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10 Beautiful DIY Gift Ideas

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:00

Not sure about you guys, but we here at Resin Crafts are in complete awe that Fall has surpassed us so quickly. Although often people dread Winter, we decided to celebrate the season and all the incredible things it has to offer! With the excitement of the holidays approaching, it’s, of course, a perfect time to fit crafting into your schedule. Some of the most meaningful gifts you can give to the people you love are handmade gifts! It’s also friendly for your budget as well.

We hope you enjoy some of these beautiful DIY gift ideas we’ve rounded up for you!

DIY Happy Christmas Camper Sign | DecoArt Blog


DIY Christmas Tea Towels | Lydi Out Loud

 

DIY Holiday Candles | The 36th AVENUE

DIY Nativity Scene Ornaments | The Idea Room

DIY 10 Minute Peppermint Soap | Happiness is Homemade

DIY Hot Cocoa Ornament | Smart School House

DIY Mason Jar Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix | The Happier Homemaker

DIY Rudolph Sugar Scrub | Oh My Creative

DIY Lip Balm Christmas Gift | Skip To My Lou

DIY Christmas Platters | The 36th AVENUE

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Protecting and Decorating Found Rocks for Decor

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 07:00

Am I the only one that hoards rocks while out fishing and on the beach? On a recent fishing trip a few months ago, I grabbed way too many rocks (I’m embarrassed to say I had to go to my car four times to drop them off when my bag got too heavy) with no intention on how to use them. When we were done fishing and on our way home, I figured they would be great to line my garden with, but also knew I would paint a few to use around the home for styling.

The thing about painting something so small, though… if you don’t protect the paint finish, you’ll see scratches and marks as soon as you start moving the pieces around. And, because, I KNOW that I have a tendency to style and style and style again every surface in my home, I knew I’d like to protect the paint finish of any rocks that I decided to paint.

Cue the EnviroTex Lite…

I’ve used EnviroTex Lite a few times and I love it. I used it on my bar top makeover and also to seal some fun wallpaper on paper trays in my office, so I know how easy it is to use. I also really love the durable, glass-like finish you get with this product.

This is a really easy project. Let me show you how to do it!

Here’s what you need:

Supplies:
  • EnviroTex Lite
  • Mixing cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Plastic bags or drop cloth to protect your surface
  • Paint
  • Embellishment for your rocks (if you want to)
  • Rocks of any size

This is a really easy project to do. First, you need to wash and dry all your rocks. Then, you paint your rocks. I spray painted one with a copper metal spray paint, one with a brush and a yellow/mustard paint sample, and one I decided not to paint at all.

Once your paint is completely dry (make sure you get around the entire rock), you need to elevate your rocks on top of something. I used tiny mixing cups. Then, you mix the EnviroTex Lite. Make sure you protect your surfaces with plastic bags or plastic drop cloths.

Mix equal amounts (by volume) of both parts of the EnviroTex Lite for a full 1 minute. Then, pour the mixture into a second, clean mixing cup and mix for another 30 seconds. Scrape the sides of the cups throughout stirring.

For the copper painted rock, I kept my mixture clear and poured it right away on top of the rock.

If you want to add embellishments, add them to your mixture right before you pour.

For the yellow/mustard rock, I added some gold, copper, and silver leaf sheets right before I poured.

I added a little gold glitter to my mixture to pour over my unpainted rock.

You’ll need to check on your rocks in about 10 minutes, to catch the drips and pour back over the rock. Let completely cure, turn your rocks over and repeat, so that your entire rock is protected.

Once cured, you can use your rocks for styling!

 

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Faux Stained Glass Christmas Ornament

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 07:00

You can make this faux stained glass Christmas ornament in just minutes with this tutorial.  Use our template to make a Christmas tree as shown or create your own design using the same technique.  The light showing through this ornament on your tree will be simply dazzling!

Supplies needed to make a faux stained glass Christmas ornament:
  • Glass ornament base
  • EnviroTex Lite®  Pour On High Gloss Finish
  • Stained Glass Leading Dimensional Paint
  • Castin’Craft Opaque Pigments in Brown, Green, White, and Opalescent
  • Mixing Cups
  • Measuring Cups
  • Stir Sticks
  • Toothpicks
  • Free Tree Template
  • Ribbon

To begin, I needed to decide which of the pigments to use when creating my ornament.  I always say “when in doubt, try it out”.  So I used a knob mold to make a few samples.   I tested a few different transparent and opaque pigments to decide which would work best for my project.  As you can see below, the transparent pigments are see through while the opaque gives a more colorful appearance.  I really loved the look of the Opalescent pigment which I thought I could make look like snow.

After my experiments, I was ready to create a faux stained glass ornament.  Start by laying your glass blank on top of the printed template.

Then trace around all edges with your stained glass leading.  Remember we will be adding resin to these areas and the leading will make an edge.  Be sure your lines are complete with no gaps.

Use the leading to also trace around your tree.  I filled the star in with the leading as the area was very small.

Set your ornament aside and allow to dry overnight.  Once dry, you can start mixing your EnviroTex Lite®  Pour-On High Gloss Finish according to the package directions.  I mixed a batch then poured small amounts into a bunch of measuring cups.  I added my pigment to each cup.  NOTE:  Be sure to keep some resin with no pigment as we will need it as well.

Pour a small amount of brown into the trunk.  TIP:  Toothpicks are your friend when making sure your resin gets all the way to the corners.

Add some clear resin to the tree area then add a few drips of green and white to it.

Use a clean toothpick to swirl the two together.

Then add resin that has been tinted with the Opalescent pigment to the rest of the ornament.  This dries looking a bit like snow with a glittering that I love.  Remove any bubbles that come to the surface.

Set the entire ornament on a level surface to cure.  Allow to cure overnight before touching.

Finally add a ribbon for hanging on your tree.  You now have an adorable faux stained glass ornament for your tree.  See that shimmering Opalescent pigment around the outside?  Just adorable!

You can also use this same technique to make stained glass ornaments in any design.  Your tree will look great with these hanging all over it!

