Being creative at home has taken on an entirely new meaning during a global pandemic. Not only do you need to find something to keep yourself engaged, but you may also find yourself in a situation where you want to do something that’s easy on your budget. Luckily, crafting with epoxy resin lets you do both! If you want to try making things with resin, here are some super fun casting ideas to get you started.
Oh wait, if you’re new to all this, you might want to read how to get started with resin, then come back to this article.
Making a paperweight to decorate a desk or table is one of those projects for all resin skill levels. I love this project because you don’t need to follow any specific rules other than making sure you measure and mix the resin correctly. Meaning, you can add in all kinds of fun stuff. This is a terrific project to preserve memorabilia and trinkets.
I don’t know if these coasters are more fun to make or give as gifts. I love how they have a ‘man-cave’ vibe even though they are entirely handmade. What guy wouldn’t like getting these for a gift? The hardest part will be choosing your resin colors!
Okay, so maybe you want your coasters to look a little more delicate. The easiest way to do that is to add flowers to the resin. First, dry flowers from a bouquet or your garden, then include them in a flower-shaped coaster. Next, add a clear casting resin and wait for your ideas to come to life!
Have you seen the coasters that look like a slice of rock from nature? You can make those with resin. Seriously! All it takes is a little planning to pour your resin in a specific order and pattern to make them look like geode slices. You will love how these look on your coffee table!
Does anyone else have problems keeping fish alive? It’s why this project is one of my favorite resin casting ideas. Lookalike fish and a little resin bring this project to life. Plus, you don’t have to worry about feeding these fish.
Of course, if you have painting skills, you can paint the fish onto resin yourself. This project requires patience as it takes a few days to create, but it’s a fantastic way to make the resin look three-dimensional. You won’t believe these fish aren’t real!
How many times have you lost your keys because you toss them somewhere only to forget where that is? Instead, make a tray with resin that will serve as a landing spot for your keys, phone, and anything else in your pocket. It also gives a cozy, rustic look to your home’s entryway.
Speaking of lost keys, maybe the trick to not losing them is by making a key ring that’s hard to lose. Blend that with a love for animals, and you’ve got the best afternoon crafting project. Your car keys will thank you!
If you’ve got some word-working tools, you’ve got options for making resin jewelry. After combining resin and wood, cut and sand the resin into unique shapes. This is one of the most fun casting ideas to connect scrap wood with resin to turn it into something artistic.
Where are my people who like wearing big, chunky rings? Then I’ve got the resin project for you! It all starts with a funky ring mold. Use a resin for jewelry, add some flashy resin colors, then pour into your mold. The hardest part of this project will be waiting for your resin to cure.
Are you looking for a way to unplug from technology? How about going old school with a board game, especially if it means that you can use your resin skills beforehand. This tic tac toe set also travels well, meaning it’s already called shotgun for your next road trip.
So you’ve been saving your mason jars in hopes that someday you would find some way to include them in a craft project. Here’s your chance! Drip colored resin onto jars that you can use for centerpieces. Fill them with lights or flowers. Either way, they will sparkle! Plus, this is an easy leftover resin project.
Where are my wine lovers? This project will make it to the top of your resin casting ideas list. Start with the mold, then add colored resin. The best part of this resin project is that you can have it your way with the colors. It’s a thoughtful and creative housewarming gift.
I think this is the quintessential classic of all resin jewelry projects. There’s nothing like wearing a chunky resin bracelet, especially when you made it yourself. You won’t believe the step we take to give the resin a unique pattern.
Okay, making resin earrings is my favorite of all of these casting ideas. Earring always fit, and they add a sense of style, even if my hair is a hot mess. If you like them colorful, then you will love making these Petri-style earrings.
Ready to take on more casting ideas with resin but need help getting started?
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