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Poured Resin Wedding Keepsake Book Box

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 07:00

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

Poured Resin Keepsake Book Box

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mixing and colouring the resin solution:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pouring the coloured resin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Add in the glitter resin in various spots.

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

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

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

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

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Marbled Resin Pumpkins for Halloween Decor

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 07:00

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

Supplies needed to make these marbled resin pumpkins:

Instructions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unicorn Resin Ring Dish DIY

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 07:00

Unicorn Resin Ring Dish DIY

Unicorn crafts are truly adorable–are you hooked on everything unicorn?  Hey friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing an especially fun and simple resin craft DIY project.  A resin ring dish is a great way to keep jewelry organized and look cute simultaneously.

Supplies: Disposable gloves Directions

Begin by reading the directions for the EasySculpt clay.EasySculpt is a 1 to 1 ratio.  Put on your disposable gloves and remove the same amount of clay and hardener, as shown below.Roll the clay together until the colors blend and all marbling is gone.  Then let them sit on a non-stick surface for about 20-30 minutes.  Check periodically for the tackiness of the clay.  Separate 2 parts, one for the dish and one much smaller part for the horn.

Form the Dish & Horn

After 20-30 minutes the clay is much easier to work with and less sticky.  Set the bowl upside down on the table and place the cling wrap over the top of the bowl.  Pat the clay until it is about the diameter of the bowl.  Set the clay on the cling wrap to cure.  Roll the other section of clay into a unicorn horn about 6 inches tall.

After about 2-4 hours, check to see how firm the clay is.  If it is still pliable but fairly firm, pull the dish off the cling wrap carefully and trim the edges of the bowl with scissors.  Replace the dish on top of the bowl, then let them sit and cure overnight.

Time to Paint!

Now it is time to decorate and paint the unicorn ring dish.

Begin by painting the inside of the dish white.  Spray paint the unicorns horn gold.Let it dry and then paint the edges of the dish with gold paint.After the dish and the horn are dry, use the E6000 glue to secure the horn in the dish.  Some ring dishes posts are centered, but for a unicorn, the higher set horn is perfect.  Let the E6000 glue dry for at least 4 hours.It’s uniquely interesting just like this!

Next step is to paint the unicorn face.  Start with smooshed, mirrored “u” shapes for the sleepy eyes.Add an eyelash or two!Add some light pink circle cheeks, just below the eyes.  Let the paint dry, then spray the entire unicorn with resin spray.Resin Spray is amazing and glossy, this adds the professional ceramic look to the project.  Let the spray dry completely.Absolute stunning perfection!  Now this unicorn is ready to keep track of jewelry while looking like a jewel itself.This unicorn ring dish is shallow and surprisingly sturdy, it’s not going to fall over even with the big horn.
This would make a fabulous handmade gift for a unicorn or jewelry lover!

 

 

Unicorn Resin Ring Dish DIY

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 07:00

Unicorn Resin Ring Dish DIY

Unicorn crafts are truly adorable–are you hooked on everything unicorn?  Hey friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing an especially fun and simple resin craft DIY project.  A resin ring dish is a great way to keep jewelry organized and look cute simultaneously.

Supplies: Disposable gloves Directions

Begin by reading the directions for the EasySculpt clay.EasySculpt is a 1 to 1 ratio.  Put on your disposable gloves and remove the same amount of clay and hardener, as shown below.Roll the clay together until the colors blend and all marbling is gone.  Then let them sit on a non-stick surface for about 20-30 minutes.  Check periodically for the tackiness of the clay.  Separate 2 parts, one for the dish and one much smaller part for the horn.

Form the Dish & Horn

After 20-30 minutes the clay is much easier to work with and less sticky.  Set the bowl upside down on the table and place the cling wrap over the top of the bowl.  Pat the clay until it is about the diameter of the bowl.  Set the clay on the cling wrap to cure.  Roll the other section of clay into a unicorn horn about 6 inches tall.

After about 2-4 hours, check to see how firm the clay is.  If it is still pliable but fairly firm, pull the dish off the cling wrap carefully and trim the edges of the bowl with scissors.  Replace the dish on top of the bowl, then let them sit and cure overnight.

Time to Paint!

