Making resin gifts for a loved one is one word. FUN. And you might be wondering if you can use resin to DIY a gift for grandparents.
Yes, you can.
Grab the kiddos. Grab your resin supplies. And get the oven ready.
You’ve got an afternoon of resin crafts coming.
Step 1: Decorate ceramic tiles.
Give your kids your collection of Sharpies.
Fully supervised of course.
Then, let them draw masterpieces onto white, glazed ceramic tiles. You can get these from a home improvement store. They cost about $1 each.
💡 Pro tip: Ceramic tiles are a perfect surface for making resin art too.
Step 2: Bake the tiles.
To make sure the ink doesn’t come off the tiles, let them air-dry for 24 hours. Then, place the tiles into a cold oven and turn it on to 450F. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off and let the tiles completely cool.
💡 Pro tip: To get brighter colors for your DIY gift for grandparents, let the tiles air dry for several days, and don’t bake them. Or use oil-based Sharpies for the project.
Step 3: Mix resin.
The Resin Obsession crystal doming resin is perfect for this project. It evenly levels without you having to do any extra work. Plus, it cures extra glossy in only one coat.
But how much resin do you need to mix?
Ah. This part is easy.
Use the Resin Obsession resin calculator to do the math for you.
Step 4: Cover the tile with epoxy.
Prop up your tile, then pour the mixed clear epoxy resin onto the ceramic tile. Pour enough to cover approximately two-thirds of the tile. Then, let it spread.
Use your stirring stick or gloved fingers to help cover the tile with resin.
Drip more resin onto the tile if it isn’t covered completely. You don’t want fish eyes in your DIY gift for grandparents.
Go over the tile surface with a heat tool and watch those bubbles pop. It’s #oddlysatisfying.
So this is why you need a protective resin surface. Your resin can slide over the edge and drip onto your table.
Step 5: Clean up the resin drips and finish the back
If you have cured resin on the back of your DIY grandparent’s gift, you’ll need to sand them off. You can use coarse sandpaper, but it will take a while. Plus, it’s incredibly boring.
The quicker way to sand resin is using a rotary tool.
⚠️ IMPORTANT: Wear a dust particle mask and safety glasses when using any rotary tool.
To ensure the tiles don’t scratch a delicate surface, add felt pads to the back. These are the same pads you can put on the bottom of furniture legs so they don’t scratch the floor. You can use corkboard to protect the back too.
Your DIY gift for grandparents is done! And they’ll love that they’re one-of-a-kind epoxy art.
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