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Ornate Mini Resin Frame Art Magnets DIY

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 07:00

Ornate Mini Resin Frame Art Magnets DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, showing another creative and unique way to use resin.  Ornate frames are over-the-top gilded and typically seen in art museums.  That makes these ornate framed art magnets a fun addition to the fridge, school locker or miniature dollhouse!  Pick your favorite works of art or have the kids draw a custom piece to fit.

Supplies needed:

Ornate Frame Mold

Fast Cast Resin

Printed Art Picture or Custom Art

EnviroTex Lite High Gloss Resin

Chipboard

Ultra Seal

Hot Glue/Gun

Magnets

E6000 Glue

Metallic Spray Paints

Disposable work surface, mixing cups, stirring sticks, gloves

Heat gun/mini torchThe pink silicone mold was purchased, but the purple one was made using EasyMold Silicone Putty and a small frame.  Directions for mold making on this post.Start by filling the molds with water and then dumping the water from the molds into a measuring cup.  Then mix the Fast Cast according to package directions in the quantity needed.  Fast Cast works super quickly and sets in about 15 minutes.  Pop the frames out of the molds.Next, use metallic spray paint to color the frames.  Gold, silver and copper are great metallics for ornate frames, let them dry completely.Print off favorite art pieces or draw your own to fit the inside of the frames.  These would be so cute with a child’s first artwork scanned and sized to fit.

Cut a piece of sturdy chipboard 1/4 inch bigger than the pictures.  Coat the chipboard with Ultra Seal and let it dry.  Then use Ultra Seal to adhere the art picture to the chipboard and coat the picture with Ultra Seal and let it dry completely.Next, pipe a thick bead of hot glue around the edge of the frame.  Make sure it is a solid line so that none of the EnviroTex Lite High Gloss resin will leak out.While the glue is still hot, carefully lift the frame and set firmly on the chipboard/picture.
Repeat the process for all frames and pictures.  They look great as is, but here’s where they get kicked up a notch!Set up a work space for the high gloss resin.  Read the directions thoroughly before mixing the resin.  Mix the resin in the 2 phase manner directed.

Next, pour the high gloss resin into the frame, this will act as shiny glass in the ornate frame.Let the resin sit for about 20 minutes and the bubbles will surface.Then use a heat gun or mini torch to heat and remove the bubbles.  Then let the resin cure for 24 hours.

This copper framed piece is Water Lilies by Claude Monet.
When the resin is cured there will be no odor.  Then they are ready to adhere magnets to the back using E6000 glue.This is one of my favorites, The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.And of course, Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.  What works of art would you put in an ornate frame?  Let me know in the comments!

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Inspiring Thrift Store Makeovers

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 07:00

Adding new pieces to your home whether that be decor or furniture can be a really exciting thing. However, the price tags of trying to purchase all new items can be a pretty daunting thing. That’s the beauty of getting crafty and taking a trip to your local thrift store. We have rounded up some amazing thrift store makeovers to help get you inspired to tackle your own thrifty projects!

Campaign Style Desk Makeover | Blue i Style Blog

China Cabinet Makeover | Bower Power

Striped Stool Makeover | Our Southern Home

Thrift Store Tray Makeover | Refresh Restyle

Thrift Store Clock Makeover | DIY Beautify

DIY Laundry Sign | Artsy Chicks Rule

Thrift Store Bowl Makeover | Blooming Homestead

DIY Desk Makeover | The Kim Six Fix

Thrift Store Lamp Makeover | At Home With The Barkers

Spice Rack Makeover | Addicted 2 DIY

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Resin Fairy Garden Light Catchers

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 07:00

These resin fairy garden light catchers are the perfect way to bring a little woodland magic to your room!

With the warmer days here to stay, I imagine the depths of the forest floor slowly coming to life. Plants that have lay dormant for months have reached for the sunshine. The moss is starting to get greener and little mushrooms and toadstools are beginning to emerge. It’s almost magical and I can just picture the little fairies tapping their wands to make everything grow again.

DIY Resin Fairy Garden Light Catchers

There is something about the moss and forest floor that is so peaceful and serene. Resin allowed me to recreate and capture a bit of this serenity and make these mini fairy garden light catchers. They look beautiful hanging in my bathroom window reflecting the rays of sunlight and make me smile each time I see them.

Although these little fairy gardens make lovely lightcatchers, they’d also be pretty each on their own as paperweights on a desk or even unique coasters for your morning coffee cup.

