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Glittered Resin Switch Plate DIY

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:00

Glittered Resin Switch Plate DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a fun resin craft.  Make an especially unique switch plate cover using glitter and resin.  Customize the color of glitter and top it off with High Gloss Resin for a smooth and shiny finish.  It’s a simple DIY craft that takes a few minutes of work time and overnight drying.  

Supplies Needed:
  • Switch Cover or Electrical Cover
  • Envirotex Lite High Gloss Resin
  • Glitter in variety of colors/sizes
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Mod Podge or Ultra Seal
  • Paintbrush
  • 2 Mixing Cups, 2 Stirring Sticks, Disposable gloves and disposable work surface

Get Started:

If you look around the house, you are likely to find a few switch plates that could use a facelift.  Mine is dirty and scuffed, so a glittery update is just what it needed.  Simply clean the plate with rubbing alcohol to remove dirt and oil build up.

Use the Mod Podge or Ultra Seal with the paintbrush and coat the entire plate surface.  Work over the disposable surface for easy clean up.

Add Glitter:

To make the ombre glitter effect, pour out a hefty amount of glitter on the lower half of the switch plate.  I used aqua glitter, my favorite color.  Then gently lift up the switch plate to dump all the excess glitter off onto the work surface.   Lift the paper and pour the glitter back into the jar.

Next pour out the white glitter on the top half of the light switch cover. 

Repeat the process as before by returning the excess glitter back into the jar.  Add some  chunky glitter across the center of the plate…just across the middle.

Pour on Resin:

Now set the switch plate on top of some small cups as risers.  Then mix up about 1 ounce of high gloss resin.  I mixed a giant cup full to use with another project, so disregard the quantity pictured.  Just an ounce is plenty for the top of the switch plate.

Use the stirring stick to pour out some of the high gloss resin all over the glitter.  Allow it some time to soak in around the glitter.  The resin is self leveling and will work it’s way around the plate.  Encourage it with the stirring stick to cover the entire top of the switch plate.  Let the resin dry and cure overnight.

Clean Up:

The next day pull the face plate off the risers and use a small hobby knife to clean up the drips and drops on the backside of the plate.

Now the switch plate is ready to hang on the wall.

That’s it!

Doesn’t it look fabulous!?  I love the thick chunky glitter in the center and the sparkly blue shine on the bottom.

Simply screw the switch cover back on the wall for a stunning statement!

It adds a bit of jewelry to a boring wall.  Now I want to do this technique on every switch plate in the house.

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Beautiful DIY’s To Hold Jewelry

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:00

Jewelry can definitely take over your life if you let it. It’s one of those things in your home that can get wildly out of control if you don’t have an organization system. The great news about this problem is that there are so many DIY solutions and that’s one of our favorite things here at Resin Crafts Blog. Today we’ve rounded up some of the best DIY’s that hold jewelry that are not only quick to make to but look great too. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

Beautiful DIY’s To Hold Jewelry

DIY Jewelry Display| Blue i Style

DIY Glitter Headband and Jewelry Holder | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Jewelry Holder | The 36th Avenue

DIY Decorative Jewelry Display | Anika’s DIY Life

Pottery Barn-Inspired Jewelry H0lder | Reasons To Skip The Housework

DIY Gallery Wall Jewelry Holder | Lovely Etc

DIY Knob Jewelry Holder | Happiness is Homemade

DIY Cross-Stitch Pegboard Jewelry Holder | Yellow Bliss Road

DIY Creative Jewelry Holder | Crafty Chic

 

DIY Industrial Pipe Jewelry | Making Home Base

Marbled Resin State Silhouette

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 07:00

For months now, my mom has been asking me to make her a piece of Michigan decor that she can hang in my parents’ new home. I found a silhouette sign of the Lower Peninsula in the craft section of a big box store that was a perfect blank canvas for this project. I used some colored resin to create a beautiful marbled resin state silhouette.

Supplies You Will Need:

I mixed 8 ounces of resin according to the directions in my package of EnviroTex Lite (4 ounces of resin and 4 ounces of hardener). I then divided the resin among three additional mixing cups.  ince I didn’t want to mess with painting my wood state shape before adding the resin, I opted to use the opaque resin pigments instead of the transparent dyes.

You can choose whatever colors you would like for your state sign. Since Michigan is known for its beautiful freshwater lakes, I chose white, blue, green, and pearl pigments to color my resin.

