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Resin Dipped Earrings

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 07:00

Resin dipped earrings are a great project for someone just “dipping” into resin projects! This project can easily be customized in the color or your choice thanks to Castin’Craft Opaque Pigments. I tried this project by both pouring the resin and by dipping and found that dipping worked really well.

Supplies Needed for Resin Dipped Earrings:

First step is to mix up the Envirotex Lite Pour On. 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.

Next, stir in a few drops of Castin’Craft Opaque Pigment so you’ll have resin dipped earrings in the color of your choice.

Now is the fun part! Wearing gloves, slowly dip the wood piece into your cup of resin. Pull out slowly and let it drip for a second or two before you move to the drying area.

I used an old cardboard box with a string strung across the top: just cut notches on either side of the box and tie knots on either side of the string to hold it in place. Then using clothespins, you’ll hang your resin dipped earrings to dry.

You’ll notice those tiny bubbles appear on your earrings: simply breathe on them with a straw and the CO2 from your breath will get rid of them!

After you’re earrings are completely dry (check package instructions for dry times) you’ll drill a small hole in the top of each of your earrings. Attach earring hooks and they’ll be ready to wear!


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10 DIY Spring Decor Ideas

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 07:00

It’s finally time to take that winter decor and pack it up in boxes in storage where it belongs! Do you ever sit after the new year, anxiously anticipating the time when you can bust out the brighter colors and relish in spring fever? Sometimes there’s a downside to swapping out decor. It can be pretty pricey to build up your decor collection for each season. We here at Resin Crafts are all about getting you a bargain for your buck and creating gorgeous things without breaking the bank. Check out these gorgeous DIY Spring Decor Ideas that we’ve rounded up for you today!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Vintage Flower Bucket | Darice Blog

Simple Stenciled Wall Canvas Art | DecoArt Blog

Wagon Wheel Farmhouse Style Wreath | Lydi Out Loud

Indoor Flower Boxes | Blue i Style Blog

DIY Doormat | Jen Woodhouse

Easy Spring Banner | Blooming Homestead

DIY Antler Decor | Crafts By Courtney

Spring Succulent Arrangement | DIY Show Off

DIY Farmhouse Mason Jar Planter | Kennary

DIY Spring Wreath | Blooming Homestead

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Sequin Knobs for Re-purposed Jar Lids

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 07:00

Hi,  Resin Crafters!  This is Kelli from the Craft shack and I’m so excited to be back again to share this fun project with you! Reusing old glass jars is something I try to do often. There are so many ways you can use them but they don’t have to be ugly or boring. I love to dress my old jars up a little by painting the lids and adding a knob to the top. You can add even more flair by filling the resin with fun sparkling sequins to create a shiny sequin resin knob. These fun Resin Sequin Knobs are simple to make and so easy to customize to fit your personal decor.

Supplies needed to make Resin Sequin Knobs:

 

To prepare for this project, first, spray Mold Release and Conditioner onto your Cabinet Knob Molds.  Follow the directions on the bottle for the best result.  Since this mold is ridged this step is super important for helping to release your finished knob once it is cured.

Next, before mixing the resin, you need to create a method to hold the screws upright and in place.  If they are not held in place they will sink to the bottom and tip over.  To solve this problem I found that by securing the screw between two sticks using tape I could lay the sticks over the mold suspending the screw into the resin. I used simple bamboo skewers.  Put these together before mixing your resin to make sure your screws are hanging the height you want them to inside the mold.

Now you’re ready to mix your EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy.  Be sure to work in a well-ventilated space, and use gloves and eye protection.  Combine equal parts Resin and Hardener in a disposable cup and mix following the directions on the packaging.  Each knob cavity holds 1/2 ounce of resin.   If you want to make all six knobs you will need 1.5 oz each part for a total of 3 oz.

Make sure to use the two container mixing procedure outlined in your product instructions to ensure thorough mixing.

Once the resin is mixed according to the instructions, leave it to sit in the mixing cup for about 5 minutes before adding the sequins.  Mix the sequins into the resin.

Next, pour the sequin resin into the cabinet knob molds.  Fill each mold to the top and then position your screws over the resin, held in place by the sticks. Pop any bubbles that rise to the surface by gently blowing on them, or use a small torch.  Allow the Resin to fully cure before attempting to remove the knobs from the mold.  I left mine for a full 24 hours.

Once your resin is cured, you can remove the sticks and unmold the sequin knobs.   You can do this by gently pulling on the screws, wiggling a little if needed, to free the knobs from the mold. Having conditioned the mold before starting, the knobs should release easily.