Materials Needed for these Resin Fairy Gardens
  • EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
  • Mold Release Conditioner
  • Castin’ Craft reusable casting molds: I used the MC-2 (2-1/4″x 2-5/8″ x 1-1/8″ deep), MC-3 (2-3/8″x Dia. x 1-1/8″ deep), and MC-4 (2-1/8″x 3-1/4″ x 1-1/8″ deep)
  • Measuring cups, wooden craft sticks, straw, paper towels
  • Multi-colored dried moss
  • Bead Gallery silver plated insect beads (ladybugs, dragonfly, butterflies)
  • Tiny Treasures Woodland Fairytale Toadstools
  • Bead Landing eye pins

How to Make a Resin Fairy Garden

Read all package instructions. Use gloves and work in a well-ventilated area on a surface protected with plastic or newspaper.

Prepare the molds using a Mold Release Conditioning agent.

Arrange the moss and toadstools loosely in the molds.

Mix resin (1 oz total for each mold).

Pour about 1/2 oz of mixed resin over the moss and toadstools in each mold.

Gently submerge and rearrange the moss in the molds using the wooden stir sticks.

Add in the insect beads. Pour the remainder of the resin equally in each mold.


Let the resin set for about 1 minutes and then blow off any bubbles which rise to the top using a straw or with a kitchen torch.

Place on a level surface, cover and allow the resin to set at least 4 hours.

Mix another ½ oz of resin (total volume) for each of the molds. Pour into the molds ensuring that all contents are completely submerged.


Optionally, add a few more beads into each arrangement.

Blow off any air bubbles as previously, place on level surface, cover and allow the resin ot set for at least 24 hours (soft cure) but ideally for 72 hours (hard cure).

Carefully remove the arrangements from the molds. Drill and insert the eye pins to the top of each arrangement. Hang using invisible line.

 

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Metal and Lace Party Tray

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 07:00

Make a metal and lace party tray for your shabby chic home.  This gorgeous tray is a mix of industrial galvanized metal with the romantic feel of lace.  Perfect for parties or even your home decor.  I used white lace but you can customize this one with laces of different colors as well.

Supplies needed to make this metal and lace party tray:

Start by cutting your lace to size for the bottom of your tray.  I left a decorative edge on one end.

Then use the Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer / Glue to glue the lace to the bottom of your tray.  Allow this to dry completely.

Go over the top with the sealer with a heavy coat once dry.  Then allow this top coat to dry completely before continuing.

Once dry, start measuring and mixing your EnviroTex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish.

Be sure to use the two cup mixing procedure that is described in the package instructions.  You will also need to wear gloves and follow all safety precautions.

Once completely mixed, pour over the entire surface of your tray.  Allow bubbles to rise to the top and pop them according to the package directions.  You can blow on them or even use a torch to pop them.  I find it helpful to run my stir stick over the lace to release the surface tension and help the bubbles rise.  There are several methods to pop bubbles and you can use any of those.  Then allow to cure in a place where the tray can be level.

Once cured, you have a party tray that you can use over and over again!  Serve up breakfast on the porch or drinks for a crowd.

Be sure to make a metal and lace party tray for your home!  This project is great is you love a little industrial with a little shabby chic mixed in!

This is a fun project that you can customize to your needs!

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Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 07:00

Summer is an amazing time of year, but since the school year has come to an end, the summer entertainment must begin! Whether it’s a rainy day outside or the kids just plain need something to do that will capture their attention for a longer period of time, we’ve got the perfect Summer Boredom Busters for you. These will be sure to keep them busy!

DIY Melted Crayon Hearts | Pretty Handy Girl

Paper Bag Pinatas | Somewhat Simple

DIY Boredom Buster Jar with Printables | Love The Day

Indoor & Outdoor Scavenger Hunt | The Scrap Shoppe

Mermaid Slime | Juggling Act Mama

Veggie Painting | Spaceships and Laser Beams

Crab Kids Craft | Oh My Creative

Simple Paper Craft Ideas | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Exploding Milk Experiment | Mess for Less

Woven Paper Angelfish Craft for Kids | Buggy and Buddy

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Poured Resin Marble Coasters

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 07:00

Poured resin is so much fun to work with and today I am going to show you how to make marble coasters with this technique.  All you need is some resin and wood coasters to get started on a project you will love and that will match your home decor perfectly.

Supplies needed to make these marble coasters:

Instructions:

I find that sealing a wood surface before pouring helps to minimize bubbles.  In this case, you can paint the surface of the coasters or use a clear sealer.  Allow that to dry completely before continuing.

Once dry, measure your EnviroTex Lite® Pour On High Gloss Finish carefully.  You want equal parts of each.  Mix them using two mixing cups according to the package directions.  Be sure to follow all safety instructions as well including wear gloves when dealing with resin.  Then divide your mixed resin into small measuring cups and add pigment.  I mixed white, yellow, some green with blue, and some blue with green.