Now it is time to decorate and paint the unicorn ring dish.

Begin by painting the inside of the dish white.  Spray paint the unicorns horn gold.Let it dry and then paint the edges of the dish with gold paint.After the dish and the horn are dry, use the E6000 glue to secure the horn in the dish.  Some ring dishes posts are centered, but for a unicorn, the higher set horn is perfect.  Let the E6000 glue dry for at least 4 hours.It’s uniquely interesting just like this!

Next step is to paint the unicorn face.  Start with smooshed, mirrored “u” shapes for the sleepy eyes.Add an eyelash or two!Add some light pink circle cheeks, just below the eyes.  Let the paint dry, then spray the entire unicorn with resin spray.Resin Spray is amazing and glossy, this adds the professional ceramic look to the project.  Let the spray dry completely.Absolute stunning perfection!  Now this unicorn is ready to keep track of jewelry while looking like a jewel itself.This unicorn ring dish is shallow and surprisingly sturdy, it’s not going to fall over even with the big horn.
This would make a fabulous handmade gift for a unicorn or jewelry lover!

 

 

Autumn Leaf Napkin Rings

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 07:00

Holidays give us a reason to gather family and friends and celebrate good things in life. A great way to dress up your table settings for holiday dinners is to have cloth napkins in a festive napkin ring. This year I wanted to have some leaf shaped napkin rings to decorate this fall and Thanksgiving holiday but I wasn’t able to find any in the local stores that I liked, so I decided to create some! Here’s the full tutorial on how I made these beautiful Autumn Leaf Napkin Rings.

Autumn Leaf Napkin Rings SUPPLIES: Create the Leaf Mold:

The first thing you want to do is create your leaf-shaped mold. EasyMold Silicone Putty is an easy product to use. Put on your gloves.

Take an equal amount of Part A and B and knead them together. The easiest way to do that is to roll part A into a ball and match it with another of part B.

Knead them together thoroughly until they are completely blended into a solid purple color with no streaks. This product only has about three minutes of working time so knead quickly.

You don’t have long to work with this putty, so once your putty is mixed, roll it into a ball. Next, flatten it and press your leaf-shaped object into the putty to create the mold.

Let the putty cure. This takes about 30 minutes. Once cured, remove the leaf-shaped object and you have your mold!

Make Castings using FastCast:

Now that you have your perfect mold it’s time to create the resin leaf castings using your FastCast Urethane Casting Resin. Again, be sure you’re wearing gloves for safety.

Gather your supplies. For this part you’ll need the small measuring cups, stir sticks and FastCast.

Pour a small amount of Part A into your cup.

Next, add an equal amount of Part B.

Mix thoroughly, then pour into a second cup and mix thoroughly again with a clean stir stick. This two cup method is important to ensure everything is adequately mixed. Stir and pour quickly because there is a maximum of 2 minutes working time with this FastCast.

Pour your mixture into the Autumn Leaf mold you just made.

Let it cure for 10-15 minutes. It will turn white as it cures, and when cured it will be hardened and not sticky at all.

Remove from mold. Repeat the process for as many leaves as you need. The resin cures an ivory color, so if you want pure white or another color, you’ll need to use some paint. I opted for a coat of pearl metallic paint just to give it a little shimmer.

Next, super glue the leaves to the napkin rings. As you can see I painted those as well. I used three coats on the napkin rings to get the solid metallic sheen.

Now you’re finished! Add your cloth napkins, set up your table, and enjoy the festive Autumn Leaf Napkin Holders all season long!

Hope you enjoyed this project. Please share on social media using the buttons on the left of the screen or by pinning this photo to Pinterest.

Thanks for reading!

~~Sheri

 

 

Autumn Leaf Napkin Rings

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 07:00

Holidays give us a reason to gather family and friends and celebrate good things in life. A great way to dress up your table settings for holiday dinners is to have cloth napkins in a festive napkin ring. This year I wanted to have some leaf shaped napkin rings to decorate this fall and Thanksgiving holiday but I wasn’t able to find any in the local stores that I liked, so I decided to create some! Here’s the full tutorial on how I made these beautiful Autumn Leaf Napkin Rings.

