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Eye Spy Trinket Tray with EasyCast Resin

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 11:58

Eye Spy Trinket Tray with EasyCast Resin

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft with my favorite resin craft to date! This Eye Spy Trinket Tray with EasyCast Resin is such an epic piece. This trinket filled eye spy tray is the perfect craft for making a conversation piece and game for the kids. It’s not just for the kids…it’s fun for everyone to see what’s embedded in the resin. With a glossy and smooth surface, it’s perfect for serving snacks or filling with books on the coffee table.

This is an especially fun tray filled with all the Clue game weapons, keys, some plastic animals, bottlecaps, charms, steampunk pieces, nails, buttons, things pulled from the junk drawer, a glass bottle with cork lid, and even a dice! The dice was the highest piece that required the most resin. Keep this in mind when picking your pieces, I used 32 ounces of resin.

Supplies Needed for Eye Spy Tray:
  • EasyCast Resin
  • Bag of Trinkets, Miniatures, Game Pieces and Memorabilia
  • Hot Glue/Gun
  • Mixing Cups, Stirring Sticks, Disposable Gloves

Begin by hot gluing the trinkets to the bottom of the tray. The hot glue will not show once the resin has been poured in…so no need to be too cautious.

Continue filling the tray until full of things to spy.

Next mix 8 ounces of EasyCast Resin. The resin needs to be added gradually or it will crack…so do layers of 8 ounces at a time, as pictured below. Mix the resin according to the package directions.

Then pour all the resin in the base of the tray. Next tilt the tray around to smooth the resin out into one thin layer.

Then be sure the tray is sitting on a level surface while drying.

After twenty minutes, use a heat gun to pop any bubbles that have formed. Then let the eye spy tray dry overnight.

Repeat mixing the resin and pouring into the tray until each of the trinkets is covered by resin.

That’s it!

The perfect conversation piece for the coffee table! Like, Pin and Share!

Eye Spy Trinket Tray with EasyCast Resin

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 11:58

Eye Spy Trinket Tray with EasyCast Resin

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft with my favorite resin craft to date! This Eye Spy Trinket Tray with EasyCast Resin is such an epic piece. This trinket filled eye spy tray is the perfect craft for making a conversation piece and game for the kids. It’s not just for the kids…it’s fun for everyone to see what’s embedded in the resin. With a glossy and smooth surface, it’s perfect for serving snacks or filling with books on the coffee table.

This is an especially fun tray filled with all the Clue game weapons, keys, some plastic animals, bottlecaps, charms, steampunk pieces, nails, buttons, things pulled from the junk drawer, a glass bottle with cork lid, and even a dice! The dice was the highest piece that required the most resin. Keep this in mind when picking your pieces, I used 32 ounces of resin.

Supplies Needed for Eye Spy Tray:
  • EasyCast Resin
  • Bag of Trinkets, Miniatures, Game Pieces and Memorabilia
  • Hot Glue/Gun
  • Mixing Cups, Stirring Sticks, Disposable Gloves

Begin by hot gluing the trinkets to the bottom of the tray. The hot glue will not show once the resin has been poured in…so no need to be too cautious.

Continue filling the tray until full of things to spy.

Next mix 8 ounces of EasyCast Resin. The resin needs to be added gradually or it will crack…so do layers of 8 ounces at a time, as pictured below. Mix the resin according to the package directions.

Then pour all the resin in the base of the tray. Next tilt the tray around to smooth the resin out into one thin layer.

Then be sure the tray is sitting on a level surface while drying.

After twenty minutes, use a heat gun to pop any bubbles that have formed. Then let the eye spy tray dry overnight.

Repeat mixing the resin and pouring into the tray until each of the trinkets is covered by resin.

That’s it!

The perfect conversation piece for the coffee table! Like, Pin and Share!

Meet the Maker: Jessica Hill

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 10:24

Hello and Happy Friday Resin Crafts friends! It’s that time of the month… Meet the Maker! We’re excited to introduce you to Jessica, another talented member of our Resin Crafts Ambassador team.

You can find Resin Crafts Ambassador Jessica Hill creating and writing over at her blog Mad in Crafts, where she shares her “crazy good creativity” with her fans. Jessica’s blog is full of creative projects and tutorials that are attainable for every level of crafter to create.

We love to see Jessica’s creative resin projects so certainly stay tuned to see what she has in store for us next! In the meantime, here are a handful of some of her most popular posts on the blog. Enjoy, and be inspired to create!

Sea Glass Inspired Resin Jewelry EasySculpt Narwhal Figurine

Shimmering Resin Drawer Pulls HeatForm Halloween Bats Gemstone Cluster Jewelry Marbled Resin State Decor DIY Rubber Ducky Mold Jelly Soap Resin Gummy Bear Thumbtacks

 

Custom Pens made with Easy Sculpt Modeling Epoxy Clay

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 07:00

Custom Pens made with Easy Sculpt Modeling Epoxy Clay

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a fun Back-to-School craft making custom pens. These custom pens are made with Easy Sculpt clay and are refillable! Design pens to look like lightsabers, magic wands or other iconic items. What will your custom pen look like?