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10 Fun Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 07:00

It’s that time of year again, friends! The holidays are right around the corner, and you know what that means. Your kiddos will have plenty of time off of school, which is great news for quality family time! But how do you keep the tiny humans occupied in a productive and festive way? We’ve rounded up some of the most fun and easy DIY Thanksgiving Projects that your kids will love. If you’re looking for an extra hand around the holidays, your little one’s can help you get ready for guests with these 10 Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescapes we’ve also collected for you to enjoy, because a crafty holiday is the best kind of holiday!

Now, back to our DIY Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids. Which ones will you create?

DIY Thankful Turkey Book | B-Inspired Mama

DIY Coffee Filter Turkey | Buggy and Buddy

DIY Fancy Feathers | Babble Dabble Do

DIY Napkin Rings | Buggy and Bubby

DIY Fork Painted Turkey Craft | I Heart Arts n Crafts

DIY Pumpkin Pie Kids Craft | A Night Owl Blog

DIY M&M’s Cady Turkey Handprint | Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

DIY Pipe Cleaner Turkey | Mess for Less

DIY Paper Bag Turkeys | No Time For Flashcards

DIY Turkey Boxes | Love The Day

 

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Pear Shaped Candle Making with EasyMold Silicone Rubber

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 19:23

Hi creative friends! It’s Sonja here from Sustain My Craft Habit and I’m really excited to share this candle making project with you. We’ll start by making the pear shaped mold and then finish with pouring the beeswax to form the candle.

I’ve been really eager to make another silicone mold ever since I made a cone shaped silicone mold for faux-marble ring cones. And as we head into Fall and gear up for the USA Thanksgiving, I thought this pear shaped candle idea would be the perfect DIY.

Supplies Needed for Making a Pear-Shaped Mold:

How to Make a Pear-Shaped Mold Preparing the supplies to make a mold:

Remove the pear stem and discard. Spray the inside of the container and the surface of the decorative pear with a mold release agent. Leave it to dry.

Once they are dry, apply a good amount of hot glue to the base of the pear and stick the pear firmly inside the plastic container ensuring you have a tight seal that will not leak mold at the bottom.

Pouring the Silicone to make a Mold:

Begin to mix your EasyMold Silicone Rubber. To determine how much product is needed, you can pour rice inside the container surrounding the decorative pear and then measure the amount of rice used. Refer to the product information sheet for full instructions.  Measure equal parts of the product and using a stir stick, mix the components together very well. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom as well.

Slowly start pouring the mixture around your pear. To reduce the amount of bubbles, pour the mixture slowly and high above the container.  Bubbles will rise to the top as the product cures but I lightly tapped the entire thing throughout the pouring process.

Continue to pour until you get close to the top of the pear. You’ll need to leave a small hole at the top for the wick to pull through.  My advice would be to add a small bead of hot glue to the top of the pear where the stem was removed and then pour the mixture until you reach the base of the hardened glue.  Since I missed this step my wick hole ended up being in the wrong spot.

Set aside and allow to cure at least 24 hours. Once cured, carefully cut the container to remove the mold. Once the container is cut away, pull away the mold from the hot glue you used in the bottom. Trim away any excess mold that might have leaked past the hot glue barrier.

Remove the pear from inside the mold. An extra set of hands is helpful here: one person to hold the mold and the other person to carefully pull out the pear.

You now have a pear mold that can be used for a variety of craft projects, such as a dessert mold, FastCast, concrete, and more! Continue reading for instructions on using it to make pear shaped candles.

Supplies Needed for Candle Making:
  • Small cooking pot; double boiler
  • 100% Beeswax block
  • Candle wick
  • Mold sealer
  • Scissors
  • Wooden skewer

How to Make a Pear-Shape Candle Preparing the mold for candle making:

Feed the candle wick through the hole at the top of the pear mold. Leave about 2” sticking out at the top. Cover the top of the hole with a mold sealer (or your kid’s modeling clay as I did in my case). Press firmly in place to ensure beeswax does not leak out of the hole.

Flip the mold so the larger opening (or bottom of the pear mold) is facing up. Wrap the wick around a wooden skewer as shown.

Pouring the beeswax for candle making:

Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax on the stove top. Refer to Angie’s tutorial for making a mason jar candle for great tips on melting beeswax. Remember that melting wax is very hot so be careful! I used about half of the block when making this pear candle. Once completely melted, slowly pour the beeswax into the pear mold. Move the wick off to side to make more room for pouring. Fill just below the top of the pear mold and re-position wick to center of the candle.

The wax will take some time to cool completely. I waited 24 hours before attempting to remove the candle.  Once it’s firmly set, remove the mold sealer (aka modeling clay) from the top of the mold.

Carefully remove the candle.  Two sets of hands will be helpful here as well: one to hold the mold and the other to pull the candle out.

Trim your wick to size with scissors: leave 1/2″ at top and clip the excess at the bottom.

These pear candles are perfect on their own or in groupings of two or more. Make them for yourself or as a gift giving idea. Re-use your mold over and over.

Have you made your own candles before?

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Coffee Table Refinished with Resin

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 06:00

For the month of November, ETI and Resin Crafts Blog are sponsoring the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest, where bloggers from all over will be sharing their “Showstopping Tops” made with Envirotex Lite. I made this coffee table refinished with resin and can’t wait to tell you the process!

I was asked to make a Showstopping Tabletop project as guest host of the contest! Here’s what I came up with:

Supplies used:
  • White Chalk Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • 40 oz of Envirotex Lite
  • White pigment for resin
  • Black pigment for resin
  • Creme Wax (furniture finishing wax)
  • Dust free area (I used a spray shelter)
Prepping the table:

Here is a BEFORE shot of the table, showing the reason that it needs to be refinished. Not only did it need to be a different color to match my decor, but it was all scuffed up and in need of a new life!

The first thing to do is paint the table. Chalk paint is awesome because you don’t have to sand anything down first.