Next, I elevated the sign on a few blocks of wood so that the sign would not stick to my work surface (which I made sure to protect with paper). Then I drizzled the resin over the shape in swirls and lines. Be sure to work in small amounts so you don’t end up covering the bottom color completely with the top color of resin.

Once I had some of the resin poured onto the sign, it was time to play. I picked the sign up with my gloved hands and tilted it back and forth. The resin slid and moved to create beautiful organic shapes and patterns.

I kept tilting the sign and adding more drizzles of resin until I loved the way it looked.  Take your time with this step. EnviroTex Lite has a nice open work time, so there is no rush.

Then I placed the sign back on the blocks so the excess resin could run off of the edges. This is also a good time to use a paintbrush to brush the drips off of the underside of the sign.

The resin cured overnight to a stunning, shiny finish. It just needs a sawtooth hook on the back of the sign so it can be hung on the wall.

Metallic Leaf Serving Tray with High Gloss Resin

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 07:00

Metallic Leaf Serving Tray with High Gloss Resin

Hi Resin Crafts friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing a simple resin craft.  This metallic leaf tray is uniquely stunning and perfect for a catch all or party serving tray.  Finish the tray in an afternoon and leave it to cure overnight, ready to serve from quickly.

Use the tray as a catch all for books, knick-knacks or even this flower centerpiece made with resin.

Supplies Needed:
  • Serving Tray in need of upcycling
  • Envirotex Lite High Gloss Resin
  • Colored Metallic Leaf
  • Gilding Adhesive
  • Paintbrush
  • Heat Gun or Mini Torch
  • Mixing Cups, stirring sticks and disposable gloves

Begin by pouring some gilding adhesive all over the inside of the tray.

Spread the adhesive around with the paintbrush.  Let the adhesive dry clear…but it will still be tacky.

Then place the metallic leaf all over the tray.

One square at a time as pictured below.

Mix the colors around to add balance on the tray.

Take the tray outside or place it inside a big cardboard box.

Use a light paintbrush to remove any loose metallic leafing.

It is looking bright and fun…but a little too rigid.

Return to your workstation and add daubs of adhesive all over the tray.  Again, let them dry clear.

Then place pieces of metallic leaf on the daubs of adhesive, balancing out the colors.

As earlier, dust off the excess gold leaf with a paintbrush.

Add more metallic leaf if desired.

Now for the finishing step with the Envirotex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish.

Mix the resin according to package directions. Mix a full 8 ounces for a 12×12 inch tray.

After mixing thoroughly, pour on the center of the tray and shift gently to ensure the entire bottom of the tray is covered with a resin layer.

Use the heat gun or mini torch to pop any bubbles that have formed after about 20 minutes.

Cover the top of the tray to prevent dust and debris from falling on the resin while it cures. Let it cure overnight or a couple of days.

Then fill the tray with decorative items or use it to serve for a fun party!  The bright colors are stunning, playful and a little bling!

DIY’s To Show Mom Some Love

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 07:00

 

There is no better reason to DIY and get your craft on then for your Mom, right? With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start brainstorming some amazing crafty options to show your Mom just how much you love and appreciate her. We here at Resin Crafts Blog are a huge fan of Mother’s Day and love finding many different ways to enjoy some craft-time while making something beautiful for someone you love. Today we’ve rounded up some of the best DIY’s to show your mom some love this Mother’s Day.

Which ones will you create?

DIY’s To Show Mom Some Love

DIY Lavender Lotion Bars | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Resin Floral Mason Jars | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Root Bear Float Sugar Scrub | Mom Foodie

DIY Jewelry Holder | The 36th Avenue

DIY Bow Front Clutch | Polka Dot Chair

DIY Kid’s Mosaic Art Project | Buggy and Buddy

DIY Mother’s Day Frames | U Create

DIY Oatmeal Milk Bath | The Idea Room

DIY Gift Basket | Lolly Jane

DIY Mother’s Day Bracelets | Persia Lou

 

Resin Ring Holder

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 07:00
Create a beautiful resin ring holder using a pyramid mold, EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy, and colorful alcohol inks.

Hey Resin Crafters! Amber Oliver here with another great resin craft. Some of my favorite resin projects have been resin jewelry, like my  resin dipped earrings and my statement earrings. For this project, I started with a simple silicone mold in the shape of a pyramid. I knew the narrow point on the top would make the perfect place to slide your ring. This beautiful resin ring holder uses EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy and alcohol ink to create a unique design.

