Things to embed in resin – Recycled art project ideas with resin

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by Cat Kerr

Resin Supplies List:

  • Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin
  • Measure Cups
  • Old Book Text
  • Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • disposable brush
  • popsicle sticks
  • wax paper
  • Things to embed in resin (a flea market is a great place to look!)
  • rub ons
  • metal frame
  • Jax Brown Patina
  • Ultra Fine Steel wool
  • Images
  • Gloves
  • Paper Towels
  • Brass Filigree leaves
  • Awl
  • Metallic Lustre Gold by Deco Arts (can be found in most craft stores)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Fabric Bed stitched together out of scraps
  • Fabric covered Wire
  • Fine Glitter

Safety: When using Patina and Resin, be sure to read the directions before you begin and follow proper safety precautions.

Completed recycled resin art project

When I first spotted this grater and cutter in the flea market, I had no clue what I was going to do with them. I knew for sure that I loved the shapes and wear on them. Since I love recycled art projects, I knew I was going to include resin to make them really special! Follow along to see how I transformed these everyday things by setting them in resin.

Step 1: Add paper

First, look at the things you chose to embed in resin and decide what prep work you need to do. I started by adding paper to the back of the open metal part using tacky glue. When the glue is dry, trim with scissors. Add Mod Podge (or whatever sealer you have on hand) to the front and back to seal the paper.

Closeup of metal frames

Step 2: Color with patina

Add Jax Brown Patina to a brass metal frame. Clean with a paper towel and ultra-fine steel wool. Glue an image onto the frame and seal with Mod Podge.

Closeup of metal with patina

Step 3: Mix resin

Now that you’ve prepared your things to embed in resin, the next step is the resin itself. The Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin mixes in a 2 to 1 ratio. Follow the instructions carefully and mix together for about two minutes, and then let it rest for another minute. Use a disposable brush to add the resin to the paper.

If you have never mixed resin before, learn how to mix resin and hardener in five easy steps.

Frames with resin added over an image

Get ready to start setting things in resin by adding resin to the frames.

Resin over filigree leaves

Now you’re ready to start setting things in resin. Add resin to the book paper. Embed the filigree leaves into the resin and brush on some more resin over the leaf. Then, let it cure. When dry, trim with scissors.

Step 4: Embellish the extras

It’s time to give your project some flair! Add some scratch marks to the resin with an awl, then fill the marks with Metallic Lustre. Wipe off excess.

Add rub-ons to the paper.

Stitch together a fabric bead with scraps you have lying around.

Adding fabric and other details to resin project

Step 5: Glue everything together

Use a hot glue gun to assemble all the pieces.

Step 6: Finish with resin

Add a final layer of resin and sprinkle with fine glitter.

You’re done!

What do you think? Do you have things to embed in resin? What other recycled art project ideas do you have?


  • Use wax paper to protect your workspace.
  • Be sure to scrape the sides of the cups when mixing the resin.
  • If you accidentally get some resin on the clay, then carefully wipe it with a wet wipe.

Want to see more? Watch the video of the project

Wondering if you can embed things in resin and make something beautiful? I promise you that you can! It’s why I wrote the book Resin Fundamentals. Instead of making mistakes to learn what to do (and not to do!) when creating with resin, I share my 14 years of experience in easy-to-follow steps to know what you need to do to make something that will have people saying, “Whoa, you made that?” Buy the PDF ebook now and it’s yours to read in minutes!

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