Make Easter Tree Decorations Better than Joanna Gaines

Resin charms for Easter tree decorations

Okay, I’m going to let you in a secret.

I love going to the dollar store.

It’s a fun place to find crafting supplies and not blow a ton of money.  So what can we do with pack of ‘kids dough’ that has these lids?

I’m going to show you how to use them to make Easter tree decorations.

lids on kids dough canisters

Spoiler alert: these lids work as resin molds.

Like if they didn’t, would you show us?

Yes, I would. Here’s why you should never pour resin into a soap mold.

When using non-traditional items for resin molds, it may not work end poorly. It depends on how flexible the plastic is and whether you’re using a resin that wants to release. For that reason, I always use resin mold release. To use mold release, mist it over the mold surface, then let it dry for 30 minutes before filling with resin.

 

I’m also going to blow through the resin mixing part of this.  If you haven’t mixed resin before, start here before making your Easter tree decorations:  How to mix resin

Option 1: Pastel-colored decorations

Step 1:  Dust colors

dust powder inside mold before pouring resin

Dust assorted colors inside the mold with a paintbrush. These powder pigments for resin work great.

 

Step 2:  Mix and pour resin

pouring polyurethane resin into a mold to make charms

You can make Easter tree decorations in under an hour if you want to.

Yep. Use the quick-curing, Alumilite Amazing Casting resin and you can demold in 10 minutes.

 

resin charms cured in mold

By the way, don’t freak out when the resin starts clear, then turns opaque.

Ten minutes after mixing, this is what your Easter tree decorations will look like.

Step 3:  Demold

tree decorations Easter charmsPush and twist from the back of the lids, to demold your charms.

Here’s a quick video showing this part of making your Easter tree decorations.

 

 

Option 2: Metallic colored decorations

Step 1:  Mix clear epoxy

pouring clear resin into a mold

Mix 1/2 ounce (total) of Resin Obsession super clear resin and pour into the lid tops.  The super clear resin is perfect for this project because it releases resin bubbles quickly.

Step 2:  Demold

Easter charms made with Resin Obsession super clear resin

Look at how crystal-clear these resin charms are.

Step 3:  Color

applying nail polish to the back of a resin charm

Color the back of your Easter tree decorations with nail polish. It takes 2 to 3 coats to get a solid backing.

resin charms with a jewel metallic finish

I love how the nail polish gives these charms the look of vintage, foil-backed gemstone cabochons.

Easter resin charms for tree decorations

How do you hang the decorations on your Easter tree?

You have two options:

1. Drill a hole in the charm. Then loop a ribbon through.

2. Glue a bail to the back, then pass the ribbon through.

 

💡 Pro tip: Gluing bails is the easier option here. Plus, you don’t need any equipment. This video shows how simple it is.


Want more help making resin crafts?

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8 thoughts on “Make Easter Tree Decorations Better than Joanna Gaines

  1. Are they soft enough to punch a hole in or when should a hole be put in for a key chain or something other

  2. Wonderful tutorial! I wonder if you poured the clear thinner and once demolded, you could paint with acrylics and then fill small amount of clear to coat the mold before inserting the painted mold to create a nice seal on the painted surface? Is that a viable option?

    1. Hi Kimberly, I’m not sure I understand your question, but if you wanted to apply doming resin to the back of the painted surface to seal it, you can do that.

  3. I have a question about the spray mold release. I have (ashamed to tell on myself here) about 300 candy molds. The thin plastic ones you melt chocolate and pour into the molds. I would love love love to find something I can spray into the molds first and have the resin pop out. I tried silicone spray that I use for my aluminum candle molds to release the wax but that was a total FAILURE. The resin cured right to the mold. 😬😲😩. Do you think the spray you used on the lids in this article would work? I don’t want to ruin another chocolate mold. THANKS SO MUCH!

    1. Hi Karen, I’m afraid even with a coating of mold release, candy molds aren’t suitable for use with resin.

  4. You can put a magnet on the back. I am like you, I use anything for a mold. I use a lot of chocolate molds, you can use your half price coupon at the craft store. I got a cute pig at the $ store. The first thing I look for at the thrift is something to use for a mold. I guess I am ‘resin obsessed’

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