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10 Creative Back to School Crafts

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:00

Summer is almost over. Can you believe that? It’s already time to get our kids ready to go back to school, some have already returnedl! In these last few weeks before school, you want to get your kiddos ready, but you also still want them to enjoy the remainder of summer. (While keeping them busy at the same time, am I right?) These 10 Back to School Crafts are perfect to do together to kick the school year off to a great start!

Felt Heart Pencil Toppers | Kids Activities Blog

DIY Pencil Baubles | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Clipboard Gift for Teachers | Craft and Tell

DIY Pencil Holders | Crafts By Amanda

Apple Button Craft | Laura’s Crafty Life

Personalized Pencil Pouches | Happy Go Lucky Blog

Backpack Name Tag | Kids Activities Blog

Google Eyes Pen Craft | Typically Simple


Popsicle Stick Apple Core | Glued To My Crafts

Crayon Box Backpacks | A Pumpkin And A Princess

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DIY Colorful Poured Resin Wall Art

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 07:00

Resin is a fabulous medium to use to make art. Check out this amazing Poured Resin Wall Art tutorial to learn how you can make your own amazing art using Envirotex Lite.

Poured Resin Wall Art Supplies:
  • Envirotex Lite resin
  • Pigment dyes and/or acrylic paints
  • Canvas, I found a wooden board as the canvas works best
  • Stir sticks
  • Disposable measuring cups
  • Disposable craft brushes
  • Latex or disposable gloves
  • Paper towel
  • Box or tray larger than chosen canvas
  • Micro butane torch

Preparing the canvas:

I used large piece of scrap plywood that I had in my wood shop as the canvas. I’d highly recommend using a board rather than a stretched canvas. Both will work, but you need to be sure to support the center of the canvas, which can be tricky.

Be sure that your canvas, whatever you choose, is free from dust and debris.

Sealing canvas:

Mix a few ounces of resin (instructions below) and spread it thinly across the canvas/board to seal the surface. Use your butane torch to pop any existing bubbles. This coat will help the resin to spread across evenly and will reduce the number of bubbles that arise later on. Wood especially tends to give off a lot of air bubbles if it is not properly sealed.

Prepping workspace:

Resin is MESSY! You’ll want to use gloves for sure because it’s very hard to clean off your hands. You’ll also want to be sure you have a good box or layers and layers of newspaper, or something plastic that is bigger than your canvas in order to catch the drips that fall off the sides of your canvas. There will always be drips! Be sure to have some paper towels too just in case you spill a little.

Estimating Resin:

Envirotex Lite comes in two parts: Part A – the resin, and Part B – the hardener. For this art you’ll be mixing a lot of resin, so you’ll need quite a few cups. I think I used six total. Actually, the amount you need depends on the size of your canvas, and the packaging tells you how much you need. I used three 8oz. boxes. You can mix all of the resin at once in a large disposable container, then pour a smaller amount into each of the cups (for as many colors as you need) OR you can mix a couple smaller cups and still separate them into different cups for different colors.

 

Mixing Resin:

When you mix the resin, you’ll need to add exactly the same amount of Part A and Part B. Mix thoroughly with a stir stick, making sure to scrape the sides as you go. Now pour into smaller amounts in different cups and add color pigment or acrylic paint to the resin to change each color. I used 6 colors, but you can use as many or as few as you’d like. I used white, blue, green, purple (mixed red and blue), white with glitter, and copper acrylic paint.

 

Pouring the Resin:

Decide on one cup to be your first pour cup. Pour a bit of each of the other colors into this resin. White was my main cup, then I added blue, green, purple, glitter white, copper then did it over again one more time until the cup was pretty full. Pour that cup into the center of your canvas. Actually, you can pour it anywhere since you’re making art, it’s just whatever you want. My first pour wasn’t enough to cover the canvas, so I did a second one using more of each color of resin. Check out all those amazing colors and patterns! After that pour I still needed a little on the edges, so I took each color cup and just poured it into the bare spots. I even poured some of the colors over the top to add a little more character. You can do whatever you want!

Popping bubbles:

Every resin project I have done has had tons of bubbles. No big deal though! All you need is a micro-butane torch to quickly run a flame across the top of the resin and it will pop all the bubbles. Sometimes it helps to wait a short time after the pour, like maybe 10 minutes, then come back and pop the bubbles. This ensures that most of the air pockets will have risen to the top.

Let resin wall art cure:

Alright, so the final thing is to make sure your artwork is in a clean place where no dust or debris will land on it. Let it cure for 24 hours.

Check out all the amazing patterns. These will continue to change slightly as the resin settles and mixes together.

All done – Colorful Poured Resin Wall Art!

Now just stand back and enjoy that amazing artwork that you made. Check out the patterns, the sparkle in the metallic paints, find hidden images or your favorite design and just appreciate how easy it was to make something so awesome! Frame it if you’d like, or just leave as is! (I added a white frame.)

If you like this project, please share via social media! Feel free to comment also and let me know what you think or if you have any questions!

~~Sheri

 

 

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DVD Mosaic High Gloss Resin Tray

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 07:00

DVD Mosaic High Gloss Resin Tray

Hi, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft!  Isn’t this mosaic tray incredible?  It’s so shiny and sparkly!  Best part is that it’s a recycled craft!  Do you have some old DVD’s laying around…like the ones that you burn yourself?  Maybe you backed up your computer years ago and haven’t tossed the old discs yet.  I bet CD’s would work too!  Get them out and make a gorgeous mosaic tray for the entry table.