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR RESIN RING HOLDER:

Step 1: First, 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 your mixture is ready, pour gently into your mold. Be careful not to knock it over! Step 3: Carefully add a few drops of alcohol ink onto the surface. (TIP: use the ink very sparingly or your creation will be VERY dark!) Step 4: With a toothpick, gently drag through the surface to mix the ink. Step 5: After about 20 minutes you’ll see bubbles appear on the surface of the resin – you can use a butane torch to pop these or simply breathe on it like I did! It’s the CO2 in your breath that releases the bubbles – not the heat! Step 6: After you’ve allowed enough time for the resin to cure, you can remove from the mold! I hope this project inspires you to create your own resin ring holder! Try mixing alcohol inks or add Castin’Craft Opaque Pigments in the color of your choice to create a pretty solid colored one!

Picture Necklaces to Make for Mom

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 07:00

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and you may be searching for a DIY gift idea for mom. This year you can give her picture necklaces to celebrate all she does for you! Add in her favorite pictures of the kids or the grandchildren. A custom necklace with her favorite children is just the way to show her you care this year.

Supplies needed to make picture necklaces:

Instructions:

Use the bezel to determine the size of your picture. Trim the picture with either a craft knife or some scissors.

Glue inside of the bezel using the Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer / Glue. Allow to dry completely.

Apply a top coat of Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer / Glue with a paint brush. Allow to dry completely. This will seal your image and prepare it for the epoxy resin top coat.

Then measure and mix the EnviroTex Jewelry Resin in the cups provided with the kit. Be sure to mix according to the package directions as you want to make sure that the product is completely mixed before pouring. You will also want to wear protective gloves during this step.

Protect your work surface then pour the mixed resin on top of the pictures in your bezels making an even layer.

Pop any bubbles that rise to the surface by blowing across the bezel. Once the bubbles have been removed, allow your picture necklaces to cure completely. I usually leave mine overnight.

Then add your necklace chains and these picture necklaces are ready to give to mom or even grandma!

Making custom picture necklaces is really so easy. These are a great gift idea for Mother’s Day or even other times of the year. With such an easy technique, there really is no reason not to make a few of these for gifts.

Will you make mom a custom necklace that she will treasure forever? Be sure to order some bezels today and make a bunch of these picture necklaces for every woman on your gift giving list.

Creative Easter Basket Ideas

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 07:00

Spring has sprung and you know what that means. Easter is right around the corner! Easter is definitely the type of holiday that flies by us in the blink of an eye, so we have to make sure we take this opportunity to get our creativity flowing! If you’re creating an easter basket for that special person in your life, then you’re going to want to see these amazing creative easter basket ideas we’ve rounded up for you today. Enjoy!

Which ones will you put in your easter basket?

Creative Easter Basket Ideas

DIY Bath Bomb Easter Eggs | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Slime Easter Basket Kit | I Heart Arts n Crafts

DIY Mason Jar Easter Basket | The Gunny Sack

DIY Glue Yarn Easter Baskets | Red Ted Art Blog

DIY Bunny Basket | Mer Mag Blog

DIY Little Baker Easter Basket | A Night Owl Blog

DIY Dog Easter Basket | Irresistible Pets

DIY Easter Gift Bag | Inspiration Made Simple

DIY Boy’s Easter Basket | Erin Spain

DIY Carrot Shaped Treat Bags | Creative Green Living

 

DIY Decorative Mason Jar Lids with Resin Flowers

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 07:00

We’ll show you how to easily make pretty resin flowers for decorative mason jar lids that can be used for a special occasion or everyday.

Decorative Mason Jar Lids with DIY Resin Flowers

Hi friends! This is Jane and Sonja from Sustain My Craft Habit, a DIY, craft and home decor blog.  We are big fans of using mason jars for craft making, whether it’s transforming them into pretty frosted lanterns or using them to hold special treats for gift giving.  Needless to say, we couldn’t wait to incorporate mason jars into our next resin craft.

Ever since we used a small silicone leaf mold to make purse charms, we were excited to experiment with other silicone mold shapes.  We came across this lovely flower silicone mold and knew it would make really pretty resin flower mason jar toppers.  Seeing them completed and filled with sweets makes us think of beautiful wedding gifts.

Supplies Needed to Make Decorative Mason Jar Lids: How to make a Decorative Mason Jar Lid with DIY Resin Flowers

Be sure to read all the instructions and work in a well ventilated area prior to using the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy.

The First Resin Pour

To prepare the resin for pouring, mix equal amounts of resin and hardener in a measuring cup. Two ounces of each should be sufficient for this part of the project.

Stir the two parts together for 2 minutes scraping the bottom and sides with the wooden stir stick.

Pour the mixture into a second measuring cup and continue stirring for another minute.

Add 2 drops of the translucent yellow dye into the mixture and continue to stir until the color is blended. Your resin will then be ready to pour.

Carefully pour the mixed yellow resin into the center of each flower mold allowing the resin to spill randomly over into the some of the petal of the mold.

Let the resin rest for about 15 minutes and then blow off any bubbles that rise to the surface.

Cover and let cure for an hour before proceeding onto the next step.

The Second Resin Pour

Using a new mixing cup, mix equal amounts of resin and hardener in a measuring cup. Five ounces of each would be enough to complete 3 flowers. Stir the two parts together for 2 minutes scraping the bottom and sides with the wooden stir stick.  Pour the mixture into a second measuring cup and continue stirring for another minute.

Divide the mixture into 3 smaller mixing cups, approximately 6 ounces in each leaving the remaining clear epoxy in the larger mixing cup. Add 2 drops of the translucent red dye into one cup. Add 2 drops of the translucent blue dye plus 1 drop of the red (to make a purple tinge) into the second cup. And lastly, add 5 drops of the opaque pearl dye into the third cup. Stir each of the cups using a different stir stick until each of the colors are blended. Your resin will then be ready to pour.

Pour the mixed purple resin into each of the flower molds.

Pour the mixed red resin over top of the purple resin inside each flower mold.

And next, pour the mixed pearl resin into the flower mold. And finish by pouring the remaining clear resin into each mold, dividing it evenly over the flowers.

Using a toothpick, gently mix the poured resin colors together just until you get a marbled effect.

Let the resin rest for about 15 minutes and then blow off any bubbles that rise to the surface.

Cover and let cure for 24 to 48 hours before removing from the molds.

Assembling the Mason Jar

Apply glue to the bottom of the resin flowers and press directly onto the mason jar lids.

Fill the mason jars with treats or other goodies and close the lid with the new pretty resin flower mason jar topper.

We’re completely in love with how these resin flowers turned out. The little sparkle from the pearl pigment, along with the feathering of the different colours of resin make them completely mesmerizing to look at. Next time we might forgo the yellow layer though. What do you think?

For additional resin wedding favor ideas check out these:

 

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Flower Arrangement Centerpiece DIY using EasyCast Resin

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 07:12

Flower Arrangement Centerpiece DIY using EasyCast Resin

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft showcasing another unique resin craft.  This stunning flower arrangement is especially perfect for a decorative centerpiece.  This flower centerpiece is simple to make and great for a wedding, party or just for the entry table during Spring.  It has the appearance of water, but the flowers are secure and will always look amazing.

Create a bouquet of any color or a vase of any size.  This centerpiece would make a great decor piece for Spring, Easter or Mother’s day!

Supplies Needed as pictured:
  • EasyCast Resin
  • Bunch of Silk Flowers
  • Square Shallow Vase
  • Mixing Cups, Stirring Sticks, Disposable Work Surface, Disposable Gloves
  • Heat Gun, Torch or Straw (to pop the bubbles)

Step one, mix 8 ounces of EasyCast according to the package directions in the 2 phase process.  4 ounces each of the resin and hardener.  Then stir for 2 minutes, pour into the second mixing cup and stir again for 1 minute.

Next, pour the mixed resin into the shallow vase.  Let it set for twenty minutes and then use the torch, heat gun or blow through a straw to pop any bubbles that have formed.

Then pull the buds off the stems and insert them into the resin when it is thick enough to hold them in place.  Then let the resin set overnight.  

The next day mix up another 8 ounces of resin the same as done previously.  Then pour it into the vase and let the resin cure overnight.

After the resin has cured, place the leaves and buds back on the stems.

Make one for every table–any size and with any variety of silk flowers!  When my son saw this centerpiece, he thought they were really in water–success!  

DIY Engagement Party Ideas

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 07:10

Wedding season is upon us and many of us may know someone close to us that is getting ready to celebrate their special day. With a beautiful wedding day comes a lot of preparation and celebration. What better excuse is there to create beautiful DIY projects while saving a little extra cash for the big day along the way? If you’re a part of the committee throwing an engagement party for the lucky couple, then you’re going to want to see the DIY Engagement Party Decor we’ve rounded up for you today.

Which ones will you create?

