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Hey all! In this video you will learn how to make a whimsical candy serving tray. My husband gave me this recycled wood gift box to do something with. I knew I wanted to paint it and use as a serving tray..but what theme? Craftersdelight was my inspiration for this tray. Link to her Candy Explosion Clock is below.

I used approx 24oz of resin for this project. You may need more or less depending on your tray size and what types of candies you used (obviously, you would need less resin if you used thinner candies like M&Ms vs these giant lollipops etc). You want to work in thin layers of resin so you can help avoid air bubbles. If you use the lighter method for air bubbles and get scorch marks on sides of tray, use isopropyl alcohol and q-tips for clean up.

I hope you enjoy the video! Thanks for watching, like, subscribe, etc. Have fun, be creative, and craft happily ever after!!

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I use primarily East Coast Resin ( I also use Clear Cast 7000 for large pours/batches and Famowood (found at Lowes).

Envirotex and Amazing Clear Cast are great too.

2. Where do you get your glitters and stickers?

I get them everywhere. Mainly Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Amazon and Etsy also help aid my addiction. lol

Craft stores, Michaels, Storenvy, and Etsy (LOTS of great choices on Etsy).

4. Where do you live (for temperature/humidity purposes with resin)?

My home state of Indiana (Go COLTS!) though I have moved around the world/country, with my husband, for the Army.

5. How long have you been resin crafting/crafting?

I have been playing with resin for about 3 years now. As for general crafting…all of my life. 🙂

6. What is your favorite sealer for resin pieces?

Doming with resin is always my main preference but if not doming with resin, I like to use TreeHouse clear acrylic spray in gloss (Hobby Lobby brand) and I LOVE Americana Dura Clear gloss glaze (works great for polymer clay too).

Dura Clear can give a resin finish when applied correctly. 🙂

7. How do you seal your paper stickers?

I use the tape method as of now (the mod podge method is way to inconsistent). Crafterzdelights and SugarCharms808 have great tutorials. Check them out!

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Step 1: Prep your workspace and mix resin

Line your workspace with parchment paper. Transfer your hardener and your resin from their bottles to 1 oz. / 30 ml. cups, so that you have 1 oz. / 30 ml. of resin and 1oz. / 30 ml. of hardener (if you have a different sized tray, adjust amount). Pour and mix resin and hardener in a larger plastic cup with a wooden stick according to manufacturers instructions. Be sure to scrape the sides of your cup as you stir so the resin mixes evenly.

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Doodlecraft DIY Gold Glitter Resin Brunch Tray

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I love serving trays–they are so cute and fun to eat off of. This hot cocoa brunch tray is perfect for a cozy winter morning. The gold glitter is sparkly and glistens in the lights of the Christmas tree…but unlike most glittered items, its finish is as smooth as glass and not a flake of glitter gets anywhere. That is my kind of glitter!

Or it works great as a desk organizer. Just fill with a stash of cute tapes, scissors and clips.

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Mix one part glitter and one part mod podge together in a disposable plastic cup. Stir them until the glitter is thoroughly combined. Next, pour them onto the tray and tilt and tip the tray until the entire base is coated. Let that dry for at least 4 hours…I just set it aside overnight.

Next day it looks amazing for sure! It is gold and glittery…and the glitter wont fleck off everywhere, so, its a win. But lets make it a win-win and remove the gritty glitter texture.

I used just 8 oz of high gloss finish. Follow the package directions and wear gloves when working with resin.

It is a one to one ratio and a 2 part mixing cycle.

After the mixing, pour right onto the tray. Tilt and tip the tray so the high gloss resin coats the base of the tray. Cover with a board to keep dust off. After 20 minutes, remove the board and use a heat gun to remove any bubbles that have formed in the curing process. Then replace the board and let it sit for 24 hours.

Now the tray is smooth like glass and shiny as can be! It takes a school project up to a professional status.

Add some hot cocoa and a ton of marshmallows and you are go to go! Did you know I super love hot chocolate?…its my preferred drink all winter long.