You will need:
Tray
DVD’s (I used 9)
Hot Glue/gun
Envirotex Lite Pour-on High Gloss

Start by cutting your DVD’s in half with some strong scissors or clippers.
DVD’s have 2 layers with the metallic foil in between the layers. Gently pry them apart with your fingers.

Then cut the halves so they are in little tile pieces of different shapes and sizes with the shiny rainbow metallic side up.  Try not to touch the shiny metallic surface as it will leave finger prints.

Then hot glue each piece on the inside of the tray.  Cut pieces to fill spaces.  Fit them in like a mosaic tile craft.

It takes a lot more DVD’s than you think it will take.  I had my kids guess how many disks I used and they guessed 3.  I used 9 for my 18 by 8″ tray.

The empty spaces between the mosaic tiles look like grout, so try to keep a uniform spacing around all the little “tiles”.

Now, I head out to the garage, but go somewhere that will be undisturbed for 24 hours.
You will need the EnviroTex Lite High Gloss Finish. I used 8 oz.  Read the directions carefully and follow it exactly. This is a one to one ratio. It needs to be mixed in one cup for 2 minutes and then poured into a second cup with a different stirring stick and then mixed for another minute.

Then pour the high gloss in the tray.  Gently move the tray around so the resin fills the base of the tray all the way to the corners.

Instantly there are bubbles forming.  Cover with a board and wait 20 minutes.

Then use a heat gun on low heat and gently blow over the tray, it will instantly pop the bubbles.

Cover with the board again to prevent dust from settling on the surface of the resin.  Then wait 24 hours.  This is the hard part.

This mosaic tray has about a 1/4″ thick glossy resin coating all the tile pieces.  Nothing but a smooth, wonderful texture–and so shiny!  Be careful walking outside with this blinding piece!

I love the range of rainbow colors it shows.  By just moving slightly the colors change.

Isn’t it just the best?  I love it.  I find myself wondering what else I can turn into a DVD mosaic!

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Meet the Maker: Natalie Shaw

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 07:00

Happy Friday friends! It’s August and that means another edition of Meet the Maker. The summer is just flying by! Have you had a chance to meet all of our talented Resin Crafts Creative Ambassadors? Today we’re excited to introduce you to Natalie Shaw.

Natalie Shaw is a Craft/DIY blogger at Doodlecraft Blog. She loves sci-fi, fantasy and video game geekery and that comes out in many of her projects. She posts budget conscious DIY’s, crafts, jewelry, kid friendly projects, upcycled treasures and other fun on her blog 5 days a week.

Here are some of Natalie’s most popular posts on Resin Crafts Blog:

Resin and Gold Leaf Canvas Painting

Resin Paperweights

Steampunk Resin Necklace Pendant

Emerald Gold Leaf Resin Cabinet Knobs

DIY Lavender Flower Pendant with EnviroTex Jewelry Resin

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 07:00

What comes to mind when you think of lavender? For us, it’s the beautiful lavender blooms and the sweet soothing lavender scents. We wanted to capture the beauty of lavender plant inside a flower pendant that we could enjoy all year long.

Keep in mind, these same instructions apply with any dried blooms you wish to use in a flower pendant. So if you’re looking for jewelry making ideas, this one has a lot of possibilities! And what’s more is how quickly and simply they are to create, making them the perfect gift idea for the lovely ladies in your life.

Supplies Needed for this DIY Flower Pendant:

Preparing Materials to Make this DIY Lavender Flower Pendant:

Cut the dried lavender stem to a length that will fit inside the jewelry mold.

Pre-seal the dried lavender with two thin coats of white glue. Be gentle when brushing on the glue to avoid breaking off the lavender blooms. Allow glue to dry clear between coats and before inserting into the jewelry mold.

Instructions to Make this DIY Lavender Flower Pendant:

Apply a mold release / conditioner to the jewelry molds.

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

Add one small drop of blue transparent dye and one small drop of red transparent dye. Mix together using a toothpick to form purple. Continue to stir until the color is well blended. The more dye you add, the darker the resin will be so start with less dye for a light purple appearance.

Pour a small amount of resin into the jewelry mold. Place and arrange the sealed lavender. Be sure to check for bubbles around the base of the lavender and dislodge with a toothpick of necessary.

Pour more of the mixture into the mold until you reach the top.

Cover to keep dust from settling in. After about 25 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.

Remove from jewelry mold. Sand edges if necessary and drill a small hole (no larger than 3/16” diameter) at the top of the pendant to fasten pendant bail onto.

 

If you are looking for more beautiful resin jewelry making ideas, you’ll love this DIY marbled resin jewelry box idea as well as this other DIY Birth Flower Jewelry Pendant idea.

We absolutely love how these lavender jewelry pendants turned out! Who in your life would you share them with?

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Resin Seashell Wall Art using FastCast

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 07:00

There is something so refreshing to me about seashells. Do you feel that way? This resin seashell wall art looks just perfect in my daughter’s room and I’m here to share the details with you on how I created it!

Supplies:

TUTORIAL:

You’ll be so surprised at how quickly this project can be completed!

If your molds are made using the silicone putty or other silicone material, then you’ll be absolutely fine without the mold conditioning spray.  If you’re using harder plastic molds then be sure the coat the entire thing in conditioning spray and let it dry. I actually do two coats, it always works better, just be aware as it takes a little more prep time.