School supplies are my favorite part of this time of year…and customizing supplies is so much fun!

Supplies Needed:

Pick pens that are easy to refill, that way all the work you put into designing a pen won’t be wasted when the ink runs out. Make sure the ink refill pulls out from the tip. The cheapest pens are usually perfect for this.

Begin by using scissors to clip the stick off the lid.

Then mix up the Easy Sculpt clay by getting equal parts of each container and mixing them together.

The chemical reaction will begin and warm the clay up. Use cornstarch to keep it from being so sticky. Mix until the clay is thoroughly incorporated.

Next take pieces of the clay and roll them around the pens and the lids. Leave a gap on the end of the pen so the lid fits back on when it’s dry. Then set the pens in some cornstarch and let them cure overnight, rolling them smooth every 30 minutes for the first couple hours.

After they have dried, use a hobby knife to scrape out any clay that is inside the lid, so it will close properly.

Now it’s time to get painting!

Use acrylic craft paint and paintbrushes to decorate the pens. This is the perfect time to have the kids help!

The paint dries especially fast!

That’s it!

Now the pens are ready to use and play with! They make writing time and note taking much more fun!

Which is your favorite? What kind of custom pen will you make?

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Custom Pens made with Easy Sculpt Modeling Epoxy Clay

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 07:00

Custom Pens made with Easy Sculpt Modeling Epoxy Clay

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a fun Back-to-School craft making custom pens. These custom pens are made with Easy Sculpt clay and are refillable! Design pens to look like lightsabers, magic wands or other iconic items. What will your custom pen look like?

School supplies are my favorite part of this time of year…and customizing supplies is so much fun!

Supplies Needed:

Pick pens that are easy to refill, that way all the work you put into designing a pen won’t be wasted when the ink runs out. Make sure the ink refill pulls out from the tip. The cheapest pens are usually perfect for this.

Begin by using scissors to clip the stick off the lid.

Then mix up the Easy Sculpt clay by getting equal parts of each container and mixing them together.

The chemical reaction will begin and warm the clay up. Use cornstarch to keep it from being so sticky. Mix until the clay is thoroughly incorporated.

Next take pieces of the clay and roll them around the pens and the lids. Leave a gap on the end of the pen so the lid fits back on when it’s dry. Then set the pens in some cornstarch and let them cure overnight, rolling them smooth every 30 minutes for the first couple hours.

After they have dried, use a hobby knife to scrape out any clay that is inside the lid, so it will close properly.

Now it’s time to get painting!

Use acrylic craft paint and paintbrushes to decorate the pens. This is the perfect time to have the kids help!

The paint dries especially fast!

That’s it!

Now the pens are ready to use and play with! They make writing time and note taking much more fun!

Which is your favorite? What kind of custom pen will you make?

Like, Pin and Share!

 

 

Monogram Resin Glitter Planner Charms

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 09:13

Back to school is just around the corner! Add a special touch to pencil cases, backpacks or day planners with these colorful DIY resin monogram charms.

It’s less than three weeks till my four kiddos head back to school. It’s been an absolutely glorious summer and none of them are all too excited about it ending. So I decided to make something a little special to help us get into the school spirit.

I was originally planning to use small pressed flowers in this project. But when the kids brought home a bunch of colorful small beads, glitter and metallic flakes from the thrift store, I had to use them! (They’re actually little embellishments from a nail art kit).

The resin monogram charms turned out so sweet, I plan to make another set for me!

A small amount of resin will go a long way for this project. So mix up a larger batch at the same time make some of these additional back-to-school resin projects.

Monogram Fridge Magnets

Resin Bookmarks

Glittering Pencil Jewelry

Gummy Bear Thumbtacks

Pistachio Flower Paperweight

Colorful Backpack Zipper Pull

We have a number of additional back to school craft ideas on our blog including:

Supplies Needed for this DIY Back to School Project:
  • EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
  • Silicone alphabet mold (I used a Happy Birthday one from our local craft store as it included the letters I needed)
  • Measuring cups, wooden craft sticks, gloves, straw, paper towels
  • Small nail art embellishments
  • Jewelry eyelet, small chain, jump rings, lobster clip

How to make Resin Monogram Charms

Always read the instructions for your resin project. Protect your work surface and work in a well ventilated area.

Start by mixing equal parts of EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy and hardener in a small mixing cup.

Mix for a full two minutes with a wooden craft stick. Then pour the mixture into a 2nd cup and continue stirring for an additional minute.

Evenly divide the resin into two additional cups.

Add different small embellishments such as glitter and beads into each of the three cups. Stir.

Use pipettes to fill the resin molds with the different colors of resin.

After about 15 minutes use a small kitchen torch or straw to blow off any air bubbles that arise to the surface.

Cover and let cure overnight.