DIY Engagement Party Ideas

DIY Glam Gold Engagement Party Decor | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Party Cupcake Toppers | Two Purple Couches

DIY Fabric Engagement Flags | Something Turquoise

DIY Gold Heart Drink Stirrers | A Bubbly Life

DIY Greenery Light Garland | The Merry Thought

DIY Carved Heart Wood Slice | Average Inspired

DIY Mimosa Bar | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Glitter Dipped Cups | Evite

DIY Rustic Burlap Banner | Rustic Wedding Chic

 

DIY Vacation Photo Coasters with Resin

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 07:00

I’m sure I’m not the only one who rarely prints out photos anymore! I take a ton of them, especially on my phone, yet they rarely see the light of day. These simple photo coasters using Mason jar lids and EnviroTex Lite Pour-On are a great way to keep those summer vacation memories in mind, year-round.

DIY Photo Coasters with Resin

Hi friends! This is Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit, a DIY, craft and home decor blog I write with my sister Sonja. We’re always on the search for creative ways to decorate our homes and resin makes it easy to make unique and inexpensive decor and gifts. For example, at Christmas time we made glittering photo ornaments with the kids’ school photos as gifts for their grandparents. And recently we created hand-lettered wood slice key chains with resin which made great end-of-year gifts for the kids’ teachers!

After spotting these wedding themed DIY photo mason jar coasters I was inspired to make my own set as a keepsake of our summer vacation at the beach. I’m fortunate to be able to spend much of our summers at our family cottage near the shores of Lake Huron, Ontario. Looking forward to those precious warm weeks on the lake is what helps us get through our long Canadian winters! And now we’ll have these drink coasters to keep the memories fresh.

Materials Needed for these Photo Coasters with Resin

How to Make Resin Coated Photo Coasters

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

Preparing the Photos and Lids

Print out your photos such that the shortest side is just larger than the lid insert. Use the lid insert to trace out the images.


Cut them out with sharp scissors.


Glue the lid insert to the rim. This is important to prevent the resin from seeping out. This step isn’t necessary if you use a one piece lid.


Glue the image into the lid.


Paint a generous layer of glue along the edges and over the image to seal it all together. This make take several coats, especially in the edges. Let dry completely (I left mine overnight).

Pouring the EnviroTex Lite Resin

Mix equal parts of resin and hardener in a clean measuring cup. I used about ½ oz per coaster (3 oz total volume).


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

Distribute the mixed resin evenly across the six lids.

Tip the lids as needed to make sure it gets into the edges of the lids.


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


Place the lids 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).

I love how these coasters turned out. I think they would also look adorable with a magnet attached to the back for the fridge. We make these monogram fridge magnets last year which we use to this day!

For another project using your photos you have to see Sheri’s DIY Glossy Photo Transfer Wood Slice project. It’s definitely on our to-try list!

Happy summer vacationing friends!

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Resin and Alcohol Ink Necklace Pendants

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 07:01
Create beautiful DIY resin necklace pendants with colorful alcohol inks.

Hey Resin Crafters! Amber Oliver here with another great resin craft. Today I’m sharing another beautiful resin jewelry project! My very first resin craft was my resin dipped earrings, and I also created some pretty cool statement earrings out of resin! For this project, I started with EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy and made some amazing designs using alcohol ink. Silicon tubes made for the perfect pendants and mixing the resin with alcohol ink was a lot of fun – it’s exciting to see how your designs turn out!

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR RESIN NECKLACE PENDANTS:
  • EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
  • Alcohol Inks in the colors of your choice
  • Necklace Eye Hooks
  • Silicon Tube Molds
  • Toothpicks
  • Mixing Cups
  • Stir Sticks

Step 1: First, 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: Pour a small amount of resin into each silicon tube. You can pour into a small cup and bend it to pour into the small opening or use your stir stick to drip a bit in. (I’m a pretty messy crafter but as long as you cover your work surface you’ll be ok! I used wax paper and cleanup was a breeze.) Step 3: Now it’s time to add a drop or two of alcohol ink. You can stir it in gently with a toothpick, or use the toothpick to press it down repeatedly. This will push the ink down into the resin and create the cool looking trails of color. Step 4: Add more resin on top and repeat the process with the inks. Step 5: Let the resin sit for about 15 minutes then insert the eye hooks in the top. I put a straight pin through the hole to help hold them in place will the resin cures. Step 6: After you’ve allowed enough time for the resin to cure, you can remove from the molds. It’s fun to try different techniques with the inks to see what sort of design you get once the resin cures! Add a necklace chain and you’ll have a beautiful, custom made necklace in a colors designed by YOU!

