Learn How To Make Your Own DIY Epoxy Resin Wood Tray Using Yarn which with this easy to follow step by step tutorial.
Epoxy Resin has to be one of the most versatile medium to work with as I have not only used it to make Resin Crafts such as Coasters, Painted vases I have also used it to make a Resin Coffee Table, transformed a Bar Cart and so much more.
When I first started playing around with Resin a few years ago I have to say I was pretty nervous because it just seemed like such a finicky product to work with.
Fast forward to now and I honestly cannot stop using it in every single DIY project that I make.
There is a slight learning curve to it but honestly, it is so simple and you will see it for yourself today with this fun little DIY Epoxy Resin Wood Serving Tray Using Yarn and how easy it is to actually make it.
This is a perfect beginner project in my opinion and this Serving Tray is also the perfect gift and home decor item.
Before we jump into the actual DIY project I want to cover some few basic details and recurring questions about Epoxy Resin that I tend to hear every so often.
How To Use Epoxy Resin?
The particular Resin I use is Envirotex Lite Resin and it comes with detailed instructions as to how use it, so you really can’t mess it up.
In short, the product comes with a Hardener and a Resin Bottle.
You pour equal parts Resin with equal parts Hardener and mix it for 2 minutes in a disposable cup.
Please note the instructions I am telling you are about the particular brand of Resin I use and the instructions might vary on the one that you use.
Lastly, you might want to check the temperature in the area you are working in as for Resin to cure/ set properly it needs to be in a particular temperature range which will be mentioned on your Resin box.
The time it takes for Resin to cure properly can be from anywhere to 24 – 72 hours before it can be used. But mostly you can touch it by the 24-hour mark.
How Much Resin Do I Need for a Project?
Okay so this is another one of those most asked questions and to be quite honest it was such a guessing game for me in the beginning when I first started using Resin.
I would whip up a batch only to see that I needed three times the amount of it and it was a lot of back and forth of mixing, realizing I needed more Epoxy Resin to begin with and then a lot more mixing again.
Let’s just say it was not Fun.
I found this Epoxy Resin Calculator which is a lifesaver. You only need to input your project’s measurements and it will give you an exact amount of how much Resin you actually need.
All the guesswork is out of the window now. You’re Welcome!
What Materials You Can Add To Epoxy Resin?
Okay, so I love to experiment in this department of Resin.
I have personally used Glitter, Stones, Agate Crystal Slices, poured Resin over painted materials, Confetti, Yarn (which you will see in today’s project), Colored Beads etc.
Keep in mind that this is all the things that I added to Clear Resin.
You can, of course, color your Resin as well and they have specific pigments for it or add Acrylic Paints to it.
Just keep in mind the more color you add to Resin, the chemistry of Resin will change which will result in it drying quicker or in some cases not properly curing.
I would suggest test out and see what comes out of it and you just might end up loving the final result.
Things To Avoid While Using Epoxy Resin
- I think the most important point is to work in the right temperature. It shouldn’t be too cold or too hot it should be just right, in the wise words of Goldilocks.
- If you are adding color to Resin, you need to keep a check on it as it will change the curing time as well.
- Mix Resin for the exact amount of time mentioned, don’t slack on that and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the dot.
- It is inevitable bubbles will rise on top of your project. Not to panic just use a heat gun, torch, etc and the bubbles will pop right away.
- Please work in a well lit, ventilated area. Use gloves and cover the place you are working in so as to avoid any Resin mishaps.
- Have some sort of covering, box, etc prepared to put over your DIY Resin project so to avoid any dust, etc to settle on it while it cures.
- Lastly, Enjoy! Whenever I see that glossy final finish of Epoxy Resin on my DIY projects it just makes me so so so happy.
Okay, so I think I have almost everything covered and you guys are now Masters at Using Resin!
Let’s jump into this beautiful DIY Epoxy Resin Wood Serving Tray Using Yarn.
Materials Needed to Make Your Own Wood Serving Tray Using Epoxy Resin and Yarn
Resin (this is the one I would recommend and use in all my projects)
Tutorial for DIY Wood Epoxy Resin Tray Using Yarn
So this is the Wooden Tray I was working with, a square-shaped decent-sized serving tray. I painted it all white using Chalk Paint and let it dry before pouring the Resin on top of it.
It needed about two coats of the White Paint
So basically I was going to pour Resin on top of Yarn and this is the colorful variety of Yarn I decided to work with.
I snipped off smalls pieces of Yarn from almost all of the colors as I wanted the Wood Serving Tray to be really bright and colorful.
When you have all your yarn ready then it is time to glue it onto the Wooden Tray.
I used decoupage glue to glue down all my pieces of Yarn. This step is crucial because if you don’t glue it down then all the pieces of yarn will float to the surface as soon as you pour over Resin.
I applied a layer of Decoupage Glue and then sprinkled all my yarn over it. Then I applied more glue if I saw that there were any big patches of whites showing from underneath and packed on more yarn onto it.
This step is optional but I just love using Glitter in all my Resin projects and you can see these Resin Knobs I made with glitter and stones as an example.
I went ahead and sprinkled some Gold Glitter on top of the Yarn just to give it that extra Pizzaz.
Time to prepare the Resin. As I mentioned earlier Epoxy Resin always comes with a Hardener and a Resin bottle.
Wear your protective gear and pour the Resin into the disposable cup.
Then pour the same amount of Hardener into the same cup.
Mix it for Two minutes.
I was out of all the wooden paint stirrers so I had to make do with a plastic knife at this point.
After the two minutes were up. Pour it into another clean cup and mix it for another full minute.
And then it was time to pour it onto the tray.
Place your Wooden Serving Tray onto a well-balanced platform or table so when the Resin cures it does so evenly.
At this point if you flip over the Wooden Tray the Yarn would not fall out as all of it should be glued and dried down by now.
And then just pour over the Resin. Cover all the nooks and corners with it.
I had some air bubbles rise to the surface but I used a torch and they all popped instantly.
Cover your Resin Project.
I covered my Wooden Serving Tray with another Tray. The irony!
Let it cure on its own. The particular Resin I used in this project was FastCast which basically means it sets in about 30 minutes. But I still let it cure for the proper 24 hours.
The next day I took off the covering and this is the gorgeous Wooden Epoxy Resin Tray results.
How adorable is this little tray?
I love how fun it is with the Yarn but still looks so Elegant.
I did go ahead and taped on some Gold Tape that I had on hand.
I only taped the corners but this is optional you could leave it as is and it would still be Stunning.
So what do you guys think?
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