I like adding pouring projects like this to an empty cardboard box.  That allows me to work without worrying about drips.  Use extra measuring cups to raise the coasters off of the box bottom.

Then start randomly pouring your resin.  I did a concentric circle method but I made each one different.

Then pick up each coaster and move it around until the entire surface is covered.  You can also use your stir stick to push the resin into corners and edges.  Add back to the measuring cups in the box.  Pop any bubbles that come to the surface according to the package directions.  You may have to come back after 20 – 30 minutes to remove any drips from the sides if you have quite a bit of excess resin.

Allow your coasters to cure overnight.  I then used a liquid leafing product or another craft paint to finish off the sides.

All that is left after they dry is to enjoy your fun marble coasters!

Mix and match any colors that you like and that match your home decor.  It is fun to see the differences in the designs and what colors come through from mixing.

These colors remind me of the sea and are so perfect for summer.  This technique is great for a ton of surfaces and it is so easy to do!

Will you be making marble coasters or any other marbled projects?

You are sure to love the results of this fun technique!

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Black, Silver and Red Poured Resin Side Table

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 07:10

Welcome to the Resin Crafts blog! I’m Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs and I am here to share this awesome Black, Silver and Red Poured Resin Side Table tutorial with you. My son’s room is all decked out in Star Wars themed items, and I wanted to make his old, worn and scratched bedside table into something awesome to fit into the theme. There is nothing more awesome than the gorgeous shiny finish of Envirotex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish, especially with sharp colors. Can’t wait to show you how I made this table! Keep reading!

Black, Silver and Red Poured Resin Side Table Supplies:

  • Old Side Table
  • Envirotex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish
  • Measured Mixing Cups
  • Wooden Stir Sticks
  • Masking or Paint Tape
  • DecoArt Acrylic Paints – red, silver, white, black
  • Disposable Vinyl gloves
  • Micro Butane Torch
Prep:

The first step for preparing your table is to use a damp rag and clean off any dust or dirty spots. (Note: my table had a smooth finish on it already, but if yours is bare wood then you want to put a skim coat of resin onto it before pouring your resin.)

Once it is clean, use your tape and tape along each of the sides with the tape rising up above the edge of the table. This will create a wall so the resin won’t pour off the sides at all.

Put down some sort of box or surface to put your resin cups on while you work. Sometimes there are drips and it is hard to remove them from your table. I typically use a cardboard box.

Put on your vinyl gloves.

 

Mixing Resin:

I mixed two separate batches of resin because I was going to be using different colors and didn’t have any larger cups.

Mix equal amounts of Part A and Part B into your cups. This table is about 20″x20″ and I used 3.5 oz of each part, so both of my cups had 7 oz of mixed resin. Be sure to mix thoroughly!

Once your resin is mixed, pour the resin into separate cups for each color.

I made a small amount of red, white, silver and a large amount of black. I typically just do a small squirt of paint straight from the bottle and then just check if the color is what I want. Too much paint can be a problem when it comes to the resin curing, so just add a little at a time. For the 7 oz of black though, I’d guess I used about 1/2 oz. of paint. Hope that helps.

Mix the coloring in thoroughly as well and get ready to pour!  Remember you only have about 20 minutes to work before the resin starts to cure and thicken. It will not spread well after that time.

Pouring Resin:

I used another cup and poured various amounts of each color in – DO NOT MIX. This is called a dirty pour. The goal is that the colors will naturally mix or stay separate. Every painting is unique. There is no rule for this, just add how much you want of each color.

 

For mine I did one large initial pour, then did a second smaller pour. You can do it however you want, so if you have a larger container you can mix the colors for the dirty pour into that container and just do it all at once.

 

Once you have everything poured, try tipping your table to get the resin to spread into the corners if needed.

Finishing:

You’ll want to pop all the bubbles on the surface now, using your micro-butane torch. Just run the flame quickly over the resin and watch while the bubbles pop and it turns into a smooth glass like finish. It looks so great!

Once all the bubbles are popped, just let it sit and cure for the next 24 hours.

Remove the tape after the table is cured.

 

Done!

What do you think? I loved how this table turned out and hope you do too! Feel free to share questions, comments or ideas here in the comment section below.

 

If you love it, please share! Pin this image to Pinterest or share via FB.

Thanks again for reading! Good luck with your resin projects!