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Resin Casting Tutorial – Moldmakg

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When I started to make my Umi costume, it soon became apparent that I would have to make my own custom molds. You can usually buy or find something to cast common gem shapes, but sometimes the size you need wont be commercially available. In the above pictures, all the front tabard gems, headband gems, and waist cincher gems were made from custom molds using silicone rubber from Smooth-On. (The small ovals and small circle gems were made from a Michaels resin casting tray and a generic $1 paint tray respectively.)

-sculpey, sandpaper, and clear spray glaze to create the model gems

-sulfur free oil based clay to make the mold walls, and/or a conveniently shaped takeout container (playdoh might even do in a pinch)

-OOMOO 25 silicone casting rubber to create the molds (available at Smooth On and Dick Blicks)

After your molds are finished, youll probably want to get some clear resin so you can cast the gems. For this sort of project, I recommend:

-Castin Craft Easy Craft Clear Casting Epoxy (usually available at Michaels, Dick Blicks, or Amazon)

The first step was to figure out how large I wanted the gems to be. After working out what size they should be with paper or tagboard, I cut them out of chipboard (extremely stiff/fine grained cardboard). The chipboard is stiff and provides a solid foundation for whatever type of clay you choose to put on top of it. Numbering your pieces is also a good idea if you have a lot of similar shapes you need to keep track of throughout the process.

The next step is to sculpt your gems. I used wax paper to help keep the sculpey from sticking to anything.

After I finished shaping and beveling my sculpey gems, I baked them and then sanded them with a lower grit sandpaper. I worked my way up to the highest grit I had before hitting them with a few coats of clear spray sealant so that they were nice and smooth and shiny. I probably would have sanded with an even higher grit if I had known where to find it at the time (apparently automotive stores extend into a higher range).

Since at the end youll be casting something thats clear and will reflect light, ANY sort of tiny imperfection or roughness that was left on your original will be EXTREMELY noticeable, so be sure to take your time at this stage to get everything absolutely perfect and smooth. This is the most important step!!

After thinking a while on the most efficient way to arrange the pieces, I decided on this configuration and then walled it in with some oil-based clay on top of some wax paper.

I then repeated the process for the front pieces and headband pieces.

Time to mix your rubber! OOMOO 25 has a 1:1 ratio, so you should mix equal parts blue and pink. They will turn a nice purple color.

Incidentally, if you let your bottles sit around after opening for several months too long, the rubber will still cure, but just be really, really stiff. I had to go buy new rubber for this project since the old stuff was too viscous to flow properly around my originals or let the bubbles escape.

Itll level itself out on its own. OOMOO 25 has a 15 minute pot life and a 75 minute cure time. This means you will need to finish all your pouring before you get close to the 15 minute mark and then refrain from poking it for at least an hour or so.

After curing, just pop your originals out, mix up a batch of Castin Craft resin according to the instructions, and cast away!

If you spilled any OOMOO you will notice it was fairly easy to clean up. This is NOT the case with the resin, so take care not to spill it!

There are a lot of different methods of backing gems, so I wont cover them all here.

Tin foil tends to wrinkle, so I dont advise using it. I also wouldnt advise tinting the gem with dye if you have many different gems to cast–keeping the color intensity consistent across resin batches of varying size can be a pain.

What worked for me was casting clear resin with no dye, and then backing it in my desired color.

At first, I tried painting the gem backs with blue sparkle paint, and then once dry, hot gluing them to my costume. DONT DO THIS unless the place youre attaching them is really flat! The flexing caused my shoulder gems to detach as the paint was insufficiently sticky and peeled away from the clear gem as the day went on.

I painted some tagboard with blue sparkle paint, and allowed it to dry. Then I dumped a VERY large amount of hot glue onto the paper, and smashed a clear gem down on top of it. (Use a heat gun on the pile of hot glue before smooshing the gem on top if youre having troubles with the hot glue cooling too fast.) This worked REALLY well as the hot glue is clear, and stuck to both the gem and the paper very well. Now that your gem has been backed you can attach it to your costume or prop with whatever means you prefer.

So to summarize, the order from top to bottom should be:

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Excellent Umi. And excellent Instructable. Well done.

Automotive paint stores have sanding apers and compounds that go to 3000 grit. One of those headlight restoration kits might work, too.

Great work. It inspires me to try some mold making myself.