DIY Easter Decor Inspiration

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 07:00

With winter finally coming to a close, we have so much to look forward to. Besides the better weather, blooming flowers and Spring Break on the horizon, we also have Easter to celebrate! This holiday comes and goes so quickly, so it’s the perfect time to get started on your Easter decorations for this year. We here at Resin Crafts Blog love any opportunity to get our DIY on, so this Easter-season is no exception. We’ve rounded up some of the best DIY Easter Decor for you today!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Easter Decor Inspiration

Buffalo Check No-Sew Rabbit Pillow | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Rainbow Bunny Wreath | Tried & True

DIY Chic Easter Garland | The 36th Avenue and Live Laugh Rowe

DIY Easter Carrots | The Creek Line House

DIY Easter Chick Mason Jar Vase | Weekend Craft

DIY Elegant Easter Basket | Celebrating Everyday Life

DIY Burlap Easter Decor | A Little Craft In Your Day

DIY Easter Egg Topiary Tree | Sea and Sisal

DIY Wood Burned Easter Eggs | Jen Woodhouse

DIY Easter Centerpiece | Blesser House

Resin Eyes Tutorial for Dolls, Puppets, Monsters, Dragons or Bag Flair

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 07:00

Hello Resin Crafting friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft here with an especially fun Resin Eyes DIY.   Resin eyes are definitely useful when making dolls, monsters, puppets, dragons or third-eye wearables and bag flair.  Regardless of the final destination, resin eyes are a great resin craft for any experience level.

Supplies needed as shown above: Stage 1:

Start by prepping your molds by gently misting with the release spray. 

Begin by reading the directions for the EasyCast resin.  Mix an ounce of resin to begin, one part resin and one part hardener.  Follow the instructions and stir the mixture for 2 minutes.  Then transfer into a new mixing cup and stir with a new stick for 1 minute.  Failure to mix properly can keep resin from curing properly.

Then add a pea sized drop of black acrylic paint in the resin and stir well.  Next, drop a small amount of black resin into each round mold cavity.  For the knob mold, keep the resin to the size of a pea.  Let the molds cure overnight.

Next day mix up some more resin with the 2-phase mixing process.  

Slightly more resin is required for the iris part of the eyes than previously with the pupils.

Pour the mixed resin into smaller mixing cups and add a drop of paint to add the color.  Then pour a small amount of color over the black resin pupils, but leave room for a band of white to show.  As before, let the resin cure overnight.

The next day the process is very similar…mix resin in the 2 phase mixing process.  Much more resin is needed than previously to fill in all the remaining space with white.  Add a few drops of white acrylic craft paint to the mixture and pour into the molds.  Now let them cure overnight.

Pop the eyeballs out of the molds the next day and see what is staring back at you.  Perfect to add on dolls, dragons, monsters, puppets…sky is the limit!

Stage 2:

Now that the eyes are finished, complete the human-like effect by adding eyelids.  You will need felt, scissors and hot glue/gun.

Cut a piece of felt larger than the eyeball and hot glue the eye in the center.  Then add some hot glue to the bottom edge of the felt.

Next, fold the edge of felt up and overlap it slightly onto the eyeball.  Press the felt down firmly.

Repeat the same process as above for the other eye lid.

Now the eye is enclosed and looks uniquely creepy.

Finally, trim around the eye lids as desired.

Repeat the process identically for each eye.

Once the eyes are complete they can adorn anything, like this tote bag for example.  Simply stitch the felt to the bag like a patch or hot glue them in place.  Furthermore, you could add a necklace bail and chain for a third-eye wearable accessory.

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Butterfly Wing Resin Earrings DIY

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 07:00

Butterfly Wing Resin Earrings DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a simple resin craft today.  Butterfly wings are uniquely gorgeous.  This is an especially perfect pair of earrings for Spring.  They are easy to make and require no butterfly to create them.  Make a pair of faux Monarch wings earrings for the perfect Spring accessories.

Supplies Needed:
  • Envirotex Lite Pour-On Resin
  • Measuring Cups, Stirring Sticks and Disposable Gloves
  • Printed Monarch on Vellum Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Tiny Hole Punch or Large Needle
  • Earring Hooks
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Non stick surface like Teflon to work on
  • Old Paintbrush

 

Begin by printing this monarch off on vellum cardstock paper with an inkjet printer (toner not necessary).   Regular cardstock can be used too but will not look as ethreal.

