Hi everyone! Welcome to our first day of DIY Gift Giving ideas that you can create. Fluid Art is so much fun, and with the holidays upon us, I thought it would be fun to share with you 10 of my favorite DIY gift-giving ideas so you can create beautiful gifts for your family and friends.
Each day I will post a new idea for you to get inspired from. I will list the materials I used that include links for you to purchase them yourself. Each post will have a video that I have created to see how I completed the project, step-by-step. As always, contact me with any questions or comments on this post, or comment on the video post on our YouTube channel.
Are you ready to get started with this project? Let’s create Resin Bookmarks!
BONUS: I decided to add a little bit of extra fun into our 10-day event. I will be giving away the Resin Beach Tray that I created in Day 1 of our 10 Days of DIY Fluid Art Gift Giving event! The give-away instructions are detailed at the end of this post.
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Here are the supplies I used:
- 6-piece Bookmark Resin Mold
- Unicone Resin
- Crushed Crystal Magical Mica Pigment Enhancer
- White Armor Art Pigment
- Aquamarine & Sky Blue Dispersion Color from Counter Culture DIY
- Martha Stewart Throwing Confetti: These are no longer available. I originally purchased at Michaels Arts & Crafts in 2019.
- Glitter from Target Stores
- Red Enamel Heart Charm: These are no longer available. I originally purchased them on eBay in 2019.
- Round Nose Pliers for Jewelry
- Jewelry Jump Ring
- Embroidery Floss
Creating with resin is fun but it is important to learn about how to use the resin safely. Believe it or not, safety is one of the most commonly overlooked steps when working with resin. I know I wanted to jump right in and start creating but I quickly learned that I needed to read up on the safety measures so that I could enjoy this medium for years to come. Here are a few basic safety guidelines to review before you start working with resin:
- Well ventilated area. It is crucial to work in an area that has good circulation and/or open windows. Some resins emit fumes that can be toxic.
- Gloves. Yes, there is a thing called resin allergy. Wearing gloves is the easiest method to help with ongoing and prevent future skin conditions while working with resin.
- Respirator. Protecting your lungs is a top priority. Wearing a respirator provides consistent protection to your lungs while working with resin.
- Clean spills immediately. Don’t let resin sit on your table or floor. Use paper towels to scoop up as much as possible then use denatured alcohol or isopropyl alcohol to clean up any remaining residue.
- Safety goggles. Not only do goggles help prevent unexpected splashes from touching your eyes, but they prevent you from touching your eyes. If you are like me, you will touch your eye without thinking. Getting resin in your eyes is dangerous. If you do get resin in your eyes, flush with water repeatedly and seek medical attention immediately!
- Apron. Aprons are great to help prevent resin from getting on your clothes and then absorbing and touching the stomach. When you are working, you can get easily focused on your process and not even realize resin has been touching your belly for 5 minutes or more!
The Process: Day 1
Creating these resin bookmarks is fairly easy, and I really enjoyed adding just about anything to the molds to create a unique gift. To start, I mixed up about 6 ounces of resin according to the directions on the bottles so I can complete 6 bookmarks. (Each bookmark uses approximately 1 ounce of resin.)
00:35 For this first resin bookmark, I added resin to the mold, and then I added my circled embellishments. Once in place, I lightly tapped them with a stir stick to help release any air bubbles that might be trapped under them, and I also pressed down on the embellishments so that the resin will cover them. Lightly add some heat to help release any other air bubbles that might be trapped.
02:38 For the next resin bookmark, I add resin to the mold and add more circle embellishments but different sizes and a random pattern. Once in place, I lightly tapped them with a stir stick to help release any air bubbles that might be trapped under them, and I also pressed down on the embellishments so that the resin will cover them. Lightly add some heat to help release any other air bubbles that might be trapped.
04:36 For the next resin bookmark, I will add glitter to the resin and pour it in. The rule of thumb is to add no more than 5% color/additive to the clear resin or 1-part color to 20 parts resin. Once done, stir thoroughly. Add some heat to help release the air bubbles.
05:58 This resin bookmark is the same technique as the previous one. I am going to add glitter to the resin and pour it in. The rule of thumb is to add no more than 5% color/additive to the clear resin or 1-part color to 20 parts resin. Once done, stir thoroughly. Add some heat to help release the air bubbles.
07:16 Like the previous two resin bookmarks, this uses the same technique, but I will add Crushed Crystal Magical Mica Pigment Enhancer to the resin and pour it in. The rule of thumb is to add no more than 5% color/additive to the clear resin or 1-part color to 20 parts resin. Once done, stir thoroughly but slowly! This mica pigment powder is very lightweight. The slightest breeze or movement will scatter it everywhere!
The paw cutout at the top makes this mold slower to fill the mold. I drizzle and push the resin into the area to fill it. Add some heat to help release the air bubbles.
08:42 This last resin bookmark is in the shape of a mermaid tail. I thought it would be fun to use ocean colors. I mixed up two blues and a white to the clear resin. The rule of thumb is to add no more than 5% color/additive to the clear resin or 1-part color to 20 parts resin. Once done, stir thoroughly.
I added the colors in small sections of the tail, and I gently blended the colors to mimic the ocean. Add some heat to help release the air bubbles.
The Process: Day 2
After I let the resin cure for 24 hours, I demold them. They are simple to demold; they literally pop out of the mold. Now it is time to make the tassels.
Take a piece of 7″x5″ cardstock and fold it in half longways.
Take approximately 36″ of embroidery floss and start wrapping the floss around the cardstock. You can use less or more floss in this step, and you can add multiple colors if you desire. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
Cut another length of floss, approximately 20″ and thread it between the folded cardstock and pull up to the open end. Tie a double knot at the top to secure.
Cut the floss at the other end opposite of the double knot. This will form the loose ends of your tassel.
Cut another length of floss approximately 12″ in length and wrap it around the tassel’s top, just under the first double knotted area. You can wrap this as many times as you desire, or you can wrap it around only once; the choice is yours. Once done wrapping, tie a double knot and fold down the tails to line up with the tassel’s loose ends. Trim to match the length of the loose ends.
Now it is time to decide how long you want your tassel to hang from the resin bookmark. I place the tassel next to my bookmark, and I “eyeball” where to cut.
Tie a double knot at the end of the floss to form a large loop. Cut off any excess from the knot.
Thread the double knot end that you just tied through the small hole on the bookmark and pull through.
Push the tassel through the large floss loop and pull tight to secure the tassel to your bookmark.
Ta-da! You have now added your tassel to your bookmark! You can also add jewelry charms to your tassel to give it a little more pizzazz if you desire. Use your imagination and have fun creating your own resin bookmarks!
What do you think about our Resin Bookmark gift idea? Contact us or comment on this post. We would love to hear your thoughts!
Enter Our GIVEAWAY
I am so excited to offer this Resin Beach Tray as a gift for our 10 Days of Fluid Art DIY Gift Giving event! Please complete the information below and share it with your friends!
This event will run from November 20, 2020, through November 30, 2020. I will select and announce the winner by December 10, 2020. I am also including FREE shipping of this tray to any U.S. address.