I’m back with a fun, quick Valentine’s Day DIY. I’m going to introduce you to one of my favorite craft mediums – resin! New materials can be intimidating, but I’ll teach you the basics of using resin and you will complete a project you will heart.
I hate reading instructions and it absolutely kills my fiance. But since our end results really depends on following the instructions, give it a quick read through. Let’s go!
- Conversation candy hearts
- Mod Podge
- Paint brush
- Resin epoxy kit
- Stir stick
- Disposable gloves
- Blow dryer
- Plastic wrap
Paint a layer of Mod Podge on the tray bottom and place the heart candies on tray. You need to move quickly when moving around the pieces because they can smear color in the glue. Depending on how you look at it it could be kind of fun.
Resin has many hazardous chemicals so I highly suggest using disposable gloves. Also, use in a well ventilated area. I picked up the low odor resin and it’s definitely an improvement from the normal version. The key for resin is to mix equal parts of the two solutions. If you add too much of the resin or hardener, your resin can be too soft or harden too fast. (Ignore the dark color – I used old resin)Measure out two equal parts and then pour one part into the other. Stir for 2 minutes. The mixing will create air bubbles. We will fix this in the next step. Pour the resin over the candy. I can’t really make any good suggestions for how much resin to mix. You could pour water in your tray before getting the project started and then pour the water into the cups to get the resin amount.
Set your blow dryer to the hot heat setting and gently blow dry the resin to remove any air bubbles. If you have a pretty powerful blow dryer, hold it further away from the tray as to not splatter resin on the sides. Let the resin curate for 24 hrs (or however long your instructions say.) To keep out any dust or hair, cover the tray with plastic wrap.