Remove the alphabet charms from the molds.

Attach small silver or gold eyelets to the top of each letter.

Add each letter to different lengths of a small chain.

Attach all the links of chain to a small lobster clip. 

I’m so happy with how these little resin charms turned out. They almost look like candies but definitely don’t try to eat them. These would also make really fun gifts or personalized party favors.

Is it back-to-school season in your home?

Like it? Pin it for later!

Monogram Resin Glitter Planner Charms

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 09:13

Back to school is just around the corner! Add a special touch to pencil cases, backpacks or day planners with these colorful DIY resin monogram charms.

It’s less than three weeks till my four kiddos head back to school. It’s been an absolutely glorious summer and none of them are all too excited about it ending. So I decided to make something a little special to help us get into the school spirit.

I was originally planning to use small pressed flowers in this project. But when the kids brought home a bunch of colorful small beads, glitter and metallic flakes from the thrift store, I had to use them! (They’re actually little embellishments from a nail art kit).

The resin monogram charms turned out so sweet, I plan to make another set for me!

A small amount of resin will go a long way for this project. So mix up a larger batch at the same time make some of these additional back-to-school resin projects.

Monogram Fridge Magnets

Resin Bookmarks

Glittering Pencil Jewelry

Gummy Bear Thumbtacks

Pistachio Flower Paperweight

Colorful Backpack Zipper Pull

We have a number of additional back to school craft ideas on our blog including:

Supplies Needed for this DIY Back to School Project:
  • EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
  • Silicone alphabet mold (I used a Happy Birthday one from our local craft store as it included the letters I needed)
  • Measuring cups, wooden craft sticks, gloves, straw, paper towels
  • Small nail art embellishments
  • Jewelry eyelet, small chain, jump rings, lobster clip

How to make Resin Monogram Charms

Always read the instructions for your resin project. Protect your work surface and work in a well ventilated area.

Start by mixing equal parts of EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy and hardener in a small mixing cup.

Mix for a full two minutes with a wooden craft stick. Then pour the mixture into a 2nd cup and continue stirring for an additional minute.

Evenly divide the resin into two additional cups.

Add different small embellishments such as glitter and beads into each of the three cups. Stir.

Use pipettes to fill the resin molds with the different colors of resin.

After about 15 minutes use a small kitchen torch or straw to blow off any air bubbles that arise to the surface.

Cover and let cure overnight.

Remove the alphabet charms from the molds.

Attach small silver or gold eyelets to the top of each letter.

Add each letter to different lengths of a small chain.

Attach all the links of chain to a small lobster clip. 

I’m so happy with how these little resin charms turned out. They almost look like candies but definitely don’t try to eat them. These would also make really fun gifts or personalized party favors.

Is it back-to-school season in your home?

Like it? Pin it for later!

Fun Back To School Crafts

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 07:00

Just like that, in the blink of an eye, summer has come to end. It’s certain that so much fun was had throughout the summer months, but just because fall is knocking on our door does not mean the fun has to end there. There are so many fun activities and crafts you can do with or for your kids before they head back to school. Getting them excited for another academic year while also crafting is what it’s all about! Today we’ve rounded up our favorite Fun Back To School Crafts for you and your family to enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

Fun Back To School Crafts

DIY Mini Chalkboard | Buggy and Buddy

DIY Bookworm Pencil Holder | Easy Peasy and Fun

Printable Coloring Page Bookmarks | Dawn Nicole

Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti Backpack | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Monster Felt Pencil Toppers | Red Ted Art

DIY American Girl Doll Backpacks | Real Coake

First Day of School Picture Frame | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Duct Tape Water Bottle Holder | There’s Just One Mommy

DIY Clothespin Art Center | Crafts By Amanda

Instant Photo Frame Backpack | Housewife Eclectic

DIY Oilcloth Pencil Pouch | Polka Dot Chair

DIY Pool Noodle Pencil | LalyMom

 

Fun Back To School Crafts

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 07:00

Just like that, in the blink of an eye, summer has come to end. It’s certain that so much fun was had throughout the summer months, but just because fall is knocking on our door does not mean the fun has to end there. There are so many fun activities and crafts you can do with or for your kids before they head back to school. Getting them excited for another academic year while also crafting is what it’s all about! Today we’ve rounded up our favorite Fun Back To School Crafts for you and your family to enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

Fun Back To School Crafts

DIY Mini Chalkboard | Buggy and Buddy

DIY Bookworm Pencil Holder | Easy Peasy and Fun

Printable Coloring Page Bookmarks | Dawn Nicole

Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti Backpack | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Monster Felt Pencil Toppers | Red Ted Art

DIY American Girl Doll Backpacks | Real Coake

First Day of School Picture Frame | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Duct Tape Water Bottle Holder | There’s Just One Mommy

DIY Clothespin Art Center | Crafts By Amanda

Instant Photo Frame Backpack | Housewife Eclectic

DIY Oilcloth Pencil Pouch | Polka Dot Chair

DIY Pool Noodle Pencil | LalyMom

 

Resin Gummy Bear Thumbtacks

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 11:06

Are you starting to think about heading back to school? Whether you will be decorating your own dorm room, or you are sending your kids off to grade school, these resin gummy bear thumbtacks are sure to brighten your day.

