The most beautiful season of the year has come. The magic spirit of Christmas is floating in the air, and there is nothing more enjoyable than adorning your house, the Christmas tree, and preparing something unique for those special people on your list.
I always get excited when I see all those stores full of bright and colorful holiday decorations. As you probably already know, a new festive decoration theme appears every year.
I must admit. I’m the kind of person who likes to keep up with trends. However, this year I wanted to try something different: unleash my creativity and make resin Christmas ornaments. They’re easy, fun to make, make great gifts, and look amazing on your tree. In this article I’ll show how to make DIY personalized resin Christmas ornaments. Let’s start!
What is epoxy resin?
Epoxy resin is a material that can be used for many different purposes. From small projects like jewelry, coasters, tumblers, tabletops, art pictures to woodworking and flooring, anything can be created with epoxy resin and a bit of creativity.
A more detailed article about this topic is DIY Made Easy: A Beginner’s Guide To Epoxy, which I’m inviting you to go through. Also, if you want to learn more about different types of resin you can check out this one.
Tips you should know when working with epoxy resin
Working with epoxy resin is not that complicated. All you have to do is follow these tips when you making your custom resin ornaments:
- Prepare your working area. Cover the workspace with wax paper so the resin doesn’t stick to it.
- Work in a well-ventilated area. Also, you always must wear a mask or respirator, safety goggles, and gloves.
- Heat resin before use. You can put both bottles in hot water for 30-35 minutes at a temperature of 122°F (50°C) before mixing. Let the contents of the bottles warm up completely and then place them aside until they have returned to room temperature.
- Make sure you measure the resin and hardener carefully. It must be exactly 1:1 ratio. Depending on how many Christmas decorations you want to create, you can opt for Epoxy Resin 16 oz Kit or Epoxy Resin 2QT Kit. Both have a special formula that self-levels and a 1:1 ratio of hardener and resin. They are easy to mix, water and scratch-resistant, have a glossy-glass-like finish, and come with everything included (tools and a 24-color set of Mica 5g powder bags).
- Thoroughly mix the two components with clean stir sticks until the mixture becomes transparent. Depending on the quantity you’re mixing, it can take between 3 and 7 minutes of continuous mixing without whipping.
- Pour your resin into the molds. In case the bubbles are still on the surface of your resin, you can use a heat gun, a torch, or a lighter to pop them.
- Let your beautifully crafted festive decorations sit for several hours in a dust-free space to cure properly. It can take up to 72 hours for the products to dry completely.
Resin Christmas ideas
Now is the time to release your inner jolly joys and start working your magic!
Poured epoxy resin Christmas ornaments
- Mix your epoxy in the exact same way I’ve mentioned above.
- Add the Mica Powder or even Glow in the dark pigments into the resin and keep stirring until the dye is fully dissolved. My advice is to mix more than one color to give a special touch to your future ornaments or gifts.
- Gently pour the resin into your molds. Be careful not to get too many air bubbles in the resin as you pour. If you do have some bubbles in the resin, you can use a lighter to carefully heat the surface of your resin. This will make the bubbles disappear.
- This is the step when you can beautify your ornaments. Place any beads, stickers, or Metallic Foil Flakes. For example, you can make your ornaments tell a beautiful winter story. Use some white mica powder to create the snow and dark blue to make the night sky. Then put the 3D snowmen in the middle, and add some snowflake-shaped glitter pieces all-around to make it look like they were in a storm.
- When the resin has hardened slightly but is not completely cured, you can carefully remove it from the mold and insert a jewelry eye pin into the top of the ornament.
- String the decoration once it has fully dried. You can hang it on the Christmas tree or wrap it up as a present.
Resin painted plastic Christmas ornament balls
Here’s how you turn ordinary glass ball ornaments into colorful additions to your Christmas tree using resin:
- First, prop the ornaments onto toothpicks with tape around the bottom.
- Mix the resin and hardener as mentioned above. Add some pearlescent mica powder or luminous pigments. Slowly continue adding to achieve the desired color.
- Pour the mixed resin inside and swirl it to completely cover the interior.
- Set the resin ornaments aside to cure. Remember that it can take up to 72 hours for the finished product to dry completely.
- Remove them from toothpicks and put them inside the metal insert.
- Your colored and glowing resin decorations are ready! Use ribbons or hooks strings to hang them on your Christmas tree.
Extra tip: Fill the ornaments with glitter, confetti, tiny trees, faux snow, pompoms, or jingle bells.
This holiday season, I encourage you to decorate your home and tree with love and not with things. Therefore, I hope you enjoy these ideas & tips, and they will help you make meaningful resin Christmas ornaments. If you decide to surprise your loved ones with them, remember that they allow you to communicate your feelings and appreciation for them. Thus, a handmade present will always be highly appreciated by the receiver.