If they are not popping out with a little force, leave them to cure for a few more hours or overnight.

You can spray paint the lids of your jars for a quick update and to hide any product logos.

Add your Sequin Knobs to the jar lids by screwing a hole in the lid.  My screws were 1/4 inch diameter so I used a 1/4 inch drill bit.  The fit will be tight but instead of forcing the screw into the hole, turn it around to screw it in and it will fit perfectly.

Now you have fun repurposed jars to fill with any little trinkets you wish!

I’ve filled these jars with my grandmothers vintage button collection.  I love the extra shine the sequin knobs add!

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10 Creative Spring Party Ideas

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:00

It’s FINALLY almost Spring! Isn’t this season the best? The warmer weather is finally coming, the flowers are blooming and all around it’s like coming out of hibernation. This time of year is amazing for spending time with your friends and family and ringing in the new season. Today, we’re going to make it a little bit easier for you to host a killer Spring Party for your people with these creative party options! What type of spring party will you be hosting this Spring?

Neighbor Brunch Painting Party | Lydi Out Loud

Strawberry Patch Party | Make Life Lovely

Simple DIY Party Ideas | Sustain My Craft Habit

April in Paris Spring Centerpieces | Designthusiasm

Welcome Spring Brunch Bar Cart | Pizzazzerie

Easy Spring Garden Party Ideas | Here Comes The Sun

Kids Table Spring Tablescape | Suburble

DIY Spring Chalkboard Art | Craftionary

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Kids Party | Sandy Toes and Popsicles


Outdoor Cocktail Recipe
| Satori Design for Living

 

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Trinket Spoon Jewelry Resin Necklace DIY

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 07:00

Trinket Spoon Jewelry Resin Necklace DIY

Hi friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing another fun jewelry resin craft.  When it comes to jewelry, I’m pretty minimal, but I absolutely love making it.  These trinket filled spoons are so much fun.  Even kids love them, they ask “how is that water holding everything in that spoon while you are wearing it?”  Think of all the fun things you could embed in resin and wear proudly around your neck.

Supplies needed:

Spoons

EnviroTex Jewelry Resin

Trinkets

E6000 Glue

Chain/Necklace findings

Mixing cups, sticks and disposable gloves

Torch/Hammer/Axe

I bought these spoons at the thrift store for 10 cents a piece…absolutely a steal, but I needed a way to bend them.  My teenage son has a complete blacksmith forge in our workshop, but he tried to curl these so they used minimal supplies and set up.  Use a torch and heat the handle of the spoon until red hot.  Hold onto the spoon tightly with pliers.
Immediately after removing from the heat, place the spoon on the edge of an axe and hammer down on it once to cut the metal in half.Heat the remaining handle up again in the torch until red hot.  Then hammer the stem around a metal rod to make it round.  

Ultimately, that is how we shaped our spoon pendants.  There are other possible ways to do it, so don’t give up.  Use a grinder to cut the handle shorter, and then hammer the end until round.  OR, Grind the spoon handle off so it just has a 1/4 inch handle and drill a hole in it.

Next, gather all the trinkets to fill the spoons.  For instance: sprockets, cogs, filigrees, jewelry pieces, sea shells, sea stars, baby teeth, studs, wasp nest paper…basically anything small enough will work.Now, use the E6000 Glue to glue the trinkets in place inside the spoons.Let everything dry once it’s been glued in place.
Use some stirring sticks to prop the spoons up so they sit level on your work surface.

To begin the resin process, read the directions and prepare your workstation.  Wear gloves and work in a well ventilated area.  Mix the resin according to the package directions.  I only needed 6 ounces of mixed resin for these 3 spoons.
Use a stick to gently fill the spoon with resin.  The resin should fill the spoon and count on surface tension for the best look.Then be patient and let the resin dry completely–overnight should do it.Finally, hook the spoons on necklace chains or a velvet choker.Totally unique jewelry that will have everyone commenting!  It does looks like all these cute trinkets are just scooped up from a magical pool of water. Save and Pin for Later!

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Metallic Poured Resin Art on Canvas

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 07:00

I absolutely love making poured resin art, and this project was no exception! Today I’m going to show you how I experimented with acrylic paints and resin and how I created this beautiful shiny piece of metallic poured resin art on canvas.

Supplies:
  • Art Canvas
  • Envirotex Lite 
  • Metallic acrylic paints
  • Disposable Cups and Stir Sticks
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Cookie Sheet, plastic wrap and parchment paper (surface to catch excess resin, you could also use a cardboard box.)
  • Spare blocks of wood or something to elevate your canvas
  • paint brush

 

Prepare Surface:

The first step is to protect your table or floor by creating a surface to catch the excess resin after the pour. I used an old cookie sheet, covered it in plastic wrap, then added a layer of parchment paper. This worked very well and was easy to clean up when I was done. 

