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Monogram Resin Glitter Planner Charms

Resin Crafts Blog - 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?

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Fun Back To School Crafts

Resin Crafts Blog - 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

Resin Crafts Blog - 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

Resin Crafts Blog - 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

Resin Crafts Blog - 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

Resin Crafts Blog - 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

Resin Crafts Blog - 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

Resin Crafts Blog - 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

Resin Crafts Blog - 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

Resin Crafts Blog - 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

Resin Crafts Blog - 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

Resin Crafts Blog - 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

Resin Crafts Blog - 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

Resin Crafts Blog - 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

Marbled Ring Dish made with Easy Sculpt DIY

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 07:00

Marbled Ring Dish made with Easy Sculpt DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing a quick and stunning marbled ring dish made with resin. This marbled ring dish is perfect for stashing rings by the sink while doing dishes or adorning the vanity filled with baubles. The best part of this unique craft is the marbled finish with a gold edging…and it just takes a few minutes of work time. Make a marbled ring dish with Easy Sculpt resin trimmed in gold for a gift or the perfect ring storage solution.

Supplies Needed:

Easy Sculpt Epoxy Modeling Clay

Cornstarch or Baby Powder

Bowl

Plastic Wrap

Marbling Paint

Gold Paint

Paintbrushes

Disposable Gloves and Work Surface

Small Paper Cup (5 oz)

Begin the project by covering the underside of the dish in a layer of clear plastic wrap. Then pull it as snug as possible to remove any wrinkles.

Next mix the Easy Sculpt clay with one part of each tub, mix until the clay is completely incorporated.

Then sprinkle some cornstarch over the ball of Easy Sculpt, this will make the clay soft and not sticky.

Next, flatten the ball into a smooth disk, do not worry about making it round or even, the jagged look is great.

Then place the Easy Sculpt on the top of the plastic wrap on the bowl. Set aside the clay overnight to let the clay cure and harden.

 

Next day peel the cling wrap from the bowl to remove the Easy Sculpt dish. It should be hard and hold its shape. 

Next it’s time to marble the ring dish. This Marbling paint from Plaid Crafts is awesome and easy to use.

Drop the marbling paint in the paper cup with a bullseye technique. 

Then pour the cup out into the resin ring dish. 

Then pick up the dish and rock it around to move the paint all around the inside of the dish. Work over a disposable surface in case it drips off the edges.

Then set the dish inside a box and cover with a lid to keep bugs and dust out while it dries. Let the paint dry and cure for a week. It will dry in a day or 2, but real curing takes longer.

Next use the gold paint and small paintbrush to add a small trim of gold around the edge of the marbled ring dish as pictured.

Give as a gift, fill with rings, add it to the decor–you will love how this marbled ring dish turns out!

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Resin Flower Cabochon Jewelry with EasyMold + FastCast

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

Resin Flower Cabochon Jewelry with EasyMold + FastCast

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft with another fun and quick resin craft! Resin flower cabochons are so cute and simple. They make the perfect jewelry set, great for gifts. Make a resin flower cabochon mold and cast as many of these little delicate flowers as you wish. Make resin flower cabochon jewelry using EasyMold to make your own silicone mold and then FastCast and dyes to make as many varieties as your heart desires.

Supplies Needed for Mold Making:

EasyMold Silicone Putty

Flower Cabochons (ironic, right?)This process works great if you have a pair of earrings you already love…or just want to make more of them. The silicone putty comes in 2 tubs, one white and one is purple.

Begin by mixing equal parts of each tub together. 

Continue mixing until it is smooth and purple, no marbling like picture below.

Once completely mixed, there’s just a few short minutes of mold making time, so be sure to have everything close and ready to go.

Press the ball down flat, until it’s about 1/2 inch thick or so.

Then press the cabochons right into the putty.

Then let the putty sit for about 30 minutes until firm.

After curing the cabochons will come out of the mold effortlessly…revealing a perfect flower cabochon mold.