Autumn Leaf Napkin Rings SUPPLIES: Create the Leaf Mold:

The first thing you want to do is create your leaf-shaped mold. EasyMold Silicone Putty is an easy product to use. Put on your gloves.

Take an equal amount of Part A and B and knead them together. The easiest way to do that is to roll part A into a ball and match it with another of part B.

Knead them together thoroughly until they are completely blended into a solid purple color with no streaks. This product only has about three minutes of working time so knead quickly.

You don’t have long to work with this putty, so once your putty is mixed, roll it into a ball. Next, flatten it and press your leaf-shaped object into the putty to create the mold.

Let the putty cure. This takes about 30 minutes. Once cured, remove the leaf-shaped object and you have your mold!

Make Castings using FastCast:

Now that you have your perfect mold it’s time to create the resin leaf castings using your FastCast Urethane Casting Resin. Again, be sure you’re wearing gloves for safety.

Gather your supplies. For this part you’ll need the small measuring cups, stir sticks and FastCast.

Pour a small amount of Part A into your cup.

Next, add an equal amount of Part B.

Mix thoroughly, then pour into a second cup and mix thoroughly again with a clean stir stick. This two cup method is important to ensure everything is adequately mixed. Stir and pour quickly because there is a maximum of 2 minutes working time with this FastCast.

Pour your mixture into the Autumn Leaf mold you just made.

Let it cure for 10-15 minutes. It will turn white as it cures, and when cured it will be hardened and not sticky at all.

Remove from mold. Repeat the process for as many leaves as you need. The resin cures an ivory color, so if you want pure white or another color, you’ll need to use some paint. I opted for a coat of pearl metallic paint just to give it a little shimmer.

Next, super glue the leaves to the napkin rings. As you can see I painted those as well. I used three coats on the napkin rings to get the solid metallic sheen.

Now you’re finished! Add your cloth napkins, set up your table, and enjoy the festive Autumn Leaf Napkin Holders all season long!

Hope you enjoyed this project. Please share on social media using the buttons on the left of the screen or by pinning this photo to Pinterest.

Thanks for reading!

~~Sheri

 

 

Inspirational Fall Crafting Ideas

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 07:00

Can you guys believe how quickly summer is flying by us?! It’s never easy to say goodbye to the carefree vibe of summer, but we here at Resin Crafts Blog like to welcome Fall with open arms. Fall means so many things from fun Fall activities, cooler nights, to amazing crafting opportunities! If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your home and reign in the new season, we’ve got plenty of inspirational Fall crafting ideas for you to enjoy.

Which ones will you create?

Inspirational Fall Crafting Ideas

DIY Fall Wreath with Wood Slices | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Leaf Paperweight | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Acorn Topiary | Darice Blog

DIY Fall String Art | Sugar Bee Crafts

DIY Felt Pumpkins | Clean and Scentsible

DIY Industrial Pumpkins | Taryn Whiteaker

DIY Ruffled Pumpkin Pillow | Mom 4 Real

DIY Fall Gold Leaf Banner | Darice Blog

DIY Metal Jack-O-Lanterns | Rogue Engineer

DIY Leaf-Stenciled Canvas | DIY Candy

Inspirational Fall Crafting Ideas

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 07:00

Can you guys believe how quickly summer is flying by us?! It’s never easy to say goodbye to the carefree vibe of summer, but we here at Resin Crafts Blog like to welcome Fall with open arms. Fall means so many things from fun Fall activities, cooler nights, to amazing crafting opportunities! If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your home and reign in the new season, we’ve got plenty of inspirational Fall crafting ideas for you to enjoy.

Which ones will you create?

Inspirational Fall Crafting Ideas

DIY Fall Wreath with Wood Slices | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Leaf Paperweight | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Acorn Topiary | Darice Blog

DIY Fall String Art | Sugar Bee Crafts

DIY Felt Pumpkins | Clean and Scentsible

DIY Industrial Pumpkins | Taryn Whiteaker

DIY Ruffled Pumpkin Pillow | Mom 4 Real

DIY Fall Gold Leaf Banner | Darice Blog

DIY Metal Jack-O-Lanterns | Rogue Engineer

DIY Leaf-Stenciled Canvas | DIY Candy

Gemstone Cluster Jewelry

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:00

Making your own jewelry is so satisfying.  Not only do you get the fun of crafting, but you end up with a beautiful piece of wearable art.  I especially love when I can make expensive looking jewelry for far less than it would cost in a store.  Today, I am showing you how to DIY trendy gemstone jewelry quickly and easily.  You can make your own gemstone cluster jewelry using chip beads and jewelry clay!