Prepping Resin:

After the entire table is painted and dried (possibly with a few coats) you’re ready for the resin part of the project. Below is a photo of the supplies you’ll need for this part. I made sure to have extra stir sticks, paint brushes and cups nearby just in case I needed them. You have to work pretty quickly with resin, so you want to make sure everything is within reach and ready to go! Here are the supplies I used:

Make sure that your table is completely level both front to back and side to side. As you can see below, my table had to be shimmed with some stir sticks under the front corners in order to get it completely level. I think this was more because of the floor in the room I was working in rather than the table being uneven. As you can see I am working inside of a spray shelter tent because as soon as the resin is poured I wanted it to be in a dust free area. This shelter worked great!

Mixing Resin:

Next, you will need to mix your resin.  I used two 16oz. box of Envirotex Lite and an 8 oz. box as well. So 40 oz. total. This table was about 8 sq. ft. and this was the perfect amount of resin. The box will give you a chart for how much you need for your project. Whatever you do, just make sure you have an equal amount of the Part A Resin and the Part B Hardener. Pour them into a large mixing container and stir them thoroughly, which is usually about two or three minutes for me.

The next step is to pour pigment of your chosen colors into the resin. You want to work quickly, but to do it right. I wanted a dark gray, so I used mostly black, but added a little white to make the gray and to make the color thicker. Too little color pigment will make the resin semi-transparent, which is okay if that’s the look you’re going for, but I wanted the top to look similar to a marble-type stone and didn’t want the white table to show through underneath at all.

Mix the resin completely until you have one solid color throughout.

At this point, I poured a little into a smaller cup and added some white pigment to that in order to create a lighter gray for the streaks I was going to add in later.

 

Pouring Resin:

Now pour your dark gray resin onto the table top. As you can see, my table had some edging that was higher than the table, so my plan was just to fill in the main area and to leave the border. If your table is flat you’ll likely just let the resin run off the sides, but that didn’t work for this project.

Since I didn’t want the resin to go over my edges, I had to be sure to spread out the resin and not get too much onto the table.

Finish spreading out the resin so it covers the entire table. Be careful and precise, but work quickly! The resin is self-leveling, but it sometimes needs to be pushed to all the areas you want it to go.

Next, take your micro butane torch and run it across the table, popping all the air bubbles you can see. Sometimes it’s hard to see the bubbles because of the reflection on the shiny resin, but if you take a light or move to where the light hits the table, you’ll be able to see them. You will want to do this a few minutes after pouring the resin, again after adding the light gray (see next step) then come back about 15 minutes later and do it again. This is very important as it takes a little time sometimes for the bubbles to all rise to the surface.

Adding details:

Alright, now time for the contrasting light gray to add some detail. My goal was to make this a marble-like effect, and I think I did okay. It’s really hard to imitate natural stone! In the end I think I got the look I was going for, unless you look super close in some areas. Basically, I just used a wooden stir stick, put it into the cup of resin that is light gray that you made in an earlier step, and run it through the dark gray wherever you want it.

Keep going in different directions. Sometimes I would use the stir stick on its side to make a thin line and other times I’d run it through flat to make a thicker line.

Keep going over the entire table. You’ll see as you go that the resin will continue to settle.

The settling makes some really cool effects, like these natural looking areas with a cool lace-like pattern.

Finished!

Alright, there you have it! A gorgeous white coffee table with a dark, patterned, shiny table top! I think it’s showstopping!

As you can see, it’s very shiny and reflects everything!


Maybe not a perfect replication of marble, but still a fun design. (Side note: It’s really difficult to take a picture of such a shiny piece! It’s like taking a picture of a mirror without getting yourself in the shot, haha!)

What do you think? I hope this is a piece that would inspire you to try out some Envirotex Lite and make an amazing furniture piece yourself!

Best of luck to all the contest participants! Can’t wait to see those Showstopping Tops!

–Sheri @ Hazel + Gold Designs

 

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10 Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 07:00

The leaves are flying off the trees, the nights are chilly and the holidays are approaching! Isn’t this such an exciting time of year? We here at Resin Crafts are big fans of the holidays because it’s just another excuse to get more crafting time in! With the holidays around the corner, we’re trying to get our homes ready to go to have guests over and of course, we want to impress them. We’ve rounded up some beautiful Thanksgiving tablescapes that are sure to impress your guests this holiday season.  We hope you enjoy!

DIY Farmhouse Glam Centerpiece | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Thanksgiving Succulent Tablescape | A Night Owl Blog

DIY Coastal Thanksgiving Tablescape | H20 Bungalow

DIY Woodland Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape | Sustain My Craft Habit

DIY Modern Mixed Metal Tablescape | Making Lemonade Blog

DIY Thanksgiving Decorations | The Country Chic Cottage

DIY Woodland Thanksgiving Tablescape | An Extraordinary Day

DIY Affordable Thanksgiving Tablescape | The V Spot Blog

DIY Colorful Thanksgiving Tablescape | Persia Lou

DIY Simple Thanksgiving Table Setting | Finding Home Farms

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Gold Glitter Resin Tray DIY Tutorial

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 08:52

Gold Glitter Resin Tray Tutorial

Hi everyone, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft showcasing another fun resin craft.  Gold glitter and sparkles are perfection for Autumn and that transition into Winter.  This glitter tray is the perfect bed tray for hot chocolate or other goodies.

The tray works great in the house as a catch all too.  How can you resist all that lovely glitter.    

Supplies:

Old Lacquered Tray (pick one up at a thrift store)

Gold Glitter

Mod Podge

Envirotex Lite High Gloss Resin

Begin by mixing one part Mod Podge and one part glitter in a paper cup.  Then pour and paint the glitter mixture all over the inside of the tray.  If you aren’t a big fan of gold, you could do this in any color you can imagine.

Let it dry completely.  It looks fabulous and sparkly, but it feels rough like sandpaper.  Let’s take this project up a notch with some high gloss resin.

Now take the tray to the garage or in a well ventilated undisturbed part of the house.  Read the directions on the box.  I used the 8 oz. kit and it was perfect for this 12 inch square tray.  Mix the high gloss resin according to package directions.

