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Making Resin Jewelry using Gift Wrap

Have you ever received a present from someone and fallen in love with the wrapping paper? If so, we have this creative craft idea of making resin jewelry using gift wrap.

Finished resin jewelry earrings and necklace placed on a wood slice and snowflake ornament.

Repurposed Gift Wrap for Making Resin Jewelry

Years ago when I recieved a gift wrapped in a red and black buffalo plaid printed wrapping paper, I instantly knew I wanted to reuse the paper in some way. It was just so fresh and modern looking and for some reason really appealed to me.

Since working with resin, we’ve discovered many unique ways of preserving things that we love such as a vintage map to make a personalized keychain for my hubby and these delicate pressed flowers for making jewelry pendants. Using the gift wrap with resin seemed like an obvious choice!

Wearing a resin necklace made from gift wrap.

Since buffalo plaid is super trendy these days and especially around the holidays, we decided to make a few pieces of jewelry to wear and also to give as gifts. Does that mean I’m “regifting”?

Today’s post is a part of our 25 Days of an Upcycled Christmas extravaganza! Join us for all the crafty and creative upcycling ideas.

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How to Resin Jewelry with Gift Wrap:

Preparing the wood shapes

Teardrop wood slices and cut out gift wrap.

Start by selecting the shapes you’d like to use. I went with a larger teardrop and oval for the pendants and smaller teardrops for the earrings. 

If you don’t want the edges to look unfinished paint them with a coordinating colour. I used black although red would have looked lovely too. 

Painting the edges of wood slices with black paint.

Trace the wood shape onto the wrapping paper. You can choose which parts of the design you like best: random spots, more symmetrical, mis-matched. The choice is yours! 

Tracing the wood shape onto the plaid gift wrap paper.

Cut out the shapes with sharp scissors (important to keep the paper from ripping). Don’t worry about being too precise- you’ll trim the paper in a later step. 

Cutting out the traced shapes on the plaid gift wrap.

Use a water-based glue/sealer (such as Mod Podge) and apply the wrapping paper to the wood shapes. Let dry and repeat with the other side. 

Gluing the plaid gift wrap onto the wood shapes.

When the paper is completely dry, trim as close to the edge of the wood as possible using sharp scissors. If needed paint over any white edges of paper carefully with a black paint. Let dry. 

Using scissors to trim extra gift wrap from the wood cut out.

Pouring the Resin

Work in the well ventilated area and be sure to read all the instructions on the products before beginning your project.

Prop your prepared wood cutouts on a raised surface to prevent the resin from pouring over the sides and sticking to the surface.

Mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into one measuring cup. I used very little of each, only about 10 mm and it went along way as you’ll see.

Pouring resin and hardener into a measuring cup.

Stir continuously for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the container.

Stirring the resin and hardener with a wood craft stick.

Pour the mixture into a second cup and stir for an additional minute, scraping the sides of the container and stir stick.

Pouring the stirred resin into a second measuring cup.

Using the stir stick drop small amounts of the resin mixture onto the surfaces of all the prepared wood cuts. Try to get a nice domed droplet without the resin pouring over the edges (but not to worry if it does). 

Using a wooden craft stick to drop resin onto the wood cut outs with gift wrap.

Cover the pieces to keep dust out and let cure overnight. 24 hours for a soft cure and up to 72 hours for fully cured jewelry.

Turn pieces right side down and repeat the resin pouring process. 

When completely dry, attach the earring posts with glue and pendant bails to complete your jewelry.

This project originally appeared in Resin Crafts Blog project gallery.

More DIY Resin Jewelry Ideas:

For more resin jewelry ideas check out this galaxy resin bracelet, beach themed pendant and resin Christmas earrings.

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Making Resin Jewelry using Gift Wrap

Jane and Sonja
Instead of tossing that pretty wrapping paper away this holiday season, reuse the gift wrap for making resin jewelry.
5 from 1 vote

Materials
  

  • Wood cut outs
  • Wrapping paper scraps in a buffalo plaid pattern
  • EnviroTex Jewelry Resin
  • Plastic measuring cups
  • Gloves wooden craft sticks, toothpicks, paper towels, small paint brush, straw
  • Earring posts & pendant bail

Instructions
 

Preparing the wood shapes

  • Trace the wood shape onto the wrapping paper.
  • Cut out the shapes with sharp scissors (important to keep the paper from ripping).
  • Use a water-based glue/sealer (such as Mod Podge) and apply the wrapping paper to the wood shapes. Let dry and repeat with the other side.
  • When the paper is completely dry, trim as close to the edge of the wood as possible using sharp scissors.

Pouring the Resin

  • Mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into one measuring cup.
  • Stir continuously for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the container.
  • Pour the mixture into a second cup and stir for an additional minute, scraping the sides of the container and stir stick.
  • Using the stir stick drop small amounts of the resin mixture onto the surfaces of all the prepared wood cuts.
  • Cover the pieces to keep dust out and let cure overnight. 24 hours for a soft cure and up to 72 hours for fully cured jewelry.
  • Turn pieces right side down and repeat the resin pouring process.
  • When completely dry, attach the earring posts with glue and pendant bails to complete your jewelry.
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Mary

Thursday 10th of December 2020

Beautifully done and the results are endless as many as there is gift paper out there. Very craft idea. Merry Christmas ladies.

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