Next, you’ll want to elevate your canvas onto a couple of scraps of wood or something that is disposable. The excess resin may make contact with these and you will want to just throw them out. Another thought would be plastic cups or old containers that you can toss.

Mix and Color Resin:

Envirotex Lite comes with great instructions on mixing, so be sure to read those. Put on your gloves and eye protection and get ready to mix.

 

Add equal parts of A and B into a disposable measuring cup.

Next, stir this completely until it is clear and no longer cloudy. Pour various amounts of the mixed resin into three other cups for coloring.

Use stir sticks or paint brushes to add the metallic acrylic paint to your resin. Be sure to only use as much as you need for the color, the less paint the better for the resin to cure later on. Stir the paint and resin thoroughly. Use clean stir sticks to do a final stir.

Pour Resin:

Once you have each color mixed, you are going to what is often called a “dirty pour”. Pick one color to be your base, then pour different amounts of the other colors in a little at a time.

Once they are in, stir just one time to add variety to the layers.

Pour the resin onto the canvas.

Tip the canvas slightly to spread the resin across the entire thing. Then, pour any excess resin from each cup making a pattern over the base layer.

Here, I opted to use a stir stick and drag it through the resin creating a unique look, but that’s just up to the artist, you!

Use a micro-butane torch to pop any bubbles. You can also exhale over the entire thing and it will pop bubbles, the micro torch is just much faster.

Once you have fulfilled your artistic desires, let the resin set for 24 hours. It will continue to shift and change a little before it totally sets.

Finished:

And there you have it. A beautiful piece of art on canvas that can be hung anywhere you want in your home. I just love the sparkle and shine that the metallic paints added.

I hope you can see the metallic sparkle in this, it’s really very pretty and adds a lot of dimension.

Thanks so much for reading! And as always, if you have questions or ideas, please share in the comments. Pin this project on Pinterest too! 

Thanks again!

~~Sheri

 

 

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10 Fun St. Patrick’s Day DIY Ideas

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 07:00

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and we here at Resin Crafts Blog cannot contain our excitement.  Time to ring in the Spring holidays, woohoo! This holiday is obviously such a blast to celebrate in so many ways, but we think the best way is by getting your St. Patrick’s Day DIY on. From crafts to home decor, we’ve got a little something for everyone here. Which ones will you create?

Ombre Fringe St. Patrick’s Day DIY Wreath | Lydi Out Loud

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Pot Of Gold | The 36th Avenue

DIY Four-Leaf Clover Resin Keychains | Resin Crafts Blog

St. Patrick’s Day DIY Shadow Box | Oh My Creative

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Hat | Red Ted Art’s Blog

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Ribbons | Persia Lou

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Scrappy Pillowcases | Rae Gun Ramblings

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Shirts | Cutesy Crafts

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Wine Bottles | Green With Decor

Easy DIY St. Patrick’s Day Wreath | Anika’s DIY Life

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Mermaid Tail Glitter Resin Keychain Charms

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:00

Mermaid Tail Glitter Resin Keychain Charms Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing another fun resin craft.  Mermaids and glitter are truly so much fun–are you into the mermaid craze?  These uniquely simple mermaid tail charms are perfect for zipper pulls, keeping track of keys, party favors and more.  Supplies:

EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy

Silicone Mermaid Tail Molds

Green and Blue Transparent Dyes

Ultrafine Glitter

Keychain hardware

Drill and drill bits

Disposable work surface/gloves/cups/stirring sticks

 

Silicone molds are so flexible, so mold release spray is not necessary, but can be used if desired.

Read the directions for the EasyCast resin thoroughly and prepare your work station.  I worked right inside a shallow box.  Mix the EasyCast according to the package directions, be sure to wear gloves and work in a well ventilated area. Begin by mixing up 3 ounces of hardener with 3 ounces of resin, then added one drop of blue dye and 3 drops of green dye.  Then mix constantly for 2 full minutes.  Pour into a different mixing cup and mix again for 1 full minute.
Now pour the resin in the mermaid tail molds.The resin is just colored enough to be fun, but clear enough to see through.

For a ombre effect, just fill the mermaid tail till mostly full, but not the fin.  Mix up another 2 ounces of resin and leave it clear and then pour it in to fill the tail.Next, sprinkle some ultra fine glitter right on top of the resin.  Let them sit for about 20 minutes, then pop any bubbles that have surfaced with a light heat gun or torch.Now let the resin cure overnight, or about 24-48 hours, then pop the resin tails out of the molds.The resin looks shiny and amazing, the glitter settles amid the resin for the perfect effect!