Supplies Needed for Casting Flower Cabochons:

FastCast Urethane Casting Resin

Translucent Dyes in Green and Blue

2 small Mixing cups, 2 stirring sticks

Cabochon Mold (made from instructions above or purchased on amazon link)

FastCast does exactly what it says. It casts fast! Begin by setting up the workspace and ensuring everything is ready.

Begin by putting one drop of green and one drop of blue translucent dyes in the mixing cup.

Then add 1/2 tsp of bottle A and 1/2 tsp of bottle B and mix them with a stick for 1 full minute. Next transfer the resin to a separate mixing cup and stir with a new stick for 30 seconds.

After mixing, pour quickly into the mold.

Then tap the mold on the table surface to help all the bubbles come to the surface. The resin will begin to set in just a few minutes. Let the mold sit for 15 minutes while the resin cures.

Supplies Needed for Jewelry Making:

E6000 Glue

Flat Stud Earring backs

Flat Adjustable Ring

Now turn the resin flower cabochons into beautiful pieces of jewelry by adhering the jewelry hardward to the resin with E6000 glue. Let the glue dry for 4 hours.

Then this beautiful jewelry is ready to wear. It’s easy to make different colored sets, great for gifts or just for fun!

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Make resin flower cabochon jewelry using EasyMold and then FastCast

 

Meet the Maker: Amber Oliver

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

Hello and Happy Friday Resin Crafts friends! It’s been awhile since we’ve done a Meet the Maker feature so we’d love to take the opportunity to introduce you to another talented member of our Resin Crafts Ambassador team.

You can find Resin Crafts Ambassador Amber Oliver creating and writing over at her blog Amber Oliver, a lifestyle blog that features DIY projects, colorful crafts, and more. She loves to make everything from woodworking to websites!

Amber was pretty new to resin when she joined the team. It’s so inspiring to hear what she has to say about creating with resin:

“I was always intimidated by resin. It seemed too complicated and I was worried I would just mess it up. But once I started working with it, I realized it’s not only a super simple process but incredibly fun! My creativity has reached new heights and I’m always excited to try working with resin in new ways! A recent favorite has been alcohol inks and resin but I have a new obsession with finding new molds to try out!”

We love to see Amber’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!

Resin Bookmarks

Resin Fire Coasters

Poured Resin Plant Stand

Resin and Alcohol Ink Pendants

DIY Resin Clipboard

Pretty amazing stuff, right?! Which project is your favorite?

DIY Resin Beach Coasters

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 07:25

Bring a bit of the beach into your home with these DIY beach-inspired coasters made of resin and real sand!

Hey Resin Crafters! Lindsay from Artsy-Fartsy Mama here with a beach-inspired resin project. The beach is one of my favorite places to visit. I love the feel of the sand on my toes, the beautiful blue color of the ocean, and the calming sound of the waves. We recently took a trip to Turks and Caicos and brought home some sand that I decided to use to make coasters as a beautiful reminder of our trip!

Supplies you will need to make your own DIY Resin Beach Coasters: Step 1:

To make one coaster, you will need about 3 oz of resin. Wear gloves to protect your hands, and pour equal amounts of resin and hardener into a mixing cup. Use a stirring stick and mix the resin well for 2 minutes. Pour the resin into a clean mixing cup and stir for another minute.

Step 2:

Add some sand to a small mixing cup. I used about 0.5 oz for one coaster. Add a little bit of resin to the sand and mix it well until all of the sand is coated. The consistency should be like a paste. If it’s too runny, add a little more sand. If it’s too thick, add a little more resin.

Step 3:

Pour the sandy resin into one third of the mold. It’s important that it has a paste consistency, otherwise it will spread and level itself throughout the mold. There will be a lot of bubbles that rise to the top, but we will take care of that later.

Step 4:

Pour about 1 oz of resin into a mixing cup. Add 3-4 drops of blue and 2 drops of green transparent resin dye into the resin to make a light, teal color. Use a clean stir stick and mix well.

Step 5:

Pour about 1 oz of resin into a mixing cup. Add 3-4 drops of blue transparent resin dye into the resin to make a deep blue color. Use a clean stir stick and mix well.

Step 6:

Pour some of the teal resin in the center of the mold and over about half of the sand resin. This will be the shallow end and shore of the ocean. Don’t worry about any bubbles that rise to the surface.

