Ten things to include in resin – setting things in resin

10 things that look great in resinOne of the great things about resin is that it is so versatile. You can add colors, pour it into molds, or use resin to coat tabletops. Even better, you can include things in resin to personalize it to your style. Here are ten ideas of things to embed in your next resin project.


flower resin coaster

Adding flowers is an instant way to make your project special. As long as the flowers are dried and sealed first, you can use them in your resin endeavors. I encourage you to collect flowers from your garden or even use ones from a florist. Either way, you will love the colors and shapes the natural elements will add to your resin.  In fact, you can use them to make flower resin coasters.


adding glass beads to resin

Beads of all types are fun to embed in resin. I like to use beads of varying shapes, styles, and colors all in the same project to give it more visual interest. By doing this, you can create a sense of texture and dimension, even when your piece casts with a flat surface.

Jewelry charms

placing a charm in a bezel with resin

When you’re setting things in resin, adding charms is a quick way to make it meaningful. Find a charm that has personal meaning, then include it with your resin. If they are metal, it’s even easier because you don’t have to worry about sealing them first. You will create something personal, which also makes using jewelry charms an easy way to make a resin gift.  See how I used this charm in an open-backed bezel with resin.


sticker in a resin pendant

Have a favorite saying or design you want to include in your resin? Stickers work great for this. You can use foil and other fancy stickers or even get a unique design cut with a Cricut machine. Stickers are a mainstay of Kawaii resin projects, so you will need some to make something in that style.

Candy sprinkles

mixing sprinkle into resin

Of all the things to embed in resin, one of my favorites is in my baking drawer. Candy sprinkles and other confection decorations can enhance your next resin creation. Ensure they aren’t something that will easily dissolve and seal them with sealer spray before using them in your resin; otherwise, they might lose color.  Once you have them sealed, you can use them to decorate a cake stand with resin.


coloring resin with paprika

Your next thing to embed in resin might be waiting for you in your spice cabinet. Not only can powders, seeds, and leaves from spice jars add interest to your resin, but they can also add Earthy colors.

Watch parts

silicone mold and watch parts

Have a broken watch that you can’t bear to throw away? Break open the back, then remove the gears and parts. Not only will you have something fun to include in your resin, but you are completing a recycled resin project too! Watch parts are essential to Steampunk style, so you might want to ask your family and friends for their broken watches too.  You might find setting these things in resin is completely your style!


adding glitter to transparent blue resin

Of course, glitter is a trusted resin friend. They go together like peanut butter and chocolate! Glitter comes in so many colors and sizes that you can use it for days and never run out of choices. If you want to make sure your glitter stays suspended, you will want to use unsinkable glitter for resin.



Have a collection of beach shells from your last vacation sitting in a drawer? Include them in a resin project. I like using seashells because you don’t have to prep them before adding them to your resin. Add them with your vacation photos to make a beach-themed display frame to hang in your kitchen.


finished dog pendant

Have a favorite ticket stub or love note you want to preserve for eternity? Include it in your next resin casting. These projects are a lot of fun to craft and make fantastic gifts. Use them in paperweights or pendants. The choice is yours! Make sure your papers are sealed first. Otherwise, they will take up water stains.

If you want more help with things to embed in resin, I’ve got something for you.

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