sports logo out for a photo, a favorite quote, or something else that your dad loves.

Supplies needed:

  • Bottle opener key chain findings
  • Printouts of the team logo, cut to fit the bezel
  • Paper Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • ETI Jewelry Resin
  • Straw

Begin by affixing the team logo to the key chain bezel with Mod Podge.  Be sure to fully coat the paper with Mod Podge to seal it as well.  Allow the Mod Podge to dry FULLY.


Mix together 5ML of EnviroTex Jewelry Resin according to the package directions.  Be sure to stir the resin and hardener thoroughly using the two-cup process detailed in the directions.

Place the key chain on a flat surface.  Then, use a stirring stick, drop a small amount of resin into the key chain bezel.  Use less than you think you will need, as the resin will spread.

The jewelry resin will get rid of a majority of its bubbles on its own, but you may need to gently pop left over surface bubble by blowing through the straw.  Allow the resin to fully cure before handling.  You will be left with a glass clear protection over the team logo!

Complete the gift by giving the key chain along with a 6-pack of dad’s favorite beverage.  He is sure to love the time and thought you put into his Father’s Day gift this year!

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Resin Dipped Earrings

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 07:00

Resin dipped earrings are a great project for someone just “dipping” into resin projects! This project can easily be customized in the color or your choice thanks to Castin’Craft Opaque Pigments. I tried this project by both pouring the resin and by dipping and found that dipping worked really well.

Supplies Needed for Resin Dipped Earrings:

First step is to mix up the Envirotex Lite Pour On. 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. 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.

Next, stir in a few drops of Castin’Craft Opaque Pigment so you’ll have resin dipped earrings in the color of your choice.

Now is the fun part! Wearing gloves, slowly dip the wood piece into your cup of resin. Pull out slowly and let it drip for a second or two before you move to the drying area.

I used an old cardboard box with a string strung across the top: just cut notches on either side of the box and tie knots on either side of the string to hold it in place. Then using clothespins, you’ll hang your resin dipped earrings to dry.

You’ll notice those tiny bubbles appear on your earrings: simply breathe on them with a straw and the CO2 from your breath will get rid of them!

After you’re earrings are completely dry (check package instructions for dry times) you’ll drill a small hole in the top of each of your earrings. Attach earring hooks and they’ll be ready to wear!


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10 DIY Spring Decor Ideas

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 07:00

It’s finally time to take that winter decor and pack it up in boxes in storage where it belongs! Do you ever sit after the new year, anxiously anticipating the time when you can bust out the brighter colors and relish in spring fever? Sometimes there’s a downside to swapping out decor. It can be pretty pricey to build up your decor collection for each season. We here at Resin Crafts are all about getting you a bargain for your buck and creating gorgeous things without breaking the bank. Check out these gorgeous DIY Spring Decor Ideas that we’ve rounded up for you today!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Vintage Flower Bucket | Darice Blog

Simple Stenciled Wall Canvas Art | DecoArt Blog

Wagon Wheel Farmhouse Style Wreath | Lydi Out Loud

Indoor Flower Boxes | Blue i Style Blog

DIY Doormat | Jen Woodhouse

Easy Spring Banner | Blooming Homestead

DIY Antler Decor | Crafts By Courtney

Spring Succulent Arrangement | DIY Show Off

DIY Farmhouse Mason Jar Planter | Kennary

DIY Spring Wreath | Blooming Homestead

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Sequin Knobs for Re-purposed Jar Lids

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 07:00

Hi,  Resin Crafters!  This is Kelli from the Craft shack and I’m so excited to be back again to share this fun project with you! Reusing old glass jars is something I try to do often. There are so many ways you can use them but they don’t have to be ugly or boring. I love to dress my old jars up a little by painting the lids and adding a knob to the top. You can add even more flair by filling the resin with fun sparkling sequins to create a shiny sequin resin knob. These fun Resin Sequin Knobs are simple to make and so easy to customize to fit your personal decor.

Supplies needed to make Resin Sequin Knobs:

 

To prepare for this project, first, spray Mold Release and Conditioner onto your Cabinet Knob Molds.  Follow the directions on the bottle for the best result.  Since this mold is ridged this step is super important for helping to release your finished knob once it is cured.