Now get the drill and a bit to drill a hole in the top of the mermaid tails.  Start with a small bit and then step up to bigger bits until the hole is big enough to thread the keychain through.Thread a chain through the hole and hook a clip through it.These fabulous mermaid tail keychains are ultimately ready to clip on zippers, bags, keys and party favors.
Resin is such a fun, and altogether, versatile crafting medium.  If you haven’t given it a try, now is the perfect time.
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Marbled Monogram: Adding Marbling with Resin

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 07:00

Make a marbled monogram for any room in your home.  Adding marbling to any surface with resin is actually really simple.  Mix up the colors of your choice then just pour and swirl!  After you learn this technique, you will be marbling all the things!

Supplies needed to make a marbled monogram:

Start by sealing your canvas monogram on the front and sides with the Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer / Glue.  I have had issues with canvas material creating bubbles in my final finish so this step will prevent that.  Allow to dry completely before continuing.

Mix up a batch of EnviroTex Lite® Pour On High Gloss Finish according to the package directions.  Pour into small measuring cups.  Use the Castin’Craft Opaque Pigments to tint these any color that you would like.  I did white, yellow, and one with equal parts green and blue.

Lay the monogram in a box or protect your work surface with something else disposable.  I also used a few corks to raise my monogram up off of the cardboard slightly.  I then started my marbled monogram by drizzling on the white resin with a stir stick.

Then drizzle on the blue green resin.

Then drizzle on the yellow resin.

Now it is time for the fun part!  I used the flat end of a stir stick to begin to swirl and mix the resin right on the monogram.  Create patterns and have fun with it!

Continue until the entire monogram is covered with resin and marbled.  I chose not to have the resin pour over the edges of the monogram.  If you love that look, just use enough resin so that the excess will pour over all of your edges.

Then just pop any bubbles that come to the surface according to the package directions.  Allow to cure overnight and then you have a gorgeous marbled monogram that is ready for hanging in any room of your home.

I love the glossy shine to this one and all of the really cool patterns I was able to achieve.  I can’t wait to use this marbling technique for so many more things around my home!

Be sure to get started on your own marbled monogram today or just use this technique to marble just about anything!  Can you imagine everything you can do with this?

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10 DIY Farmhouse Decor Ideas

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 08:47

We can’t be the only ones who occasionally (okay, more than occasionally) hop on over to Pinterest to drool over some of the beautiful homes people share. Something great about the current movement in home decor is that there are a lot of affordable ways to get the look you’re trying to achieve. A style we’ve been totally crushing on? Farmhouse! It’s everywhere we turn, and we’re absolutely loving that you can DIY your way to any look you’d like. We’ve rounded up some gorgeous DIY Farmhouse Decor Ideas that you’ve just gotta try! Let’s get creating.

Free Farmhouse Printable | The 36th Avenue

DIY Painted Baskets | One More Time Events

DIY Farmhouse Produce Rack | Addicted 2 DIY

DIY Open Kitchen Shelving | Place Of My Taste

IKEA Norden Sideboard Makeover | Lolly Jane

DIY Painted Canvas Farmhouse Sign | Unoriginal Mom

DIY Terracotta Pots | The 36th Avenue

DIY Farmhouse Buffet | Rogue Engineer

DIY Farmhouse Table | Jen Woodhouse

DIY Farmhouse Wreath | DIY Beautify

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Tropical Leaf Resin Breakfast Tray

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 07:07

Tropical Leaf Resin Breakfast Tray

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft.  I’m sharing an amazing breakfast-in-bed tray with a fabulous tropical vibe.  The weather where I live has been cold, snowy, and gray…not to mention the Winter blues.  Obviously, a tropical escape would be the first on the remedy list, but a warm breakfast while cuddled up in bed is a close second.

A serving tray is an easy and natural choice when working with resin because it already has a raised edge, perfect for holding in resin.  There is very little prep work overall and makes this a quick and stunning DIY craft.Supplies:

Serving Tray

White paint

Paintbrush

3 shades of green paper cut into leaves

Rotary cutter and straight edge (or scissors)

Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer

EnviroTex Lite High Gloss Finish

Disposable table cloth/gloves/stirring sticks/mixing cups

Heat gun/torchIn order to have a higher contrast between the tray and the leaves, I opted to paint the inside of my serving tray a creamy white.
Cutting tropical ferns and paper leaves is essentially very simple using an electronic cutting machine.  Silk leaves or cutting shapes by hand could be used as substitution as well.  Use a straight edge and rotary cutter to cut the leaves straight.This will let them line up all the way to the edge of the serving tray easily.Decide on an overlapping arrangement of the tropical leaves.  Then lift them off the tray so you can easily put them back in place.  Coat the tray with a thin layer of Ultra Seal.  Then replace the tropical leaves on the tray.  Gently brush the ultra seal all over the tops of the leaves too.  Now, let the Ultra Seal dry completely.