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Beautiful DIY Painted Planters

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 07:00

One of the best things about this time of year is the opportunity to add greenery around your home, inside and out. If you’ve been in stores lately, you’ve probably noticed that decorative planters aren’t always the cheapest things to purchase! The great news is that you can DIY your way to the planters you want for just a fraction of the price! Today we’ve rounded up some beautiful DIY options to fulfill your planter dreams.

Which ones will you create?

Beautiful DIY Painted Planters

DIY Sealed Painted Flower Pots | Practically Functional

Geometric Painted Planter Pots | Rain On A Tin Roof

DIY Spray Painted Planters | H20 Bungalow

DIY Painted Terra Cotta Pots | Kenarry

DIY Painted Concrete Planters | The Frugal Homemaker

Easy Painted Planters | Place Of My Taste

DIY Spray Painted Concrete Planter | Our Southern Home

DIY Brushstroke Planter | Pretty Providence

DIY Whimsical Hand Painted Planter | Sand and Sisal

DIY Fools Copper Paint Dipped Planters | Stow and Tellu

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Fun Art Projects To Create This Summer

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:00

We here at Resin Crafts Blog think that one of the best things you can do is make time for yourself and the things you love to do. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, our hobbies can easily fall to the wayside; making time in your busy life to create something new and get inspired is something we want to focus on this summer and encourage others to do as well. If you’ve got kiddos at home, this is a great way to get them involved in creating with you too! Today we’re sharing some fun art projects for both adults and kids that you can tackle this summer to get your creativity on! Which ones will you create?

Fun Art Projects To Create This Summer

DIY Beaded Frost Luminaries | Crafts by Amanda

DIY Watercolor Summer Art | All Things Heart and Home

Water Gun Painting | Somewhat Simple

DIY Clothespin Mermaids | Red Ted Art Blog

DIY Floral Tote Bag | Bower Power

DIY Watermelon Wreath | Oh My-Creative

Slide Painting | Mess for Less

DIY Weathered Beach Signs | Crafts by Amanda

DIY Painted Rocks Project | Just A Little Creativity

DIY Paper Spinner | Make and Takes

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Colorful Dripped Resin Artwork

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 07:00

Hello resin crafters! I’m Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs and I’m excited to share this technique for making Colorful Dripped Resin Artwork! I had tried this drip technique in some Sparkling Dripped Resin Pendants a few weeks back and wanted to see what would happen if I created artwork using the same dripping method. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked out, though there were a couple surprises. Here are all the details!

Colorful Dripped Resin Artwork Supplies: Prep Surface:

The first step is to make sure you have a good surface to work on. Resin can be messy, so I typically have something to cover the table I’m working on, then use an old, shallow cardboard box underneath my art canvas to catch all the excess resin. I tape up any open seams in the box and use some wooden blocks or something to elevate the canvas over the box.

Before you start mixing make sure you put on your vinyl gloves.

Mixing Resin:

You definitely want to read through the instructions before you start mixing your resin. Make sure you’re in the right type of space and are prepared with all the supplies and time you need.

Mix equal amounts of Part A and B into a large mixing cup. I did two batches because I was going to make a lot of white resin and small amounts of each color. I did 2oz. of each part in two different large mixing cups. This equaled to 4 oz. in each cup. Mix thoroughly!

I poured one of the large cups into five separate small cups. Then used the pigment dyes to color each of those a different color by dropping a couple drops in each. Stir thoroughly. Add white pigment to the other large batch of resin.

Pouring Resin:

Alright, time to pour! In my experience you only have about 20 minutes or so to work with the resin before it starts the curing process, so while you don’t have to hurry super fast, you do need to be sure to move fairly quickly. Especially if you are doing a larger piece.

I poured most of my white resin onto the canvas and let it spread until it covered the entire thing. I even used my stir stick in some places to make it move.

Next, I just randomly dripped resin into different places on the canvas. I dripped some colors onto the white, then colors inside other colors, and even white inside. I really didn’t have a plan and just went with what seemed right.

One thing that surprised me was how much the resin moved after it was poured. It will not stay in perfect circles, which is what I was picturing in my mind. It moved and really had a mind of its own.

Once you have all your colors poured as you want them, use your micro butane torch to pop any bubbles on the surface. The resin again may move and sometimes blend as you move the torch quickly over it, another surprise, but it still looks pretty cool!

 

Let your resin cure for 24 hours.

And there you have it. A gorgeous piece of artwork! Especially close up.

 

I love how endless the possibilities are with methods like this Colorful Dripped Resin Artwork. I hope you like this tutorial. Would love to hear what you think in the comments below.

Feel free to pin this to share on Pinterest!

Check out all the details on how I created this awesome modern art with Envirotex Lite resin and how you can make one too!