Did you use any mold release agent on the sculpy gems to keep the oomoo from sticking?

Erm… this isnt the kind of resin from the 1970s that causes cancer, is it?

I stumbled across this, ignorant of who Umi is, so anyone mind telling me what fandom shes from?

Did you have to buy special sculpey for casting? The last time I used sculpey to try to make gems for Lina Inverse, the silicon mold did not form correctly. I read afterward that you have to use sculpey that doesnt contain sulfur or something?

I used normal sculpey. As long as youve baked it, it should be fine.

If youre sculpting in oil based clay instead of polymer clay, you should still make sure to get the sulfur free kind.

E6000 is a more flexible glue and might help out where the other glues peel off.

I wouldnt recommend using E6000 for backing gems–hot glue works much better, and I havent experienced any peeling issues. You can attach your finished gems to your costume with whatever adhesive you feel is the best suited to the materials youre using.

well cone! I like doing castings – wish I had your patience for the sanding, they look great!

and of course that should have read well done! Doh!

Great idea on keeping all the gems of the same color, the same color. Thank you, I needed that little hint for one of my projects (tint works for certain things, multiple of the same item it does not).

Great work. Very well explained and clear. I love the way you work on the same bench as your sewing machine, just like me. Ha! Ha!

Beautiful Work. Very Clear instructions Thank you.

Got any old Hard Drives laying around? Tear them apart & collect those Rare Earth magnets, IF they dont have a metal frame Glued onto them.

These Magnets can hold 5Lbs. or more & would make great Holders for mounting your gems.You could CAST Them in the molds as your pour the Resin.

fricken awesome. always wondered what to use to make molds for casting, you covered everything i wanted to know thank you.

A tip: to avoid any bubbles when pouring the silicon onto your originals, hold the cup high up above the mold and pour very slowly, aiming at the lowest possible part of the mold. Any bubbles that survive the fall will be very small and will also rise to the top of the surface when the liquid flows onto the mold, allowing them to be carried away from your master. Beautiful gems, and a great costume!

Thank you! Ive always wondered how colour them; but never got around to testing out ways.

Very nice- I cant wait to do some casting! Looks like you got some great results.

As far as sandpaper goes, another option to maybe look at is sanding films for scale models- Testors sells an assortment pack (and Im sure there are several other brands). I bought some years ago and never used it on plastic models but have found many uses in the shop for them. They seem to be much finer than their numbers give them credit for, and can be used for wet or dry sanding. Worth checking out for sure.

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Nothing adds a touch of luxe and glamour quite like gold. Instead of buying an expensive, stylish tray, upgrade a vintage or bargain store find with this striped DIY design.

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Nothing adds a touch of luxe and glamour quite like gold. Instead of buying an expensive, stylish tray, upgrade a vintage or bargain store find with this striped DIY design. Heres how to do it:

small wooden tray (this one was from Dollarama)

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1. Paint the entire outer part of the tray with white paint (bottom and all sides), thoroughly covering the piece. Add a second coat for extra coverage.

2. Once the white paint has dried, paint the inner part of the tray with at least two coats of gold paint.

3. Place the first piece of tape onto the tray going from one corner to the bottom. From there you can either use a pencil and ruler and measure out the placement for the next pieces, or you can do what I did and fold over a piece of the tape, making sure all edges meet exactly, and use this little piece as a measuring tool as you move along one side of the tray.

4. Once youve finished taping the long side of the tray, take a moment and measure the shorter side, marking off the halfway point.

5. Continue to tape around the corner and onto the shorter side, you may have to, very slightly, adjust your spacing so the tape will reach the middle point exactly. At the middle point, angle so he two pieces at the middle to create a V. Use a ruler to ensure you get the same angle on both sides of the V.

6. Continue to tape around the tray until you have made the same pattern on both sides.

7. Paint all of the sides thoroughly with gold paint, using at least two coats.

8. Allow the paint to dry completely then remove the tape to reveal the beautiful gold and white striped pattern.

Now if youd just like to use the tray on a desk or vanity where it wont come into contact with moisture, you can stop here. Or if you can take it up a notch and coat the tray with epoxy resin. This will make sure that the tray is resilient to moisture and that the paint always remains in tact. Purchase the epoxy resin at any major art or craft store.

