Learn how to make a resin frame using epoxy and Legos! This resin picture frame is so easy – what will you put in your creation?
We’re on a resin kick around here! First we showed you how to use resin, then we made DIY resin coasters and geode coasters. Then finally, we put some dried flowers in resin. It’s been quite the journey, and lots of fun.
The next step on the resin journey is to show you how to make a DIY resin frame! As it turns out there are TWO ways to make an epoxy resin frame. In both scenarios, you can embed objects in the resin:
- Make it entirely of resin using a silicone mold like this one
- Use a wood frame (or similar) as a base, tape the frame, and pour the resin on top
This picture frame uses the second method. The difference between the two is that the first method uses the mold only, and the resin is poured in and hardened. In the second method, you’ll need to tape around the frame to create a cavity for pouring. As I said, in both methods you can embed objects. The video in this post shows you how.
Here’s how you’re going to make a resin frame . . . it’s easier than you think!
Resin Picture Frame
- Mod Podge Resin or similar
- Wooden frame
- FolkArt paint – Wicker White
- Craft sticks for stirring
- Painter’s tape – 1 ½”
Paint your frame with Wicker White and let dry.
Follow instructions on resin packaging for mixing. You’ll want to mix 4 oz. of resin. To mix Mod Podge Resin, begin by measuring out equal amounts of Resin and Hardener – (measure by volume not weight). Use a separate measuring cup for each part. Once equal amounts of both parts are measured, pour them into a mixing cup. Gently stir the two parts together for 3 minutes. When you start to stir, cloudy swirls will appear.
While mixing, make sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing cup to fully incorporate the two parts. Continue to mix until the cloudy swirls no longer appear and the mixture is clear. NOTE: it is best to only mix the amount that will be needed for each project, one project at a time.
Attach the Legos to the frame, brushing a little bit of resin on the bottom of each Lego and securing to the frame. Let set for 20 minutes. Leave the rest of the resin in the cup as you have about 30 minutes working time.
Toward the end of the 20 minutes, make a wall around the frame with painter’s tape. Press it all the way around the frame, as closely and tightly as possible so none of the resin leaks.
Pour a layer of resin onto the frame. Use the torch to remove any bubbles. Allow 24 hours for the resin to harden.
Remove the tape. Round the edges with sandpaper. Remove any dust. Tape off the back of the frame to keep the resin from running over onto the back.
Mix the remainder of the resin, about 4 oz., according to the instructions you used the first time. Pour resin over the entire frame again and let the resin go over the edges to cover the sides. Let set for several hours.
Remove tape from the back of frame. Let the resin completely set overnight. You can sand and polish the resin frame using the instructions here.
Did you enjoy learning how to make this DIY resin frame? I’d love for you to check out these other projects too: