In this final post of this year, I’d like to show you another easy DIY Christmas decorations project. It’s a follow-up from last week’s post. I already demonstrated how to decorate a mini Christmas tree with wax print fabric. Check part I here if you missed it.
The stars you see here are created with resin epoxy. They’re transparent and they have glitters, which gives it a very nice effect in combination with Christmas lights. I love Christmas lights in my house, especially around this time of the year when it’s cold outside and the days are short and dark.
- resin epoxy
- a pair of goggles
- a pair of latex gloves
- a cup to measure the right amount of resin
- wooden spatula
- star-shaped silicone bakeware/mold
- your favorite wax print fabrics
- a pair of scissors or a cutter
Start off by cutting stars out of the wax print fabric. Because the fabric stars will appear in the center of the resin star, make sure that the fabric stars are smaller than the actual size of the silicone mold.
Clean the inside of the star-shaped mold with a cloth and some natural degreaser so that it’s ready to be used.
Mix the resin epoxy following the instructions. For more details on how to mix and work with resin epoxy, check this previous post. Be cautious when working with resin epoxy! Make sure to always use a pair of latex gloves and a pair of goggles for protection. When the resin epoxy is mixed, leave it to sit for a couple of minutes.
You’ll now have to work in layers. Keep in mind that the star-shaped bakeware isn’t supposed to be filled entirely with the resin epoxy! The mold should be filled halfway, for it to become a resin star that is lightweight and flat.
Take the clean silicone mold and pour a small layer of resin in it. If you’d like to add glitters you can sprinkle some now, but not too many otherwise, you’ll not be able to see the fabric trough the resin once it’s dried. If you don’t want to add glitters, continue with the following step.
Place every star carefully one by one in the center of each mold on top of the resin. Use a pair of small tweezers or a cocktail pick to move the fabric star in place. Pour a final layer of resin so that the fabric star is completely submerged. If the fabric star comes up to the surface, use the tweezers or cocktail pick to bring it down until it sits in place. Finish off with glitters.
Leave the stars to dry, usually 24 to 48 hours. Check the instructions to see what drying times applies for your brand of resin epoxy.
Once it’s dry, carefully remove the stars from the silicone mold.
You could attach ornament hooks or ribbon to the back of the stars with some glue and hang them on a Christmas tree. Place them on a Christmas wreath that has lights in it for a nice effect.
I wish you all an amazing Christmas and the very best for 2017!
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