9. Prepare an area to resin the tray but putting down some cardboard to cover the surface youre working on. Elevate the tray using a smaller container or box.

10. Prepare the tray to resin by taping the bottom edges.

11. Follow the instruction provided with the kit to prepare the epoxy resin. For this small tray I used 1 oz each of resin and hardener. Thoroughly mix both together and pour the resin into the tray. Using either a disposable wood spatula or a cheap paint brush (most dollar store has both of these) to coat the entire tray with a light coat of resin. Dont worry if it pools in the tray, the resin at the bottom will self level and give a hard glossy finish.12. Leave the piece to dry for 24- 48 hours. Your piece should appear very glossy and smooth with a hard, lacquered finish.

With the start of the Olympics, all eyes are on gold at the moment, and in this case sports and decor coincide perfectly with the increasing trend of gold in interiors. Nothing adds a touch of luxury or glamour quite as well as this shade. In keeping with the gold theme, here is a simple and inexpensive DIY project that will add a touch of luxe to any little corner.

small wooden tray (this one was from Dollarama)

painters tape (in the desired width of your stripes)

1. Paint the entire outer part of the tray with white paint (bottom and all sides), thoroughly covering the piece. Add a second coat for extra coverage.

2. Once the white paint has dried, paint the inner part of the tray with at least two coats of gold paint.

3. Place the first piece of tape onto the tray going from one corner to the bottom. From there you can either use a pencil and ruler and measure out the placement for the next pieces, or you can do what I did and fold over a piece of the tape, making sure all edges meet exactly, and use this as a little piece as a measuring tool as you move along one side of the tray.

4. Once youve finished taping the long side of the tray, take a moment and measure the shorter side, marking off the halfway point.

5. Continue to tape around the corner and onto the shorter side, you may have to very slightly adjust your spacing so the tape will exactly reach the middle point. At the middle point, switch the direction of the angle so that the two pieces right at the middle create a V. Use a ruler to ensure you get the same angle on both sides of the V.6. Continue to tape around the tray until you have made the same pattern on both sides.7. Paint all of the sides thoroughly with gold paint, using at least two coats.8. Allow the paint to dry completely then remove the tape to reveal the beautiful gold and white striped pattern.Now if youd just like to use the tray on a desk or vanity where it wont come into contact with moisture, you can stop here. Or if you can take it up a notch and coat the tray with epoxy resin. This will make sure that the tray is resilient to moisture and that the paint always remains in tact. Purchase the epoxy resin at any major art or craft store.9. Prepare an area to resin the tray but putting down some cardboard to cover the surface youre working on. Elevate the tray using a smaller container or box.10. Prepare the tray to resin by taping the bottom edges.11. Follow the instruction provided with the kit to prepare the epoxy resin. For this small tray I used 1 oz each of resin and hardener. Thoroughly mix both together and pour the resin into the tray. Using either a disposable wood spatula or a cheap paint brush (the Dollar store has both of these) to coat the entire tray with a light coat of resin. Dont worry if it pools in the tray, the resin at the bottom will self level and give a hard glossy finish.12. Leave the piece to dry for 24- 48 hours. Your piece should appear very glossy and smooth with a hard, lacquered finish.

With the start of the Olympics, all eyes are on gold at the moment, and in this case sports and decor coincide perfectly with the increasing trend of gold in interiors. Nothing adds a touch of luxury or glamour quite as well as this shade. In keeping with the gold theme, here is a simple and inexpensive DIY project that will add a touch of luxe to any little corner.

small wooden tray (this one was from Dollarama)

painters tape (in the desired width of your stripes)

1. Paint the entire outer part of the tray with white paint (bottom and all sides), thoroughly covering the piece. Add a second coat for extra coverage.

2. Once the white paint has dried, paint the inner part of the tray with at least two coats of gold paint.

3. Place the first piece of tape onto the tray going from one corner to the bottom. From there you can either use a pencil and ruler and measure out the placement for the next pieces, or you can do what I did and fold over a piece of the tape, making sure all edges meet exactly, and use this as a little piece as a measuring tool as you move along one side of the tray.

4. Once youve finished taping the long side of the tray, take a moment and measure the shorter side, marking off the halfway point.