Next use scissors to cut one set of butterfly wings.

Now mix up a tiny bit of Envirotex Lite into the mixing cups.  Follow directions precisely.  Pour about a “pea” sized amount of resin and a “pea” sized amount of hardener for one set of earrings.  I mixed up 1/2 teaspoon of each in my small mixing cups and had enough left over to coat a painted rock the size of a softball!  Stir in one cup for 2 minutes, then transfer the resin to the second cup and stir with a second stick for 1 minute.

Now use the paintbrush to paint a thin layer of resin on each wing.

Then use a straw to blow on any bubbles that have formed.

Let the wings dry overnight.  Resin will amber over time, so this project is especially great since the monarch wings are already shades of yellow.

Once the resin is dry, punch a hole in the top of each wing.

Just as pictured, as close to the top of the wings as possible.

Finally, use jewelry pliers to attach the earring hooks to the butterfly wings.

Perfect earrings to wear to a garden party on a Spring day!

 

Beautiful DIY Knobs and Handles

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 07:08

Some of the best projects around the home can be DIY-ed not only quickly, but affordably as well! Today at Resin Crafts Blog we’re talking about a quick project you can do at home that will surely make a big impact. We’ve rounded up some beautiful DIY knobs and handles that you can create yourself in no time at all and without breaking the bank.

Which ones will you create?

Beautiful DIY Knobs and Handles

DIY Sequin Knobs 

DIY Faux Crystal Knobs | Rain On A Tin Roof

DIY Pink Glitter Resin Knobs

DIY Dinosaur Knobs | She Knows

DIY Chic Knobs

DIY Gold Leaf Emerald Cabinet Knobs 

DIY Anthropologie Inspired Knobs | View Along The Way

DIY Shimmering Drawer Pulls 

DIY Easy Resin Door Knob 

 

The Sweetest DIY Resin Cupcake Charms

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 07:00

I’m always looking for fun and creative new items to add in my girls’ birthday party loot bags. These pretty glittering resin cupcake charms make a great option that they’re sure to love!

DIY Resin Cupcake Charms

I have four kiddos between the ages of 4-12, all with their birthdays in the last few months of the year. I have to confess I get pretty burnt out planning birthday parties and putting together little loot bags ends up being a point of stress for me.

Why?

Well, I don’t want to send them home with junk that they won’t use or a bag full of candy. So the options become limited.

For this year, I’ve decided to stick with quality over quantity! Each girl will get a little resin cupcake charm to use as a pendant or as a zipper pull. Based on my girls’ reactions to the project, they’re sure to be a hit. I may add them into a bag alongside our easy painted rock bird magnets or personalized hand lettered key chains such as these. Or this DIY donut necklace and earrings would be adorable!

This is a multi-staged project with three separate resin pours. So to make things faster I’ll be picking up a few more of the cupcake molds to be able to do the project in one or two large batches.

Supplies Needed to Make Resin Cupcake Charms How to make Resin Cupcake Charms

Be sure to read all the instructions and work in a well ventilated area prior to using the EasyCast and FastCast resins.

The First Resin Pour

To prepare the resin for pouring, mix equal amounts of resin and hardener in a measuring cup. One and a half ounces of each should be sufficient for this project. Stir the two parts together for 2 minutes scraping the bottom and sides with the wooden stir stick.

Pour the mixture into a second measuring cup and continue stirring for another minute. Your resin will then be ready to pour.

Prop your silicone cupcake mold up on one end (I just placed a stone under mine).

Carefully pour the mixed EasyCast resin into the bottom third of each cupcake well. Be careful not to overfill – you don’t want to cover the base of the cupcake.

Let the resin rest for about 15 minutes and then blow off any bubbles that rise to the surface.

Sprinkle a layer of glitter in the colours of your choice over the resin.

Cover and let cure overnight.

The Second Resin Pour

For the “cup” of the cupcake, I used FastCast casting resin. Alternatively, you could use another batch of EasyCast resin, tinted to a colour of your choice with resin pigments or acrylic craft paint. I preferred the FastCast for this step because it sets in less than 10 minutes, so I could move on to the third resin pour quite quickly.

Follow the instructions in the package to mix the FastCast resin. It’s a similar process to the EasyCast resin but with much shorter mixing times.

Turn the mold around and prop up the opposite end.