Supplies:

EnviroTex Jewelry Clay consists of two parts that need to be mixed together to activate.

Begin by putting on a pair of gloves to protect your hands.  Take equal parts of both Part A and Part B from the jewelry clay kit.

Mix the two parts together until the clay is a uniform color, without any marbling of the two colors.  You now have about 2 hours to finish your project before the clay sets up.

Use a small bit of the clay to fill in the bezel of the pendant.  You can find packs of bezels like this at your local craft store or online.

Begin to press the chip beads firmly into the jewelry clay.  Fill the entire bezel with chip beads.  I chose to use amethyst tone chip beads, but you can choose whatever color you like best!

Use the smallest chip beads to fill in any gaps where the jewelry clay is peeking through.  The irregular shape of the chip beads will give your pendant a beautiful, organic look.

The clay will harden into a porcelain white color, and the beads will be securely embedded in the clay.

Add a pendant to a chain to have a beautiful custom necklace that you made yourself!

I had some mixed clay left over after making two pendants, so I grabbed a mirror compact.  I added chip beads to the top of the compact using the same technique I used for the pendants.

I love the luxe look of the compact now!

 

I think the finished pieces have such a high end look to them!  Since you need so little of the jewelry clay to make one pendant, you could easily make several pendants and give them as holiday gifts this year.

Gemstone Cluster Jewelry

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:00

Making your own jewelry is so satisfying.  Not only do you get the fun of crafting, but you end up with a beautiful piece of wearable art.  I especially love when I can make expensive looking jewelry for far less than it would cost in a store.  Today, I am showing you how to DIY trendy gemstone jewelry quickly and easily.  You can make your own gemstone cluster jewelry using chip beads and jewelry clay!

Supplies:

EnviroTex Jewelry Clay consists of two parts that need to be mixed together to activate.

Begin by putting on a pair of gloves to protect your hands.  Take equal parts of both Part A and Part B from the jewelry clay kit.

Mix the two parts together until the clay is a uniform color, without any marbling of the two colors.  You now have about 2 hours to finish your project before the clay sets up.

Use a small bit of the clay to fill in the bezel of the pendant.  You can find packs of bezels like this at your local craft store or online.

Begin to press the chip beads firmly into the jewelry clay.  Fill the entire bezel with chip beads.  I chose to use amethyst tone chip beads, but you can choose whatever color you like best!

Use the smallest chip beads to fill in any gaps where the jewelry clay is peeking through.  The irregular shape of the chip beads will give your pendant a beautiful, organic look.

The clay will harden into a porcelain white color, and the beads will be securely embedded in the clay.

Add a pendant to a chain to have a beautiful custom necklace that you made yourself!

I had some mixed clay left over after making two pendants, so I grabbed a mirror compact.  I added chip beads to the top of the compact using the same technique I used for the pendants.

I love the luxe look of the compact now!

 

I think the finished pieces have such a high end look to them!  Since you need so little of the jewelry clay to make one pendant, you could easily make several pendants and give them as holiday gifts this year.

Clever DIY’s for Pets

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 13:50

If you guys are anything like us here at Resin Crafts Blog then your pets are as much a part of your family as any other family member. They are such an important part of your everyday life, how could they not be! And much like having kids, pets can cost you a pretty penny from time to time. Making your pets feel right at home doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. We’ve rounded up some cost friendly, clever DIY’s for your pets. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