5. Continue to tape around the corner and onto the shorter side, you may have to very slightly adjust your spacing so the tape will exactly reach the middle point. At the middle point, switch the direction of the angle so that the two pieces right at the middle create a V. Use a ruler to ensure you get the same angle on both sides of the V.6. Continue to tape around the tray until you have made the same pattern on both sides.7. Paint all of the sides thoroughly with gold paint, using at least two coats.8. Allow the paint to dry completely then remove the tape to reveal the beautiful gold and white striped pattern.Now if youd just like to use the tray on a desk or vanity where it wont come into contact with moisture, you can stop here. Or if you can take it up a notch and coat the tray with epoxy resin. This will make sure that the tray is resilient to moisture and that the paint always remains in tact. Purchase the epoxy resin at any major art or craft store.9. Prepare an area to resin the tray but putting down some cardboard to cover the surface youre working on. Elevate the tray using a smaller container or box.10. Prepare the tray to resin by taping the bottom edges.11. Follow the instruction provided with the kit to prepare the epoxy resin. For this small tray I used 1 oz each of resin and hardener. Thoroughly mix both together and pour the resin into the tray. Using either a disposable wood spatula or a cheap paint brush (the Dollar store has both of these) to coat the entire tray with a light coat of resin. Dont worry if it pools in the tray, the resin at the bottom will self level and give a hard glossy finish.12. Leave the piece to dry for 24- 48 hours. Your piece should appear very glossy and smooth with a hard, lacquered finish.

With the start of the Olympics, all eyes are on gold at the moment, and in this case sports and decor coincide perfectly with the increasing trend of gold in interiors. Nothing adds a touch of luxury or glamour quite as well as this shade. In keeping with the gold theme, here is a simple and inexpensive DIY project that will add a touch of luxe to any little corner.

small wooden tray (this one was from Dollarama)

painters tape (in the desired width of your stripes)

1. Paint the entire outer part of the tray with white paint (bottom and all sides), thoroughly covering the piece. Add a second coat for extra coverage.

2. Once the white paint has dried, paint the inner part of the tray with at least two coats of gold paint.

3. Place the first piece of tape onto the tray going from one corner to the bottom. From there you can either use a pencil and ruler and measure out the placement for the next pieces, or you can do what I did and fold over a piece of the tape, making sure all edges meet exactly, and use this as a little piece as a measuring tool as you move along one side of the tray.

4. Once youve finished taping the long side of the tray, take a moment and measure the shorter side, marking off the halfway point.

5. Continue to tape around the corner and onto the shorter side, you may have to very slightly adjust your spacing so the tape will exactly reach the middle point. At the middle point, switch the direction of the angle so that the two pieces right at the middle create a V. Use a ruler to ensure you get the same angle on both sides of the V.6. Continue to tape around the tray until you have made the same pattern on both sides.7. Paint all of the sides thoroughly with gold paint, using at least two coats.8. Allow the paint to dry completely then remove the tape to reveal the beautiful gold and white striped pattern.Now if youd just like to use the tray on a desk or vanity where it wont come into contact with moisture, you can stop here. Or if you can take it up a notch and coat the tray with epoxy resin. This will make sure that the tray is resilient to moisture and that the paint always remains in tact. Purchase the epoxy resin at any major art or craft store.9. Prepare an area to resin the tray but putting down some cardboard to cover the surface youre working on. Elevate the tray using a smaller container or box.10. Prepare the tray to resin by taping the bottom edges.11. Follow the instruction provided with the kit to prepare the epoxy resin. For this small tray I used 1 oz each of resin and hardener. Thoroughly mix both together and pour the resin into the tray. Using either a disposable wood spatula or a cheap paint brush (the Dollar store has both of these) to coat the entire tray with a light coat of resin. Dont worry if it pools in the tray, the resin at the bottom will self level and give a hard glossy finish.12. Leave the piece to dry for 24- 48 hours. Your piece should appear very glossy and smooth with a hard, lacquered finish.

