Tiny Resin Collage Craft (using just an old ice tray)

18 October, 2012

You know that old ditty “when in doubt, get the resin out”? I adhere to that in a big way.

I might have a little tiny trinket, a word from an old book, an image from a retro children’s book, or even a scrap of fabric, that I just love and want to show the world –Ā  for me the solution is nearly always encasing it in resin.

It takes almost no skill and can be done on one of those days when you are completely lacking in creativity and nearly always turns out with a pro-looking sheen.

At the moment I am using up my Gedeo Crystal Resin, but soon will be moving on to try out a more eco version.

The key thing is to follow your instructions carefully and MIX IT TOGETHER REALLY WELL – UNTIL IT IS CLEAR AGAIN. (This is in caps because it is so critical, the only thing that will ruin it really, as it won’t set,Ā  and then you’ll probably cry.)

I use the flexible ice tray, and fill them up to the level that I want my thing to be. I used a star mold last time, and made a scrabble letter pencil end and a tiny deer necklace.

This time I kept it plain, and filled every compartment in the tray with little papery experiments. I had someone in mind for every single one.

I popped them out after 24 hours – it is easier to get them out the quicker you do it. A couple I left in for a week and they were tough cookies, determined to stay in the tray.

Once out I drilled little holes into them, using the tiniest drill bit I have. I still need to sand the edges of them- I was kind of hoping these snaps would be a little more forgiving, mwhaha!

Some of them I made into key rings.

Some into a necklace.

I used a variety of papers- an old cowboy comic and a little piece from an old book.

I used some scraps of sewing fabric and cut up a few segments of a photo I’d taken of a million flying seagulls.

Easy Resin Craft

I couldn’t resist putting a bit of lace in, and I love how it came out, and then this little kids book image. These are my faves.

Others I have not quite made up my mind what to make them into, even though I know exactly who they are for.

What do you think? Any ideas for these tiny little collages?

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  • momoftwosalums 19 October, 2012 at 12:35 am

    These are gorg! I’m in love with all of them :). I too am a resin fan but have found the new mod podge dimensional gel to be amazing!! No mixing needed!!

    • lulastic 19 October, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Ohh, that sounds so interesting, is it just exactly the same? *Goes off to google*

  • Sonya Cisco 18 October, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Ooh they are gorgeous! Me want to make some…..just you wait, I will be crafty one of these years!

    • lulastic 18 October, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      This is DEFINITELY one of the crafts to start with, honestly, all you need is the resin and a nice looking bit of paper!

  • Danielle Askins 18 October, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Love these! Not used resin before but this looks fun might have to get some! Do you mind if I pin it so I actually remember?

    • lulastic 18 October, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      Would LOVE you to pin i! Hehe x

  • lally Young 18 October, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Love them I might have a go. Have you thought about using old ticket stubs, bits of broken necklaces, beads, glitter, stickers, a mobile would look great for the new babies cot, using sweet wrappers.

    • lulastic 18 October, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      Great ideas! Especially the nostalgic tickets stubbs x

  • Liz 18 October, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    They look really good! Just reading up about the bio-resin – expensive stuff, but sounds like it has a lot of potential for reducing environmental impact.

    • lulastic 18 October, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      It’s not actually that much more than the Gedeo it is just in a different size (I am pretty sure I did the calculations). It IS expensive to buy straight out, but per little thing it is just pennies šŸ˜€

  • rosiepitman 18 October, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Oh wow I just LOVE these! Thanks so much for the idea and inspiration – I’m trying to get more crafty and this looks perfect.

    • lulastic 18 October, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      You’ll totally NAIL it x

  • jojot 18 October, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Which one’s mine?!

    • lulastic 18 October, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Ah, yeah, the problem with posting future pressies on my blog…and then revealing how easy and cheap they are to make mwhahaa!

  • penelope 18 October, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Oooh I just love love this idea xox Thanks for sharing.

    • lulastic 19 October, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Ah cool, hope to see other people’s resin makes soon!

  • Sian 18 October, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Lovely, especially like the Indian : ) looks like a really satisfying craft and great for pressies!
    May have to invest some pennies : )

    • lulastic 19 October, 2012 at 9:41 am

      I can’t help but get an Indian in my crafting, they are just so cool. (Is it better to say indigenous American???! I am not sure)

  • ALoadofOldTat 18 October, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Very cute.

    • lulastic 19 October, 2012 at 9:42 am


  • Hook, Line & Sink Her 18 October, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    These are beautiful šŸ™‚ I particularly like the Indian Chief one. You could string them together to make a chunky necklace or bracelet, rather than just a pendant on a chain. I am definitely going to buy some resin.


    • lulastic 19 October, 2012 at 9:42 am

      YES that would be AMAZING, I am loving the sound of that and can’t wait to see it x

  • Jane Chelliah 19 October, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    The lovely photos inspire me to be creative.

    • lulastic 19 October, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Oh GOOD! I wish I took better photos but at least you get the impression!

  • Gill Crawshaw 19 October, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Love this idea, I really want to try it out now! I’m thinking if you attach a loop of thread half into the resin while it sets…Christmas tree decorations?!

    • lulastic 19 October, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      YES YES YEEESSSSSS!!!!!!! Amazing idea!! Or just drilling and adding loop after might make it a bit more predictable x

  • inkomplete 20 October, 2012 at 3:42 am

    love this… i have quite a few novelty shape ice-cube trays, that i never use….

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  • Zoe dunn 26 August, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I’m not sure how you would do it but maybe connect a few together somehow to make a coaster? Magnets on the back for fridge magnet or brooch backs for a cool badge for their bag or coat??

    • Lucy 27 August, 2015 at 6:06 am

      Fab idea!

  • Megan 15 December, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I love these! Very fun! Did you use anything as a release in the tray? or did they just pop out on their own? I used a mold once upon a time and didn’t realize I needed a releasing agent and I couldn’t get the finished pieces out for the life of me šŸ™ It was a sad day.

  • ehoo 19 March, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Try using recycling ol
    d souvenir teaspoons. I cut/bent the handles off, leaving enough to bend a hanging loop. Then insert kid’s pics into bowl of spoon. Had better results encasing pic in clear contact first to seal. Add glitter, stars or what seems appropriate, then I added the year of pic before pouring resin. Great for Christmas ornaments, can see how child has grown year to year.

  • Debbie 28 June, 2018 at 4:32 am

    Awesome work! As far as pictures go can the be injet printed or do they have to be laser? I was thinking that inkjet seems to run so easy. Also do you put a little resin in before you put the paper or item in? Obviously I am very new to this craft. I make jewelry and love your idea!