How To DIY A Resin Tray By Doing Less

resin tray project

resin tray DIY

What’s the easiest way to DIY a resin tray?  Add moss and wood slices into a wooden tray that you fill with clear epoxy resin. This woodland-themed tray is perfect for a variety of uses.

resin tray DIY supplies

Supplies needed for this resin tray DIY:

• Wood tray
• Thin Wood slices
• Stain
• Clearcoat
Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin
• Moss
• Rag
Measuring cups
Stir stick

wood slice tray

Step 1:  Color the wood

Stain the wood tray with the color of your choice. I like to stain the top and bottom to make the finished project more finished. Allow drying completely.

wood tray with stain

Step 2:  Seal the wood

Apply a clearcoat.  Allow to dry.

adding wood slices and moss to a wood tray

Step 3:  Secure wood slices

Use hot glue to add wood slices and moss to the bottom of the tray. Make sure the moss does not stick up over the wood slices. I did not seal the wood slices in any way before beginning.

wood tray sealed with glue

Also, add a bead of hot glue around the back of the tray. This will make sure that the resin does not leak out when poured.

preparing wood slices and tray for resinStep 4:  Cover your crafting space

Add the wood tray to the bottom of a cardboard box lined with wax paper. This will catch any resin you spill or leak out of the tray.

adding resin to a tray with wood slices and moss

Step 5:  Mix and pour epoxy

You will need to DIY the resin in two pours for this tray. That is the only way I was successful in making this tray. With one pour, I had horrible issues with tons of bubbles. So, the first pour should just come to the top of the wood slices and cover as much of the moss as possible. Then, mix and pour resin to add to the tray.

I used three tablespoons of resin mixture for the first pour. Mix the resin as two parts A, one part B, then pour over the top of the tray. Be sure to wear gloves when working with resin. Remove any bubbles and allow to set at least overnight.


second pour of resin in wood trayStep 6:  Add a second layer

Do a second pour covering everything. Again, be sure that everything is enclosed in the resin with this pour. I used four tablespoons of resin mixture for this second pour.

allow resin in tray to cure

Again remove bubbles and allow the resin to dry.

How to make a tray with resin

Your DIY resin tray is perfect for being a drop zone for keys, change, and more.

resin tray diy

Plus, you get to look at this gorgeous tray every day.

resin tray tutorial

I love the woodland trend and this fits in perfectly.  Add this to your farmhouse décor as an organizer.

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Originally written by Angie Holden

Unpublished Blog Posts of Resin Obsession, LLC © 2022 Resin Obsession, LLC

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11 thoughts on “How To DIY A Resin Tray By Doing Less

  1. What a cool project; I love the look of the wood pieces!
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