With the start of the Olympics, all eyes are on gold at the moment, and in this case sports and decor coincide perfectly with the increasing trend of gold in interiors. Nothing adds a touch of luxury or glamour quite as well as this shade. In keeping with the gold theme, here is a simple and inexpensive DIY project that will add a touch of luxe to any little corner.

small wooden tray (this one was from Dollarama)

painters tape (in the desired width of your stripes)

1. Paint the entire outer part of the tray with white paint (bottom and all sides), thoroughly covering the piece. Add a second coat for extra coverage.

2. Once the white paint has dried, paint the inner part of the tray with at least two coats of gold paint.

3. Place the first piece of tape onto the tray going from one corner to the bottom. From there you can either use a pencil and ruler and measure out the placement for the next pieces, or you can do what I did and fold over a piece of the tape, making sure all edges meet exactly, and use this as a little piece as a measuring tool as you move along one side of the tray.

4. Once youve finished taping the long side of the tray, take a moment and measure the shorter side, marking off the halfway point.

5. Continue to tape around the corner and onto the shorter side, you may have to very slightly adjust your spacing so the tape will exactly reach the middle point. At the middle point, switch the direction of the angle so that the two pieces right at the middle create a V. Use a ruler to ensure you get the same angle on both sides of the V.6. Continue to tape around the tray until you have made the same pattern on both sides.7. Paint all of the sides thoroughly with gold paint, using at least two coats.8. Allow the paint to dry completely then remove the tape to reveal the beautiful gold and white striped pattern.Now if youd just like to use the tray on a desk or vanity where it wont come into contact with moisture, you can stop here. Or if you can take it up a notch and coat the tray with epoxy resin. This will make sure that the tray is resilient to moisture and that the paint always remains in tact. Purchase the epoxy resin at any major art or craft store.9. Prepare an area to resin the tray but putting down some cardboard to cover the surface youre working on. Elevate the tray using a smaller container or box.10. Prepare the tray to resin by taping the bottom edges.11. Follow the instruction provided with the kit to prepare the epoxy resin. For this small tray I used 1 oz each of resin and hardener. Thoroughly mix both together and pour the resin into the tray. Using either a disposable wood spatula or a cheap paint brush (the Dollar store has both of these) to coat the entire tray with a light coat of resin. Dont worry if it pools in the tray, the resin at the bottom will self level and give a hard glossy finish.12. Leave the piece to dry for 24- 48 hours. Your piece should appear very glossy and smooth with a hard, lacquered finish.

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Pressed fern resin tray

Happy Friday friends. I hope you had a good week.  Today Im teaming up with some of my dear

Canadian friends again to bring you some beautiful handmade Mothers day gift ideas.

I think some of the most memorable and thoughtful gifts I have ever received, have been handmade.

I originally wanted to paint some ferns with ceramic paint onto these trays,

but I remembered I had some left over resin fromthis projectand thought it would be

such a neat idea to use it with live ferns. Its so easy to do and I really love the end result.

Epoxy Resin (available at any craft or art store)

1. Choose various kinds of ferns for interest.

2. (not pictured) Place fern between two pieces of paper and iron at low temperature, until fern flattens down.

Or if doing this in advanced, you can press the fern between the pages of a book for 24 hrs.

3.Secure fern onto tray with glue, ModPodge or even a glue stick. Assure that no part of the fern is sticking up.

4. Follow package instructions for the resin. It is very important that you use the exact measurements or  the resin will not set.

5. Allow to dry for 20-60 minutes. If you notice any large bubbles gently pop with a tootpick.

6. Let dry for 24-48 hours. Wash thoroughly with warm soapy water.

Resin is 100% food safe and can be used to serve food or simply used as a charger. (Do not place in microwave or dishwasher though)

I love, love the way the fern looks under the glossy resin. The possibilities for these are endless. Picture herbs, or petals etc.

As a matter of fact, I experimented with painting these feather with watercolor onto similar trays,

allowing the paint to dry and pouring resin over it. They turned out so cool dont you think?

These can also make beautiful wall art. Just place an adhesive plate hook on the back.

I like the look of the fresh fern, but you can press them ahead of time to make them look a little less fresh.

As mentioned, here are some of the other beautiful handmade gift ideas.

and dont forget to enter the generous giveaway by our friends at Breville.