What you will need:

Start by filling the mold with water and emptying the water into a measuring cup.  This will let you know how much liquid the mold holds.  Mix up this same measurement of resin according to the directions inside the package of EasyCast. When I am creating multiple colors of resin, I like to do the two-part mixing process in the large mixing cups.  Then I divide the resin among multiple smaller cups.

Add a drop or two of transparent resin dye into each small cup and mix thoroughly. I created a rainbow of colors and then realized there are definitely NOT blue gummy bears. Give the silicone mold a spray with the mold release, and let the mold release dry. Then carefully pour the dyed resin into the cavities of the mold.

Next, create a rig for your thumbtacks.  I measured the center-to-center distance between the mold cavities and marked it on a wood stir stick.  I then pressed the thumbtacks partially into the stir stick at those marks.

Lay the stir stick across the mold so that the backs of the thumbtacks rest in the resin.  This will keep the tacks from sinking into the resin as it cures.  Cover the mold and let it cure overnight.

Give the silicone mold a tug in a few directions to loosen the thumbtacks from the mold.

Look at how sweet these little gummy bear thumbtacks are!

They totally look like real gummy bears, but they are completely functional thumbtacks for your bulletin board.

These gummy bear tacks will brighten up any dorm, but they would also make adorable back-to-school gifts for your child’s teacher.

Resin Gummy Bear Thumbtacks

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 11:06

Are you starting to think about heading back to school? Whether you will be decorating your own dorm room, or you are sending your kids off to grade school, these resin gummy bear thumbtacks are sure to brighten your day.

What you will need:

Start by filling the mold with water and emptying the water into a measuring cup.  This will let you know how much liquid the mold holds.  Mix up this same measurement of resin according to the directions inside the package of EasyCast. When I am creating multiple colors of resin, I like to do the two-part mixing process in the large mixing cups.  Then I divide the resin among multiple smaller cups.

Add a drop or two of transparent resin dye into each small cup and mix thoroughly. I created a rainbow of colors and then realized there are definitely NOT blue gummy bears. Give the silicone mold a spray with the mold release, and let the mold release dry. Then carefully pour the dyed resin into the cavities of the mold.

Next, create a rig for your thumbtacks.  I measured the center-to-center distance between the mold cavities and marked it on a wood stir stick.  I then pressed the thumbtacks partially into the stir stick at those marks.

Lay the stir stick across the mold so that the backs of the thumbtacks rest in the resin.  This will keep the tacks from sinking into the resin as it cures.  Cover the mold and let it cure overnight.

Give the silicone mold a tug in a few directions to loosen the thumbtacks from the mold.

Look at how sweet these little gummy bear thumbtacks are!

They totally look like real gummy bears, but they are completely functional thumbtacks for your bulletin board.

These gummy bear tacks will brighten up any dorm, but they would also make adorable back-to-school gifts for your child’s teacher.

DIY Resin Pencil Charms

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 08:03

These DIY Resin Pencil Charms are the perfect back to school accessory!

Hello, Resin Crafters! Lindsay here with a back to school resin project to share with all of you. These DIY Resin Pencil Charms are so much fun to make and you can do so many things with them! With just a little resin and glitter, you can create custom backpack charms or one-of-a-kind jewelry to give to your teachers!

Supplies needed for DIY Resin Pencil Charms:

Step 1:

Cut a 4-5 inch piece of packaging tape. If you cut it too long (like I did), just fold the end over to make it easier to grab onto without getting stuck to it! Stick the pencil charms to the tape and use a brayer tool to press them down well.

Step 2:

Prepare the EnviroTex Jewelry Resin according to package directions. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and wear disposable gloves. Pour in equal parts of resin and hardener to the mixing cup.

Stir the resin mixture together with a stir stick for two minutes, and then pour the resin into a clean mixing cup. Stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick. Split the resin into three separate mixing cups.

Step 3:

Decide what color of pencil you want to have. Traditional yellow? Green? I chose blue to make things interesting. Pour in some blue glitter and one drop of blue Castin’ Craft Transparent Resin Dye into one of the mixing cups. This will make the color of the glitter look more vibrant rather than when you add glitter on its own. Stir the resin mixture until the dye and glitter are combined.

Mix one of the other resin cups with black glitter and dye, and the other with white glitter (no dye needed).

Step 4:

Use a toothpick or a skewer to carefully fill the pencil charms in with blue glittered resin. Be careful not to overfill! If for some reason the resin starts to leak underneath the charm, just leave it there to cure. It will all be okay!

Step 5:

Add a small drop of the black glittered resin into the tips of the pencil charms using a clean toothpick or skewer.

