Learn how to make these resin crafts for home or gifts! These 30+ resin craft ideas are perfect for beginners. Get tips and tricks for success too!
I’ll be honest, I love it when crafts come back around. It’s happened with Mod Podge several times – as you might expect with a product that is over 50 years old. It’s nice when the next generation can enjoy something that I enjoyed as a kid. Annnnddd I just made myself sound really old.
But seriously, I do love old crafting techniques making a resurgence. And the latest to come back is a favorite of mine: epoxy resin. You may have noticed in the craft stores recently the end caps from the different brands with resin, molds, tools, etc.
You may have even seen Mod Podge Resin in the stores. But you also may not have any idea what resin is, or what you can do with it. That’s why I’m excited to share some resin crafts with you today, so you can get started with this awesome trend.
Crafting with Resin
If you’ve never used resin before, I’m going to start with some FAQs about the product as well as what you can do.
If you’re here for the resin crafts, scroll down to the bottom for an awesome list for beginners and beyond. Otherwise, let’s start with some questions to help introduce you to a whole new world of crafting.
What is epoxy resin?
Without getting too science-y, epoxy resin is a two part liquid product that, when mixed together, hardens into a solid, clear surface. It comes in two separate bottles. Typically the bottles are mixed in a 1:1 ratio. The surface that results is waterproof, food safe, and very strong.
Because I get asked this: if you’ve heard of casting resin, it’s a type of epoxy resin. The features of casting resin is that it has low viscosity, making it ideal for things that require a thick pour (like paperweights, encasing items in resin).
Is resin art easy?
Yes. Resin crafts are not hard to make, but you do need to observe all the instructions carefully and wear the appropriate safety gear. Besides that, you’ll be mixing and pouring. My suggestion is to start small and work your way up to projects that use more resin to get a feel for it.
What crafts can you make with resin?
Coasters, frames, keychains, hair accessories, paperweights, tabletops, cutting boards, trays, jewelry, wall art, and more. You’ll see the awesomeness that is resin at the bottom of this post.
Why is resin dangerous?
Because when mixed, a chemical reaction takes place and resin releases fumes when curing. It’s not anything you can see like in chemistry class, but sensitive folks should definitely wear a respirator and eyewear.
Resin can also irritate the skin so gloves and long sleeves are a good idea too. If you want to know more, get Mod Podge resin MSDS sheets here. Always wear recommended safety equipment for your specific product.
What is the best resin for beginners?
I don’t think any of the resins currently on the market are hard to use. I just look for a 1:1 mixing ratio. Besides that, you’re stirring . . . and the instructions are pretty much the same no matter which one you use.
What can be put in resin?
Glitter, alcohol ink, paint, dried flowers, scrapbooking embellishments, wood shapes, sand and seashells, and an endless variety of other materials.
Can you put fresh flowers in resin?
No. It’s not recommended because fresh flowers can rot inside resin. You’ll want to make sure they are dry.
Why is resin expensive?
The process of bottling the two separate parts is more intensive than bottling something like acrylic paint – especially when you have ingredients that are toxic when handled. The material itself is more expensive, too. I believe the price is worth the results, though. You’ll see when you use it!
Does resin break easily?
No, it’s relatively strong. But it can break. If you make a paperweight and then slam in on the hard floor, you could crack it. Or drop something and hit it at just the right angle. It’s dense and there is some weight to it when it is fully hardened.
Are you ready to jump into the resin crafting ideas? I can’t wait for you to get started! Scroll down to get them!
Learn how to make cool things with epoxy resin. These 30 resin craft ideas are great for beginners. You're going to love this cool crafting trend!
Elizabeth needed some hair barrettes to chicly combat Texas summer heat, so she thought it would be fun to add foil flakes to resin to create classy hair barrettes. You can make these as colorful or as fancy as you like.
These photo resin coasters would look adorable on your desk at work, on your nightstand . . . or anywhere really. The best part is that because the mason jar lid has a lip, when condensation forms from cold beverages, the mess will be contained!
Most affordable cabinet hardware is pretty plain looking. If you want a more custom look you either need to spend a fortune OR make them yourself. Thankfully, you can make your own cabinet drawer pulls using resin to create one-of-a-kind hardware that doesn’t break the bank.
Up your fashion game by crafting your own jewelry with this glitter-y Mod Podge Resin bangle project. These are great to make and give to as a gift or to pair with your favorite outfit for a night out.
Is your bulletin board looking a little boring? You can make your own gummy bear thumbtacks with a silicone mold and colorful resin! This is a great started resin project if you have been intimidated to work with resin.
Ready for a fun and easy project? Resin succulents! These little guys are a great beginner project and you can use them for so many things . . . add a magnet to put them on the fridge, a keychain so they can dangle from your keys or even arrange them in a flower pot as a tiny succulent garden that you really can’t kill.
Use a cheap silicone mold to upgrade basic string of mini LED lights into lights that are perfect for a summer party! Using resin in a silicone mold allows you to create translucent decorations in nearly any shape. Jessica chose to make a set of colorful pineapple string lights, but you can use this same technique to perfectly match your party theme.
You can make a DIY fish bowl necklace with resin and a few supplies. These cute necklaces are perfect for kids or even adults that want to add a touch of whimsy to their jewelry choices. For those that love goldfish, these are absolutely the perfect accessory!
Recreate your favorite beach destination with Mod Podge Resin! Easily embed sand, seashells, and more from the ocean to preserve your memories. Dream of a tropical vacation with this fun beach canvas project.