Next is the High Gloss finish.  This turns a simple craft project into a surprisingly professional piece of art.  One 16 oz. package of Pour On Finish will cover a 1 foot square, it did this entire tray perfectly.Work on a disposable surface, wear gloves and read the instructions.  Mix the hardener and the resin according to the package directions in a 2 phase mixing process.  The temperature of the room will effect the resin thickness and drying time.  Work in a well ventilated area.  Once the resin is mixed properly, pour it right onto the tropical leaf tray.  Lift and tilt the tray gently to help the resin work its way to each edge and corner.  Place it on a flat surface and cover with a big piece of cardboard so no dust will land on it while drying.

After twenty minutes of drying, lift the cardboard and gently use a heat gun or torch to pop all the bubbles that have surfaced.  Then recover with cardboard and let it cure for 24-48 hours.  A good way to check if the resin is cured is to smell it, cured resin will no longer have any scent to it.  That’s it!  The breakfast tray is ready to serve up some tropical sunshine on a cold Winter morning.Make a matching pair for a darling, customized wedding gift.   Enjoy the tropical vibe all year long with this fun serving tray!
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DIY Lego Candy Mold using EasyMold Silicone Rubber

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 07:00

One thing that my kids really love are Legos, and it occurred to me that it might be fun to have a Lego candy mold around the house. I’m thinking of making a Lego cake for my son’s birthday and these will be perfect to cast chocolate or candy blocks for decorating the cake. Here’s a tutorial on how I made the Lego candy mold!

SUPPLIES:
  • Lego building blocks
  • Lego base plate
  • EasyMold Silicone Rubber
  • Large disposable containers (at least two)
  • Stir sticks
  • Vinyl gloves

 

Building the Form:

The first step is to build the Lego form that will hold the silicone rubber. To do this I just used the 2×4 blocks to build a square on the base. You will need two layers.

I staggered the second layer with the first so that the seams wouldn’t be the same. This just makes the walls stronger.

 

Next, place the blocks that you want to have molds of within the square. I knew I just wanted the basic sizes, so I placed them evenly spaced within the square frame.

Once they are all in place, press them down firmly and make sure they are all secure.

 

Pouring the EasyMold Silicone Rubber to make the mold:

I used one 1 lb. package of the EasyMold Silicone Rubber to make my mold and it was the perfect size. If you follow the instructions in the package it will tell you how to figure out the amount you need.

Put on your vinyl gloves and grab part A from your box of EasyMold Silicone Rubber.

First, pour part A into your disposable container. I used an old cottage cheese container that had been thoroughly cleaned and dried.

Next, grab part B from your box.

Pour part B into the same container.

Use your stir stick to thoroughly mix the two parts together until they are one solid blue color with no streaks. Make sure to scrape the sides and bottom and mix thoroughly.

Just to be sure it is completely mixed, use the two cup method and pour your mixture into a second container (I actually used two more because I didn’t have another large enough.) Again, mix this thoroughly, ensuring it is one solid color.

Now it’s ready to pour!

Begin pouring in the center of the mold and keep pouring in that same spot. This will ensure that most of the air bubbles will get pushed out as it spreads across your form.

Pour all of it completely into your form. Be sure not to let it go over the sides though! I didn’t have enough to need to worry about that.

Once it is all poured do a double check and make sure the outer wall is solid and secure!

Let the silicone rubber cure for 24 hours.

 

Removing the Mold from the form:

The easiest way to remove the mold from the form is to flip it over and first remove the base plate.

Next, you’ll want to begin removing the outer walls. You can see that a small amount of silicone rubber got between the blocks but this is not a problem, simply pull them off.

Next, remove all of the inner pieces from the mold. The Silicone Rubber stretches a little so this is an easy task. Just take care not to tear your mold.

 

Finished Lego Candy Mold!

And there you have it! A completed Lego candy mold. I even made some hard candies to show you how great it works! You can use this mold for other things like chocolate, ice cubes, jelly candies, etc. It could also be used for resin pieces, just be sure that if you use it to cast non-food items that you mark it because it cannot be used again for food.