 

 

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4th of July DIY Party Decorations

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 07:00

Summer has just begun, but as we know, it is going to fly by unbelievably fast as it always does. Before we know it, the 4th of July will be here! Independence Day is definitely something worth celebrating. It’s a great reason to not only appreciate the independence of our country, but also spend time with our friends and family. If you’re hosting this summer, we’ve rounded up some of the best DIY Party Decor options for your 4th of July gathering. We hope you enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

DIY 4th Of July Banner | Polka Dot Chair

Painted Bushel Baskets | A Night Owl Blog

Tie Dye Patriotic Pillow | The 36th Avenue

DIY Nautical Patriotic Banner | House of Hawthornes

DIY Patriotic Table Runner | The Country Chic Cottage

DIY American Flag Pallet | Diva of DIY

DIY Stars & Stripes Centerpiece | Blue i Style

DIY Patriotic Glitter Candles | A Pumpkin and a Princess 

Patriotic Table Decorations | Love The Day

Easy DIY Paper Fan | Red Ted Art

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Poured Resin Chevron Wood Arrows

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 07:00

Hi Resin Crafters! It’s Kelli, from the Craft Shack again and I’m so excited to craft with you today!  Have you tried paint pouring yet? It’s so much fun!  You can get a similar effect using EnviroTex Lite Pour-On Epoxy Resin too.  The best part about poured resin though is that you don’t have to seal it after it dries!  It’s already a beautiful glossy finish, and the depth and dimension you can achieve with the resin just can’t be matched with paint.  I poured some beautiful blue hues on a gorgeous chevron wood arrow and the result was stunning!  It’s such an easy project, too!

Poured Resin Chevron Wood Arrows Supplies needed:

Directions

The first step is to prepare your wood surface.  Lightly sand, if needed and wipe clean.

Next, you’ll need to mix your EnviroTex Lite Pour-On Epoxy.  Be sure to follow the instructions on the package carefully.  Pour equal amounts of the two-part Resin and Hardener into a mixing cup.  I used a total of 10 oz of Resin to cover this 24-inch arrow. Always make sure to wear gloves when handling the Resin.

Stir the two parts together in your cup for 2 minutes.  After two minutes, pour the mixture into a second, clean cup.  Scrap the sides and bottom.  Use a new stir stick and stir again for an additional minute.

After your Resin is mixed, divide it into separate cups.  You’ll need one cup for each color you want to use.  I used several shades of blue, white, green and copper.

Cover your work surface (I use wax paper for easy cleanup) and place your wood arrows on something to lift them off the table (I use disposable plastic cups to lift the object off the table). The object you are going to pour on needs to be elevated so the excess resin can drip off and not pool up around it.

Now you can start pouring! You’ll want to move pretty quickly because the longer the resin sits, the thicker it gets and you want it to move fluidly.   Take one color at a time and pour it over the wood surface.  Add each additional color one after the other.

Pick up the arrow and tilt slightly from one side to the other to help the poured resin spread.  Now you can take one of your stirring sticks and drag it lightly through the resin to spread the colors and encourage more marbling.

Once you’ve tipped and dragged your resin how you want it,  Use a heat gun, small butane torch, or your warm breath to pop any bubbles that rise to the surface.

After about 20 minutes, use a stir stick to scrape any drips that are hanging on the bottom of the arrows.  Check again 10 minutes later and remove any additional drips that may have formed.

Cover the arrow to prevent dust from settling in the fresh resin, and allow to cure at least overnight.

There are so many fun things you can use poured resin on!  These arrows will be finding a new home on my gallery wall when I finally get it finished.  For now, they look great standing upright on a table!

What will you use to try resin pouring on?

Resin Dirty Pour Log Slice Hairpin Leg Table DIY

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 07:00
Resin Dirty Pour Log Slice Hairpin Leg Table DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing another uniquely simple resin craft.  Have you done a resin dirty pour yet?  Not only are they fun, they are totally on trend too.  It’s a simple process and fairly quick too (minus drying time), so let’s get started!This stunning hairpin leg table is perfect for lemonade on the patio or for a cute plant stand or end table.   I chose shades of blue for my table, what colors will you pick?  

Supplies needed:

Log Slice (or piece of wood)

EnviroTex Lite Clear Gloss Resin (16 oz for 4 square feet)

Craft Paint in variety of colors

Piece of sturdy cardboard

Mixing cups, disposable work surface, stirring sticks, gloves

Heat gun or torch

Wood Grinder

3 Hairpin legs (tools and hardware)

Prepare the wood slice by placing it on a disposable surface like a plastic tablecloth.  My wood slice was wrapped to protect the bark, but the seal was not tight enough and the resin leaked in anyway…but it’s better if it does and I’ll explain later.  So don’t worry about wrapping it.  Now it is time to get some resin mixed and ready.Mix the resin according to package directions in the 2 phase way.  Mix just 4 of ounces of resin and pour it on the top of the log slice.  Spread the resin to cover all of the surface of the log.  The cracks will fill in a little with resin.  Let it sit overnight until the resin is dry.  This initial resin process will make the pour much more effective.

