Do you know what resin is? Resin, or epoxy resin, is a type of liquid compound that can be blended into a variety of shapes and forms. Although it starts out in a liquid form, it can dry to be quite strong and durable and can even resemble stone or even glass. Resin can be either from synthetic origin or from plants — the resin that comes from plants is usually created in response to an injury, as resin will protect the plant in time of trauma.
In recent years resin has become a popular craft material due to its malleability. If you would like to hop aboard the resin trend, here are some ideas to help you get started:
While delicate combs used to be a common thing in years past (anyone who has ever seen Downton Abbey or any other similar show knows this), they have for whatever reason lost their cultural cache over recent years. We say that it’s time that we bring them back! You can make your own beautiful glass combs out of resin quite easily, as demonstrated in this easy-to-follow YouTube tutorial.
Resin Glitter Glassware
The 90s called, and they don’t want their glitter back! They said that they are delighted that glitter is continuing to be popular in the 2020s, and to have a lot of fun with it. All jokes aside, resin and glitter go together like peanut butter and jam, or tea and honey. Find out how you can make beautiful resin glitter glassware from this unique tutorial over at Crafty Chica.
A decorative tray is one of those items that you don’t suspect to ever need, but then when the time arises you are kicking yourself that you do not have the perfect decorative tray on hand! Save yourself from a dilemma the next time you are entertaining by keeping a beautiful serving tray on hand — we suggest that you make your own out of resin because the end results are gorgeous.
Resin Hair Clips
One of our favorite things about resin crafts is the fact that they can be used in practical everyday situations! Take these hair clips from Happiness is Homemade, for example. While they do make for a fun craft idea for a rainy day, they can also be used on a day-to-day basais as beautiful and functional hair clips!
Speaking of crafts that come with function, how’s a table for functionality? Don’t get us wrong —we don’t mean to say that you can create a table entirely out of resin —but we do mean to say that you can make a beautiful table top out of resin. It sounds strange without visual representation, but once you see how it works you will be completely sold on the idea. See how here.
If you are a big reader, the first craft that you attempt to make should be these beautiful resin bookmarks! We love the way that resin creates a heavier feeling than the majority of bookmarks that are paper or cardboard based. This means that it is harder for the bookmark to drop out of the book, which means that it is harder to lose your place! Any reader knows that this is a good thing. Find out more over at Resin Crafts Blog.
As we have already demonstrated, resin is a very versatile material and can be used for large crafts and small crafts alike. One of the examples of the smaller crafts is to make stickers out of resin. This is a very good gift idea for any young person in your life who finds joys in collecting stickers! What could be more one of a kind than a sticker you made yourself? See more over at Mill Lane Studio.
Resin makes beautiful jewelry, and we’re not just talking about bracelets and necklaces (although we will touch on these as well). We also mean rings, as is seen demonstrated in this example. Depending on your style, you could use resin to make plain colored rings, rings with pressed flowers inside, or rings with glitter. The possibilities are endless!
Resin Heart Paperweights
Given its heavy feel, resin makes the ideal material for making paperweights! The liberal form of this craft type also means that you can try out a bunch of different ideas when you are making a paperweight to get a feel for the art form and to practice your skills. This adorable resin paperweight from Lovely Indeed comes in the shape of a heart, and we think that makes an adorable gift!
Pressed Flower Coasters
Resin makes beautiful coasters, but it makes extra beautiful coasters when you add dried up flowers into the mix! While the only example of this craft that we could find was a product that is available for purchase on Etsy, with a little bit of creativity and motivation it wouldn’t be hard to make this coaster set yourself. It certainly makes a beautiful living room accessory!
Speaking of accessories, just like coasters, bowls can be wonderful decor pieces alongside their many practical uses such as for holding trinkets and more. Believe ir or not, but it is a lot easier than it seems to make bowls out of resin. We can’t guarantee that you won’t be hooked on making resin bowls after you make your first one — hopefully you have grateful friends that you can give them to as gifts! Get the details over at Pinterest.
Resin Glitter Ring
Remember earlier when we said that you can make a wide variety of rings with resin? Well, we mentioned a glitter ring, and now we want to show you how easy it is to make a glitter ring yourself. This tutorial from Crafty Chica takes the idea of the resin ring one step further by making it with a glittery heart. We love it!
Once you become more and more comfortable working with resin (remember that there is a learning curve!) you will feel ready to venture into more complicated territory. Case in point: making lamps out of resin! While it seems really complicated on paper, with a few simple tricks it can actually be quite easy. We love the way that this example on Pinterest also incorporates faux flowers into its design.
Resin Letter Keychains
Resin was made for keychains, it seems! Not only does this material provide the perfect amount of weight for a keychain, but it also allows for a great deal of customization, and what are keychains for if not customizing? These keychains that come with your name’s initials look like they come straight from the store shelves of a local shop, except they will cost you much less to make them within your own home.
Resin Dog Tags
Speaking of keychains, dog tags are quite similar — keychains for your dogs, if you will! You can make your own dog tag to not only ensure that your animal is found if lost, but also to give them a touch of personality (not that we don’t think that your pets have enough personality!) Find out how over at Resin Craft Blogs.
Mermaid Tale Keychains
Here is another keychain idea, though it is one that is a bit more complicated than simple initials. These adorable resin mermaids make the perfect gift for a young girl, or for anyone else who has a soft spot for mythical mermaids (and who wouldn’t?) Find out how over at Doodle Craft Blog.
We promised you bracelets, and here we are delivering! While the firmness of resin does not make it suitable for most of the conventional bracelet types, it can be used to make a very pretty bangle. We love how these bracelets from At Charlotte’s House take us back to the 90s just upon looking at them. We are so happy that these kind of fashion choices are back in style with a vengeance!
Succulents seem to be the pattern that is incorporated into every design, and we’re not here to complain about it! We love the way that succulents look (and we love succulents themselves, too). This tutorial over at Resin Crafts Blog can show you how to make succulents in a way that even a beginner can manage, through using the right molds.
So there you have it — even if you came into this blog post without even knowing what resin was, you are now walking away with not only the knowledge of resin but also ideas for how you can make a creative craft with it! Once you get going, you will never grow tired of the fun that resin crafts can bring.