FastCast Urethane Casting Resin:

For this project we just move right into mixing the resin. I used small cups and mixed one color at a time. Pour Resin Part A into a cup. I think I measured 2 oz.

Then pour the exact same amount (measure carefully) of Hardener Part B into the cup.

Add a few drops of color if you want. FastCast cures white, so any color added will end up being a pastel version of whatever you added.

Now mix throughly but quickly. With the FastCast you have a  maximum of 2 minutes from the time you combine A and B, so stir quickly during these steps.

Pour the mixture into a second cup and stir again.

I usually stir each cup for 20 seconds, then pour into my molds.

It’s that easy! The other awesome thing about FastCast is that it cures in just 10 minutes!!! If it accidentally spills over like you can see here, just leave it and after it’s cured you can cut off the excess with scissors.

Empty then repeat:

After about 15 minutes (I like to give it a little extra time to cure in case I mixed too quickly), take the shell casting out of the mold. Go slowly and be careful of damaging either piece. To be honest, I didn’t have ANY issues with any of them breaking. This resin is strong! But, I always figure it pays off to be a bit careful and not damage anything.

Alright, now repeat the Resin casting steps above, adding a different pigment color to your resin, or just leaving it clear so it’ll end up being white.

Create Wall Art:

As you can see I made a bunch of colors in different shell shapes. My kids were watching the process and we were discussing how studying science makes products like this possible. I tried a few different layouts for the shells, but ultimately decided I liked them nice and neat. Luckily I found a shadowbox frame at a garage sale for 50 cents and spray painted it silver inside and out. I glued some scrapbook paper to the backing for a nice background, and then used mounting tape to tape the shells in place.

What do you think?

I keep thinking of other things I could create molds of using Silicone Putty then cast using FastCast. The options truly are endless once you know this product and method!

Thanks for reading and let me know if you give this product a try. Feel free to ask questions in the comments!

Please Pin this image if you like this project and want to try it someday!

 

~~Sheri~~

DIY Outdoor Games You Have To Try This Summer

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 07:00

Can you  believe how fast summer is flying by? I know we can’t! Because of how fast time is flying, I want to make sure I get outside and enjoy the weather as much as I can. Summer is the time of year to kick the kiddos outside to get some play time in, host parties with your friends, and all around just stay active outdoors. We’ve rounded up 8 Amazing DIY Outdoor Games that will surely be a hit at your house the rest of the summer. Share with us in the comments which one you decide to create!

 

Flying Donut Disc Golf | DecoArt Blog

 

Giant Yahtzee Game | Make Life Lovely

 

DIY Outdoor Bowling Game | Polka Dot Chair

 

Outdoor Classic Board Game Mat | Kojo Designs

 

Outdoor Boggle Game | Infarrantly Creative

 

Colorful Outdoor Jenga | Pet Scribbles

 

Ladder Golf | Here Comes the Sun


Giant Kerplunk Game | A Little Craft In Your Day

DIY Coffee Mug Planter

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 07:00

Hey, it’s Whitney, from Whitney J Décor, again with another fun tutorial. Today, I’m showing you how to make this simple, cute coffee mug planter that’s really easy to customize.

You basically grab an old pot (plastic, preferably) that’s about the shape and size you want your new pot to be and you use it as a form to sculpt a new pot from.

Make one or more to place anywhere around your home. This would also be fun as an oversized planter for outdoors!

Since I’m a coffee fiend and used to use all my old, cracked mugs for planting tiny succulents, I decided to make my own coffee mug inspired planter to hold larger plants.

Here’s what you need:

Supplies

Making the Pot

To create the shape of your new pot, you need to mix a batch of the Easy Sculpt Self-Hardening Modeling Clay and use your plastic pot as a template for the new pot.

  1. First, you need to mix equal parts of part A & part B of the Easy Sculpt. Eyeball two equal sized balls of each mixture and mix thoroughly, until the mixture is a solid color.
  2. Let your mixture sit for a few minutes and KEEP CHECKING ON IT. You only want your mixture to harden slightly to make it easier to sculpt the new pot.
  3. Then, once your mixture has hardened slightly, but is still pliable, turn your plastic pot upside down and form your new pot by spreading the Easy Sculpt mixture around the sides and bottom of the plastic pot. I used the lip of the plastic pot as a guide for how deep I wanted my new pot to be, but depending on the look you’re going for, you can spread your Easy Sculpt mixture along the entire bottom and sides of the plastic pot.
  4. You’ll need to keep checking on your mixture every couple of minutes or so, because depending on how pliable your Easy Sculpt mixture is, gravity will cause your mixture to slide down the length of the plastic pot. You’re going to have to keep shaping and pushing the Easy Sculpt mixture in place until it hardens enough not to move. I did this for about 17 minutes while I watched videos on YouTube.

 

Shaping the “Mug” Handle

Mix another (much smaller) batch of the Easy Sculpt just as you did in step 1 above and shape into the shape of a handle. I actually split the mixture into two and created a rope like design in the handle by twisting the two pieces together. You’ll need to keep checking on and reshaping the handle as it starts to harden, because it’ll start to flatten out while it’s still pliable.

Completing the “Mug”

Once your new pot shape (and handle) has fully cured, remove the plastic pot and drill holes at the bottom.

Glue your handle onto the new pot with e6000. Let the glue dry completely before adding your plant(s) into the new pot.