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Now put a teaspoon of paint in each mixing cup and mix up about 8 ounces of resin.  Evenly distribute the resin into each of the cups and mix the paint in completely by stirring gently again.Pour all the colors into one cup of resin, pour gently along the side of the cup so they don’t mix together.  Use the sturdy cardboard and cover the top of the mixed resin cup.

Carefully flip the cardboard and cup upside down and put it right on the top of the log slice.  Now, slide the cup off the cardboard and onto the wood slice.Next, life the cup!The colors mix and swirl in a uniquely dazzling way!Right away the resin runs to the edges.  Tip and tilt the wood as necessary to evenly distribute the resin.Next, take the cups used to mix the colors and notice how some resin has settled in the cups.  Pour those out onto the top of the log slice.

Now, use a heat gun or torch to pop any bubbles that are surfacing.  Let the resin sit for 20 minutes then heat gun the bubbles that have formed.  Let the resin sit and cure completely, 1-2 days.

Next steps are to use the wood grinder to remove the excess resin drips and bark from the sides of the log.  Can you see the blue resin on the edges?  I love how it looks!  Ultimately this is why taping the bark makes no difference.Finally, use screws to secure the hairpin legs to the base of the table and it’s ready to use.  The swirls and colors of the resin is spectacular and has a very beach-like vibe!

 

Amazing Garden Ideas To Try This Summer

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 07:00

Whether you’ve got a green thumb or not, it’s the time of year for some gardening! Having your own garden is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while also ensuring that fresh fruits and vegetables are making their way across your table. (Some beautiful flowers can’t hurt either!) We here at Resin Crafts Blog wanted to round up some amazing garden ideas for you to test out this summer. How’s your garden coming along so far?

Amazing Garden Ideas To Try This Summer

DIY Raised Garden Bed | Polished Habitat

Mason Jar Garden Markers | The Creek Line House

Pool Noodle Hack | The Thrifty Couple

DIY Seed Bomb Hack | Hello Nature Blog

Upcycled Pallet Herb Boxes | Snazzy Little Things

DIY Garden Gate | Jen Woodhouse

DIY Cocktail Garden Bar | Rogue Engineer

DIY Flower Plant Holder | Place Of My Taste

 

Resin Covered Vinyl Sign

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 07:00

I love using vinyl to make signs on wood, but I often worry that the vinyl won’t stand up over time.  When I found an adorable pineapple shaped cutting board, I knew I wanted to make a sign that was both cute and durable.  I have found that the very best way to do that is with resin.  You can seal the vinyl of your sign under a layer of glossy vinyl for a polished, long-lasting finish.  Here is how to make your own beautiful resin-covered vinyl sign.

Supplies needed to make the pineapple sign:

  • EnviroTex Lite
  • Wooden sign or cutting board
  • Adhesive vinyl
  • Transfer tape
  • A digital cutting machine
  • Gloves
  • Two cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Paintbrushes

Begin by cutting your design out of adhesive vinyl using a digital cutting machine.  Weed out an excess vinyl and then transfer the design to the cutting board with transfer tape.

Make sure to run your finger over the entire design to ensure it is fully adhered to the cutting board.

Now it’s time for the fun part!  Carefully mix 4 ounces of EnviroTex Lite together, using the two-cup method.  Add 2 ounces each of resin and hardener to a cup, and stir it well for two minutes.  Carefully pour the mixture into a second cup, and stir for an additional minute.  While you are stirring, be sure to scrape down the sides of the cup too.

Elevate the cutting board on a block inside of a cardboard box.  There will be resin run-off, so you need to protect your work surface.  Then slowly pour the resin mixture all over the cutting board.  You can use the stir stick to guide the flow of resin, if you need to.

As the resin begins to flow over the sides of the cutting board, you can use a paintbrush to remove excess drips on the edges.

After you pour the resin, you will notice bubbles in the resin.  You can pop them by blowing on them or by applying the heat from a hand-held propane torch.  Hold the flame about 6 inches away from the resin and the bubbles will pop from the heat.  Cover the project and let it sit for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes have passed, check on your project again.  If there are remaining bubbles in the resin, repeat the same process you used earlier to pop the bubbles.  Cover and let the project cure for 6-8 hours or overnight.