Clever DIY’s for Pets

DIY Doghouse Gazebo | Jen Woodhouse

DIY Pet Supply Organization | Polished Habitat

DIY Large Dog Bed | Rogue Engineer

DIY Cat Bed | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

DIY Dog Food Container | Spaceships and Laser Beams

DIY Rope Toy | Irresistible Pets

DIY Pet Detterent Spray | Mom 4 Real

DIY Upcycled Tire Bed | Practically Functional

DIY Cozy Pet Sling | My So Called Crafty Life

DIY Travel Pet Platform | Addicted 2 DIY

Clever DIY’s for Pets

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 13:50

If you guys are anything like us here at Resin Crafts Blog then your pets are as much a part of your family as any other family member. They are such an important part of your everyday life, how could they not be! And much like having kids, pets can cost you a pretty penny from time to time. Making your pets feel right at home doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. We’ve rounded up some cost friendly, clever DIY’s for your pets. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

Clever DIY’s for Pets

DIY Doghouse Gazebo | Jen Woodhouse

DIY Pet Supply Organization | Polished Habitat

DIY Large Dog Bed | Rogue Engineer

DIY Cat Bed | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

DIY Dog Food Container | Spaceships and Laser Beams

DIY Rope Toy | Irresistible Pets

DIY Pet Detterent Spray | Mom 4 Real

DIY Upcycled Tire Bed | Practically Functional

DIY Cozy Pet Sling | My So Called Crafty Life

DIY Travel Pet Platform | Addicted 2 DIY

Wood and Resin Necklace Pendants Tutorial

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 07:00

One of the most popular projects on the Resin Crafts Blog is my tutorial on how to make this Blue Wood and Resin Pendant using EasyCast. I decided to alter a few things and show you that you can make these using various shapes, colors and types of wood and they will still look awesome! Here’s how I made these red and green DIY Wood and Resin Necklace Pendants!

DIY Wood and Resin Necklace Pendants Supplies:

Prep:

The first thing you need to do is cut your wood into small pieces that will fit into your molds. Then coat them entirely in Ultra Seal or another multipurpose glue sealer.

Next, spray the molds with Mold Release/Conditioner Spray and let it dry.

Mixing Resin:

Read the instructions thoroughly and put on your vinyl gloves and eye protection. Mix equal amounts of parts A and B in one of the small cups. Mix thoroughly then pour into a second clean cup and mix for another minute. This ensures that all of the resin is mixed completely.

Next add your pigment or dye to the resin and mix completely. I did two batches because I did two different colors.

Use a micro butane torch, or just exhale over each piece, to pop all the bubbles.

Let the resin cure for about 24 hours. Once cured they should pop out of the molds easily.

Shaping Pendants:

Use a Dremel tool or another rotary tool that has a sanding attachment to shape your pendants. As you will see I sanded off the excess wood and even altered the shape of some of these in order to make the wood and resin combination look really cool! This step is REALLY messy and you definitely want to wear eye protection and respiratory protection.

Sand with the sanding attachment.

Then sand again on ultra fine sandpaper. This is 800 grit. I used this then even finer grit to get it nice and smooth.

Once your pieces are the shape you want, wipe off all the dust with a damp cloth so they don’t look all powdery like they do here.

FINISH:

The next step will be to drill holes for the jump rings you’ll add to turn these into necklaces. I have tiny drill bit attachments for my Dremel and used one of those.

The final step is to coat the pendants with the Clear Gloss Resin Finish/Sealer Spray. I ended up doing three coats of this but that will be personal preference.

And there you have it! Beautiful DIY Wood and Resin Necklace Pendants! What do you think? Do you like these as much as the blue Wood and Resin Pendant from last year? Let me know in the comments!

If you like these red and green DIY Wood and Resin Necklace Pendants, please share this post on Pinterest using this image:

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Let me know what you think in the comments and thanks again for reading!

–Sheri

Other posts you may find interesting:

DIY Wood and Resin Clock

Wood and Resin Pendant using EasyCast

Sparkling Dripped Resin Pendants

Amazing DIY Wood Signs

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 09:54

Have you guys gone Pinterest surfing lately for some house decor inspiration? Something we’ve been seeing a lot of lately are those gorgeous DIY wood signs that seem to be so popular. In stores, these signs cost such a fortune, it’s unbelievable. As usual, Resin Crafts Blog is all about that DIY life; creating something great out of a few materials in an affordable way. We’ve rounded up some amazing DIY Wood Signs that you can create yourself while saving some coin!

Which ones will you create?