What I love most about this project is how customizable it is. Since my new pot is going in my office, I wanted it to have a copper finish to blend well with my colorful office. So, I just spray painted it copper and used a Q-Tip to paint gray and navy dots at the upper part of the mug planter for a bit of interest. I primed it before adding the copper spray paint, but that part is optional. I used the Envirotex Spray Clear Sealer to seal the finish.

Then, you’ll just add your plant(s) and put your new coffee mug planter in place. I LOVE it in my office, but it would also look great on a windowsill or outside on a patio!

 

DIY Jewelry Organizer: Faux-Marble Ring Cone with FastCast

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 07:00

Hi, Sonja here from Sustain My Craft Habit!  I am very excited to show you how to make your own trendy and stylish faux-marble DIY jewelry organizer, specifically a ring cone!

Is it just me or have you ever misplaced your rings? I recall that feeling of instant panic, and then memory searching to retrace my steps to relocate the ring. With these pretty ring cones, you will have a place to store your rings whenever you’re not wearing them.

And the icing on the cake here is how quickly this project came together.  I made my own cone-shaped silicone mold using EasyMold Silicone Putty. I used the mold then to create the cones. Now that I have the mold, I think I’ll make a bunch to give as gifts for birthdays, a wedding and Christmas. Since you can use the EasyMold to replicate any shape that inspires you, the possibilities are endless. So let’s get right to it!

Supplies Needed to Make this DIY Jewelry Organizer

How to make a Faux-Marble Ring Cone

Before starting your project be sure to cover your work surface and completely read through the instructions provided on the FastCast Urethane Casting Resin box for the best results. Ensure your work area is free of dust and dirt and well-ventilated.

A helpful tip before starting: To determine how much FastCast to mix, you can fill mold with rice, then pour the rice into a measuring cup. This will give you a good indication of how much product will be required.

1. Measure equal amounts of components A & B by volume into a straight sided, flat bottom, wax free container.

2. Working quickly (FastCast has a working time of 2 minutes at regular room temperature), mix components A & B together for 30 seconds, scraping sides and bottom of container.

3. Pour the contents into a second container and mix again for another 30 seconds.

4. Add 3 or more drops of the pigment dye and mix again for 3 seconds. Don’t over mix the dye, since we are looking for a marbled effect.

5. Immediately pour this solution into your mold, do not hesitate!

6. Allow 10-15 minutes for your casting to set and cure.

7. Gently remove from the cone mold (you’ll be able to use it again!).

5. Allow pieces to cool and completely cure before sanding any uneven or rough edges off of your new DIY jewelry organizer.


There you go! I made two of the ring cones: one to keep in the bedroom and one in the bathroom where I sometimes take off my rings. I have no doubt that my husband’s ring will also find it’s way onto these cones!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share this DIY idea with you! If you’re interested in more jewelry craft ideas, pop over and see our tutorial on how to make your own birth-month flower pendants, or see how we made faux-stone bracelet beads using EasySculpt modeling clay.

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10 Gorgeous DIY Coasters You Need In Your Home

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 17:28

 

Are you the type of person who has a hard time paying a hefty price for something you know you could create yourself? Us too! Often times, home decor is something that is so much more affordable to make yourself, with the added bonus of being able to customize it to your style. Today, we’ve rounded up 10 gorgeous DIY coasters that you can create in no time for your home or for someone else’s! Which ones do you want to create?

DIY Stenciled Wood Coasters | The 36th Avenue

 

DIY Ceramic Coasters | Kenarry

 

DIY Map Coasters | The Country Chic Cottage

 

DIY Family Tile Coasters | Diva of DIY

 

DIY Marble Coasters | Pretty Providence

 

DIY Painted Cork Coasters | Thinking Closet

 

DIY Watercolor Coasters | Lines Across

 

Simple DIY Coasters | Rosyscription

 

Modern Hexagon Coasters | Resin Crafts Blog


 

DIY Mod Podge Coasters | Setting for Four

DIY: Clear Casting Resin Paperweights

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:00

DIY: Resin Paperweights

Hi, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft!  Resin paperweights are so cool and easy to make.  They are a great way to make something personal and make a great gift idea. You can embed just about anything in resin.  Have you played around with resin yet?  This is a great project to start with.  Paperweights are a great conversation piece in any room.

 

You will need:
Clear Polyester Casting Resin
Casting Molds
Items to embed
(examples: dandelion, succulent, fossils and wasp paper)

 

Read the resin instructions.  Make sure you have everything you need ready to go.
Read the instructions again.  Then mix the resin according to the package directions.  Pour about 1/4 inch in each mold and let it set until it reaches a gel like consistency (it took me about an hour or 2).

 

Then gently set the item in the gelled resin face down.  You will notice that the fresh vegetation (ie: succulent and dandelion) discolor after hardening.


Let the resin sit another couple hours. Then mix up some more resin and pour it over the top to fill the mold. Let it cure for a week or so.  Then pop it out and enjoy your paperweights! You’ll see the green color of the succulent has reduced. But it’s still really cool!

 

Next I did the same technique with a full dandelion bloom.  Just gently set it in the gelled resin…and let it sit for a while.

 

Then fill the mold with more resin to encase the rest of the dandelion.  The dandelion held perfectly, just pour the resin in on the side and let it fill in the spaces around the wisps.  The resin is gentle enough not to ruffle a feather as it fills in around the object.

 

It is so amazing! I love that it is a complete blossom of seeds in there!

 

Next I used some wasp paper… it has the coolest zebra-striped patterns.

 

I filled the mold with about a half inch of resin, slipped a piece of wasp paper right on top and then gently pushed with a stick to get the paper in half way.