When the resin has cured you will have a perfect shiny protective surface sealing your vinyl saying in place!

It was difficult for me to photograph just what an amazing shine the EnviroTex Lite gives the sign.  It’s like the wooden cutting board now has a glassy surface.  This is an incredible way to make your homemade projects look polished and professional.

Shimmering Mermaid Wall Art with Resin

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 07:00

Make a personalized name plate for any mermaid loving little girl in your life. This sparkling mermaid wall art idea could also double as a fun catch-all tray for all their sea treasures.

 DIY Mermaid Wall Art with Resin

Hi friends! It’s Jane here from Sustain My Craft Habit. Some months back we shared a mermaid-themed night light shade that I made for my daughter’s bedroom.  It apparently put me in a mermaid mood and the idea for this personalized name plate came to mind.

I quite like the versatility of EnviroTex Lite high gloss resin to create a shiny flat finish on projects, like I used for this driftwood tray and this decorative monogram letter. For this project I used sequins and gems but really any type of embellishments and small knick-knacks would do.

Materials Needed: Instructions for making the mermaid wall art: Preparing the materials:

Paint plaque in Violet, all sides. Leave it to dry fully between coats and paint it as many coats as necessary to achieve desired coverage.

Paint all sides of the MDF letters in Metallic Silver. Leave it to dry fully between coats and paint them as many coats as necessary to achieve desired coverage.

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

Arrange the letters inside of the plaque and glue letters in place.

Apply a coat of clear drying  sealer to all sides of the painted letters. Put it aside to dry.

Arrange the embellishments inside as desired and glue in place. If adding any other porous materials, you’ll need to coat with a clear drying sealer. Get creative with the placement and mix a variety of different colors and shapes.

Pouring the Resin:

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

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 3oz of the resin and 3oz 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.

Using the stir stick,  dip your stick into the EnviroTex Lite mixture and then begin pouring the resin over top of your piece.

Pour evenly from one side to the next and carefully in between the letters. The resin will settle and level itself out.

Cover to keep dust from settling in. Ensure your tray is placed on a level surface. After about 15 minutes, remove any bubbles that have risen to the surface by gently blowing over the piece through a straw. Repeat if necessary after another 15 minutes and up to about an hour to ensure no bubbles have formed. Use a clean straw each time to avoid moisture from your breath collecting inside the straw and transferring onto the piece. Use a clean toothpick to release any larger bubbles.

Cover and allow to cure overnight (will fully cure over 72 hours). 

It’s funny that we didn’t even realize, until we were pouring the resin that it looks like water! Perfectly fitting for a mermaid. For an extra fun under-the-sea themed project idea, check out these shark painted rocks.

To mount the mermaid name plate art to the wall, attach a D-ring or sawtooth hanger to the back of the piece.

Or you could leave the hardware off and use the piece as a catch-all tray.

This pretty lady is super happy with her new  bedroom mermaid wall art!

Do you have a mermaid fan at home?

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The Best Summer Hacks You’ve Ever Seen

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 12:08

School is almost out, the weather is getting warmer and the fun festivities are about to begin! Summer is a season to spend outdoors with family and friends, enjoying life. We’re here today to share with you the different ways you can hack your way to the best summer yet! What are some summer hacks you can’t live without?

The Best Summer Hacks You’ve Ever Seen

Beverage Fountain with Plastic Pools | Smart School House

DIY Popsicle Drip Catcher | Making Lemonade

DIY Summer Flip Flop Hack | DIY Beautify

Hanging Camping Organizer | Honey Bear Lane

Pool Noodle Sail Boats | Gluesticks Blog

Painted Flower Pot Hack | Yesterday on Tuesday

Cloves and Lemon Bug Deterrent | Happy Go Lucky Blog

Cupcake Liner Hack | Mom 4 Real

DIY Mosquito Repellant Candles | The Country Chic Cottage

DIY Beach Towel Tote | Smart School House

Enjoy the holiday weekend and kick off of summer friends!

Resin Suncatcher – How to Make Beautiful Resin Suncatchers

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 07:07

Create a beautiful resin suncatcher with metallic confetti and EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy!

Hey Resin Crafters! Amber Oliver here with another great resin craft! I’m drawn to all things colorful (as you may have noticed with my last resin craft – my DIY Resin Clipboard) and this project includes lots of pretty colors as well! I mean, who doesn’t love confetti!? The beautiful spring weather has be spending a lot more time outdoors, and this project is perfect for decorating on your patio. Just hang it anywhere it can catch the light!

