Turn resin into remarkable home accents using simple hardware, hobby, and household items as molds.
These projects use resin, a fun and versatile medium made from a 1:1 ratio of epoxy resin and polyamine hardener, available at hobby stores. Here, we'll show you eight creative ways to use resin.
For all projects: Work in a well-ventilated area, and wear eye and hand protection. Cover your work surface with a drop cloth.
Make your own homemade buttons in just a few easy steps! Add the buttons to sweaters, throw pillows, or other creations to amp up the handmade style. Start by buying a button-shape mold, epoxy resin, polyamine hardener, and acrylic paint in the colors you want for the buttons.
Pour a 1:1 mixture of epoxy resin and polyamine hardener into the button-shape fondant mold. To color the resin, stir in a small amount of the acrylic crafts paint. If resin covers the button holes, remove the button from the mold while it's still rubbery, and use a pin to poke through the holes. Otherwise, let dry 24 hours before popping the buttons out of the mold.
Crafty Idea: To add sparkle, sprinkle the backs of the buttons with glitter as shown. Stir the glitter into the resin using a toothpick to spread the sparkle throughout the button.
Dress up plain napkin rings with resin embellishments. We used a mold designed for fondant to create these stylish flowers.
Stir acrylic crafts paint into a 1:1 mixture of epoxy resin and polyamine hardener.
Pour resin into a rubber mold. Let dry for 24 hours.
Option: If you want to curve the resin around the napkin ring, remove the decoration from the mold before it hardens completely. Carefully bend the pliable resin over the curve of the ring, hot-glue to the ring, and then set aside to finish drying.
Try out the napkin ring and button techniques for making pushpins. When the resin is dry, affix the piece to the top of a thumbtack with hot glue.
Refresh cabinet doors with flirty floral resin knobs cast in a contact lens case. Spray the case with mold release and pour in the resin. Position a piece of vintage jewelry upside-down in the mold.
When resin has the consistency of gel (after about 20 minutes), top with a machine screw inserted at a 90-degree angle. Let dry 24 hours before removing the knob from its mold. Before installing, thread a machine nut onto the screw to create space between the knob and the cabinet door.
Add a touch of glam and style to something as simple as a doorknob! Use resin to round out the style of a utilitarian concave-face doorknob in a few simple steps. Start by collecting the necessary materials: scrapbook paper, decoupage medium, a decorative bauble, epoxy resin, and polyamine hardener.
Punch a piece of scrapbook paper to fit the face of the knob. Snip a slit from the edge to the center of the paper so the circle fits the curvature of the knob. Adhere the paper to the doorknob, and seal with two coats of decoupage medium.
Once the decoupage medium is dry, place a decorative bauble at the center of the handle. Working on a level surface, pour a 1:1 mixture of epoxy resin and polyamine hardener on top. Wait 24 hours before installing the doorknob.
Display a treasured photo in this easy frame. Cut out your image. Cut a second paper circle and adhere it to the back of the photo to give it heft. Seal both sides with decoupage medium; let dry.
Spray a soap mold with mold release. Then add the resin -- a 1:1 mixture of epoxy resin and polyamine hardener -- followed by the photo.
Use a toothpick to embed the photo facedown in the resin. Let dry 24 hours before removing the frame from the mold. To finish, cut pretty paper to fit the back of the frame and secure with spray adhesive. Display the finished project on a mini easel.
Hang this sea-glass-inspired mobile in a sunny window to reflect light and color throughout the room. Simply use water-bottle ice cube trays, resin, and a few drops of food coloring to make this colorful creation.
Pour a 1:1 mixture of epoxy resin and polyamine hardener into the rubber ice cube trays. Add one or two drops of food coloring into each mold, and mix with a stir stick.
Once dry, remove the reflectors from the mold and insert a screw eye into the top of each.
Tie fishing line to the hooks and suspend the reflectors at varying heights from a metal ring.