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 a Tic Tac Toe Resin Travel Game!
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 on 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:
- Tic Tac Toe Resin Mold from Create with Alora
- Unicone Resin
- ColourArte Dragonfly Wings Primary Elements Pigments: Mermaid Scales and Sea Goddess
- White Armor Art Pigment
- Glitter from Target Stores
- 3oz. Dixie Cups
- Wood Stir Sticks
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
The first step is to put on your gloves, make sure you are in a well-ventilated area and use a respirator (optional). It’s time to mix your resin! You can use any resin brand name that you have on hand. I love Unicone resin, and I have plenty of it in my studio. It mixes easily, and it does not hold onto air bubbles. For this project, I am mixing about 8 ounces of resin according to the bottle’s directions.
Once my resin is mixed and ready to go, I will mix the glitter and the pigment colors: Mermaid Scales and Sea Goddess from ColourArte Primary Elements and the white pigment from Armor Art. The easiest way to mix colors is to add a small amount of resin into the cup with the color and mix thoroughly. Once the color has been mixed, then add the remaining amount of resin.
Now that my colors are ready, it is time to fill the molds. I start with the playing pieces. I find it easier to use a stir stick to place the color in the mold because the cavities are small. Sometimes I like to use one color for the “X’s” and another color for the “O’s” and other times I like to have them all the same color. The fun part about this is that YOU get to decide what to do and make it your own!
After adding some heat to the resin, it is time to work on the game board and travel case. The order in which you pour the resin is entirely up to you! In my video demonstration, I placed the glitter resin in the center of the travel case and the center of each playing space on the game board. I added a small amount of clear resin on top of the glitter puddles, and then I added the color. I went slow, and I had a lot of fun watching the resin move and blend.
Once the mold was full, I added some heat, and then I covered it for 24 hours to cure.
The Process: Day 2
After being patient and letting the resin cure for 24 hours, it is time to demold! I love this part because I get to see how well the resin blended, and it looks like I think it will look. (Which is doesn’t always turn out like I think it will…. usually it turns out better, lol!)
I start with the playing pieces. It is easier if you turn the mold upside down and gently roll the mold up. The pieces will pop out easily and quickly this way.
Once the playing pieces are out, it is time for the travel case and the game board. These pieces release very easily from the mold. Check all the pieces, travel case, and playing board to ensure there are no sharp edges. Feel free to play a game to test it out!
To give this game as a gift, I thought it would be fun to tie a ribbon around it. What do you think? What other ideas do you have to wrap up this fun travel game and give as a gift? Contact us or comment on this post to share your ideas!
If you would like to see more color examples I test how, watch my video on YouTube. I hope this will help inspire you!
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.