Next, before mixing the resin, you need to create a method to hold the screws upright and in place.  If they are not held in place they will sink to the bottom and tip over.  To solve this problem I found that by securing the screw between two sticks using tape I could lay the sticks over the mold suspending the screw into the resin. I used simple bamboo skewers.  Put these together before mixing your resin to make sure your screws are hanging the height you want them to inside the mold.

Now you’re ready to mix your EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy.  Be sure to work in a well-ventilated space, and use gloves and eye protection.  Combine equal parts Resin and Hardener in a disposable cup and mix following the directions on the packaging.  Each knob cavity holds 1/2 ounce of resin.   If you want to make all six knobs you will need 1.5 oz each part for a total of 3 oz.

Make sure to use the two container mixing procedure outlined in your product instructions to ensure thorough mixing.

Once the resin is mixed according to the instructions, leave it to sit in the mixing cup for about 5 minutes before adding the sequins.  Mix the sequins into the resin.

Next, pour the sequin resin into the cabinet knob molds.  Fill each mold to the top and then position your screws over the resin, held in place by the sticks. Pop any bubbles that rise to the surface by gently blowing on them, or use a small torch.  Allow the Resin to fully cure before attempting to remove the knobs from the mold.  I left mine for a full 24 hours.

Once your resin is cured, you can remove the sticks and unmold the sequin knobs.   You can do this by gently pulling on the screws, wiggling a little if needed, to free the knobs from the mold. Having conditioned the mold before starting, the knobs should release easily.

If they are not popping out with a little force, leave them to cure for a few more hours or overnight.

You can spray paint the lids of your jars for a quick update and to hide any product logos.

Add your Sequin Knobs to the jar lids by screwing a hole in the lid.  My screws were 1/4 inch diameter so I used a 1/4 inch drill bit.  The fit will be tight but instead of forcing the screw into the hole, turn it around to screw it in and it will fit perfectly.

Now you have fun repurposed jars to fill with any little trinkets you wish!

I’ve filled these jars with my grandmothers vintage button collection.  I love the extra shine the sequin knobs add!

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10 Creative Spring Party Ideas

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:00

It’s FINALLY almost Spring! Isn’t this season the best? The warmer weather is finally coming, the flowers are blooming and all around it’s like coming out of hibernation. This time of year is amazing for spending time with your friends and family and ringing in the new season. Today, we’re going to make it a little bit easier for you to host a killer Spring Party for your people with these creative party options! What type of spring party will you be hosting this Spring?

Neighbor Brunch Painting Party | Lydi Out Loud

Strawberry Patch Party | Make Life Lovely

Simple DIY Party Ideas | Sustain My Craft Habit

April in Paris Spring Centerpieces | Designthusiasm

Welcome Spring Brunch Bar Cart | Pizzazzerie

Easy Spring Garden Party Ideas | Here Comes The Sun

Kids Table Spring Tablescape | Suburble

DIY Spring Chalkboard Art | Craftionary

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Kids Party | Sandy Toes and Popsicles


Outdoor Cocktail Recipe
| Satori Design for Living

 

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Trinket Spoon Jewelry Resin Necklace DIY

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 07:00

Trinket Spoon Jewelry Resin Necklace DIY

Hi friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing another fun jewelry resin craft.  When it comes to jewelry, I’m pretty minimal, but I absolutely love making it.  These trinket filled spoons are so much fun.  Even kids love them, they ask “how is that water holding everything in that spoon while you are wearing it?”  Think of all the fun things you could embed in resin and wear proudly around your neck.

Supplies needed:

Spoons

EnviroTex Jewelry Resin

Trinkets

E6000 Glue

Chain/Necklace findings

Mixing cups, sticks and disposable gloves

Torch/Hammer/Axe

I bought these spoons at the thrift store for 10 cents a piece…absolutely a steal, but I needed a way to bend them.  My teenage son has a complete blacksmith forge in our workshop, but he tried to curl these so they used minimal supplies and set up.  Use a torch and heat the handle of the spoon until red hot.  Hold onto the spoon tightly with pliers.
Immediately after removing from the heat, place the spoon on the edge of an axe and hammer down on it once to cut the metal in half.Heat the remaining handle up again in the torch until red hot.  Then hammer the stem around a metal rod to make it round.  

Ultimately, that is how we shaped our spoon pendants.  There are other possible ways to do it, so don’t give up.  Use a grinder to cut the handle shorter, and then hammer the end until round.  OR, Grind the spoon handle off so it just has a 1/4 inch handle and drill a hole in it.

