Recycle These Objects To Reuse In Resin

recycle found items into resin crafts
Looking for ideas for using objects in resin? Sometimes, finding your next resin project might be one step away from the trash.

lemondade juice can

Step 1: Recycle found items for resin

Next time you make frozen juice, save the juice can lid for resin crafts. Wash it well, as you need a clean surface for the resin to stick.

adding resin to a juice lid

Step 2: Mix and add resin

When you’re using resin as glue to add found objects, you need a resin that mixes thick. That means you need the epoxy type you need to use is a doming resin. Add a few drops to the juice lid, then spread it to the edges.

💡 Pro tip: You won’t need much resin for this project. You can have this one handy for the times you have leftover resin.

placing a watch face onto glass beads

Step 3: Add other recycled items to the resin

Add other funky objects to the lid with resin. Tiny glass beads look great. Then, add bigger items. Some of my favorites are watch parts. If you don’t have any, you can find bags of broken watches at flea markets.

Leave your project covered and undisturbed while it cures.

recycled juice can lid resin project

Step 4: Time to finish

Your finished resin project featuring objects you saved from the trash is now ready for 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

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17 thoughts on “Recycle These Objects To Reuse In Resin

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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..🙏🏻

  4. Lovely awesome idea and it just came at the rite time when I was wondering what different & catchy stuff I can do with resin. Thanx it’s a wonderful piece of work 🙌wll try out and definitely share it on Instagram

  5. I recycle the plastic tops of the pringles cans. I print a poem and cut it out and put it in the lid and I put a layer of resin on it and it shows through the lid and I put pictures on the other side and add another layer of resin and drill a hole in it and add ribbon

  6. The metal cap ends of Pillsbury dough rolls make good pins too! (I was only using packing tape when I made pins a couple of years ago. Resin would be much cooler!) Sometimes the cardboard gets stuck. I wiggle a butter knife in, very carefully, just to bend it slightly. Sometimes soaking is needed as a last resort, but try to pull it out with pliers before soaking. Mushy cardboard can take a lot of picking out because you can’t grab it anymore.

  7. I took some electronics that were broken. I keep a big container. They can be turned into pins, etc. I’m also thinking of how to turn plastic bags into art so it doesn’t go to the im the ocean.

  8. With regard to the plastic bags, I cut mine into 1” strips and join them together with a clear glue and either knit or crochet them into useful baskets for storage!

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