Hope you liked this project! Be sure to check back for more awesome projects using ETI products!

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10 Stunning Furniture Makeovers

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 07:11

These days it seems that one can take any old piece, whether it be furniture or decor, and transform it into something new and amazing. Isn’t that awesome? Of course we are all about being hands on here at Resin Crafts Blog and want to encourage you to do the same! You can save yourself some money and create something stunning by transforming old furniture. We’ve rounded up some amazing furniture makeovers for you to help you get inspired. Enjoy!

DIY Desk Makeover | BlueiStyle Blog

Bathroom Cabinet Makeover | Artsy Chicks Rule

Farmhouse Table Makeover | The 36th Avenue

Console Table Makeover | Just A Girl And Her Blog

Kitchen Accent Table Makeover | How To Nest For Less

Vintage Desk Makeover | Southern Revivals

White Bench Makeover | The 36th Avenue

Nightstand Makeover  | Thirty Eighth Street

Antique Kidney Desk Makeover | Snazzy Little Things

Farmhouse X Base Table Makeover | Refresh Restyle

 

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Hand Print Tray for Mother’s Day

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:38

Make a hand print tray this year for mom.  This makes a great Mother’s Day gift and it is so easy to make.  You can add a layer of resin so mom can use this tray daily without issues.  Grab a little one or two and get started on this handmade gift idea now.

Supplies needed to make this hand print tray:
  • Wood tray
  • Grey paint
  • Various colors of craft paint
  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Paint brushes
  • Mixing cups
  • Measuring cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Clear adhesive or caulk

Instructions:

Start by painting your entire tray one solid color.  Here we used a dark grey paint.  This may require two or more coats for complete coverage.  Be sure to dry in between coats and before continuing to the next step.

Grab the kids and start adding hand prints to the bottom of the tray.  We used one child but you can use as many as you would like.  Add the paint to their hand with a paint brush and supervise them as they apply it to the bottom of the tray.  For younger children, you will need to hold their hand and make sure they get as complete a print as possible.  Finish by painting on their names and the year with a fine point brush.

Allow the paint from the hand prints to dry completely.  Remember that you can use any colors that you would like (or mom would like) on this project.  You will also want to seal the edges of the tray.  Use a clear adhesive or caulk on the bottom to go all the way around.  This will prevent any seepage of the resin once poured.  Allow this to dry completely before continuing.

Now it is time to add a layer of protection to your project so that mom can enjoy it for many years to come.  Measure and mix up the EnviroTex Lite® according to the package directions.  Remember that proper mixing is the most important part when working with this product.  Be sure to use the two container mixing procedure and stir for the entire time indicated.  Then you are ready to pour into your tray.

Pour into the bottom of the tray and tilt it to spread the resin all over the bottom.  Continue until the bottom is covered in an even layer.  You will want to remove any bubbles by either blowing on the resin or going over it with a flame.  Again, you can refer to the product instructions for further details. Then allow to your project to cure completely in a place where it can sit level and undisturbed for about 24 hours.

Once cured, your hand print tray is ready to wrap up and give to mom for Mother’s Day.  She will love the sentiment and being able to use this tray in her kitchen for years to come.

Pick up your supplies and get started on your hand print tray today.  After all, Mother’s Day is just around the corner and you don’t want to be left empty handed.

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10 Spring Break Crafts For Kids

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 18:25

Can you guys believe that Spring is on its way? It feels like winter lasted forever, but we here at Resin Crafts are so ready to welcome Spring with open arms. If you’re somebody who has kiddos at home, I’m sure you’re thinking the same thing we are: How in the world are we going to keep them occupied throughout this time off of school? The good news is we have the answer for you…. spring break crafts, of course! You know we’re a huge fan of crafts here because it’s a great way to encourage your children to be productive while being creative. What more could you need? We hope you enjoy the crafts we’ve rounded up for you!

Which spring break crafts will you create with your littles?

DIY Wood and Ribbon Necklaces | Tater Tots & Jello

DIY Craft Stick Spring Flower | Fantastic Fun and Learning

DIY Paper Crafts | The 36th Avenue

DIY Grass Heads | Red Ted Arts Blog

DIY Sock Bunny | A Pumpkin and a Princess

DIY Puppy Dog Craft | Me and My Inklings

DIY Glitter Slime | The 36th Avenue

DIY Tissue Paper Flower | Inner Child Fun

DIY Ocean Toy Soap | A Pumpkin and a Princess

DIY Fruit Fans | The Idea Room

 

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DIY Resin Peacock Feather Coasters

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 13:02

Hello Resin Crafters! This is Kelli, from the Craft Shack and I’m so excited to be sharing my first resin project with you here! Feathers are so beautiful when used in Decor and they are surprisingly easy to cast in resin and preserve forever! I think that Peacock Feathers are so gorgeous so I decided to make some Peacock Feather coasters to preserve them forever. I want to share this great technique with you today! This method works great for any feather you might want to cast in Resin so don’t worry if you don’t have any peacock feathers or you’d rather use a different one!