 

Let it dry and pop it out!

 

The last one are these cool fossils. They are called Crinoids…they look like little screws and machine parts, but they are primitive animal, similar to a sea star. I just dropped them in after the resin set to a gel consistency. See how they are just floating on the resin? Perfect.

 

I filled it up; these little tiny fossils are so delicate that it would be easy for them to break, so this is a great solution to enjoy them.

 

After a couple hours, I poured more resin on them to cover them completely.

 

Let them harden completely. A good way to know if they are hard is that they will not smell like resin at all. And trust me, this stuff smells. Work in the garage or well ventilated area.

 

Now enjoy your paperweights! Give them as gifts, encase things that are important to keep. Maybe get crazy and encase baby teeth, your first house key, even candy!

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8 Bullet Journal Ideas To Try This Summer

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 08:28

Summer, although we love it and hope for relaxation, can sometimes be a very busy time of year. So what can we do to get organized & still have a great summer, you ask? Bullet journaling is a great way to relieve stress and get organized while also having fun. These amazing journals can be used to tackle anything going on in your life whether it be stress, time-management, to-do lists or even health/fitness motivation! Which one(s) are you going to try this summer?

Big Project Bullet Journal | Page Flutter 

21 Day Fix Bullet Journal | My Crazy Good Life

Easy Organization Bullet Journal | 11 Magnolia Lane 

Intentional Living Bullet Journal | Hello Nature

Self-Care Activities Bullet Journal | Page Flutter 

Weight Loss Bullet Journal | Slapdash Mom

Mixed Media Travel Bullet Journal | Lydi Out Loud 

Meal Plan Budgeting Bullet Journal | Creative Savings Blog

Resin Map Pendant using EasyCast

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 07:00

Do you love maps as much as I do? I have maps integrated into the decor all over my house! (Remember the Geographic Tile Coasters using Envirotex Lite post?) It occurred to me one day that a resin map pendant would be a really cool piece of jewelry! I found a map that included the city that I grew up in which will always be a very special place to me. I haven’t lived there in a very long time and have no family there anymore, but it’s still dear to my heart.

Here’s how I made the resin map pendant:

SUPPLIES:

Cut the map:

The first thing you want to do is place your bezel on the map section that you want included, and trace around it. This will give you a general shape to cut.

You’ll need to cut the map inside of your drawn lines to get the right size. I always cut a little at a time until it fits perfectly, that way I don’t end up with any gaps.

Seal map inside bezel:

Next, place the paper map piece inside your bezel. Make sure you like how it fits.

Take it back out and coat the bezel using your craft brush and Ultra-Seal (or other clear-drying glue).

Place the small map section into the bezel and press down into the glue evenly.

Coat entire top surface of map with the glue.

Let it dry completely.

TIP: For the next part, I actually opted to do a small layer of resin, place the diamond jewel in that, and let it cure before doing the final coat of resin. The reason I chose to do this was that sometimes small pieces like the jewel I used are really hard to keep in place and under the resin, and I didn’t want it to float to the surface. If you’re doing a heart sticker or anything like that, you’ll only have to do the resin in one application. Just wanted to make note of that for you.

Mixing Resin:

EasyCast is incredibly simple to use. I actually really love working with it.

First, you’ll pour a small amount of Part A (for this bezel you really don’t need much. I think I did 1 oz. of each part and ended up filling a few bezels) into the small measuring cup. Then you’ll add an EQUAL amount of Part B to the cup.

Stir thoroughly, then pour into second cup and stir again until completely mixed.

The nice thing about EasyCast is that you have a longer working time, so you’re not in a hurry to get the stirring done.

Filling Bezel:

Once it is mixed, pour into the bezel.

If you’re doing two applications like I did, just pour in a little that will hold your jewel in place. If you’re doing one application you can just fill the entire bezel, but be sure not to pour too much! You want it full but you really don’t want it to overflow!

I poured in a small amount then added my jewel in the exact place I wanted it. My jewel came from the jewel strips pictured in the supplies photo. Pressing it into the resin a little helped so that it wouldn’t move, then I left it for 24 hours to get a good cure.

Remember, you can use a micro-butane torch to pop the bubbles OR just exhale over the project because that will pop them too. Exhalation works perfectly for these smaller projects, but on larger projects you definitely want a torch of some sort.

 

The next day I came back, mixed a little more resin, and filled the rest of the bezel.

Popped the bubbles using my micro-torch.

TIP: The loop on the bezel for hanging is larger than the bezel on the back, so leaving it flat on my work surface would have made the resin settle in unevenly. That is why in the next photos you will see it placed on a stir stick, this enabled the bezel to be flat by having the larger loop off the work surface. I hope that makes sense.

This time I let it cure for 48 hours.

All Finished:

And there you have it! A gorgeous resin map pendant that has a very special personal touch.

These would also make fantastic gifts for anyone that is traveling or moving to a different place! Or you could just scrap the whole map idea all together and use a photo or patterned paper instead. The options are endless and that’s what makes this product so awesome to work with!

If you like this Resin Map Pendant, please pin this image to Pinterest!

Thanks again for stopping by and reading how I made this resin map pendant! Remember to check out my map coasters too!

What do you think? Any questions for me? Please comment!

~~Sheri~~

Beachy Decorative Switch Plates

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 07:00

When I recently saw this summer themed switch plate using EnviroTex Jewelry Clay, I had to try making my own. Using sea shells, sea glass and pebbles collected from the beach, I made new beach-themed decorative switch plates for my bathroom.