Step 6:

Last, but not least, fill in the last empty space of the pencil charms with the white glittered resin. Be careful to not overfill!

Step 7:

Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 12-24 hours. You will know that the resin is completely set when it is no longer tacky.

Step 8:

Carefully and slowly peel the packaging tape away from the pencil charms. As long as the resin is cured, it should come off without a problem. If there is any sticky residue left on the charm from the tape, you can gently wipe it away with some rubbing alcohol.

Step 9:

If the resin leaked at all underneath the charm, don’t panic! Use a craft knife and gently cut or scrape away the excess resin off along the metal part of the charm. Just be careful not to accidentally scratch the resin that’s inside the charm!

Step 10:

If you want to make the charms into a necklace, backpack zipper pull, or keychain, just add a jump ring to the charm hook. Thread a chain through for a necklace, or add a keyring like we did with these Alcohol Ink Keychains!

Step 11:

For earrings, use some jewelry pliers to attach earring hooks to the pencil charms.

I had so much fun making up these DIY Resin Pencil Charms to transform into one-of-a-kind jewelry! Resin Pencil Jewelry would be such a unique gift for kids to give to teachers at the beginning of the school year or during Teacher Appreciation Week!

Who would you share this Resin Pencil Jewelry with?

DIY Resin Pencil Charms

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 08:03

These DIY Resin Pencil Charms are the perfect back to school accessory!

Hello, Resin Crafters! Lindsay here with a back to school resin project to share with all of you. These DIY Resin Pencil Charms are so much fun to make and you can do so many things with them! With just a little resin and glitter, you can create custom backpack charms or one-of-a-kind jewelry to give to your teachers!

Supplies needed for DIY Resin Pencil Charms:

Step 1:

Cut a 4-5 inch piece of packaging tape. If you cut it too long (like I did), just fold the end over to make it easier to grab onto without getting stuck to it! Stick the pencil charms to the tape and use a brayer tool to press them down well.

Step 2:

Prepare the EnviroTex Jewelry Resin according to package directions. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and wear disposable gloves. Pour in equal parts of resin and hardener to the mixing cup.

Stir the resin mixture together with a stir stick for two minutes, and then pour the resin into a clean mixing cup. Stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick. Split the resin into three separate mixing cups.

Step 3:

Decide what color of pencil you want to have. Traditional yellow? Green? I chose blue to make things interesting. Pour in some blue glitter and one drop of blue Castin’ Craft Transparent Resin Dye into one of the mixing cups. This will make the color of the glitter look more vibrant rather than when you add glitter on its own. Stir the resin mixture until the dye and glitter are combined.

Mix one of the other resin cups with black glitter and dye, and the other with white glitter (no dye needed).

Step 4:

Use a toothpick or a skewer to carefully fill the pencil charms in with blue glittered resin. Be careful not to overfill! If for some reason the resin starts to leak underneath the charm, just leave it there to cure. It will all be okay!

Step 5:

Add a small drop of the black glittered resin into the tips of the pencil charms using a clean toothpick or skewer.

Step 6:

Last, but not least, fill in the last empty space of the pencil charms with the white glittered resin. Be careful to not overfill!

Step 7:

Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 12-24 hours. You will know that the resin is completely set when it is no longer tacky.

Step 8:

Carefully and slowly peel the packaging tape away from the pencil charms. As long as the resin is cured, it should come off without a problem. If there is any sticky residue left on the charm from the tape, you can gently wipe it away with some rubbing alcohol.

Step 9:

If the resin leaked at all underneath the charm, don’t panic! Use a craft knife and gently cut or scrape away the excess resin off along the metal part of the charm. Just be careful not to accidentally scratch the resin that’s inside the charm!

Step 10:

If you want to make the charms into a necklace, backpack zipper pull, or keychain, just add a jump ring to the charm hook. Thread a chain through for a necklace, or add a keyring like we did with these Alcohol Ink Keychains!

Step 11:

For earrings, use some jewelry pliers to attach earring hooks to the pencil charms.

I had so much fun making up these DIY Resin Pencil Charms to transform into one-of-a-kind jewelry! Resin Pencil Jewelry would be such a unique gift for kids to give to teachers at the beginning of the school year or during Teacher Appreciation Week!

Who would you share this Resin Pencil Jewelry with?

Beautiful DIY Resin Statement Jewelry

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 07:00

One of our favorite things to do here at Resin Crafts Blog is use resin to create beautiful jewelry. Whether you’re making it for yourself or someone else as a gift, there are so many creative ways you can put resin to work. Make a bold statement with some of the beautiful DIY Resin Jewelry we’re sharing with you today. Be sure to let us know which ones you decide to make!