Supplies Needed for Resin Suncatcher:

Step 1: Prepare your mold. For this project, I used two metal lids that were the prefect size circles for me. The first thing I did was apply Mold Release & Conditioner. (I took a chance with the metal lids – plastic would be better – but the project turned out great! I do have a trick I’ll share below.)

Step 2: Next, prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy.  This is a multi-step process so don’t start mixing until you are ready to do the whole process from beginning to end! Start by mixing EQUAL parts of the Hardener and the Resin.

Stir for two minutes (be sure to scrape the bottoms and sides) then pour from the first cup into a second and mix with a new stir stick for another minute.

Step 2: Once it’s ready, pour directly into your  lid and fill about halfway up.

Step 3: Let sit for about 20 minutes, then you can add in your embellishments! I used metallic confetti for mine. 

Step 4: After you’ve added your embellishments, mix up another batch of  EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy and pour on.

Step 5: After you’ve allowed enough time for the resin to cure, you can remove from the molds. I tried a metal mold for this project and found the trick to getting the resin suncatchers out is the FREEZER! I put them in the freezer for a few minutes and POP they came right out!

Step 6: The last step for creating resin suncatchers is to drill a small hole in the top and tie on some twine to hang them!

I hung my resin suncatchers on the fence in my backyard. The EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy creates a beautifully clear finish and the metallic confetti catches the sun and shines brillantly while twirling around near my hanging basket of flowers! 

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Ombre Resin Seashell Soap Dish DIY

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 14:11

Ombre Resin Seashell Soap Dish DIY

It’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing an especially fun resin craft DIY with you today.  Bathrooms are frequently decorated with beach decor as a fun oasis in the home.  This ombre resin seashell becomes the centerpiece of the sink, the perfect cradle for a bar of soap.  The inspiration comes from this bright blue geyser from Yellowstone. (photo source)Each particular layer creates depth and a natural ombre effect with rich, varying blues.  The natural layers are easy to recreate with EasyCast Resin and a fabulous seashell.

Supplies Needed:

EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy Resin

Green Transparent Dye

Blue Transparent Dye

Large Seashell

Disposable work surface, gloves, mixing cups, stirring sticks

Begin by reading the directions for the Easy Cast and prepare supplies.  Pour one part of the resin and one part hardener in a small mixing cup, to equal about 1 ounce.  Stir for 2 minutes, then pour into a second cup and stir with a new stick for 1 minute.  Add 3 drops of green dye and 5 drops of blue.  Stir gently to mix colors and pour in seashell.

Next, tilt and tip the shell around to coat the entire surface of the shell with resin.  However, the resin will eventually re-settle and pool at the lowest part of the shell.  Let the resin dry and cure overnight.Repeat the process in like manner the next day.For this second layer, make about 1 ounce of properly mixed resin and add 2 drops of green and 1 drop of blue dyes.Stir gently, as before, to mix the color.Then pour the resin into the center of the seashell.  Repeat the process by tilting and tipping the shell to coat the entire surface with resin.

Next, use a heat gun or mini torch to pop any bubbles that form in the resin.  Let the resin cure overnight similarly to before.

In the same way as before, mix up one ounce of EasyCast Resin according to package directions.  This time however, do not add any dye.  This will keep the resin clear and glossy.  Pour in the center of the shell, then tip around to coat the shell.  Then prop up the shell so the resin will remain level as it cures.  Let it cure overnight.

Once the resin has cured, it is finally ready for use in a beach themed bathroom or other tropical oasis!  This is such a fun technique and looks stunning.

It definitely looks like a unique geyser lake from Yellowstone with natural ombre layers.

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Must-Have Free Printables For Summer

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:51

Summer is just around the corner and that means so much fun is on the horizon! Whether it be that you have kiddos that no longer will be in school all day, you’re tackling new projects in the new season or just trying to all around get more organized in your life, we’ve got a great solution for you. Printables are such an amazing resource to use when trying to get organized, and the best part is that there are so many free options out there! We’ve looked around to find some of the best free printables that will help you tackle summer with ease. We hope you enjoy!

Printable Summer Kids Planner | Oh My Creative

Printable DIY Notepads | Happiness is Homemade

Printable Watercolor Tags | I Should Be Mopping The Floor

Printable Coloring Bookmarks | Skip to My Lou

Printable Scavenger Hunts for Kids | Buggy and Buddy

Printable Budget Binder | Freebie Finding Mom

Printable for Summer Project Organization | Just a Girl and Her Blog

Printable Chore Chart | The 36th Avenue

Printable Family Organization Planner | Blooming Homestead

Printable Home Management Binder | Laura’s Crafty Life

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