Step 7:

Pour some of the blue resin into the left third of the mold. This will be like the deeper part of the ocean.

Alternate pouring the teal and blue resins into the mold until both cups are empty. This will help the two colors blend better so you don’t have a harsh line of color in the mold.

Step 8:

Pour about another 0.5 oz of resin to another mixing cup. Add a small drop of white opaque pigment to the resin and mix well with a clean stir stick.

Step 9:

Carefully drizzle some of the white resin over the area where the teal resin is covering the sand. Try to make thin, vertical lines instead of drops and pools of resin.

Step 10:

Now it’s time to turn those lines of white resin into sea foam! Use a straw, hair dryer or a heat gun on a low setting to blow the white resin in all directions. This will gently blend it in to the lighter teal resin and give the effect of sea foam. This step will also pop all of the surface bubbles in your resin! Be careful not to use too much heat and to work quickly for best results.

Let the coasters cure overnight in an undisturbed area. Carefully remove the coasters from the mold, and sand down any edges if necessary.

Just like the beach, no two coasters will be alike. Since these coasters are made of our sand souvenir, we are sure to keep our beach vacation memories alive while sipping on our favorite drinks! You can also get sand at the craft store and make gorgeous coasters as a gift, or to keep as a unique conversation piece on your coffee table at home.

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DIY Resin Topped Desk Clock

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

When I am working, I have a tough time staying away from social media on my phone.  Every time I pick up my phone to check what time it is, I end up wasting time on Facebook or Instagram instead. In an attempt to up my productivity a bit, I made my own analog desk clock so I can check the time at a glance.

Supplies you will need:


I love using Envirotex Lite Pour-On to create a polished finish for projects like this.  It creates such a smooth, shiny surface that makes the finished project look so professional!

I chose to apply dye to the bottom half of my wood frame to give it a dip-dyed appearance. If you don’t have dye, you could also use watercolors to achieve a similar look.  Don’t want to cover up the wood tones of the frame? Use a regular wood stain or skip adding color to the frame altogether. If you do add dye or stain to the frame, be sure to let it dry FULLY before moving on.

Next, I mixed up four ounces of Envirotex Lite according to the package directions.  I elevated the frame on two mixing cups inside of a cardboard box and poured the resin over the top of the frame. You may have to use a paintbrush to make sure the sides of the frame are totally coated with the resin.

I used a long arm lighter to pop any bubbles that rose to the surface of the resin.  Then I covered the box to let the resin cure.

This step is optional but recommended: After the resin has cured for a few hours, carefully remove the frame from the box and set it on a silicone mat. If you allow the resin to fully cure in the box rig, you may have to fight to pry the frame off of the cups it was sitting on.

When the resin is fully cured and hard, I drilled a hole in the frame that was large enough to accommodate a craft clock mechanism. I chose to place a piece of painter’s tape over the area where I was drilling to make sure the resin didn’t crack.

You can find clock kits like this at your local craft store.  I found mine in the same aisle as I found the wood frame!

Assemble the clock mechanism according to package directions, add a battery, and set the time!

You know have a fully functional desk clock that you made yourself!

You can choose to add a photo or quote to the frame.  Personalize it to match your decor or change it up from season to season!


Stunning Alcohol Ink Crafts

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

Hello Resin Crafters! We’re super excited today because we have got some fun new projects for you utilizing resin to its maximum potential. Have you ever played around with alcohol ink before? Today we’re giving you the opportunity to play around with all the different kinds of projects you can create with some alcohol ink and resin. Which ones will you create?

Stunning Alcohol Ink Crafts DIY Alcohol Ink Resin Keychains 

DIY Resin and Alcohol Ink Necklace Pendants 

DIY Petrified Rainbow Alcohol Ink and Resin Coasters 

Resin and Alcohol Ink Paperweight 

DIY Alcohol Ink and Clay Heart Pendant

DIY Alcohol Ink Paperweight Diamond

DIY Alcohol Ink Ring Holder

DIY Foiled Pendant and Earring Set 

DIY Marbled Coaster with Alcohol Ink 

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