Next, gather all the trinkets to fill the spoons.  For instance: sprockets, cogs, filigrees, jewelry pieces, sea shells, sea stars, baby teeth, studs, wasp nest paper…basically anything small enough will work.Now, use the E6000 Glue to glue the trinkets in place inside the spoons.Let everything dry once it’s been glued in place.
Use some stirring sticks to prop the spoons up so they sit level on your work surface.

To begin the resin process, read the directions and prepare your workstation.  Wear gloves and work in a well ventilated area.  Mix the resin according to the package directions.  I only needed 6 ounces of mixed resin for these 3 spoons.
Use a stick to gently fill the spoon with resin.  The resin should fill the spoon and count on surface tension for the best look.Then be patient and let the resin dry completely–overnight should do it.Finally, hook the spoons on necklace chains or a velvet choker.Totally unique jewelry that will have everyone commenting!  It does looks like all these cute trinkets are just scooped up from a magical pool of water. Save and Pin for Later!

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Metallic Poured Resin Art on Canvas

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 07:00

I absolutely love making poured resin art, and this project was no exception! Today I’m going to show you how I experimented with acrylic paints and resin and how I created this beautiful shiny piece of metallic poured resin art on canvas.

Supplies:
  • Art Canvas
  • Envirotex Lite 
  • Metallic acrylic paints
  • Disposable Cups and Stir Sticks
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Cookie Sheet, plastic wrap and parchment paper (surface to catch excess resin, you could also use a cardboard box.)
  • Spare blocks of wood or something to elevate your canvas
  • paint brush

 

Prepare Surface:

The first step is to protect your table or floor by creating a surface to catch the excess resin after the pour. I used an old cookie sheet, covered it in plastic wrap, then added a layer of parchment paper. This worked very well and was easy to clean up when I was done. 

Next, you’ll want to elevate your canvas onto a couple of scraps of wood or something that is disposable. The excess resin may make contact with these and you will want to just throw them out. Another thought would be plastic cups or old containers that you can toss.

Mix and Color Resin:

Envirotex Lite comes with great instructions on mixing, so be sure to read those. Put on your gloves and eye protection and get ready to mix.

 

Add equal parts of A and B into a disposable measuring cup.

Next, stir this completely until it is clear and no longer cloudy. Pour various amounts of the mixed resin into three other cups for coloring.

Use stir sticks or paint brushes to add the metallic acrylic paint to your resin. Be sure to only use as much as you need for the color, the less paint the better for the resin to cure later on. Stir the paint and resin thoroughly. Use clean stir sticks to do a final stir.

Pour Resin:

Once you have each color mixed, you are going to what is often called a “dirty pour”. Pick one color to be your base, then pour different amounts of the other colors in a little at a time.

Once they are in, stir just one time to add variety to the layers.

Pour the resin onto the canvas.

Tip the canvas slightly to spread the resin across the entire thing. Then, pour any excess resin from each cup making a pattern over the base layer.

Here, I opted to use a stir stick and drag it through the resin creating a unique look, but that’s just up to the artist, you!

Use a micro-butane torch to pop any bubbles. You can also exhale over the entire thing and it will pop bubbles, the micro torch is just much faster.

Once you have fulfilled your artistic desires, let the resin set for 24 hours. It will continue to shift and change a little before it totally sets.

Finished:

And there you have it. A beautiful piece of art on canvas that can be hung anywhere you want in your home. I just love the sparkle and shine that the metallic paints added.

I hope you can see the metallic sparkle in this, it’s really very pretty and adds a lot of dimension.

Thanks so much for reading! And as always, if you have questions or ideas, please share in the comments. Pin this project on Pinterest too! 

Thanks again!

~~Sheri

 

 

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10 Fun St. Patrick’s Day DIY Ideas

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 07:00

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and we here at Resin Crafts Blog cannot contain our excitement.  Time to ring in the Spring holidays, woohoo! This holiday is obviously such a blast to celebrate in so many ways, but we think the best way is by getting your St. Patrick’s Day DIY on. From crafts to home decor, we’ve got a little something for everyone here. Which ones will you create?

