I love adding a little bit of sparkle and shine to my fall decor, and I’ve had an obsession with trinket trays and dishes lately. I just LOVE the small size, and all the possibilities for embellishing them! Today I’m going to show you how to use jewelry resin to line a sparkly sequined DIY tray. This is a really versatile handmade gift idea, or addition to your holiday decor, and can be made in any color scheme with your favorite mix of paint, sequins and glitter. Best of all, it hardens with a strong, permanent finish, so you can use the DIY tray for years to come.
- Wooden tray(s) – this is a set of 3, giving you a few options and the chance to mix and match
- Chalk Paint or Acrylic Paint (I used Americana Decor chalk paint in Whisper Ivory)
- EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy Resin
- Mixing Cups and Craft Sticks
- Dream Sequins (I used Copper Sequin Mix)
- Glitter (optional)
When your tray is fully dry, line the bottom with sequins. You’ll find a look you love, but I found it best to use the smooth sequins to line the bottom, and then add the faceted sequins on top. This arrangement allows for the shallowest layering and the most sparkle. When you’re happy with your layer, prepare your resin according to the package directions.
Resin is not at all difficult, so don’t be intimidated! All you need to do to prepare it is to mix equal parts of resin and hardener in a plastic cup for a couple minutes, pour it into a second cup, and continue to mix it. This 2-stage process ensures that’s fully mixed. Your small cups will only be able to hold a prepared ounce or two, so you may need to make a few batches. The smallest tray in the set I used requires about 2 oz. of prepared epoxy resin. Pour it slowly over your sequins.
You may get a few bubbles, but those will typically pop on their own within 10 minutes or so. If they don’t, blowing gently through a straw and focusing the heat of your breath on the bubbles can help to dissipate any you may have. Keep adding resin until all your sequins are covered. Once your resin mixed, you can even stir in glitter (or anything else you like) for more sparkle in your casting – I did this for my final coat!
Allow your DIY tray to set in a flat location for at least 12 hours (24 is even better). Once it’s cured, you can add it to your bedside table, or as decor in any part of your home! It also makes for an adorable gift presentation – I think a sweet cupcake and birthday note would be perfect placed on a small DIY tray like this.
Resin is a lot of fun to work with as long as you mix it well and are careful not to spill. It’s perfect for jewelry bezels, too! What else would you add to the bottom of your DIY tray? Pressed flowers? Scrapbook paper? Beads?
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).