What To Do With Leftover resin? 8 Ways To Use It

what to do with leftover resinYou worked hard to mix your epoxy resin. It’s beautiful, crystal-clear, and now you’ve got some leftover. Don’t waste it. And I’m guessing you don’t want to, otherwise you wouldn’t be here looking for ideas on what to do with leftover resin.

It’s cool. I’ve got you. Here are a few things you can do with that leftover resin to turn it into your next epoxy masterpiece.

finished poppy ring

1. Form the resin into a flower shape.

Rings are one the pieces of jewelry you can wear that you can admire while wearing it. So why not make a fun one that will grab attention? Pour resin onto a piece of wax paper, then let the resin partially cure. Once bendy, push the resin into a mixing cup to finish curing. Glue your flower onto a ring finding.



2. Do resin experiments.

How often have you wondered about … [insert your resin question here]. Make a list of these things you want to know, then when you have leftover resin, start investigating. Here are a few of my favorite resin experiments:

Can you use spices to color resin?
What happens when you use nail polish to color resin?
Can you use resin in a soap mold?

Let your imagination go here. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes. You’ll learn so much.


square resin vase3. Pick a mold and pour leftover resin in it as you get it.

These are so much fun, especially in bracelet or vase molds. Who cares if the colors don’t go together or aren’t evenly poured into the mold? There will never be another one like it. Like when making resin balls for pendants.

Christmas tags with resin

4. Craft resin papers.

Have your extra resin ready to give a glossy coating to papers. What can you do with resin papers? You can…

Turn them into gift tags
Make embellishments for resin journal covers
Add a magnet to make them the perfect refrigerator decoration.


finished resin bead bracelet

5. Make resin beads.

Spread resin over a non-stick surface. Once it’s soft cured, cut into strips. Then, roll them into a bead shape. Here are the full details on how to make resin beads.

resin on vase

6. Decorate a vase.

Take a glass vase from blah to bougie with your resin skills. Let the extra resin cure, then glue it to your vase’s surface. Here’s how with this leftover epoxy tutorial.

brushing on epoxy

7. Use the resin as a glue.

Notice how resin sticks to everything? Use that to your advantage. Resin makes a strong glue. You can use epoxy to glue parts together with a strong hold. It’s how you turn a broken keyboard into a resin ring.

epoxy chips for terrazzo earrings

8. Let the resin cure, then reuse.

You can use cured resin bits as inclusions in your next resin project. Recycled resin bits are the base of this terrazzo earrings project.

So what can you do to avoid leftover resin?

Use the Resin Obsession resin calculator. Take a few measurements, and the [FREE] calculator does the math for you on how much resin you need. It doesn’t mean you won’t have any leftover resin, but it can help you not have so much.

What if you don’t want to do anything with your leftover resin?

Then ensure you dispose of your resin safely. Set it aside to cure before throwing it away in your trash.

Want more epoxy resin craft ideas?

Then you’ll want a copy of Resin Jewelry Making.  It contains more resin jewelry and crafting projects that you can make in a weekend.

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5 thoughts on “What To Do With Leftover resin? 8 Ways To Use It

  1. I love your ideas. Thank you for the emails. Been a busy year, so i save your posts in a folder, & catch up when i can. Resin is great! I also love polymer clay..Best Wishes.. Vicki..xx

  2. thank you for your ideas — always informative and fun — I used resin to coat one of my Cosmos paintings once and the left over resin got me into making jewellery — which I am SOOO enjoying !!

  3. I love everything mini. I pour up my little mini fish,paint them then add the 1cm fish to other items and put them into acorn caps off my tree and add more resin. I would like to sell some and would love for someone to tell me more about what price I should put on them

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