Shauna of Satori Design for Living made aPink Grapefruit Salt SoakChristina of The DIY Mommy shows you how to make aMini Fairy Garden in a TinJenn of Clean & Scentsible madeVintage Wood Transfer Photo CoastersTara of Suburble put together aWeathered Gift Tray TutorialKristi of Making it in the Mountains shows you how to make aDIY Blanket LadderLucy of Craftberry Bush shows you how to make thisPress Fern Resin TrayJo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs has a recipe for aLemon Coconut Sugar ScrubAlex of Northstory made these fantasticPhoto Tea BagsVirginia of Fynes Designs has afree Apron Sewing PatternKrista of Happy Housie made aDIY Silhouette Image Tea Towels

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I absolutely adore this idea Lucy! Ive been wanting to play around with resin for a while and now Im thinking Ive found the perfect project! I love the fresh pop of green the ferns add and those watercolour feathers are gorgeous! LOVE it my friend!

What a pretty idea, Lucy! I love the watercolor feather ones too. I would do a whole gallery wall of your watercolor feathers if I had them!

I love your resin projects Lucy, and I think this one is my favouriteIm loving the feather watercolour ones you made too! So gorgeous! xo

Once again, you knocked it out of the park. I have a thing for ferns, so Id love one of these leaning on a shelf in my kitchen. You must give the best Mothers Day gifts every year. Just one of your creations would melt my heart!

I totally love this idea, Lucy and those feathers are stunning! Ive never used epoxy resin, but youve made me want to go right out and buy some! Thank you, as always, for sharing your beautiful work.

Wow! I love this! I didnt know that resin was food safe though and for that I am glad. I am going to try this with flowers or leaves like fall leaves. How cool would that be? If my sister goes to Elizabeth Park, the oldest rose gardens in the US, I will have her collect some rose petals that fall to the ground. How cool would that be too? I want to make some! I have ModPodge but not the resin. I am going to buy some and some plates too. Thank you, thank you, thank you for showing this! My sister whose birthday falls on moms day this year and my mom will love them!

I actually really love the resin trays, along with the feather paintings. Great idea, will have to try

Is the 2 part epoxy at the hardware store the same as more expensive craft resin? Is it just as clear?

I absolutely love this idea! Ill be looking for something to do this to, very soon. But maybe with some real feathers? Thanks for the inspiration!

you are so crafty Lucy this is such a great idea!

This is so pretty, Lucy! My mom would LOVE a dish like this.

Lucy this is gorgeous! And those feather trays!?!? Swoon!

These trays are simply beautiful! I love the idea of preserving leaves or flowers this way, especially because where I live, the green and colorful season only lasts part of the year! Thanks for the idea and tutorial!

These are soo pretty, you make it look so easy!

Has the green color lasted in these for the ferns? I am looking to make something along these lines as wedding favors. But I dont want them to fade.

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diy wednesdays mini mosaic tray

during these chilly winter months, we always like to have a hot beverage close at hand. whether were eating at the dining room table, or responding to emails from the couch, or even reading in bed, having a little heat-proof tray we can bring from room to room is a big help. this project is also a great way to try your hand at creating a very basic mosaic. its a fun process that requires very few tools and materials to achieve a beautiful and functional result.click herefor the full instructions or just click read more below.

-a shallow display box or tray (we got ours at ikea)

-grout (we got a 1lb container of non-sanded grout and mixed about 1/4 of it)

1. decide on an arrangement for your tiles.

2. glue them in place, making sure the gap between them is neither too small (they shouldnt be touching), nor too big (no more than 1/8).

3. once the glue is dry, mix up your grout according to the instructions on the container. this usually means adding water to the powder until it reaches the consistency of a thick non-pourable milkshake.

4. spread a generous amount of grout over the surface of all the tiles. use the putty knife to force the grout into the gaps between the tiles.

5. scrape as much grout off the surface of the tiles as you can with the putty knife, and allow it to set for about 15 minutes.

6. wipe down the surface of the tiles with a clean, damp cloth. go over the whole thing in a circular motion to pick up residual grout from the tops of the tiles.

7. allow your mosaic to cure for 2 to 3 days before using. during this time, mist the surface occasionally with water to prevent the grout from cracking.