Amazing DIY Wood Signs

DIY Painted Wood Sign | Darice Blog

DIY Gather Sign | Just A Girl And Her Blog

DIY Anniversary Signs | Inspiration Made Simple

DIY Stencil Sign | Creative Ramblings Blog

DIY Large Wood Sign | Christina’s Adventures

DIY ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ Sign | Lolly Jane

DIY Mason Jar Wood Sign | The Country Chic Cottage

DIY Painted Wood Sign | The Frugal Homemaker

 DIY Monogram Sign | Typically Simple

DIY Pallet Wood Sign | The Kim Six Fix

Paper Mosaic Tile High Gloss Resin Wood Frame DIY

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 07:00

Paper Mosaic Tile High Gloss Resin Wood Frame DIY

Make today awesome with an especially fun resin craft!  Hi friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing another fun project.  This paper mosaic frame is a cinch to make and can be as simple or complicated as you want to make it!  Finish it off to a professional shine using Envirotex Lite High Gloss Resin.

Supplies Needed:
  • Chunky wood frame
  • Variety of colored cardstock paper cut into 1/2 inch squares
  • Tape runner adhesive
  • Ultra Seal or other clear drying adhesive
  • Paintbrush
  • Envirotex Lite High Gloss Resin
  • Disposable work surface, gloves, stirring sticks, mixing cups, extra cups for height, painters tape

Paper Piecing!

First, begin by lightly wiping off the wooden frame to remove any dust.

Next, adhere a line of adhesive tape across the edge of the inside of the frame.  Then press the cut paper squares on the tape, leaving a little gap between the papers, like a grout line.

The tape line is not covered completely by the paper squares, but will be covered with the resin later.  Continue building row by row of paper squares.  Create a unique pattern or image…or just randomly place squares.  Do not worry about cutting some pieces smaller to fit. 

Continue adding paper squares as seen pictured below.

In essence, fill the entire wood frame with little bits of paper.  These don’t have to be square, they could be cut in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Paper Sealing!

Once the paper is secure, the next step is to coat the entire top with Ultra Seal. This will seal in the paper and keep edges from lifting.

Let the Ultra Seal dry completely.

Next, position a piece of painters tape all along the outside edges of the bottom of the frame.

High Glossing!

Next get the Envirotex Lite High Gloss Resin.  This finish takes the project from a kids craft to a professional glassy looking tile project!  Just 8 ounces of mixed resin covers 1 foot square, so this small package was plenty for this craft frame.

Mix the resin according to package directions. Stir equal parts of resin and hardener for 2 minutes.  Then pour into another cup and stir again for one more minute.

Set the frame up on extra cups as risers and then immediately pour the mixed resin over the top of the frame.  Use a stirring stick to smooth the resin to the edges of the frame.  It will self level as it dries.  Cover with a big box so that dust does not settle on it during the drying process.  Use a mini torch to pop any bubbles that surface after about 10 minutes.

After 24 hours it is ready to display!  Looks amazing, like real tile!

Up close it’s obviously paper on wood, but the high gloss gives it such a glossy shine that it’s hard to tell.

Would you make a organized pattern or random for your mosaic tile frame? 

Check out this fun Mosaic Project too!

 

DIY Faux Stained Glass Suncatcher

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 07:00

Hello, Resin Crafters! I think that stained glass suncatchers are so beautiful. Making your own real stained glass is very difficult though, and sometimes finding a suncatcher that matches your style or decor can be near impossible or very pricey.  I’m so excited today to show you how you can make your own easy, custom, faux stained glass suncatcher with Envirotex Lite Pour-On Epoxy!

Faux Stained Glass Suncatcher Supply list:

The first step in this project is to find or create a design you love.  You can draw one yourself, or you can find free templates by searching for stained glass design outlines.  I created my own using my pet parrot as inspiration.   Print out the design in the same size as the glass piece you are choosing to work with.  Mine is 8×10

Remove the glass from the frame and make sure it’s nice and clean.  Place your design under the glass and trace it using the puff paint on top of the glass.  Allow the puff paint to dry for at least 4 hours before moving on to the next step.

