What happens when you have ornaments to upcycle and some leftover resin? You get creative with coloring! Last week, I created mustache adornments to decorate the outside of glass ornaments. I thought to myself then that there must be more we can do to DIY resin ornaments for my Christmas tree.
Step 1: Prep a glass tree ornament
Most major crafting outlets have glass ball Christmas ornaments for crafting use.
After taking out the metal insert, I propped the first ornament onto toothpicks with tape around the bottom. (You will see why this is important in a minute.)
For the second ornament, I propped it up on toothpicks around the perimeter of the ornament. Note: Both ornaments are on styrofoam trays covered with wax paper.
Step 2: Color the resin
Step 3: Apply the resin
For the ornament propped up on the tape, I paddled resin onto the outside. I placed two thick coats onto the DIY resin ornament.
I then swirled the resin around the inside to completely coat the interior.
I was able to get two coats of resin on the ornament on the left (brushed on the outside), but only one coat on the inside.
Set the resin ornaments aside to cure.
Unfortunately, once they had cured, the second coat of resin didn’t matter. They both cured with the same resin layer thickness.
Note: The tape kept the ornament on the left from sticking to the toothpicks. Otherwise, the dripping resin would have cemented it to the props.
I would say they both turned out the same, with the exception that the ornament with the resin on the inside was able to maintain a little bit more of the pearlized effect on the glass. The difference is slight though, and I don’t think I would have noticed if I hadn’t had them both together.
In case you were wondering, here is what they looked like compared to the original ornaments. The color is subtle but very pretty. While I wouldn’t expect to do a bunch of these in an afternoon, I think this would be a great option for when you have a little bit of leftover resin.
Here are some of my other observations about making these DIY resin ornaments:
- You must use a doming resin for this. You need a thick surface tension to stay on the surface of the glass.
- All things considered, I would coat the resin on the inside of the glass. It was easier to do.
- To get the thicker color of resin on the outside, I would try recoating again once the first layer had cured.
What do you think of my little DIY resin ornament project?
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