Want to preserve some of those beach memories in a fun way? Add some of them to a beach themed decorative tray. I love how this beach tray DIY turned out! It is actually perfect for a nautical themed bathroom or use it to hold your jewelry. Either way, you are sure to love the look of this tray when it is completed!
• Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin
• Resin Obsession Transparent Color Pigments in blue and teal
• Wood tray
• Mixing Cups
• Stir Sticks
• White Paint
• Beach Treasures
• Hot Glue and Glue Gun
• Protective Gloves
Start by painting your tray with the white paint. I put about three coats on my tray. Once dry, add rope around the outer edge with hot glue. This step is optional. If you don’t love the look of the rope, just seal the tray edges by adding hot glue to the bottom instead.
Next, mix resin in three different cups. I mixed about ¾ oz of resin to stay clear for the first cup and two cups with ½ oz each to add some color.
NOTE: I think about half of this amount of the colors would be sufficient. Add the colorant to part A before adding part B. I used just a small drop in each cup as shown above.
Mix the colors in well before adding part B to your cup.
Mix your resin well (both the clear and the colors). Then, start with a layer of clear resin on the bottom of your tray. I also used my stir stick to pull up resin onto the rope around the edges. You want to try to seal the rope as much as possible in this step.
Randomly drip both colors all over the clear resin.
While everything is still wet, use a stir stick to swirl your resin into a pretty water pattern.
Remove any bubbles from your resin and allow to harden until it is about the consistency of jello. Add in your beach treasures at this time by laying them on top of the resin.
NOTE: Starfish work fairly well with this tray. I tried sand dollars and the pigment in the resin discolored them. I had issues with shells and bubbles so if you are going to use them make sure they get down in the resin during this step so that the opening is sealed closed.
Add as many treasures as you would like, then allow your tray to cure completely.
Mix additional resin to pour over and complete your tray. The amount here will depend on your tray size as well as the thickness of the objects you added. (If you want to do the math on the exact amount you need, this article will help: How much resin do I need to mix?) This resin will have no colorants. Just mix together part A and B to create a clear layer. Make sure your objects are covered and pop any bubbles that appear.
NOTE: Starfish produce bubbles from their surface. I found that using a wood skewer and running over the top after pouring the resin helped to release the bubbles. Watch your tray carefully until the resin is set enough not to allow bubbling.
Once fully cured, you are ready to use your beach themed decorative tray anywhere in your home. Here we added some soap in the bathroom but it will work as a catchall in any room.
The rope does take on a bit of the colorant in the resin and will look dark and almost wet even after cured. Again you can omit this from your project if you would like.
Enjoy and be sure to get your supplies to make your own beach tray DIY!