Once the puff paint is dry you will need to mix your Pour-On Epoxy.   This project requires very small amounts of epoxy.  Mix 1/2 – 2oz of each color depending on the size you’ll need to cover.  Follow the instructions on the packaging carefully.  Combine equal parts of the Resin and Hardener and stir for 2 minutes.  After 2 minutes, pour the epoxy into a clean cup and mix for an additional minute.  After you’ve finished mixing the Epoxy, add several drops of the pigments or dyes and stir until combined.  Use the epoxy mixture immediately after mixing.

*Project tip: Keep a prepared mold on hand to pour extra epoxy into to avoid waste.  Make some buttons or jewelry pendants, maybe even some cabinet knobs with any extra epoxy you might not need on the suncatcher. Prepare these molds before you start the suncatcher so they are ready to go if any epoxy is leftover. 

 

I filled in the background first and used about 2oz of epoxy to fill it.  The transparent dyes are super light in color.  If you mix a tiny bit of the opaque pigments into it, they’re still pretty transparent, but darker in color.  I used a little of both.   Use a heat gun, torch or your warm breath to remove any bubbles that rise to the surface after you pour the epoxy.

Allow the background pour to cure for a few hours.  If you try to do it all at once, all of the colors will just bleed together over the lines.  I allowed my yellow background to cure for at least 4 hours before moving on.  Allow each color to cure a few hours before moving on to the next.

Once you have all of the colors finished and the stained glass filled in, allow the suncatcher to cure overnight.

Put the glass back into the frame.  If you wish to hang the suncatcher, you can attach a wire to the frame for hanging.

With a little bit of practice, you could make some very intricate and beautiful designs!

I think I will add a faux stained glass to my china cabinet doors next!  What stained glass design will you create for your suncatcher?

Must-Have Back To School Ideas

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 07:00

It’s happening. You walk into the store and all of the summer-fun product has been replaced with all things back to school. Just like that, in the blink of an eye, the kids have to get ready to go back to school! This time of year can be pretty overwhelming for both parent and child, but overwhelm aside, it’s also a very exciting time! We’ve rounded up some of the best must-have back to school ideas that’ll make sure everyone is ready to rock that first day of school. Enjoy!

Back to School T-Shirt | The 36th Avenue

DIY Apple Hoop Art | Live Laugh Rowe

DIY Back To School Gift | Eighteen 25

DIY Stuffed Paper Apples Project | Buggy and Buddy

First Day Back To School Printable | Oh My Creative

DIY Backpack Tag | Lolly Jane

DIY First Day Of School Chalkboard Printable | Yellow Bliss Road

S’Mores Back To School Teacher Gift | The Girl Creative

DIY Homework Station | Clean and Scentsible

Back To School Teacher Gift Tags | Skip to My Lou

 

DIY Wood Coasters with the Cricut Maker and Resin

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 07:00

I have been wanting to make some DIY wood coasters ever since getting the Cricut Maker. You see it cuts thin wood pieces and is perfect for projects like these.  Just add some accents and protection over the top with EnviroTex Lite® Pour On High Gloss Finish and you have pretty and functional coasters you can be proud of.

Supplies needed to make these DIY wood coasters:

Instructions:

Start by cutting your wood pieces with the Cricut Maker.  For each coaster you will need two round circles with no cut out and one round circle with your shape cut out.  We are using a starfish for our example but feel free to design this project with any shape that you like.  You will need to use the knife blade in the Cricut Maker for cutting this wood.

Use wood glue to stack your pieces up.  Two round circles then the circle with the cut out on top.  Be sure to cover the entire thing with glue as shown so the resin does not leak under when poured.  Press them down well and allow to dry completely.

Then paint the entire thing with craft paint.  Paint the inside of the cut out with the craft paint as well.  Allow to dry.  Then mix up some EnviroTex Lite® Pour On High Gloss Finish and add in the pigment color of your choice.  Pour mixture into the inlay to get a contrast on your DIY wood coasters.  Pop any bubbles and allow to cure completely.

Be sure to follow all mixing instructions when working with epoxy resin.  The most common mistakes are not mixing properly.

Once that has cured, you can now pour a clear coat of EnviroTex Lite® Pour On High Gloss Finish over the top of the entire thing.  Once again, measure and mix well according to the package instructions.  Then pour on just enough to reach the edges.

Pop any bubbles and allow to cure overnight.  You may want to check a few times to make sure no resin pours over the edges before curing.

