If you’re a newcomer to the wonderful world of epoxy resin, you might want to start small with some easy epoxy resin crafts for beginners. While you may feel daunted at first, there’s no need!
You’ll find that epoxy resin is a great material to work with as it seals surfaces, adding strength and protection, and leaves a beautiful sheen. It’s easy to use and allows you to create beautiful pieces in no time at all.
And once you’ve mastered these simple projects, you’ll be ready to explore some more challenging epoxy resin arts and crafts and DIY projects.
So what are you waiting for? Follow our instructions for our three beginner-level projects to make epoxy resin coasters, trays and pendants to get you started on your journey!
What equipment do I need for my epoxy resin projects?
You will only need a few basic items of equipment (in addition to the material specified in each project) for epoxy resin arts and crafts:
- Disposable gloves
- Safety glasses
- Face mask
- Plastic stirrer
- Measuring cup
- Ultra Clear Epoxy Resin Part A
- Epoxy Hardener Clearpox Part B
- Hairdryer or heat gun to remove bubbles
For convenience, you can purchase an Ultra Clear Epoxy Resin Kit. It comprises epoxy resin, epoxy hardener, a measuring cup and stirrer. It is perfect for anyone setting out on epoxy resin arts and crafts for beginners.
Epoxy resin coasters for beginners
For this super easy project, you’ll need silicone coaster moulds and some dried flowers, beads, shells or buttons to place inside them – whatever appeals to you and will suit the décor of your home.
Prepare your workspace. It should be well ventilated, and you will need to cover surfaces in case of any spills. Set out your moulds and your embellishments.
Put your gloves, safety glasses and face mask on and mix up the epoxy resin following the instructions on the packaging. (You will only need a very small amount to start with, just enough to glue down the items you want to embed.)
Pour the epoxy resin into the moulds. Carefully press each of the items into place.
You may see some bubbles in the resin at this stage. You can gently blow them away with your heat gun or hairdryer.
Cover the moulds and leave to dry for roughly 4 hours.
Once the first layer of resin is dry, mix up enough for the top layer and pour into the moulds.
You may see more bubbles, which you can disperse with your heat source.
Cover up your moulds again and leave to dry for 24 hours.
Now for the big reveal – once the epoxy resin is fully dry, you can simply peel away the mould and admire your handiwork!
Epoxy resin trays for beginners
There are heaps of epoxy resin tray ideas out there. We’ve chosen a project using confetti for a simple yet striking addition to the look of your interior.
You’ll just need a plain wooden tray with sides a few centimetres high, decoupage glue and confetti in addition to the basic equipment.
Paint the inside of the tray with the decoupage glue.
Sprinkle the confetti over the surface.
Put on your protective gear and mix up your epoxy resin according to the instructions on the packaging. Pour it generously over the confetti layer, covering it completely.
Get rid of any bubbles with your heat gun or hairdryer.
Cover and leave until it is completely dry. As this is a practical object, it’s best to leave it for a full 24 hours to ensure that the epoxy resin is totally set before use.
Now you can have fun using your unique, practical and beautiful epoxy resin tray!
Epoxy resin pendants for beginners
An epoxy resin pendant makes a gorgeous gift for a friend or loved one. Once you find out how easy it is to create these one-of-a-kind pieces, you’ll also want to start making them for yourself!
Alongside the regular equipment, you’ll need some silicone moulds, whatever you want to set in the resin (glitter, beads, pressed flowers, shells etc.), tweezers, a toothpick to pop bubbles, nail scissors and jewellery findings (the pieces that complete your jewellery such as clasps and chains).
Prepare your workspace and put on your safety glasses, face mask and gloves.
Mix up the epoxy resin according to the instructions.
Fill your moulds with the decorations you have chosen. This is where the tweezers come in handy if they are particularly small.
Pour the resin into the moulds. If you notice bubbles, you can disperse them with a hairdryer or heat gun. Some people find it easier to pop them with a toothpick when working on a small scale.
Cover and leave to dry for 24 hours.
When completely dry, remove the pendants from the moulds. You can trim away any excess resin with sharp nail scissors.
Attach the findings by using a small amount of resin or glue. Once this is dry, you will have a unique piece of jewellery to express your personal style and creativity!
Epoxy resin crafting made easy
Now you’ve seen how easy it is to make your own one-off art and craft items using epoxy resin, there’ll be no stopping you!
For quality epoxy resin supplies, visit our online shop. We’ve got everything you need to make crafting easy, from resin and hardener through to inks, pigments and dyes.
We keep everything in stock so you don’t experience any delays in getting your hands on your art and craft supplies. We’re quick to process orders and supply you with a tracking number so you can keep tabs on your materials as they find their way to you.
And if you need any help or advice about your purchase, contact the friendly team who will be only too happy to help!