It’s a one to one ratio and mixes in a 2 part session.

Once mixed, pour all over the base of the tray, right in the center.  Lift and tilt the tray until clear gloss runs to all the edges and corners.  Then cover with a board or something to keep dust out.

Let it set overnight.  Then check it out!  Super shiny and smooth like glass.

Set up a hot chocolate bar and some goodies and enjoy by the fire.  Perfect for breakfast in bed or a midnight snack!

That sparkle will look perfect all year long!

This would make a great handmade holiday gift too!

 

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DIY Serving Tray using EnviroTex Lite Pour On Resin

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 09:07

This DIY serving tray made with driftwood slices and Envirotex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Resin is a beautiful and functional way to add a coastal, rustic touch to your home decor.

Hi there! It’s Sonja from Sustain My Craft Habit. If you’ve been by our blog you might have caught that we love to make stuff with driftwood. From a DIY hanging rope shelf with driftwood, a driftwood mirror and even a driftwood Christmas tree, we find all kinds of fun ways to use this natural resource.

DIY Serving Tray with Driftwood and Resin

Recently Jane was slicing driftwood pieces to make buttons with. Many of them did not meet her high standards (some might say she’s a bit picky). However, the driftwood rounds were all so naturally beautiful that I had to come up with a way to use them. This idea, to display them in a functional DIY serving tray came to mind.

I love how the EnviroTex Lite accentuates and showcases the natural colours and designs of the driftwood pieces. It’s created such a smooth, glossy surface that looks like glass. The best part is that while the driftwood slices are all different depths, the resin creates a flat, durable surface making the serving tray completely functional. So let’s get started with making yours!

Materials Needed to Make your Own DIY Serving Tray with Driftwood and Resin: Step 1: Preparing the Materials

Paint your wood tray in any color of your choosing. We used Dark Denim from Americana Decor Satin Enamels, which provided a strong, durable finish with a light sheen. Once painted, put it aside to dry fully before moving onto the next step.

Safety first! Make sure you have all the necessary protective equipment when using power tools. Using a mitre saw, cut a variety of different sized driftwood pieces into a range of thicknesses from ¼” to ⅝”. It’s important to use driftwood formed from hardwood versus softwood to get a smooth surface.

Cut enough slices to fully cover your tray. It’s a bit of a jigsaw puzzle so be sure to cut extra pieces for working with.

Sand the rough cut edges of the driftwood slices and wipe away any sawdust.

Step 2: Assembling the Materials

Apply one generous coat of all-purpose sealer to the inside of your serving tray. Leave it to dry.

Using a paintbrush, apply all-purpose sealer to the bottom side of the driftwood slices.

Working in small sections, coat the tray with glue/sealer as well as the underside of the driftwood slice. Place them onto the serving tray one at a time.

Continue to add the driftwood slices until your serving tray is fully covered. Get creative with use different sizes, depths and colours of wood slices.

Once the driftwood slices are set in place, use a paintbrush to apply a coat of all-purpose sealer to the tops and sides of all the driftwood slices. Take your time with this step to ensure you don’t miss any pieces. You can see some of the pieces that I missed turned a different color after the resin was poured on.

Once the piece is fully sealed, leave it to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 3: Applying the Pour On Resin

Work in layers until your piece is fully covered. For this particular piece, it took 3 layers of Pour On resin before all of the driftwood pieces were fully covered.

For best results be sure to read the instructions provided in the EnviroTex Lite Pour On packaging. Ensure your resin and hardener are at room temperature or warmer before mixing.

1st Resin Layer:

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 filled the cup up as much as possible as my tray is fairly large size. Stir continuously for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the container.

Pour the mixture into a second cup and stir for an additional minute (use a new stir stick). Scrape the sides of the container as you mix.

Using the stir stick, dip your stick into the EnviroTex mixture and then begin pouring the resin over top of your piece. Pour evenly from one side to the next. The resin will settle and level itself out but try to fill the spaces in between the driftwood as best you can. Lift the tray and tilt it back and forth to help the resin level out.

Cover to keep dust from settling in. Ensure your tray is placed on a level surface. After about 15 minutes, remove any bubbles that have risen to the surface by gently blowing over the piece through a straw or using a small kitchen torch. Repeat if necessary after another 15 minutes and up to about an hour all the bubbles are popped. Use a clean straw each time to avoid moisture from your breath collecting inside the straw and transferring onto the piece.

Cover and allow to cure overnight.

2nd Resin Layer:

Check your piece to see if the driftwood pieces are fully covered. If the resin surface is smooth and flat, then there is no need for another layer of resin.

In my particular case, I needed more resin so I repeated the 1st layer steps from the day before.

3rd Resin Layer:

Since some of my driftwood pieces were pretty thick, I ended up needing a 3rd layer of resin.  I repeated the 1st layer steps from the previous days to add my final layer of resin. As it hardens, the resin is self leveling but I wanted to help it along so I brushed some of the driftwood surfaces with a small clean crafting brush right after pouring.

Cover and allow to cure fully (~72 hours) before using.

I absolutely love how this piece turned out! The high gloss resin is the perfect contrast to the natural and rustic driftwood slices. I’m picturing this same idea on a larger scale, as a side table or beach-themed coffee table. However, Jane is already clamoring for a DIY serving tray of her own, so I may just need to make it as a Christmas or birthday gift for her.

We hope you enjoyed this DIY serving tray tutorial using EnviroTex Lite Pour-On Resin. We’d love for you to check out these other tutorials of ours including this leafy DIY resin paperweight and these beautiful lavender flower pendants.

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Top 10 Most Popular Posts

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 07:00

Hello there and happy Friday! It’s hard to believe but we’ve been sharing with you here on our new blog site for 6 months now… time flies when you’re inspired! To celebrate the Resin Crafts Blog revamped site’s 6 month birthday, we’re rounding up the top 10 most popular projects that our amazingly talented Resin Crafts Ambassadors have created in the last 6 months. Did your favorite make the top 10?

