Resin crafts are becoming more and more popular and we can see why. Epoxy resin can create gorgeous pieces for you to wear (like our feature image by BigMamaLuResin), accessorise with or add to your home. We’ve created the ultimate guide to resin crafts so you can start on a new crafting adventure.
What is epoxy resin?
Epoxy resin is a material made up of two matching components. When these are mixed together they create an adhesive which can be used for a huge variety of purposes. The epoxy resin comes as a liquid which, when mixed with hardener, creates a solid material. Epoxy resin is great because it’s flexible in its liquid state meaning it can be poured and moulded into all sorts of shapes but when the hardener is added it becomes rock solid! This means it’s perfect for fixing leaks, repairing broken parts and sealing worktops. It also has another fab use that we love here at Gathered… it’s ideal for making bespoke crafts!
How to use resin for crafts
Epoxy resin can be used to make a wide range of crafts but most commonly it’s used to make jewellery or accessories. Once you’ve bought your perfect mould it’s up to you what you turn your pieces into. From bookmarks to earrings, keyrings to charms, epoxy resin is super versatile.
It’s also highly customisable. You can add colours to your resin (it is naturally transparent) with powdered pigments, alcohol inks, airbrush colours and liquid colour concentrates. Then you can add gold leaf, dried flowers, glitter or beads to your resin to give it that extra sparkle.
It’s important to note you should always wear full protective gear when creating resin crafts. It is a chemical mixture and can irritate both your skin and eyes so goggles and gloves must be worn.
Step by step guide to using resin
- Pour equal amounts of resin and hardener into a mixing cup. Art Resin has a useful resin coverage calculator if you want to work out how much you’ll need in relation to your mould size.
- Give it a good stir for at least 3 minutes. You’ll have 45 minutes to work with the stirred resin before it hardens.
- Pour the mixture into your mould. Bubbles will appear on the surface if these don’t pop themselves you can pop them.
- Wait for the resin to harden. It can take up to 24hrs so be patient!
- Pop your resin out of your mould and tidy it up by gently sanding down the edges.
Where to buy epoxy resin for crafts
The components for resin crafts can be bought online at multiple retailers. Many shops will sell kits which will include the resin, hardener and protective equipment. Here’s a few different places you can buy your epoxy resin.
This is a great resin kit for a beginner as it comes with everything you need but in a small quantity. You can buy industrial-sized resin on Amazon too (click here) but if you’re just seeing whether this is the craft for you then we’d recommend this kit. It promises to be yellow free (many cheap resins can give a yellow tint when set opposed to the clear transparent look you’re after) and comes with step by step instructions.
Etsy has a wide range of resin craft kits available including this starter kit which comes with 15 x 5g metallic pigments and 10 x 5g glitters. Although it’s more pricey it’s still a great deal as you get 1.5kg of resin as well as the colours and glitters. 1.5kg is a lot of resin so ideal for those of you wanting to create lots or larger of pieces. Etsy also sells a huge range of beautiful one of a kind moulds.
Hobbycraft sells a few resin craft kits which include quality crystal resin two ready to mix parts (100 ml resin and 50 ml hardener), two measuring cups, two mixing sticks and a pair of protective gloves. You’ll just need to find your moulds and you’re ready to go!
Epoxy clear resin craft ideas
Resin crafts are much more than just earrings. Mill Lane Studio shows you how to use your resin to create little 3D stickers!
Resin letter decorations
Create your own decorative words with these resin moulds. There’s loads of different word and letter moulds available on Etsy so have a browse and choose the word which means the most to you.
Jude Green‘s botanical resin crafts are simply stunning. We love the simplicity of her designs which are not only effective but also perfect for beginners.
Resin rainbow earrings
We’re all about rainbow crafts here at Gathered which is why we fell in love with the Instructables DIY rainbow earrings. They’re really simple to make too, you’ll just need your resin supplies, glitter and some copper wire.
Resin horoscope charms
Create your own horoscope charms with this mould on Etsy. Attach them to keychains, necklaces and earrings and give them to all your pals for Christmas. If you love the stars then head to our 31 constellation craft round up.
Pressed flower resin crafts
The Beading Gem has put together a guide to using dried flowers in resin crafts for beginners. She shows you all her tips and tricks to making your blooms look beautiful in resin.
Resin hair clips
Happiness Handmade has made us truly happy by sharing her tutorial for these sparkly resin hair clips. How fab would these be in a Christmas stocking or worn to your Christmas party!?
Resin tea light holders
Make your room glow by making your own resin tealight holders. This mould is available to buy on Etsy and you’ll be able to keep it for years to come.
Natalie Shaw shows you how to create your own resin keyrings in her simple tutorial. Once you’ve mastered your name make a bunch for your friends and family to share the resin craft joy.