Beautiful DIY Resin Statement Jewelry

DIY Resin Flower Jewelry 

DIY Fishbowl Necklace 

DIY Seashore Resin Jewelry

DIY Popsicle Earrings from Resin 

DIY Coconut Shell High Gloss Necklace

DIY Crushed Glass Resin Jewelry Set

DIY Resin and Alcohol Ink Pendants 

DIY Butterfly Wing Earrings 

DIY Dirty Pour Paint Skins

DIY Monogram Initial Resin Pendant 

Beautiful DIY Resin Statement Jewelry

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 07:00

One of our favorite things to do here at Resin Crafts Blog is use resin to create beautiful jewelry. Whether you’re making it for yourself or someone else as a gift, there are so many creative ways you can put resin to work. Make a bold statement with some of the beautiful DIY Resin Jewelry we’re sharing with you today. Be sure to let us know which ones you decide to make!

Beautiful DIY Resin Statement Jewelry

DIY Resin Flower Jewelry 

DIY Fishbowl Necklace 

DIY Seashore Resin Jewelry

DIY Popsicle Earrings from Resin 

DIY Coconut Shell High Gloss Necklace

DIY Crushed Glass Resin Jewelry Set

DIY Resin and Alcohol Ink Pendants 

DIY Butterfly Wing Earrings 

DIY Dirty Pour Paint Skins

DIY Monogram Initial Resin Pendant 

Make a Resin Colored Pencil Vase DIY

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 07:00


Make a Resin Colored Pencil Vase DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing my favorite resin project ever! Casting colored pencils in resin and turning it into a vase is especially unique. This amazing vase was created with 216 colored pencils and resin. Perfect for a back-to-school gift or just to organize those school supplies on the desk. The beauty of this vase is that it is super smooth–a glass like finish! Even the places where the pencil lead broke out of the wood, the resin filled in and made a super smooth coating.

Back-to-School time is a great time to make this because school supplies are at an all time low price. Buy up a bunch of colored pencils and transform them into a work of art. This vase is 5 inches tall and 4 inches across with a 3.25 inch opening. Perfect for pens, pencils and colored pencils!

Supplies Needed: For the Casting:

EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy

Mold Release Spray

Colored Pencils (lots of them)

Plastic Container for Casting (small vinegar bottle)

Piece of scrap wood

Rock or weight

Empty Box

Mixing Cups, Stirring Sticks, Disposable Gloves and Work surface

Hobby Knife

Packing Tape

Table Saw

Lathe/Lathe Tools

Start by using whatever comes in the plastic container. I picked some vinegar at the dollar store because the container was the perfect size. Use a hobby knife to cut the top of the container off. Spray the inside of the container with mold release.

Next, fill the container with as many colored pencils as possible. This container held 216 colored pencils. Then use the packing tape to cover the top of the pencils and the edge of the container, extending the top of the mold. Place the container full of pencils in an empty box.

Read the directions for the casting resin carefully. Mix according to the package directions.

After mixing properly, remove one colored pencil from the container and pour the resin in the container. It’s amazing how much resin is needed to fill the container. I used about 20 ounces of mixed resin. Pour slowly to allow the resin to fill in all the gaps.

Once the container is full of resin. Place the scrap board on top of the colored pencils and weigh it down with a rock or something. The colored pencils have a tendency to float up. Then leave the container to cure for a couple of days.

Begin Lathing Process:

After about 48-72 hours, remove the plastic container and the clear packing tape from the casting.

It’s already so much fun to see all those colored pencils welded together. Use a tablesaw to cut off the wood piece completely.

Now the fun part. Connect the colored pencil blank to the lathe. This is just the cheapest lathe that money can buy from the local cheap tool store. Using a lathe is fun, it’s a really awesome tool.

Center the blank as good as you can and then carve down the pencils to make a vase in the shape you desire.

The colored pencil shavings will get everywhere like colorful confetti! Shape the container and then work on hollowing out the center.

Dig in at least one full colored pencil layer to showcase the depth of the colored pencils. Add any decorative cuts or designs desired.

Once the vase is the desired shape, use a straight saw to cut the bottom of the vase flat.

Even the remains on the lathe look amazing!

Once removed from the lathe, the vase looks awesome…but has grooves and dents where pieces of colored pencil lead was broken out.

It looks amazing, but it’s not professional enough yet.

 

 

Supplies Needed: Finishing Resin Work:

Envirotex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish

Tumbler Turner (amazon link)

Mixing cups, Stirring Sticks, Disposable Gloves and Work Surface

Begin by placing the vase on the cup turner. Read the directions for the High Gloss resin and mix up about 1 ounce of resin.

Turn on the cup turner to get the vase rotating. Pour a small amount of resin on the vase and use a gloved hand to rub the resin around on the vase.

Continue to add small amounts of resin and continue to smooth it all around the vase.

After the vase is covered in resin, keep the turner moving for about 24 hours. Then repeat the resin coating process just like earlier. Once the resin is cured, make one more ounce of high gloss resin and pour it inside the vase. Roll it around in your hands every 20 minutes for a few hours, until it is thick enough that it doesn’t move. Then let it cure overnight.

That’s it!

Now that’s an amazing vase that makes the most unique conversation piece!

Simply fill with colored pencils, pens or other school supplies for a great desk ornament.