Top 10 Most Popular Posts 1. Wood and Resin Pendant with EasyCast – Hazel and Gold Designs

2. DIY Lavender Flower Pendant – Sustain My Craft Habit

3. Autumn Leaf Resin Pendant – Doodlecraft

4. Maple Resin Paperweight – Sustain My Craft Habit

5. DVD Mosaic High Gloss Resin Tray – Doodlecraft

6. Concrete and Resin Planter – Love Create Celebrate

7. Concrete Mason Jar Planter – The Country Chic Cottage

8. Poured Resin Wall Art – Hazel and Gold Designs

9. Seahorse Resin Pendant – Doodlecraft

10. Canvas Gold Leaf High Gloss Resin Painting – Doodlecraft

Which one is your favorite? Thanks for following along on our crafting adventures, we can’t wait to show you what we have in store for the next 6 months and beyond!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Agate Slices Made with Clear Polyester Resin DIY

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 07:00

DIY Agate Slices Made with Clear Polyester Resin

This is Natalie from Doodlecraft bringing you another genius resin craft.  Agate slices are so amazing and this is a fun way to make your own as large and colorful as you want it!

They are perfect for coasters, stacking around decor, using as place cards and great for a handmade holiday gift tag!

You will need:

Clear Casting Polyester Resin

Transparent Resin Dyes

Resin Mixing cups

Gold Leaf Paint/Paintbrush

Nail File

Parchment Paper

Silicone Tub and Tile Caulk

Let’s get started doing in a couple of days what it takes nature thousands of years to do!Begin by taping parchment paper to your work surface.  Because the resin has a strong smell work in a well ventilated area.  Use the silicone caulk to draw multiple rings on the parchment.  Start with the smallest ring and build up to the largest.Let the silicone dry completely.  It will be rubbery.  Next get the resin set up.  You will need a mixing cup and stirring stick for each color of resin you decide to make, plus a large mixing cup and stirring stick.Mix up 4 ounces (more or less depending on how many you are doing) of clear casting resin.  Follow the package instructions and mix for the proper amount of time.  Then pout the mixed resin into the smaller cups, add drops of dye to each cup, mix colors if desired.  Stir the cups with individual sticks.Pour the colored resin into the rings between the silicone.  Let them stand for about 30 minutes.Now remove the silicone without the resin, leaving an empty cavity.  Leave the outside silicone ring in place, just remove the inside ones.After the silicone rings are removed, let them sit another 30-60 minutes until hardened.  Don’t add clear resin too soon, the colors will bleed right into it and not leave the rings of color.Mix up another 4 ounces of clear polyester resin, this time leaving it clear.  Pour it gently over the top of the slices, filling in all the gaps and leaving a smooth surface on top.  Let them sit for 24 hours to cure.  Finally, remove the last silicone ring and pull the resin slices off the parchment paper.  They look like gorgeous little agates.  Use a nail file to sand down the edges to a uniform shape.Now use the liquid leaf paint in gold and a paintbrush to paint the edges of each agate slice and let them dry completely.Now they are ready to use for whatever you can imagine.  Place cards, coasters and more!Perfect for home decor pieces!Makes a fun table setting!  There are so many fun things to make with resin–try these agate slices today!

 

 

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DIY Flower Paperweight – Layering Resin Tutorial

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 09:06

Hello everyone! I’ve been working on getting my office organized, and recently realized I needed something to keep my stack of papers from spreading all over my desk, or worse, getting hit by a fan and flying everywhere, so I decided to create a resin paperweight. Today I am going to show you how to create this adorable flower paperweight in this Layering Resin Tutorial. This process takes a few days, but ends up looking really great.

Layering Resin Tutorial Supplies: Layer 1:

First, spray your molds with Mold Release and Conditioner Spray. Let them dry.

Since this mold is domed, the first layer will actually be the top of the paperweight, and I wanted the top of mine to be clear. To create the first layer, mix the EasyCast according to the instructions in the box. Mix equal amounts of Part A and Part B in a small cup. Stir thoroughly.

Then pour the mixed epoxy into a new, clean cup and continue to mix thoroughly. This two-cup process ensures that the resin is completely mixed and that no unmixed parts pour into your mold from the sides of the cup.

Pour the mixed resin into your mold. There will be bubbles, which you can pop either with a micro butane torch or by exhaling slowly over your resin project.

Once poured, let that cure completely. Mine took about 24 hours. The warmer the room, the faster it will cure.

Layer 2:

For the second layer, we are going to add some paper flowers. The first thing to do is spray these with the Envirotex Spray Resin Sealer and let them dry. 

 

Next, you’ll use the Ultra-Seal multipurpose glue sealer to glue the flowers in place. This glue dries clear so it will not be an issue to use it against the clear resin of the first layer. Once they are glued in place and the glue has dried, mix another small cup of resin as you did before.

Pour that resin into the mold and over the flowers. I made just enough to almost cover the flowers, but not quite. They stick out just a little because I wanted them to go slightly into the third layer that follows this.

Alright, so let this second layer cure for another day or two.

Layer 3:

Mix another quantity of resin. I used larger cups this time because I needed more resin.

When the resin is mixed, go ahead and pour as much glitter as you want into it to get the coverage you prefer.

This is what mine looked like. I didn’t want the paperweight to have a solid glitter bottom, I just wanted a little, so I didn’t add as much as some people might in order to get a more solid glitter layer. I was happy with how this looked.

Pour the glitter resin into the mold for the third layer!

Once the resin is poured, again pop the bubbles in whatever method works for you, and let it cure for another day or two!

To prevent any dust from getting into my project I covered it with this bell jar type glass container. You can use many things to cover it, just make sure it is clean.

Once the resin is cured, go ahead and remove it from the mold.

I simply flipped the mold over and pushed with my thumbs to get it out. It took a little maneuvering, pushing around on all parts of the mold, but eventually, it just popped right out of there.

FINISHED!

