How cute are these? They’re super cheap to make and don’t take a lot of time either. Bonus, you can use these mini crates in so many cute and rustic ways: use them as mini centerpieces for meals, store your jewelry & tiny stuff or even make them into candle holders. Quite useful and you can have them in any colour.
What you need for this idea:
Glue (the good kind, that dries fast)
Water in a container
Paints (any kind works)
What you need to do:
Soak the popsicle sticks in water for a few minutes. This makes them easy to cut.
Cut them into 12 pieces. 8 of a slightly bigger size and 4 small.
Paint the 12 pieces of wood & 4 toothpicks.
Stick 2 shot sticks to 2 long sticks and add a toothpick before that. Make 2 sets. Make sure to leave a slight gap between the two parallel sticks.
Stick the 2 sets made together to form a rectangle/square.
Cut the toothpicks to the edge of the rectangle.
Stick the 4 remaining pieces together to form a base for the crate.
Paste the base to the rectangle made earlier. And Done!
Things to keep in mind:
Let the sticks dry before you try to stick them together. Damp wood does not stick well.
Get fast drying glue that dries up quickly when you’re sticking the edges. Otherwise they edge will move, making the crate wonky.
Resin is a very adaptable medium with various applications one of which allows you to make some truly one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. This tutorial requires a little investment but places like Hobby Lobby and Michael’s run coupons in newspapers regularly. Also, your steps may vary depending on what resin you use so I’d caution you to read the instructions that come with your resin as well.
Anyways, you will need:
Clear Casting Resin
Mold (specifically made to cast resin)
Measuring Cup (disposable or one you’ll only ever use for resin crafts)
4 Popsicle Sticks
2 Small Cups (disposable or ones only for resin crafts)
What you want to cast in the resin (glitter, snakeskin, sprinkles, sea shells, flowers, etc.)
To prep, spray your mold with mold release and let dry. This will take a few minutes. If you’re casting a piece of paper or a picture paint it with a few coats of glue and let it dry because the resin will make it transparent otherwise. Also, you may want to take the time to warm your resin in water for about 15 minutes. This prevents bubbles from setting in the resin and obscuring your piece. However, if you’re going to use something like glitter you can skip this step. This is only important if your piece will remain clear.
Now you’re ready to mix your resin so put on your rubber gloves. Using your first popsicle stick, measure out how much hardener you want and then pour it into your first little cup. Next, wipe out your measuring cup and measure out an equal amount of resin with your second popsicle stick. Pour it into the same little cup as the hardener. Wipe out your measuring cup.
Now, using your third popsicle stick vigorously mix the hardener and resin together for two minutes. Counting in your head is sufficient if you are so inclined. After the two minutes, pour the contents into your second little cup. Mix the contents together for an additional minute with your fourth popsicle stick.
The resin is now ready to pour into your mold. However, if you’re using something like glitter or sprinkles you’ll probably want to mix it together in your second little cup before pouring it in your mold.
When it comes to sprinkles and glitter you will want to keep an eye on it for a little bit to make sure it doesn’t all settle in the bottom of your mold. If necessary, swish it about with your fourth popsicle stick to keep it mixed up until the resin becomes fairly gelatinous. You may even want to pour more glitter or sprinkles on top after you’ve filled your mold with the resin mixture.
When casting something like a piece of paper or a snakeskin even pour a little amount of resin in the mold then put in your paper or whatever using your fourth popsicle stick to push it into position. Pour the rest of the resin on top. You may need to make some adjustments but that’s fine.
Let your piece set for about 24 hours before you remove it from the mold. At a bare minimum let it set over night. It will need about 48 hours to completely harden though. Anyways, after you remove it from the mold then you’ll need to use your scissors and cut off any excess. Then use your sanding paper to smooth the edges to your satisfaction.
Now you have yourself a fancy one-of-a-kind bracelet. Your friends will be jealous I’m sure. =)
Lastly, here are a few things I’ve learned from working with resin that you’ll benefit from:
I mentioned warming your resin beforehand. If you don’t you’ll see all sorts of little bubbles that could potentially ruin a piece.
It is also incredibly important that you get your proportions correct when mixing. If you don’t you’ll end up with something incredibly flexible that will never properly harden.
You will read on the internet that you can use cooking spray instead of mold release. It’s a lie. It will give your piece a horrible cloudy appearance and it will essentially be worthless. Don’t be cheap on this. Mold release goes a long way. Coupons are your friend.
Wear gloves. You don’t HAVE to but resin is really sticky and obnoxious to wash off. Further, it may even give you a small rash for a few days. Nothing serious but it does irritate skin.
Well, I hope this little tutorial was helpful. As always, if you have any questions or comments please contact me. =)