Ombre Fringe St. Patrick’s Day DIY Wreath | Lydi Out Loud

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Pot Of Gold | The 36th Avenue

DIY Four-Leaf Clover Resin Keychains | Resin Crafts Blog

St. Patrick’s Day DIY Shadow Box | Oh My Creative

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Hat | Red Ted Art’s Blog

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Ribbons | Persia Lou

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Scrappy Pillowcases | Rae Gun Ramblings

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Shirts | Cutesy Crafts

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Wine Bottles | Green With Decor

Easy DIY St. Patrick’s Day Wreath | Anika’s DIY Life

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Mermaid Tail Glitter Resin Keychain Charms

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:00

Mermaid Tail Glitter Resin Keychain Charms Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing another fun resin craft.  Mermaids and glitter are truly so much fun–are you into the mermaid craze?  These uniquely simple mermaid tail charms are perfect for zipper pulls, keeping track of keys, party favors and more.  Supplies:

EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy

Silicone Mermaid Tail Molds

Green and Blue Transparent Dyes

Ultrafine Glitter

Keychain hardware

Drill and drill bits

Disposable work surface/gloves/cups/stirring sticks

 

Silicone molds are so flexible, so mold release spray is not necessary, but can be used if desired.

Read the directions for the EasyCast resin thoroughly and prepare your work station.  I worked right inside a shallow box.  Mix the EasyCast according to the package directions, be sure to wear gloves and work in a well ventilated area. Begin by mixing up 3 ounces of hardener with 3 ounces of resin, then added one drop of blue dye and 3 drops of green dye.  Then mix constantly for 2 full minutes.  Pour into a different mixing cup and mix again for 1 full minute.
Now pour the resin in the mermaid tail molds.The resin is just colored enough to be fun, but clear enough to see through.

For a ombre effect, just fill the mermaid tail till mostly full, but not the fin.  Mix up another 2 ounces of resin and leave it clear and then pour it in to fill the tail.Next, sprinkle some ultra fine glitter right on top of the resin.  Let them sit for about 20 minutes, then pop any bubbles that have surfaced with a light heat gun or torch.Now let the resin cure overnight, or about 24-48 hours, then pop the resin tails out of the molds.The resin looks shiny and amazing, the glitter settles amid the resin for the perfect effect!

Now get the drill and a bit to drill a hole in the top of the mermaid tails.  Start with a small bit and then step up to bigger bits until the hole is big enough to thread the keychain through.Thread a chain through the hole and hook a clip through it.These fabulous mermaid tail keychains are ultimately ready to clip on zippers, bags, keys and party favors.
Resin is such a fun, and altogether, versatile crafting medium.  If you haven’t given it a try, now is the perfect time.
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Marbled Monogram: Adding Marbling with Resin

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 07:00

Make a marbled monogram for any room in your home.  Adding marbling to any surface with resin is actually really simple.  Mix up the colors of your choice then just pour and swirl!  After you learn this technique, you will be marbling all the things!

Supplies needed to make a marbled monogram:

Start by sealing your canvas monogram on the front and sides with the Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer / Glue.  I have had issues with canvas material creating bubbles in my final finish so this step will prevent that.  Allow to dry completely before continuing.

Mix up a batch of EnviroTex Lite® Pour On High Gloss Finish according to the package directions.  Pour into small measuring cups.  Use the Castin’Craft Opaque Pigments to tint these any color that you would like.  I did white, yellow, and one with equal parts green and blue.

Lay the monogram in a box or protect your work surface with something else disposable.  I also used a few corks to raise my monogram up off of the cardboard slightly.  I then started my marbled monogram by drizzling on the white resin with a stir stick.

Then drizzle on the blue green resin.

Then drizzle on the yellow resin.

Now it is time for the fun part!  I used the flat end of a stir stick to begin to swirl and mix the resin right on the monogram.  Create patterns and have fun with it!

Continue until the entire monogram is covered with resin and marbled.  I chose not to have the resin pour over the edges of the monogram.  If you love that look, just use enough resin so that the excess will pour over all of your edges.

Then just pop any bubbles that come to the surface according to the package directions.  Allow to cure overnight and then you have a gorgeous marbled monogram that is ready for hanging in any room of your home.

I love the glossy shine to this one and all of the really cool patterns I was able to achieve.  I can’t wait to use this marbling technique for so many more things around my home!

Be sure to get started on your own marbled monogram today or just use this technique to marble just about anything!  Can you imagine everything you can do with this?

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