Work quickly and pour the mixed FastCast onto the bottom third of the cupcake mold. Don’t overfill as you don’t want to completely cover the glitter!

Within a couple of minutes the clear FastCast resin mixture will start to turn white. The resin will be fully cured within 10 minutes and ready to move on to the next step.

The Third Resin Pour

Finally, set the cupcake mold flat on your working surface. Mix one another small batch of the EasyCast resin and fill the cupcake molds. Blow off any air bubbles and let cure completely overnight.

Finishing the Resin Cupcake Charms

Once fully cured remove the cupcakes from the mold. They turned out so cute!

Drill a small hole on the top of each cupcake.

Add in a small eyelet screw and a 10 mm jump ring.

You can simply add the charm onto a necklace as these little besties chose to do.

Or, you can add a couple to a small chain and lobster clasp or key chain ring.

I’m so happy with how these turned out and will definitely be making more with different colours of glitter (rainbow would be perfect!). Do you have any loot bag gift ideas that tween girls would love?

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Easter Egg Necklace and Earrings

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 07:00

You can make your own Easter egg necklace and earrings in minutes using fast cast resin and a few supplies. Marbling makes these totally on trend and you can mix and match the colors to coordinate with your Easter outfit. After all, a new necklace and earring set might be just what you need this spring!

Supplies needed to make this Easter egg necklace and earrings:

Instructions:

If you have not used the FastCast Urethane Casting Resin before, you are in for a treat. This fast setting resin product only takes 10 minutes to set up so you can go on with your craft quickly. We are showing you how to work with this product below and a few things to watch out for when you do.

Start by spraying your molds with the mold release and conditioner. Then allow those to dry completely. Once dry, you can start measuring and mixing equal parts of the fast cast in a mixing cup. Be sure to mix quickly as you don’t have much working time with this product. You will want to follow all measuring and mixing instructions included in your package. Then pour into the holes of your conditioned mold.

The product actually produces its own heat and will start to turn white right before your eyes in just minutes.

You want the entire thing to be white and the piece to be completely cool before you try and remove from the mold. Again, this should only take 10 to 15 minutes total.

You will want to leave plenty of room in your mold when pouring as the product does expand slightly.

Prepare your marbling paints while your pieces cure and cool. I used marbling paint but you can also add a marbling medium to regular craft paint if you would like. I also used two colors but you can use as many or as few as you would like.

Pour alternating colors of the marbling paint into a measuring cup.

Then add your mold pieces to corks to lift them up off of your work surface. You will also want to protect your work surface well as this project gets a bit messy.

Then pour on your paint randomly. You can pick the pieces up and tilt them if a portion is not covered. Allow to dry overnight.

Then use jewelry glue to attach backs to both the earring pieces as well as the necklace. Allow this to dry completely before wearing.

Then just add your new Easter egg necklace and earrings to your jewelry box to wear this spring.

Note that the surface of the fast cast pieces is not perfect. They do have some bubbles and bumps. They are, however, extremely lightweight and perfect for jewelry crafts.

Give FastCast a try for a few projects and see what you think! I love it for the ability to make fast crafts with resin and mold things in just minutes.

Add some marbled jewelry to your wardrobe with this easy craft project that anyone can make.

Love this Easter egg necklace and earrings? You can use this same technique to make jewelry in other shapes with our jewelry molds as well!

Fun DIY Unicorn Crafts

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 07:00

It’s just a fact: so many of us at some point in our lives has had a small unicorn obsession. They’re magical and mystical and kids love them so much! Let’s be honest, some of us adults love unicorns too. If you have a fellow unicorn-lover in your life, then today’s roundup will be just what you need. We’ve pulled together some of the best DIY Unicorn Crafts around so that you can fulfill all of your unicorn dreams in no time!

Which ones will you create?

Fun DIY Unicorn Crafts

DIY Unicorn Spa Jar | The Gunny Sack

DIY Unicorn Bookmarks | Hello Creative Family

DIY Unicorn Piñata | Hello Wonderful

 

DIY Unicorn Necklace Holder | Polka Dot Chair

DIY Unicorn Coloring Shirt | Artsy Fartsy Mama

DIY Paper Plate Unicorn Craft | Red Ted Art Blog

DIY Unicorn Bath Bomb | A Pumpkin and a Princess

DIY Unicorn Craft Notebook | Rachel Teodoro

DIY No Sew Unicorn Felt Blanket | Hello Wonderful

Unicorn Fizzy Bath Salts Lydi Out Loud

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