Once cured, your DIY wood coasters are ready for any room in your home.

The protective finish will hold up for a long time and you will love being able to make customized coasters right in your own home with the Cricut Maker.

Whip up a batch to match your home decor, for gifts, or even just for a themed party!

Be sure to make some DIY wood coasters soon!

Lighted Desktop Galaxy with Layered Resin

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 07:00

Hello Resin Crafters! Did you know that you can create fun effects and art pieces by simply layering resin with paints and other items? Each layer of the resin, when allowed to cure for a few hours, can hold a separate layer of the design.  Using layered EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy you can create a fun, light up galaxy for your desk or use it as an awesome one of a kind nightlight.   Layered Resin projects take some time to complete.  Depending on the number of layers you want, it can take days.  But the amount of active project time is really not very long.

Layered Resin Galaxy Supply List:

The first step in layering resin is to choose and condition your mold.  I am using a 3″ x 6″ re-useable plastic mold for my desktop galaxy. You can choose a mold in any shape or size, but the mold should be at least an inch deep to get the layered effects.   Use a Mold Release spray inside the mold and allow it to dry completely before use.  This very important step will help to release the cured resin project when you are finished.

Start by mixing a small amount of EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy to add to the bottom of your mold.  This first layer should be clear.  I used 2 oz of resin for my first layer.   Mix carefully according to package directions. To achieve the best result, combine equal parts of the Resin and Hardener in a cup and stir for two minutes.  Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the cup. After 2 minutes, pour the mixture into a clean cup, and stir again for one additional minute.   After pouring the Epoxy into the mold, remove any bubbles that form using a heat gun, small torch, or your warm breath.  Allow this layer to cure for at least 4 hours.

Once the resin has cured for several hours, it should have a fairly solid top.  It doesn’t need to be fully cured to continue.  Using a glitter or glitter paint, add dots for stars on top of the semi-cured resin.  Allow the glitter paint to dry before continuing.

Pour another small layer of Epoxy onto the first.  Use the same mixing techniques.  I used 1.5 oz of resin for each additional layer I added after the first.  Be sure to remove the bubbles each time you pour a new layer of the layered resin.

After the second layer of resin has cured for several hours, take a paintbrush and add the first layer of the galaxy details.  Start with the lightest color you choose.   I think of the details as clouds.  Galaxy clouds.  I used white paint for my first layer.   Add some additional glitter stars if you wish.

Continue with the layered resin and details.  Allow each layer of fresh Epoxy to cure for at least 4 hours before painting the details on.

If all of this is very confusing, you can watch a video here to help clarify:



The last layer of epoxy should be tinted black.  I used black acrylic paint to tint the resin. You can use an opaque resin pigment as well.  A little goes a long way.  I used 2 oz of black tinted resin for the top layer.  After the black layer, allow the entire layered galaxy to cure for at least 24 hours before removing it from the mold.

Once it is fully cured, you should be able to pop it right out of the mold by pushing gently on the back of the mold.   Use a drill and a small drill bit to add several holes into the layered resin. Be sure not to drill all the way through.  I varied the depth of my holes, but none of them went more than 3/4 of the way through the mold.

Poke small wire LED lights into each hole. When you turn them on, they make the whole galaxy sparkle like it’s full of real stars!

Use your pretty new lighted layered resin galaxy as a desktop decoration and conversation piece, or it can function as a fun nightlight for a child’s bedroom.

Colorful DIY Resin Jewelry

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 07:00

As many of you are aware, we’re addicted to the many different ways you can use Resin in your daily life. On a mission to share these ways with everyone, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite DIY Resin Jewelry projects. They come in many shapes, colors and sizes and are the perfect present for someone in your life or just simply to treat yourself! Let’s get crafting, friends.

Which ones will you create?

DIY Faux Crystal Pendant 

Sea Glass Inspired Jewelry 

DIY Seashell Pendants

DIY Dripped Resin Pendants

DIY Resin Glitter Rings

DIY Resin Dipped Earrings

DIY Trinket Spoon Necklace 

DIY Gold and Silver Leaf Pendants

DIY Rolled Paper Resin Pendant 

DIY Resin Coated Feather Necklace

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