Sprinkle resin crafts
Tikkdo takes resourcefulness to a whole new level with their sprinkle resin crafts. Once you’ve decorated your cupcakes why not use these sweet treats to make colourful resin jewellery? Plus sprinkles are much more eco-friendly and affordable than glitter.
Resin trinket box
Store all your trinkets with this elegant box mould. This would make the ideal gift for any jewellery-lovers out there. Now you’ve made your trinket box you need some jewellery to fill it with! Make our DIY tassel earrings and macrame necklace to pop inside.
Jazz up your sides with Artsy Fartsy Mama’s sparkly resin coasters. Lindsay’s blog is packed with resin crafts for beginners so we suggest you head over and bookmark some of your faves.
It’s all fun and games in resin crafts. There’s a few different game moulds available on Etsy including this beautiful dominoes mould. There’s also chess moulds and dice moulds!
Resin marbled tray
Brittany Goldwyn is the queen of upcycling crafts and this resin tray hack is no different. Take an old tray (or you could make your own) and add this beautiful marbled resin effect using her simple tutorial. If you’re a fan of upcycling like us check out our recycled craft ideas here on Gathered.
Resin Christmas decorations
Get all festive with your resin crafts by buying some snowflake moulds. Etsy sells a huge range of Christmas moulds with everything from baubles to Christmas trees available. If you’re looking for more festive projects head to our Christmas crafts section.
Resin pet tags
Resin Crafts Blog do exactly as their name suggests – provide you with tons of free resin crafts for beginners. We especially love these custom name pet tags. Who says pets don’t deserve to enjoy resin crafts too?
Resin cake stand
Resin crafts don’t get more ingenious than Happily Ever After’s cake stand DIY! Make yours in a colour scheme to match your kitchen and have yourself an afternoon tea party.
Resin trolley tokens
Everyday items deserve to be made pretty too! Create your own resin crafts with this trolley token mould from Etsy.
Create your own resin bookmarks with A Pumpkin and a Princess’ free tutorial. These would make a fab gift for the book lovers in your life.
This Southern Girl Can shows you how to create these pretty resin combs and mirrors. Her Youtube video is really easy to follow and her resin crafts would make a fab evening craft session with your pals.
Resin incense holders
Have your room smelling great and looking fab with these incense holder moulds from Etsy. Resin crafts that make your home smell good really are the best.
Resin plant pots
Epoxy resin crafts really do span into all areas! Pick up these resin mould planters from Etsy and create your own plant pots.
Sugar and Saw show you how to make a resin bowl for your table. This resin craft looks tricky but is quite straightforward when you get the hang of it, you’ll just need two moulds.
Snazz up your drawer handles with Not Just a Housewife’s tutorial. Decorate yours with dried flowers or glitters that match your room and get customising.
Make your own sea-themed resin bangles with The Soccer Mom’s tutorial. You can either buy mini shells and corals online or head to the beach, collect some and break them into smaller pieces to fit into your bangles.
Resin Spotify keychains
Sk aesthetics has a range of resin craft tutorials on their Youtube channel. This video shows you how to make Spotify song code key rings. Pick yours or your pals favourite songs and embed it in resin for a personalised touch.
Resin place cards
A Fabulous Fete created these floral place cards that we just adore. Although they bought the clear place cards there’s no reason why you couldn’t make your own from resin!
Resin jewellery holder
Now you’ve made all this resin jewellery you need somewhere to store it. Use Amber Oliver’s free resin crafts tutorial to create your own gem jewellery hanger.
Lindsay Gilbert shows you how you can turn your resin pieces into funky little magnets. Everyone needs fries with a face on their fridge.
Back to school crafts never looked so good. Make your own resin notebook cover with Resin Crafts tutorial.
Resin wine charms
Wine charms are the height of sophistication so why not make your own? You could use all sorts of moulds to make yours just drill a hole through your finished piece and attach a circular piece of wire. For a Christmassy touch pick up this festive mould try from Etsy.
An oldie but a goodie. Resin Obsession (great name) shows you how to make your own resin paperweights.
Resin photo holder
Keep all your photos looking pretty with Amber Oliver’s photo holder. Amber has loads of resin crafts for beginners over on her blog so it’s definitely worth having a scroll.
We’ve all seen dried flowers in resin but if you’re after something a little different then try dried fruit! This tutorial by the Instructables is really in-depth and will give you all the tips you need to get the best result.
This incredibly textured clock is by Delicious and DIY. Its made by painting onto a wooden circle which is then topped with resin and turquoise stones. Her free tutorial is up on her blog.
Resin memory stick
Epoxy resin crafts really do span into every aspect of your life! Use the Instructables tutorial to give your memory stick an upgrade. You’ll be envied in the office.
Resin faux sea glass hanging
Sonja from Sustain My Craft Habit has created the most beautiful resin wall hanging. We can just imagine how this will catch the light.
Resin ring holder
Finally, this project from Schereleim Papier is resin crafts for beginners at its best. Get your mould and make your own ring holders using their simple tutorial.