And there you have it! A finished sparkly, floral paperweight. It looks really great! There are a few bubbles on the inside of some petals but you have to get really up close and look carefully to notice, so they don’t bother me a bit. The glitter is a good distraction from the flaws. But with the clear layers of resin, you can see the flowers quite well! And as you see from all of the reflections, it’s beautiful and shiny.

This is what the back looks like. A lot more glitter.

And this shot really shows the separation in the layers, though most angles do not. It actually worked!

As you can see, from the top, the layers aren’t completely apparent like they were when viewing it from the bottom.

And there you have it, a beautiful DIY Flower Paperweight! Now my papers will stay where I want them!

What do you think? Do you like this project? Would you try layering resin? Please share this image via Pinterest!

~~Sheri

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10 Creative DIY Mold Projects You’re Going to Love

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:36


Happy end of October, friends! Fall has flown by and we’re moving into another season already. The good news about this time of year is that the holiday season is approaching quickly and it’s a great time of year to create DIY projects. Whether you’re creating them for yourself or to give as a gift to a loved one, these creative DIY Mold Projects are perfect! We hope you enjoy what we’ve rounded up and that you share the projects you create with us!

DIY Shell Mold | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Silicone Jewelry Mold | Sustain My Craft Habit

DIY Cabochon Molds | Doodlecraft

 

DIY Chocolate Letter  Mold | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Pumpkin Inspired Mini-Vase | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Pool Ball Inspired Bookend | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Mason Jar Candles | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Starfish Bath Bombs | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Easy Skull Mold | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Sparrow Wall Art | Resin Crafts Blog

 

Which one are you going to create?

 

Mini Resin Pumpkin Vase – Perfect for Small Fall Stems

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:00

I am obsessed with all things lucite and clear! I love glassy finishes and a glam acrylic piece of furniture. If you saw my bar top makeover, you can see how I updated my ugly, dated bar to a beautiful, glassy finish. Today, I’m sharing how to get an acrylic look with my pumpkin inspired mini vase DIY.

I don’t usually decorate for Fall, except changing pillows and throws, but I did want to make some updates this year. Cue this cute mini vase that I made with Clear Polyester Casting Resin and EasyMold Silicone Paste (for a pumpkin mold). It’s perfect for adding some small floral cuttings.

Let me show you how to make your own.

Here’s what you need:

Supplies:
  • Castin’ Craft Clear Polyester Casting Resin
  • Castin’ Craft EasyMold Silicone Paste
  • Plastic Measuring cups
  • Plastic cup (the size that you want the interior of your vase to be)
  • Castin’ Craft Mold Release
  • Stir Sticks
  • Palette Knife (or butter knife)
  • Pumpkin of your choice

 

I’ve used these materials quite often now, so I’m familiar with their use, but be sure to follow these steps carefully and also read the instructions that come with the product before you get started.

Here’s what you need to do.

First, we’re making a mold of the pumpkin!

  1. Measure equal amounts of each part of the Castin’ Craft EasyMold Silicone Paste.
  2. Elevate your pumpkin upside down. This ensures that you can cast the pumpkin from the bottom. I used one of my measuring cups to put my pumpkin on top of.
  3. Mix the two parts together thoroughly. You’ll know when you’re done when the color of the mixture is solid throughout.
  4. Use your palette knife (or butter knife) to spread the EasyMold mixture all around your pumpkin, making sure to leave enough room for an opening in your mold. You can always cut off some of the mold to make room for your cup that you’ll be using for the “vase” interior.
  5. Let dry for about 3 hours. Once your mold is dry, you can remove your pumpkin.

Now, let’s cast your pumpkin shape and turn it into a mini vase!

  1. Take your plastic cup that you’re using for the interior of your “vase” and spray the entire outside with Castin’ Craft Mold Release. Let the cup dry.
  2. Add catalyst (provided with your Castin’ Craft Polyester Casting Resin) to the resin. The casting resin container has instructions on the back that tells you how many drops of catalyst per ounce of resin you need to be mixing. The thicker the layer, the less drops of catalyst you’ll use. Since I poured once (and not many layers) into a 7” pumpkin mold, I used 1 drop of catalyst per 2 oz of resin. I ended up using 16 oz of resin to fill the mold.
  3. Mix the mixture for a full one minute.
  4. Pour the mixture about half way full.
  5. Allow the mixture to gel. This takes about 15 – 25 minutes.
  6. Once your mixture has a gel-like consistency, you can place the cup (the one you’re using for your vase interior} into the mold, push down until you get the cup at the depth that you want. I used some random metal pieces to weigh the cup down.
  7. Following the directions above, mix a new batch of mixture and pour it to fill the rest of the mold.
  8. Let mixture completely cure.

Once your resin has cured, you can remove it from the mold and your cup inside should come out easy enough if you’ve used your mold release. Use pliers to help, if it’s a bit stuck.

Now, you can style your mini vase with a floral arrangement. I initially bought a bouquet of roses and sunflowers to use for the vase, but I felt terrible about cutting – already cut – flowers that short. So, I headed to the plant store and grabbed a chrysanthemum plant, so that I can cut stems off it. The best part is that I can nourish my plant to grow, so that I can continue to pull cuttings from it throughout the Fall season!

This project was pretty simple, but there was some curing time involved, so don’t expect to be finished in a few hours. You can, however, do a batch of these over the weekend. I wanted a mini pumpkin (since I’m not a pumpkin girl), but I could totally see this replicated using a much larger pumpkin to mold. Just remember to lay your EasyMold silicone paste on a bit thick so that your mold can sit up on its own. A thin mold will be flimsy and won’t hold its shape.

Another thing I thought about is that this mini vase will be perfect for a small votive, so it can also act as a candle holder!

Hope you’re inspired to get crafting!

Candy Sprinkles Resin Keychain DIY

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:00

Candy Sprinkles Resin Keychain DIY

Hey friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, showing you another awesome resin craft idea.  October just screams candy to me, probably because of Halloween…so this resin candy keychain is perfect for this time of year.  So get out your baking sprinkles and alphabet beads and let’s make some candy inspired art!

