Make your own decorative vase with resin accents

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What to do with your leftover epoxy resin

Originally written November 2012.  Updated January 2020.

resin in mixing cup

Resin materials and supplies:

  • Leftover resin (uncured — most likely the little bit left in your cup after pouring into your mold or bezel)
  • Wax paper
  • Vase
  • Spray paint
  • E-6000

pouring resin

Step 1

Tape wax paper to a flat surface.  Pour your resin onto the wax paper into funky shapes, dots, or whatever patterns come to mind.  Don’t forget, though, your resin will spread out.

resin curing

Step 2

Allow your resin to fully cure.  (Cover with a dome to keep dust off while curing.)

Step 3

While your resin is curing, you can prepare your vase.

spray paint glass vase

I chose a ‘glass frosting’ to apply to my vase.  I’m not an expert about painting glass, but here a few things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure the surface of your glass is clean.  (Just because it looks clean doesn’t mean there aren’t any oils, waxes, etc. on it).  Wash in warm water with a good grease removing soap.
  • The recommendation from my local hardware store was to either get a product that was designed for glass, or get something with a (preferably sticky) primer in it.  Paint doesn’t like to stick to glass and you want to make sure this paint job isn’t something that was going to chip off later.
  • Once you paint an area, test it first before applying the resin.  For example, you don’t want to make your own decorative vase only to find that once someone touches the paint, it starts to flake or crack.

painted vase

This is my vase after 4 coats of paint.  (The blue on the base of the vase is painter’s tape.  I covered the bottom as not to paint it.  I didn’t want to take a chance that it would leave a rough surface that might scratch the table or countertop I placed it on.)

Now back to the resin…..

peeling resin off wax paper

Step 4

Once your resin has fully cured, gently peel it away from the wax paper.

e-6000 and resin

 

Step 5

Apply a small amount of E-6000  to the back of your resin and where you want to place it onto your vase.  Wait approximately two minutes before pressing the resin onto the vase.

Pro tip:  You will want to be very careful not to go overboard on the e6000.  When you go to peel or scrape off the excess, you might take your paint with it!


 

vase with resin

Allow your vase to dry for 24 hours before use.

holiday vase

Your new vase is now ready for some seasonal greens and flowers.  (Cookies are optional, but they can’t hurt.)

What colors would you use to make your own decorative vase?

Love leftover resin projects?  Here are more ideas on what to do with leftover resin.

 

Unpublished Blog Posts of Resin Obsession, LLC © 2020 Resin Obsession, LLC

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3 Comments

Barbara

Never tried resin but this popped up on facebook (interesting pop up for once) and looked really interesting so I have subscribed by e mail and have clicked like
Thank you

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Alice

Thanks for republishing this. I missed it before and I can hardly wait to try it. What a cute idea for leftovers!

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Laura DaGoddess

So cool. You can actually use those bits and pieces to decorate or embed into other resin products as well. I did this with some glittery leftovers and then put them in a cool bangle bracelet.

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