Hello! Jane here from Sustain My Craft Habit and I’m so happy to be back here on the Resin Crafts Blog sharing a fun coastal-inspired craft with you. On the small area of wall by the door in my bathroom exists switch-plate palooza! There’s the electrical outlet, a large plate with three switches and an additional switch plate for a light fixture above the large bath tub.

The bathroom is not very large and we rarely use that extra light fixture. So, much to my husband’s chagrin, I decided to sea-dazzle that extra switch plate.

The EnviroTex Jewelry Clay makes a fantastic adhesive so the embellishment possibilities were endless. I used a few pieces I had collected at the beach: tiny sea shells, pebbles, quartz pieces and sea glass (I actually raided my daughter’s collection for some pieces – don’t tell her!).

Materials Needed to Make these Decorative Switch Plates:

How to Make Beach-Themed Decorative Switch Plates

Read all instructions on the packaging before starting and work in a well-ventilated area.

1. Thoroughly wash the switch plate and all the beachy embellishments. Let dry completely.

2. Practice arranging the embellishments on the switch plate – play around until you achieve your desired look. (Tip: Take a photo to refer back to.)

3. Scoop out equal parts of the 2 Easy Sculpt Clay components using two wooden sticks (avoid cross-mixing the materials in the containers).

4. Spread some of the release agent on your gloves to keep the keep the clay from sticking. Completely blend the two components together until a consistent colour is achieved (no ribbons or marbling; about 1-2 minutes).

 

5. Separate the clay into three small balls and then roll each between your hands to create long cylinders.

6. Use the cylinders to create a rough “rim” on the top surface of the switch plate, about ⅛” thick. Spread out the clay to a thin coat.

7. Use straight edge of craft stick to make edges look nicer all the way around the plate.

 

8. Start reassembling your embellishments. We started with the seashells, then pebbles, then filled in any gaps with the teal and white sea glass pieces for a mosaic effect.

         

9. Finally, pour some white decorative sand over the entire surface. It will adhere to the clay but fall off the other areas of the plate. Let cure fully.

I must admit I had some doubts about the practicality of this project, but it turned out so nicely, like a little piece of art. I think our Graystone Beach coastal cottage bathroom, which we’ve been renovating over the past few months, may need one of these embellished switch plates too!

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Meet the Maker: Angie Holden of the Resin Crafts Creative Team

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 08:43

Happy Friday friends! We’re excited to bring you another week of Meet the Maker. Have you had a chance to meet all of our talented Resin Crafts Creative Team yet? Today we introduce you to Angie Holden.

Angie has been blogging for over seven years at The Country Chic Cottage where she does a variety of crafts and home decor projects. You can even find a weekly recipe! She lives on a farm in rural Tennessee with her husband and three children. Painting is a favorite of Angie’s because it is a quick and easy way to make a big impact for very little money. She has enjoyed experimenting and creating with resin for quite awhile and has many more amazing projects coming your way so stay tuned! Here are some of Angie’s most popular Resin Crafts projects: DIY Mason Jar Candle with EasyMold Marbled Resin Jewelry Box with Envirotex Lite DIY Starfish Bath Bombs with EasyMold   Fairy Garden with a Pool with EasyCast Stay tuned for more amazing projects coming up from Angie. Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Fairy Garden with a Pool

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 07:00

Did you know that you can make a fairy garden with a pool?  This cute DIY project is perfect for your deck or patio.  Grab a pot and get started on your own fairy garden today!  So what are you waiting for? Y’all know that every fairy needs an in ground pool!

Supplies needed to make a fairy garden pool:

Start by mixing the resin according to the package directions.  Mix equal parts of each component in enough quantity to create a thick layer in the bottom of your mold.  Add a few drops of paint to the mixture and stir well before pouring.  Pour into your mold.

Watch carefully and remove any bubbles.  Once the mixture has hardened slightly and has the consistency of gelatin you can add your float to the top.  It will sink slightly but look just like a float in a pool.  TIP:  Leave a little bit of mixed resin in your mixing cup when pouring.  You can easily check the consistency of this small amount without bothering your mold.  Allow to cure overnight before trying to release from the mold.

Then, once cured, you can pop out your little pool and it is ready for your fairy garden!

While making the pool and waiting for it to cure, you can start on the fairy garden itself.

Fairy Garden Supplies:
  • Broken pot
  • Plants
  • Potting soil
  • Wood pieces
  • Door
  • Gnome
  • Fence
  • also add any miniatures that you want!

First, I had this broken pot on hand already so I just used a screwdriver and a hammer to remove a large chunk from the side.

Then just set that chunk back into the pot and start filling with dirt.

I also used wood pieces up the side so the dirt would stay in the pot.

I also added small wood slices to look like steps as shown below.

Then I started adding in plants and a fairy house.  My fairy house is just a large piece of wood with a door that I purchased online.  You can use your imagination here and use everything from a birdhouse to just a door.  Get the kids involved as well!  I am sure they will have some ideas.

I then added a white picket fence all the way around my fairy garden as well.  Bonus points if you can spot the gnome!

I ended up using the wood slices like a walkway to the door as well.  I loved the look of the natural wood in this case.

Finally, after curing, I dug a hole and inserted my little pool with a few wood slices as a deck.

This miniature fairy garden is ready for display!

These look great around your deck, patio, or even a garden in the summer months.  Water like any other potted plant and enjoy the adorable touch of whimsy.

