Vintage Resin Tray

Vintage Resin Tray

This coffee tray project is a great introduction to resin craft projects and shows you how to use resin for craft.

What you need

Small wood coffee tray
Vintage objects (keys, velvet or Crochet flowers, watches parts, toys parts,
Casting Resin
Measuring Tools
Disposable Mixing bowl or cup
Disposable tools
Suitable mold
Cooking Spray
Items for Embedding


Step 1

Protect your table with newspaper or an old tablecloth.

Step 2 –

Sand the wood tray to leave its surface smooth and ready to be painted *Tip: sand bars are easier to use and work better on corners.

Step 3

Paint with chosen color -light green, lavender or blue work all well with a vintage look- and let it dry for a few minutes. *Tip: for an aged look, use walnut ink after the paint has dried. This ink may be use pure or dissolved with cleaner solvent for a lighter result. Apply quickly with a flat brush, and clean the exceeding ink with a clean cloth, before drying.

Step 4

Collage all the vintage items to the bottom of the tray, with rubber cement. This will prevent the items from moving around when covering them with resin.

Step 5

Put the gloves, the glasses and the mask on. Remember that resin is a toxic product, and that you must work in a well ventilated area.

Step 6

Prepare the resin by adding its catalyzer drop by drop and stir. The product usually comes with instructions regarding exact proportions. Be sure to stir the mix very slowly, or you will create air bubbles. *Tip: do not prepare too much resin until you are familiar with the product, or it will harden unused.

Step 7

Drop the resin on the tray, all above the glued objects, until you cover them up. *Tip: if you do not prepare enough product to cover all the items, you may wait until this first hand starts to harden before pouring a second one.

Step 8

Let it dry on a ventilated area for at least 2 hrs. *Tip: when resin dries, it shrinks a little (Fig. 1); if it does, prepare a little more resin and cover the hollow spaces.

Step 9

Varnish the tray to protect the paint. You do not need to varnish the resin too. *Tip: using varnish spray will make the process easier.

Step 10

Delight your guests with it! To later clean the tray, use non abrasive soap and warm water.

Step 11

Resin and its solvent is acetone. You may use it to clean resin from tablecloth or hands, if you worked without gloves.

Final tips: Instead of found objects, go for a walk and pick nature ones. Examples: seeds of all kinds, fresh or dried leaves, dried fruits and flowers, sea glasses, sea shells, etc. Maybe you can try to use some fabrics or vintage paper maps. Remember that when using very thin and fresh items, they will change their color lightly as the resin hardens, due to the chemical reaction.

Learn how to cast resin via our tutorial.

Polymer clay – Faux Resin Flower Ring

This tutorial shows you how to make a rin using polymer clay

What you need

Ring base – I like adjustable bases. (These can be found in craft & jewelry supply stores and online)
Jewelry glue or clear “super” type glue
Polymer clay – any brand – 3 colors of your choice & translucent (Premo is recommended for translucent)
Liquid clay
Clay knife or plastic knife
Shaped cutters – various sizes – I used a flower
Acrylic roller or dowel
Sand paper or nail file
Clay dedicated pasta machine (optional)
Work surface – ceramic tile, file folder or wax paper


This polymer clay project shows you how to hand make a ring that looks like resin.



Condition each color of clay until soft and pliable by rolling and squeezing in your hands.  Test to see if it cracks when you bend it – that means it needs more conditioning!

You will need half of one 2oz block of translucent clay for each color & about a dime sized portion of the other colored clays.  Blend thoroughly.  A pasta machine will speed up the process.


Roll out an even sheet of each color (I used double thickness for the bottom layer to add strength).  A pasta machine on the thickest setting works great!

Use your cutters to cut out various shapes and sizes for each color.

Gently bend or curl the edges to add dimension to each layer, if you like.  You can also pull and stretch the clay.

Place a small drop of liquid clay in the center before stacking the next layer on top.  Turn each piece to give interest and dimension.  Repeat in between each layer.  I did 3 of the same, larger size and 1 smaller one for the center

Roll tiny balls of clay for the center of the flower or other accents and press into place.  You won’t need liquid clay if you press firmly.

Add any texture and details you may want with a toothpick or pin.

Bake according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Glaze if desired.  I use varathane – found in most hardware stores.  For small projects, use the clay manufacturer’s glaze.  The bottles are smaller & more affordable!


Sand or scratch up the bottom of the clay piece before adhering it to the base.  Especially if you glazed it, this will help ensure a secure attachment.

Enjoy your new jewelry for yourself or give them as a colorful gift!




***SAVE those pieces you trimmed off and roll them together to make swirly accent beads!

***Dark colored clay, like red, blue, etc. can leave some pigment on your hands.  To help keep lighter colors from turning pink, etc.  handle most of the light clay first.  You can also use baby wipes to clean your hands and tools (alcohol is a solvent for the clay) or wear latex gloves & switch in between colors.

***Once you use cookie cutters, pasta machine, etc for clay, it is recommended to no longer use it for food.  Shop around for inexpensive cutters at your local craft store.



  1. you can get vintage keys at Michaels, thats where i got like 8 in antique gold, silver, and red for like 2-5 dollars.

  2. hokti.66 says

    This such a cool idea! I have a plain, wooden tray that I now fun. Thanks for your work.

  3. I think this is a brilliant idea one of the best ive seen on here. Thanks can’t wait to try it!

  4. I wanted to offer my suggestion for this project. My dad buys the chocolate, liquor filled little bottles of candy at the club member stores (if I may mention sams club) and they com on little dark wooden trays perfect for this craft. So I save them.

  5. I have been searching for step by step instruction (for dummies) LOL on how to use resin, and whether or not I could use paper in it. This was absolutely exactly what I was looking for and I am greatful. It just so happens that I wanted to craft a tray.

  6. The one shown is a bit tacky (but that makes it FUN!), but I see unlimited potential. You can make it suit your style. I’m going to make these for gift baskets for mothers day with a cute mug, coffee, etc and really personalize them. Great Idea, thanks

  7. this is a vintage look, as my mom used to have coffee table with glass and put pics underneath the glass.

  8. Sorry, not crazy about this one. Very tacky.


  10. I sell vintage skeleton keys – if anyone is interested, my e-mail is

  11. cute… but where can you get vintage keys like that?

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