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.
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 assorted colors inside the mold with a paintbrush. These powder pigments for resin work great.
Step 2: Mix and pour resin
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.
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
Here’s a quick video showing this part of making your Easter tree decorations.
Option 2: Metallic colored decorations
Step 1: Mix clear epoxy
Step 2: Demold
Look at how crystal-clear these resin charms are.
Step 3: Color
Color the back of your Easter tree decorations with nail polish. It takes 2 to 3 coats to get a solid backing.
I love how the nail polish gives these charms the look of vintage, foil-backed gemstone cabochons.
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.
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