You might even be able to imagine a fairy coming out of that door and jumping in the pool.

Your kids will love this little garden as well!  Be sure to get them in on the fun of creating this summer by making your own garden for fairies together.

Don’t you love the idea of a pool?  Add a miniature turtle with the head sticking up for a pond instead.  Let your imagination run wild!  They make tons of miniatures that would work great as well with this same technique.

So be sure to let us know if you make your own fairy garden pool!  We would love to see it!

Sparrow Wall Art Custom Silicone Mold!

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 07:00

 

DIY: Sparrow Wall Art Custom Silicone Mold

Hi, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft!  I have these adorable vintage burwood sparrow wall hangings.  These sparrows are so cute and I love how they lay flat against the wall but are still dimensional.  Well, my sister in law loved them too…here’s a simple way to duplicate vintage family heirlooms!  Imagine any little figurines you love…small knick-knacks…etc.  By making a silicone mold of the item and then casting it with resin they can be made over and over!

Supplies needed:

Easy Mold Silicone Putty

Fast Cast

This is amazing and makes a silicone mold in minutes…it’s food safe too.  Depending on the size of your project, you’ll need a varying amount.  I use 1/2 lb for the small sparrow.  It measures 4 by 3.5 inches.  You need a putty mass large enough to give a good border and accommodate the thickness.

It comes as one part of purple and one part of white.  Once it is mixed you have a limited time to work with the putty before it sets firm.

Mix it together until it is all incorporated.  Then flatten slightly to the size needed for the sparrow.

Place the sparrow on the top of the clay, face down.

Press in gently.  Do not press it all the way to the table. You want some cushion underneath to make a good mold.  Let it harden completely; it only takes around 30 minutes.  Then it easily lets your item pop out and the mold is ready for use!  You could totally make a fancy heirloom chocolate right now!

 

I used a  1 lb. box of silicone putty for the large sparrow that measures 5.5 by 5 inches.  It’s a substantial size, but worked with ease.

Now let’s cast another sparrow.  Fast Cast is my new best friend.  It dries white and sets in 10 minutes.  The ratio is one part casting resin, one part hardener.  Read the directions thoroughly.  It takes a 2 part mixing stage…and it has to be done quickly because it sets so fast.  So make sure you are all set up before starting.

Pour carefully into the silicone molds.

You can literally watch it harden into a sparrow before your eyes!  When it gets hard enough to hold it’s shape, you can insert a paper clip piece or wire for hanging.

 

Let them set completely and pop them out of the molds.  I used some tiny scissors to do some touch up work on the edges.

 

I love the detail!  It’s just like the original!  I did another sparrow set with fast cast and added a drop of green and 3 drops of blue opaque pigment dye.

 

I used the same process with the stirring and mixing and pouring.

 

Add that clip if you want to hang it.

 

Lift the sparrow out of the mold and they are ready to hang and rival the original!  Paint them any color you like too!  Awesome, right?  What would you duplicate?

This would be a great gift idea for family members.

 

I love these sparrow hangers.

 

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10 Fun DIY Printable Travel Activities To Keep The Kids Busy

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 07:00


Happy summer, everyone! This season is great for so many different things, but one of our personal favorites is traveling. Whether you’re packing the family in the car for a road trip or hopping on a plane, the kids need something to keep them occupied! We’ve selected some of our favorite options that range from printables and DIY games to more academic activities. Whichever ones you choose, they are sure to keep your kiddos happy the whole trip, no matter what age they are.

10 Fun DIY & Printable Travel Activities for Kids

 

Road Trip Travel Trays |  Somewhat Simple

 

Magnetic Travel Tic Tac Toe Game | Today’s Creative Life

 

DIY Vintage Wood Travel Games | Make Life Lovely

 

Printable Car Bingo | Simple As That

 

Travel Memory Game | Kids Activities Blog

 

Road Trip Binder For Kids | Gluesticks

 

Are We There Yet Maps | Growing Book by Book


 

Printable Transportation Bingo | Growing Up Gabel

 

Road Trip Alphabet Dictionary | LalyMom

 

Summer Letter Writing Printable | The Crafty Crow

Shiny Wood and Resin Serving Tray

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 07:00

Thanks for stopping by to check out this awesome wood and resin serving tray! I can’t wait to share the details with you on how I made it. Usually when I do a wood project I build it and then finish it, but I wanted to share with you a wood project that you can make even if you aren’t up to woodworking.

SUPPLIES: The Serving Tray:

I found this wooden serving tray at my local craft store for only $6! It’s somewhat lightweight, but since it’s just large enough to hold a few glasses, it’s actually pretty perfect.

The first thing I did was to stain the tray to a darker color. This matched my other decor and I prefer darker wood. I used a stain color Briarsmoke. One awesome trick to staining is to use a rubber glove over your hand, then an old used sock over the rubber glove; dip it into the stain and rub it onto your wood. It’s quick and easy. Be sure to dispose of the stain-soaked sock properly when you’re finished.

Decorating the tray:

After the stain was dry I cut the scrapbook paper to size that I chose to decorate the bottom of the tray, and I used Ultra-Seal to coat the bottom of the tray and adhere the scrapbook paper in place. I recommend a thicker paper like cardstock, as it tends not to wrinkle as much from the Ultra-Seal.

Once the paper is in place, then coat the entire bottom with Ultra-Seal again making sure to coat about half an inch up each wooden side. Let dry. Coat a final time. It is important that it is sealed thoroughly so that the Envirotex Lite doesn’t seep into the paper. Let it dry completely.