These keychains can be customized and make the perfect handmade gift for the holidays.

You will need:

Castin’ Craft: Clear Polyester Casting Resin

Cabinet knob molds : Rectangular Pulls

Mold Release and Conditioner

Alphabet Beads

Candy sprinkles and various other candies

Drill and bit

Ball chain keychain

Let’s get started!  Begin by covering your work area with paper or a plastic tablecloth.  Then read all the instructions and mixing directions for the clear polyester casting resin.  Work in a well ventilated area…and if possible, not inside the house, like garage.  If indoors, open windows and doors to allow air flow. Spray your molds with the release and conditioner according to package directions and set on work surface.  Then mix up 3 ounces of resin with the proper amount of catalyst.  Stir for the full minute and then gently pour about 1/8 inch of resin in each mold form.  Let them set for about 20 minutes.Check that the resin is set enough, try tipping the mold slightly and see if the resin is still runny.  It needs to be gel-like but not hardened yet.  Then fill the mold with colorful sprinkles and candy.
Or add the cute alphabet beads…note that some of the colors will fade and possibly bleed.  The red beads bled the most and the blue, green and yellows faded.  Still, they look adorable.  You’ll notice that the beads sit right on top of that layer of resin which is perfect…you do not want them to sink to the bottom.Fill around the beads with sprinkles.  I love the thick mass of sprinkles, it’s like the cupcake of my dreams.Work quickly to get everything set and then wait about 20 more minutes.After 20 minutes, mix up another 3-4 ounces of resin according to package directions.  Then pour over the candy sprinkles and fill the molds.  At this point, I let them set up overnight to about 24 hours.Remove them from the molds, they should pop out easily because of the release and conditioner spray.  Buff them with a firm dish cloth to bring out their shine.  Now get a drill and bit and drill a hole right through the resin and candy.String the ball chain right through the hole and it is ready to use as a keychain.  I love the brightly colored sprinkles and candy!Great for hooking to your keys or on a backpack as a zipper pull, or even worn as a necklace.Great for handmade holiday gifts and any time of year.  The perfect way to immortalize the candy you love.

 

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10 Creative Halloween Party Decorations You Need This Fall

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 07:00


Can you guys believe that September has already come and gone? We here at Resin Crafts love Fall so much, we’re sad to see the season passing us by! We’re committed to savoring this time of year while we can, so we’re immersing ourselves in all things Fall. If you’re craving more seasonal action too, hop on over and check out our post on Creative DIY Halloween Decorations or even these Fun DIY Halloween Costumes.

Back to what you’re here for. We hope you love these Halloween Party Decorations as much as we do!

Halloween Boos Sign | DecoArt Blog

Spider Halloween Wine Charms | Lydi Out Loud

Halloween Skull Vase | Persia Lou

Halloween Watermelon Mummy | The Jenny Evolution

Halloween Candy Jar Party Favors | Clever Pink Pirate

Ping Pong Ball Ghost Lights | The unOriginal Mom

Chalkboard Halloween Wine Sign | Sweet C’s Designs

Halloween Bat Party Lights | Eighteen25

DIY Halloween Banner | Sweet Tea and Saving Grace

Halloween Costume Party Awards | U Create

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DIY Halloween Jewelry with EnviroTex Jewelry Resin

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 07:00

How does that saying go again? “Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!”. Yup, it’s that time of year!

Although I personally don’t dress up for Halloween, I really enjoy seeing all of the fun and scary Halloween costumes and accessories. So as a way of embracing the season, I wanted to create a piece of jewelry that was Halloween-themed but yet beautiful and subtle enough to be worn all year long.

Jane created this beautiful water color painting of a spider web, which we sized down to fit inside a jewelry pendant. This opens the door to so many possibilities! Just think of all of the other beautiful artwork you could capture inside a pendant.

Materials Needed to make your our DIY Halloween Jewelry Pendant: Preparing the Pendant Bezel:

Using a laser printer, print out the spiderweb water color template in black and white color setting.  Carefully cut the spiderweb printable to fit the bezel using scissors or the right size of paper punch.

Coat the inside of the bezel as well as the back side of the image with some clear glue or multi purpose sealer.

Place the image inside the coated pendant bezel and press down to remove any bubbles underneath.

Generously coat the top of the image and sides of the bezel with the multipurpose sealer. Let dry completely.

Applying the Resin to the Prepared Pendant Bezel:

For best results be sure to read the instructions provided in the EnviroTex Jewelry Resin packaging.

Always ensure your resin and hardener are at room temperature or feel slightly warm to the touch before using.  Mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into one measuring cup.

Stir 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.

Using the stir stick, carefully dip your stick into the EnviroTex mixture and then drop into the bezel. Fill the piece slightly higher than the rim for a nice dome finish.

Place pendant on a level surface and cover to keep dust from settling in.

After about 15 minutes, remove any bubbles that have risen to the surface by gently blowing over the piece through a straw. Repeat if necessary after another 15 minutes.

Cover and allow to cure overnight.

Pop by our blog to grab your free printable spider web watercolor painted art.  Simply print it, frame it and style it for an extra bit of Halloween decor.

And you’ll definitely want to check out this latest post on fun DIY Halloween costume ideas for all ages. We’ll have you ready for Halloween in no time!

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3 Simple Resin Halloween Decorations

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 07:00

Halloween is such a fun time of year, from carving pumpkins and dressing in costume to decorating with all sorts of spooky themed decorations. Today I am bringing you three Resin Halloween Decorations that I made using products from ETI. These projects are easy to make and add a little fun to your Halloween decorations.

I don’t have an overall supply list for these projects, but I will list the supplies for each one before I tell you how I made them. Since this post is compiling a few different projects, I will also be linking to other posts that have in-depth tutorials on how to use the product for that decoration.

“Framed” Skeleton Supplies:

The first thing you need to do is spray your mold with the Mold Release and Conditioning Spray so that your casting won’t get stuck in the mold after it cures. I recommend applying two coats of mold release and letting it dry completely. This takes a little extra time, but is a step that will make your life easier in the end.

