Ideas for resin – recycle a juice can lid into your next resin project

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How to use a juice can lid for your next resin project

Originally published September 2014.  Updated May 2020.

Looking for ideas for resin?  Sometimes finding your next resin project might just be one step away from the trash.

One of the neat things about resin (or one its downfalls depending on how you look at it) is that it will stick to most anything.  In making a batch of lemonade recently, I realized I was almost ready to throw away a perfectly good resin reservoir.

lemondade juice can

Recycle found items for resin

Next time you’re making a frozen concentrate juice, save the juice can lid.  Wash it well, as you will want to make sure it is clean and not sticky before use.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a good way to get the lid off the other end of the can.  It would not pull out and I bent it trying to cut away the cardboard with scissors.

adding resin to a juice lid

Mix and add resin

For this project, I wanted the resin to serve the purpose of a glue.  Since I needed something with a thicker viscosity, I used a doming resin.  Add resin a few drops at a time to the juice lid, then spread it out to the edges.  Note:  You want need much resin for this project.  By the time I was done, I estimate I used 2 cc of resin.

placing a watch face onto glass beads

Add other recycled items to the resin

Carefully place found items into the lid with resin.  I started with tiny glass beads, which I knew would sink in the resin.  I also raided one of my ‘flea market visit bags’, which resulted in a bunch of broken watches.  After breaking them apart, I used the watch faces to decorate the juice can lid.

adding glass beads to resin

Fill in with additional glass beads to cover the lid areas.  Glitters for resin would work great too.  Drip in additional resin as necessary.  I didn’t want to cover the watch faces in resin as I wanted the resin to act as glue.  I was careful to make sure there was enough of the watch face in the glue to keep it stuck, but not enough to cover the face.

Leave your project covered and undisturbed while it cures.

recycled juice can lid resin project

Time to finish

The finished project is now ready for almost anything!  Here are some ideas on what you can do with your new resin creation:

  • Add a magnet to the back and decorate your refrigerator or locker
  • Add a bar pin to the back to wear as a piece of jewelry
  • Make several of these to serve as cake top decorations

If you want more recycled and reclaimed item ideas for resin, be sure to read this article on How to make resin charms.

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Richard Macek

Can’t you just leave the lid on the cardboard from the juice can ? Or cut most of the cardboard off. Just wndrn?!


What if you soaked the other lid (and cardboard) in warm water for a few hrs… then would it fall off?

Beth OConnor

I believe you can use a safety can opener to remove the other end. Thank you for your great ideas as I have been saving lids for a “someday” project.

Janice Lawrence

Hi .just finished a resin painting only to find I have 3 tiny holes that I missed. Is it possible to warm a small amount of already mixed resin & fill the holes with a toothpick..🙏🏻

Katherine Swift

You can, but they aren’t going to self-level to match your painting exactly.


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