Adding Envirotex Lite:

Next, mix the resin. I used about 4 oz total. The instructions for mixing come inside the box, but the short of it is that you need to mix equal amounts of the resin and hardener in one cup until completely mixed.

Pour it into a second cup and mix again, just to be sure that it is absolutely thoroughly mixed. I forgot to mention that I sealed a small wooden flower with Ultra-Seal and added that to the corner, just for a little more variation on the tray bottom.

Don’t worry about bubbles. When it is mixed, be sure your tray is level then pour the resin into the tray, being sure that it coats the entire bottom.

Let it sit for a few minutes so the bubbles can rise to the surface, then use your butane micro-torch to pop the bubbles by quickly running it across the surface. It’ll look smooth and shiny, like so:

Let cure for 48 hours.

WOOD AND RESIN SERVING TRAY – ALL FINISHED!

Isn’t it pretty?! I am so happy with it and think it’ll be perfect for just serving a few drinks or perhaps hold some decor items, craft supplies, or anything; the options are endless.

Thanks for checking out my project! Do you think you’ll try it? Let me know in the comments! Feel free to ask questions as well.

~~Sheri~~

Woodland Nursery Decor: Wood Slice Garland with Resin

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 07:00

You can transform any image into fun and beautiful wall decor! This DIY rustic garland would make the perfect woodland nursery decor. Or use it to decorate a woodland-themed party or baby shower.

Hello! This is Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit and I’m happy to be back here on the Resin Crafts Blog sharing this lovely rustic wood slice garland idea with you.

When my smallest turned one we had a small birthday party for her which included a DIY owl piñata made from a cereal box. It was a hit and made me think how fun it would be to host a woodland baby shower or make woodland nursery decor. So today I’d love to show you how to make this woodland-themed garland which would be perfect for either. While I used a woodland theme, you could transfer any image onto the wood slices using the methods described below.

Supplies Needed to Make this DIY Woodland Nursery Decor Idea:
  • 10 wood slices (ours were birch but any wood with a smooth surface will work), approx 3” in diameter and 1/8″ thick, drilled with a hole for hanging
  • Images you’d like to transfer, cut to size
  • Photo transfer medium, paint brush, damp cloth
  • Ultra-Seal Quick Decoupage (or other multipurpose sealer), paint brush
  • Castin’ Craft’ EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy resin
  • Mixing cups, stir sticks, gloves, disposable paint brush, lighter (or straw)
  • Twine, scissors

Before starting your project be sure to cover your work surface and work in a well-ventilated area. Completely read through the instructions provided in the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy box for the best results.

How to Transfer a Printed Image onto the Wood Slice:

To begin, I found this adorable Woodland Creatures Printable Collage by Sparrow Graphics on Etsy which was just perfect for the garland I had in mind. Each round image is 1″ across so I printed them at 250% to make them larger. Sticking with the yellow/green/teal images (there were 36 separate designs in the download), I cut out 20 image rounds (one for each side of the wood slices).

With a paintbrush, I applied the photo transfer medium to the front side of the image and onto the wood slice where I planned to place the image.

Next, I applied the image to the wood slice with the face side down. I smoothed out any air bubbles and wiped away excess medium with a damp cloth. As per the instructions on the image transfer medium, I let the paper dry completely (overnight).

The next day, I wet the dried paper with a damp cloth and let it sit for a few minutes before gently rubbing off the paper with the cloth and my fingers. I wiped off as much of the paper as I could and repeated the wetting part as needed.

Obviously, the more that I rubbed, the fainter the image became, so I was careful not to completely remove all the ink.

Finally, I coated the entire surface of the wood slice, including the transferred image with a multi-purpose sealer and let it dry completely (overnight) before moving on to the next step.

How to Make a Wood Slice Garland with a Resin Coating:

To make a smooth and shiny coating to this woodland nursery decor idea, I started by combining equal parts of the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy Resin and Hardener into a small measuring cup (I used 1/4 oz of each and had plenty to work with).

Taking care to scrape the sides and bottom of the measuring cup, I stirred the mixture thoroughly for 2 minutes.

After the two minutes of mixing, I poured the blended resin solution into a second cup, mixing for another minute.

Once thoroughly mixed I applied the resin to the surface of the sealed wood slices using a disposable paint brush.

Finally, about 30 minutes after brushing the resin onto the wood slices, I waived a lighter about 4″ over the wood slices to remove any air bubbles that had risen to the surface. You could also use a straw and gently blow over the slices.

After letting them cure for 24 hours I repeated the steps on the reverse side of the wood slices.

How to Assemble this Woodland Nursery Decor Idea:

Once fully cured you can use your woodland themed wood slices in many ways including as coasters, ornaments or a simple garland.

To create a multi-layered garland, cut 3 pieces of twine each to 75” long. String and tie the the wood slices on the twine in your desired pattern. I did 6 on the first string, 3 on the second string and 2 on the third string and spaced the wood slices about 7.5-8” apart.

Although it took me several days to finish, this resin-coated woodland nursery decor idea was well worth the effort! The glossy sheen from the EasyCast Epoxy looks like glass and absolutely elevates this DIY craft! You can find a slightly different take on the photo transfer wood slice idea here by our fellow Resin Crafts Creative Team member Sheri.

In addition, be sure to pop on over to our blog for a full run-down of all the woodland baby shower ideas shown here.

Have you tried to transfer images onto wood slices yet?

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