Once your spray dries, get your FastCast out. There are two parts that you will mix together. The biggest factor to be aware of with FastCast is that you have a very short working time with this product once it is mixed. You will combine equal amounts of Part A and B in a cup, then mix them quickly but thoroughly, for 30-45 seconds at most, then quickly pour them into your mold. If you feel the cup getting warm when you mix then that is a sign you need to pour it quickly.

The resin will begin to cure after a few minutes and it will start to turn white. After 10 minutes it will be completely white and cured. 

Remove your castings from the mold!

I then arranged the pieces within my painted frame and secured them with double-sided mounting tape. And there you have it, a “Framed” Skeleton!

**Another project using FastCast with full tutorial is Resin Seashell Wall Art using FastCast. Check that tutorial if you want more details on how FastCast works. Also, always read the instructions within the package before starting.**

“Boo” Decorative Galvanized Hanging Tin Supplies:
  • Hanging Galvanized Tin
  • EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
  • Metal Letters B-O-O
  • Double-Sided Mounting Tape
  • Two Mixing Cups
  • Two Wooden Stir Sticks
  • Micro Butane Torch

Gather your letter and apply small pieces of mounting tape on the back of them.

Arrange them where you want them in the tin, remove paper backing from the mounting tape and adhere them in place.

Mix EasyCast according to instructions. You have a lot more working time with EasyCast, so you won’t need to rush this time.

Mix equal amounts of Part A and Part B into a mixing cup. Stir together thoroughly. Pour into second clean cup and stir with a clean stir stick. Once thoroughly mixed, pour into your tin. After a few minutes of allowing the bubbles to arise to the surface, use your micro butane torch to pop the bubbles. You can also just exhale over the piece, but the torch is much faster. Just be sure to move it quickly just above the surface and not to let it scorch the resin.

Allow to cure for 24-48 hours (depending on temp and depth of pour.) 

Once cured, hang it in a fun place to display for Halloween. I tried a few different options. This would be perfect for someone with simple rustic decor in their home!

**Another project using EasyCast with full mixing instructions is Wood and Resin Pendant using EasyCast.**

Halloween “Tic-Tac-Toe” Game Supplies:

For this project you’ll follow the same steps for mixing EasyCast in order to make TEN game pieces. First, be sure that you applied two coats of mold release and conditioning spray to your mold. Then mix the EasyCast parts as instructed above. For some of the pieces, I used my previously made Skull Mold as well.

Once mixed, let the pieces cure for at least 24 hours, perhaps longer. Remove the castings from the mold when it has cured.

Spray five of the pieces with Resin Spray Sealer. Paint the other five pieces with black paint.

Spray paint the 12″x12″ tile with metallic silver spray paint. Use washi tape to create your grid. There you have it! A fun Halloween themed game for your coffee table that is both decorative and fun to play! Instead of X’s and O’s you have black and clear game pieces. So much fun!

**Another EasyCast project with full tutorial can be found here: Resin Map Pendant using EasyCast.

I hope you enjoyed these three quick Resin Halloween Decorations! I had so much fun making them and have had many compliments. What do you think?

If you like these projects, please pin this image to Pinterest!

Thanks for stopping by!

~~Sheri

 

 

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Meet the Maker: Whitney Jones

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 07:00

Hello there and happy Friday! It’s the first Friday of the month… that means time to meet another Resin Crafts Ambassador, Whitney Jones.

Whitney is a New Orleans based decorator, blogging about all things home on her site Whitney J. Decor. She loves to sew and create fabulous pillows and other furnishings. She has been inspired to make many new beautiful home accessories featuring resin. When Whitney’s not working on design projects, she’s reading sci-fi novels, working in her garden, or making updates in her new home.

Here are some of Whitney’s most popular projects on Resin Crafts Blog:

High Gloss Bar Top Makeover

Oversized Pool Ball Lucite Bookends

DIY Coffee Mug Planter

Stay tuned for more creative and inspiring projects from Whitney coming soon!

Make Your Own Chic Clear Knobs

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 07:00

Hey everyone! This is Lindi, from Love Create Celebrate. I’m excited to be back sharing another great DIY project. Ever since I started using resin, I’ve been itching to make a clear resin knob. Not only do clear knobs look sleek and stylish, but seeing the hardware through the knob is so interesting! It gets my science-loving soul all excited.

I made two versions of clear knobs. One with just resin, and one where I added the blue dye. There are tons of different shapes and colours that you can use to really make these knobs unique.

Materials: Instructions:

Start by mixing your resin according to package directions. A total of two ounces made three knobs.

Once it’s all mixed, pour it into a second cup and mix again. This will ensure that all of Part A and B are properly combined. If you want to add a dye to your mixture, this is the time to do it. Add a drop at a time and stir. Do this until you get the colour you want.

Spray the mold release and conditioner into your mold. This will make it easier to remove the resin later.

Pour your resin mixture into your knob molds – all the way to the top without spilling over.

After the resin mixture is poured, wait about 10 minutes for any bubbles to surface and exhale onto the resin to release bubbles that you don’t want to be able to see.

Wait 24 hours for the resin to set. When it is ready, pop it out of the mold and measure the width.

Find the centre (divide your width in half), and mark the centre on your knob. Anything sharp will scratch the surface.

Using a drill or a drill press, and a bit that is the same size as our hardware, drill a hole directly in the centre of your knob. Make sure that you stop a few mm before going through the other side!

Start putting your hardware into your resin clear knobs. You won’t be able to put the hardware all of the way through with just your hands, but I have a great trick for you! Next, take your two nuts and put them onto the hardware tight to one another. This is where you may need the two wrenches: one to hold the bottom nut and one to tighten the second one to it.

Once the nuts are tight to one another, you can just use one wrench or a socket on the top nut to push the bolt down further. Once it’s down as far as you want, loosen and remove the nuts.

Now you can add your beautiful clear knobs to your favourite dresser or cabinet!

Hope you like the project! Enjoy!

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