Every part of this vase is incredible to look at, like the base is magical!

The high gloss resin makes everything shine and the casting look so much better. High Gloss resin is the finish that everything needs.

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End Of Summer Boredom Busters

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 07:00

Keeping kids and the family occupied and happy all summer long can be a real task. It’s no easy feat to come up with fun activities that are both affordable and reasonable to do at home, especially in those last few weeks of summer before they return to school again. Have no fear! We here at Resin Crafts Blog are huge fans of coming up with a variety of different creative ways to keep the whole family entertained. Today we’ve rounded up some great end of summer boredom busters for you to try out!

Which ones will you do?

End Of Summer Boredom Busters

DIY Giant Jenga | A Beautiful Mess

DIY Go Outside Cards | Creative Family Fun

DIY Cornhole Game | Brit & Co

DIY Rainbow Paver Hopscotch | Happiness is Homemade

DIY Outdoor Activity Table | Rogue Engineer

DIY Poured Resin Art | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Water Balloon Phonics | Mess For Less

DIY Pool Noodle Sailboats | Paging Supermom

DIY Melted Beads and Accessories | The 36th Avenue

DIY Fall Leaf Resin Purse Charms

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 07:00

Add some autumn accessories to your wardrobe with these pretty DIY fall leaf resin purse charms. Perfect for your purse, backpack or planner.

DIY Fall Leaf Resin Purse Charms

Hi again! This is Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit, a DIY, craft and home decor blog I write with my sister Sonja. We love to create with nature and fall colours provide tons of crafting inspiration. For example, last year we made this gorgeous DIY maple leaf resin paperweight and used lots of rustic fall touches in our woodland themed Thanksgiving tablescape.

We found this great leaf mold at our local craft store and thought we’d experiment with making some fall-coloured leaf resin charms. I have to say they turned out better than I’d imagined (it’s usually the opposite!). Although I ended up putting them together into these lovely golden purse charms, they would be beautiful on their own as necklace pendants, key chains or strung together for a wall hanging such as our resin fairy garden light catchers or DIY faux seaglass wall hanging.

Materials Needed to Make DIY Fall Leaf Resin Charms
  • Leaves silicone mold
  • EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
  • Acrylic craft paint in red, yellow and green
  • Cups, stir sticks, straw or kitchen torch, disposable work surface, gloves
  • Small gold eyelet screws
  • Drill with small drill bit
  • Gold key ring lobster clips
  • Gold chain
  • Needle nose pliers

How to Make DIY Fall Leaf Resin Charms The First Resin Pour

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

  1. To begin making the resin purse charms, mix equal parts of resin and hardener in a clean measuring cup. I initially used 1oz of each which ended up being way too much for this step. ½ oz of each would have been perfect.

2. Stir for 2 minutes then transfer into a second clean measuring cup. Stir with a clean stir stick for another minute.

3. Divide the resin evenly into thirds in separate cups. Add 1-2 drops of yellow acrylic paint to one, 1-2 drops of red to a second and one drop each of red and yellow to the third cup. Mix the resin and paint together thoroughly.

4. Starting with the yellow-tinted resin, carefully pour a small amount into one section of each leaf mold. Repeat with red and then orange tinted resin.

5. Drop in alternating colours to add additional depth to the resin leaves. Do not overfill the molds – you’ll want the green from the second pour to show through, particularly along the center vein of each leaf.

6. After 10-15 minutes blow off any air bubbles rising to the surface of the resin using a straw. Repeat as necessary over the next 1-2 hours.

7. Place the mold on a level surface and cover to keep dust from settling in. Leave to cure at least 12 hours before proceeding to the second resin pour.

The Second Resin Pour

8. Repeat steps 1-2 above to mix a second batch of resin (1 oz each of the resin and hardener were needed for this step).

9. Once mixed, squirt 3-4 drops of the green acrylic paint into the resin and blend together thoroughly.

10. Pour the green-tinted resin into each leaf mold, covering the previously poured layers.

11. After 10-15 minutes blow off any air bubbles rising to the surface of the resin using a straw. Repeat as necessary over the next 1-2 hours.

12. Place the mold on a level surface and cover to keep dust from settling in. Leave to cure overnight (24 hours for a soft cure, 72 hours for full cure).

Assembling the Purse Charms

13. Once completely cured, pop the resin leaves out of the silicone molds.

14. Drill a small pilot hole and then screw in a gold eyelet. Repeat with the other leaves.

15. Select three different leaves and link them together at varying heights along a gold chain (about 2.5 inches long).

16. Link the chain onto the lobster clip keychain.

I have to say that this project is one of those rare ones that turned out waaaaay better than I had even envisioned! The kids have each claimed a new purse charm (for their backpacks) and Sonja’s put in a request for hers. It’s alright because I look forward to making another set. I think they’ll be perfect gifts with the holidays coming up.

Happy fall friends!