Supplies needed:

Before you get started there are a few preparation steps that need to be done. First, lightly spray the mold with the mold release and allow it to dry completely according to the instructions on the product.

Next, you’ll need to prepare your feathers before casting. Since feathers are so porous and often very fuzzy you’ll need to spray them with Resin spray before casting them in the coasters. Lay them out on some wax paper and lightly mist with the resin spray in a well-ventilated area. Allow them to dry completely. Repeat as needed until the feathers are coated lightly. They should be slightly stiff, but not hard.

Trim the feathers to fit inside the mold. I laid each feather over the mold to see where they needed to be cut and then trimmed with scissors.

There are two layers of resin in the coasters. Mix the first layer of resin according to the directions on the package. Resin should be mixed in a well-ventilated area, and don’t forget proper hand and eye safety!  Pour equal amounts of the Resin and the Hardener into a mixing cup and stir for two minutes to fully combine the two parts.  I used .5 oz of each part to make 1 oz. for each of the two layers.

After 2 minutes, pour the resin mix into a second, clean cup and mix again for one more minute. Pour the resin into the mold.

Use a heat tool, a butane torch, or your warm breath to pop any bubbles that rise to the surface after about 10 minutes. Allow the first layer of resin to set up a little bit for 20 or 30 minutes. It should be thick, but not hard so your feather won’t sink all the way to the bottom.

Place the peacock feather face down onto the first layer of the resin. Make sure the front of the feather is facing the bottom of the mold so that when you turn it out of the mold the feather will be facing the right way.

Mix a second batch of resin following the same method as the first. Pour over the feather slowly. The resin should cover the feather completely.  After about 10 minutes, pop any bubbles that have risen to the top again. If you see any bubbles stuck under your feather, you can use a small toothpick to poke them a little, setting them free to rise to the top.

Cover the mold and allow to cure completely. You should be able to release the coaster from the mold after roughly 24 hours.  Turn the mold upside down and press down in the center of the mold to release.  If the feather doesn’t easily come out, allow it to cure for a while longer.

Your new peacock feather coasters are good for hot or cold drinks once fully cured!  Would you put feathers in your resin coasters too?

Be sure to pin this fun project to save it for later and share with your friends!

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Four-Leaf Clover Resin Keychains

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 07:00

Four-Leaf Clover Resin Keychains

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft.  A four-leaf clover symbolizes good luck and makes the perfect keychain.  Have you ever found a four-leaf clover in nature?  Resin is a great way to preserve plant material.  My daughter found a four-leaf clover when she was 5 and I framed it, although over time it faded.  Resin encases the clovers and keeps them green for much longer.

Supplies needed:

Four-Leaf Clover (pressed clovers can be found online)

Castin’ Craft Clear Polyester Casting Resin

Jewelry Mold

Mold Conditioner and Release Spray

Disposable work surface, mixing cups, stirring sticks and gloves

Ball chain keyrings

Drill/drill bit

Jump rings

Pliers

Begin by setting up the workstation and reading the resin directions.  Every time I work with resin I read the directions so they are fresh in my mind.  Wear gloves and work in a well ventilated area.

Set the mold on the work table and gently mist with the release spray.  Mix the resin and catalyst according to directions.  Stir with the stick for the proper amount of time.  Then carefully pour a thin layer of resin in the molds.  The thinner the layer, the larger and more magnified the four-leaf clover will look.

Let the resin set and gel for about 20 minutes (this will vary with temperature).  The resin needs to be set enough that the clover will sit on top of the resin instead of sinking.  Then place a darling little shamrock over the resin in the molds.


Next, mix up some more resin, the same as earlier.  Then pour the mixed resin on the top of the shamrocks and fill to the top.  Now let them cure for a day or two.  I usually let them cure until they no longer smell like resin.

Next, get your drill and a small drill bit.  The drill bit must be big enough to fit the large jump ring.

Gently drill a hole in the center of the top of each 4-leaf clover resin.

Next, use jewelry pliers to loop a jump ring through the hole and close it up tight.

Now, thread the ball chain keychain through the jump ring.

Enjoy!

These are ready to hook on a zipper pull, keychain, or make the chain longer and wear as an especially unique necklace.

