Did you know creating a DIY jewelry box is super easy when you use resin?
I wouldn’t kid you about something like that.
Here are four different resin trinket box ideas that you can make this afternoon!
Steps for all resin jewelry boxes:
Determine the amount of resin you need for your mold. We have a resin calculator to give you an idea, but because the box has a hollow center, you will mix a lot more resin that you need. The easiest thing to do when making this resin trinket box is to pour water into both parts of the mold. Then pour the water into a measuring cup. Measure the ounces of water in the measuring cup, and that will give you an idea of how much resin you need for your DIY jewelry box.
Apply a light mist of mold release to your mold. This will make it easier to get the box out of the mold once it’s cured.
Measure and mix your resin. Since I made several of these at once, I wanted to use a clear casting resin that would blend bubble-free in large volumes. For all four of these projects, I used the Resin Obsession deep pour casting resin. You can mix between three ounces and three gallons at a time and pour in depths of up to two inches at once.
If you have never mixed resin before, you will want to read this article on how to measure and mix epoxy resin in five easy steps.
Use a heat gun to warm up the mold gently before pouring the resin. By warming the mold, it will be less likely you will trap bubbles at the bottom and along the sides of the mold. The difference in warm resin and a cold mold makes trapping bubbles a potential problem.
Pour some resin into each part of the mold for your DIY jewelry box. You will want to leave room for whatever you’re going to include. (Hang on — those resin jewelry box ideas are coming up!)
Pro tip: Once you pour a little bit of resin into each part of the trinket box mold, roll the resin around the mold. This will break the surface tension and push the bubbles to a point where they can escape the resin before it cures.
Add your additions to your resin and mold. For all the resin jewelry box ideas I’m sharing below, I’m not including anything that requires sealing. If you want to include papers or anything else that changes when it gets wet, you will want to seal them first. This article explains how: How to seal papers for resin.
Top off your resin trinket boxes with more resin. Overfill the mold slightly as your resin will shrink as it cures.
Check your resin for bubbles. If you find one trapped in your resin, use your stick to help draw it to the top. Going over the top of the resin with a heat gun will pop the surface bubbles.
Cover your silicone molds filled with resin with a plastic dome or some other container to keep dust and hair off while it cures. This deep pour epoxy resin takes 48 to 72 hours to cure, so you also want to be sure it can stay undisturbed for the entire time.
Demold your DIY jewelry boxes from their silicone molds. If you find this step tricky, you can pour soapy water in between the mold and the cured resin to help with this. This video shows how it works.
Use wet/dry sandpaper to sand off any sharp edges on your resin jewelry box. You want to be sure it doesn’t scratch a surface like a dresser or a nightstand.
Now that you’ve got the necessary steps, here are four variations to your DIY jewelry box project:
Fill the mold with complimentary colored glass beads.
Cut up recycled gift cards and add them to the resin.
Cut up iridescent papers and add to the resin.
Imagine creating something with resin that has people oohing and aahing. I promise — you can do it! All you need is the roadmap to understand resin and make it work for you! It’s why I wrote the book, Resin Fundamentals. Go from frustrated to fabulous with resin in only an afternoon!
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