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Coastal-Inspired Wooden Cutting Boards with Resin

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 07:21

Bring some beachy vibes into your kitchen with these DIY coastal-inspired wooden cutting boards with resin.

I’ve been eagerly wanting to create a project that combines resin with natural elements. So when I purchased these wooden cutting boards for my coastal cottage kitchen remodel, I was instantly inspired to add a little something special to them. Simply painting the surface of the cutting board with beachy hues wouldn’t give the same effect as adding a layer of high gloss resin. The resin not only resembles water for this coastal-inspired cutting board, it protects the paint and adds a level of interest with some smooth texture.

Hi friends! Sonja here from Sustain My Craft Habit where we love, love, love to incorporate the beach in many of our DIY projects and home decor. Is there such a thing as too much coastal-inspired decor?  Why would anyone not want to be reminded of cool crashing waves and relaxing beaches?  This DIY beach-inspired poured resin wall art idea is right up our alley as well as these DIY vacation photo coasters with resin that combines function with fun.

By adding the detail only to the one side of the cutting board, allows the board to still function in the kitchen. Although the cutting board will also serve as a piece of art against your kitchen’s backsplash.  Seeing how great they turned out, we think they’d make a thoughtful gift giving idea. Consider making one as a gift to the next wedding, bridal shower or even birthday party you attend.

Materials Needed: Instructions for Making Coastal-Inspired Cutting Boards with Resin: Preparing the Cutting Boards

Apply strips of painter’s tape to the back side of the cutting board directly behind the area you will be painting and resin pouring. This will prevent resin from dripping over the edge and on to the usable portion of the cutting board. With a utility knife, carefully cut the painter’s tape evenly around the edge of the cutting board leaving a nice smooth edge.

Painting the Coastal Scene

Prop the cutting board slightly off of the surface of the table (we simply wedged a stir stick underneath to raise it slightly).

Using a combination of acrylic paint colors, brush on the paint in diagonal stripes working quickly. It’s important to do this before the paint dries so that each color blends together with the next. First, brush on the deep blue color on the cutting board handle. Next, apply the ocean blue paint color in a diagonal direction as shown. And follow that layer with the bahama blue paint color.  Lastly, brush on a diagonal stripe with the desert sand color.  Leave the cutting board to dry before moving on to the next step.

Pouring the Resin “Sand”

Mix equal parts of resin and hardener in a clean measuring cup. I used about 8 oz in total for this project.
Stir for 2 minutes then transfer into a second clean measuring cup. Stir with a clean stir stick for another minute.

Pour about 1 oz of the mixed resin into a smaller measuring cup. Add a few drops of the sand paint color to the resin and stir together.  Using the end of a wide mixing stick pour the mixture along 1/2  to 3/4 of the width of the sand painted cutting board.

After 10-15 minutes blow off any air bubbles rising to the surface of the resin using a small kitchen torch or hair dryer. Repeat as necessary over the next 1-2 hours. Aim the direction of the torch or dryer towards the cutting board handle.

Pouring the Clear Resin “Water”

Pour about 1 oz of the mixed resin into another smaller measuring cup and put it aside for use after this step (see pouring the resin “crashing waves” below).

Pouring the Resin “Crashing Waves”

With the smaller cup of the prepared resin, add a few drops of the opaque white color pigment to the resin and stir together.  With the end of the stir stick, apply the white resin mixture in uneven diagonal stripes over the cutting board where the colors transition.

Immediately after pouring the white resin mixture, use the hair dryer or kitchen torch to blow the resin causing the white “crashing waves” to disperse and blend. The heat and blowing air will create a pretty realistic wave-like effect.  As mentioned before, ensure the direction of the torch or dryer is facing towards the cutting board handle.

After 10-15 minutes blow off any air bubbles rising to the surface of the resin using a small torch or hair dryer. Repeat as necessary over the next 1-2 hours.

Place the cutting boards on a level surface and cover to keep dust from settling in. Leave to cure overnight (24 hours for a soft cure, 72 hours for full cure).

And there you have it, your wooden cutting boards are ready to go!  Don’t they take you right back to the beach?

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Darling DIY’s for the Nursery

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 07:00

Do you know somebody who is expecting or are you expecting yourself? Getting ready for a baby in the home can not only be an overwhelming task, but also an expensive one. The good news is there are so many ways to craft your way affordably to beautiful pieces for yours or someone else’s home. Prepare your nursery in style or give the gift of preparation to someone who is expecting by checking out these Darling DIY’s for a Nursery. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

Darling DIY’s for the Nursery

DIY Buffalo Check Nursery Sign | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Elegant Toy Box | Shanty 2 Chic

DIY Growth Chart | Whipper Berry

DIY Nursery Door Latch Cover | Practically Functional

DIY Shelf Swing | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Nursery Wall Art | Domestic Superhero

DIY Pinwheel Art | View Along The Way

DIY Nursery String Art | Erin Spain

DIY Nursery Shiplap | The Frugal Homemaker

DIY Nursery Banner | Pretty Providence

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