Great way to enjoy St. Patricks day or just to add some additional luck to your day.

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10 Festive Mardi Gras Crafts

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 07:00

When we think about something festive and fun to celebrate, Mardi Gras always comes to mind. You don’t have to be in New Orleans to celebrate the fun with good food, awesome people and festive crafts! Today we’ve rounded up some festive Mardi Gras craft options for you to get into the Mardi Gras spirit! Which ones will you create?

Printable Mardi Gras Mask Craft | Kids Activities Blog

DIY Mardi Gras Table Setting Crafts | Oh My Creative

DIY Mardi Gras Statement Necklace | Mom Dot

DIY King Cake Ornaments | Jennifer Perkins

DIY Mardi Gras Bead Onesie | Jader Bomb

DIY Mardi Gras Decorations | A Little Craft in Your Day

DIY Handprint Mardi Gras Masks | That’s What Che Said

DIY Mardi Gras Slime | Mom Dot

DIY Jambalaya Boxes | Aunt Peaches

Duct Tape Mardi Gras Beads | Crafts by Amanda

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Rolled Paper Resin Pendant DIY

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 07:00

Rolled Paper Resin Pendant DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing another fabulous pendant.  Rolled paper is such a fun technique and a great way to upcycle old papers.  This project uses brightly colored paper and some junk mail.  It’s a fun way to recycle bits of paper and mail that may hold some sentimental value too.  Let’s get started!

Supplies:

1/4 inch strips of colored paper, junk mail or magazines

Pendant Bezel and Cord

Double sided adhesive

Envirotex Jewelry Resin

Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer

Disposable work surface, stirring sticks, mixing cups, gloves

Begin by folding the strips of paper in half.  Folding the paper gives twice the thickness and a really great visual edge when completed.  This part can be a little tedious.

Next, tape strips of paper together with some double sided adhesive.  Then begin rolling the end as tightly as possible.  Tape periodically while holding the center tightly.

It will begin to take shape!  Tape on more folded paper and continue until your rolled paper is the size of the pendant bezel.

Vary the colors to make it look bright and fun.  Adding the junk mail in there is a really cool touch too, I love the texture the print gives.

When pleased with the size of the rolled paper, use the multi-purpose sealer and fill the inside of the bezel with the glue.

Give it a generous layer, the sealer will work it’s way up in the spaces between the paper.

Then coat the top of the paper with the sealer (I missed this part and I’ll show you what happens if you don’t do it later).  Let the sealer dry completely.

Now get the jewelry resin and your workspace ready.  Work on a disposable surface, wearing disposable gloves.  Read the directions for this jewelry resin before starting.

Mix up the resin according to package directions.

Now, set the bezel on something to raise it off the surface, so it is sitting level.  I used a cap from the used up resin bottle.  Pour some resin right in the center of the top.  The resin soaks into the cracks of the paper and releases bubbles.  (If the paper is coated in sealer, the bubbles will be much less).  Let the resin soak in and then add a little more resin.

After twenty minutes, check for bubbles.  Use a mini torch or heat gun to quickly pop the bubbles.  Then let the pendant dry completely, usually 24 hours.

Finally, string the cord through the bezel and wear your recycled art proudly!  The rolled paper is stunning and a great conversation piece, no one will know it’s junk mail!

The glossy shine from the resin gives it an especially professional finish!

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10 DIY Valentine’s Day Decor Options

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 07:00


The Christmas decorations are put away, but it’s a little too early to put out the Spring decorations. The house is in decor limbo! The good news is that there’s this fun little holiday in between that’s a blast to celebrate: Valentine’s Day! It’s a holiday that is all about showing the people you love how much you care about them. What’s not to love? Valentine’s Day comes and goes quickly, and we feel the Valentine’s Day decor options should be quick and easy to match that. Today, we’ve rounded up 10 DIY Valentine’s Day Decor Options for your home, so you can celebrate in an affordable and fun way!

Which one will you create?

10 DIY Valentine’s Day Decor Options

DIY Valentine’s Day Hoop Wreath | Lydi Out Loud

Valentines Scrabble Tile Coasters | Blue i Style

DIY Valentine’s Day Mailboxes | Jen Woodhouse

DIY Valentine’s Day Photo Plaque | Bower Power

DIY Pallet Valentine Art | Infarrantly Creative

Valentine’s Day “Love” Hoop Art | Happiness is Homemade

XOXO Valentine’s Day Decor | The Pinning Mama

DIY Valentine’s Light Decorations | Pillar Box Blue

DIY Valentine’s Day Garland | Love The Day

DIY Valentine’s Tree | Simple Kierste

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