8. paint edge of tray with paint if desired.

Cute! You could go a step further and get some Envirotex Lite Pour-on (its a resin) to protect the tiles and smooth out the surface even more.

This is terrific. Ive been looking for a tray but I also have left over glass tiles from my kitchen backsplash and now I know what I can do with them. Thanks!

where would be an appropriate place to get mosaic tiles? any suggestions?

Hey, this is a nice way to use up leftover tiles from my bathroom renovations! I have a bunch of 1 marble hex tile and some tiny black pennyrounds. Certainly better than leaving them in the basement to gather dust!

When using raw wood of this type for mosaics, its very important to seal the wood from both sides with a the side to be worked and the back side as well. The reason is that there is a pretty high risk that the wood will buckle and bow, breaking up the mosaic after a bit of time. Another thing which will increase the life of the tray would be to impregnate the grout after it has dried with grout sealer like that if anything spills, it wont go down to the wood, stain the grout, or effect the mosaic.

sorry, with a urethane wood sealer, I meant to say.

You know, Ive seen lots of trays being made, and didnt get why. But your post made me realizeif I have my drink on a tray, and it spills, itll spill in the tray and not all over the place! I might have to make one

this is great. i have a bunch of small tiles like this that i bought as samples when trying to decide what to put in our kitchen. (susan jablon tiles, a great source). and am going to ikea tonight with my sister so i can pick up a tray. perfect timing!

most craft stores have tiles like these; i know for sure michaels has a tiny little mosaic section.

I am totally going to do this this weekend! YAY!

Adorable! This would be perfect in my bathroom.

Cant one buy those mosaic tiles connected on a mesh from a tile store.like they do bathroom showers etc.

What a fun project and beautiful tray! Those blue tiles are so pretty. This would be the perfect gift to make for Mothers Day-Im going to have to bookmark this so I remember!

awesome! I have make a mosaic on my list of things to do this year and this would be a great into as my first mosaic project!

oh, you could do this with heath ceramics tiles. I dont have any big tiling projects that I can do (renter), but have always wanted to use their tiles for something. This might be it.

Cute! This looks like a fun project to do. I love the look of mosaics the tiles are so pretty!

This would make for a great hostess gift when paired with tea or a mug! Any ideas where I can find a small dish like the one holding the lemons in the photo? Thanks for the idea!

thats a tray by lorena barrezueta, whos part of our design by the book video series:

What about using pieces of broken china instead of tiles? Has anyone tried it out?

That makes me look forward to retirementI have a loooooong time to go, but still. I see me and my Honey with that on the porch (if we have one) watching grandkids playthats the life.

There is no problem using broken china per se but the biggest challenge is that if you plan to use the tray, broken china tends to be bowed and it is difficult to get a flat surface out of it. For utilitarian mosaics these little flat tiles as shown are great or go to a local tile shop that sells bathroom and floor tile and see if they have any samples to either sell or give away. Just be careful when breaking the larger tiles, or buy a tile cutter.

Great idea use pieces of broken china. I see a tray with romantic floral patterns or delft blue style Ill have to keep my eyes open for plates I can smash, next time im at the thriftstore!

Thank you for sharing this process with us!

This is great. Am so making these for xmas gifts next year.

I got a huge amount from a flooring company for free- a bunch of tiles were discontinued and the sample books were going to be thrown out.

I love this idea! Mosaic is one of my favorite hobbies.

I got some pretty glass tiles from dick blick but using china works well too.

heath ceramics is a great resource for anyone living in the bay area or coming through town. we have a great assortment of overstock and seconds tile in our sausalito factory and it always changes.

I have extra really pretty mosaic tiles in my house. This would be a good project for whats left over.

Diana, its like Renate suggested use broken plates 🙂

Renate, Ive also seen a table made with MDF and broken china. Ill scan the magazine page where this table is pictured tomorrow and post the link here 🙂

I have also seen very pretty counters done using broken glass (like from different colored bottles). I think they used some sort of resin or sealer to make the surface level.

I am going to break up my old bathroom tiles and make a mosaic tray with random patterns.

I am a beginner and what a great way to start. Thanks for this geat ides.

Are these non-breakable? My little brothers b-day is coming up..

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