I am sort of in love with these resin leaf napkin rings and place cards. Yes, this project is both a napkin ring and a way to tell people where to sit at your Thanksgiving dinner. The reason I am in love with them is that yes they look great – BUT – the method I used to make them is so super simple!
Supplies needed to make these resin leaf napkin rings and place cards:
- EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
- Mixing and measuring cups
- Stir sticks
- Universal Opaque Pigments (in red and yellow)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Silicone craft mat
- Metallic paint pen
- Napkin rings
- Mold Release & Conditioner (this is optional as I will explain in a minute)
I started by using my hot glue gun to draw leaf-like shapes right on my silicone craft mat. This mat is non-stick and perfect for this project! It is sort of the secret ingredient. Allow the glue to cool completely.
I then mixed up the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy and placed it into four small cups. Be sure to wear protective equipment and follow all mixing instructions on the package for maximum success. One I left clear then I tinted the others yellow, orange, and red.
Now for the fun part! I actually sprayed half of my leaf shapes with the mold release and left half with nothing on them. The results were exactly the same. So I am going to say you don’t need to actually spray these before pouring your resin. Pour in the clear resin first right in your leaf outlines.
Then add droplets of the colors.
Use a stir stick to swirl your colors for a marbled effect. Add more resin if required as you want the leaves to be completely full.
Then allow to cure overnight. Be sure that the leaves are left flat. You will have something that looks like the image below.
You can now peel the entire thing off of the silicone mat and then just peel the hot glue away from the sides.
These amazing little leaves are just perfect for any fall project. Can you just imagine all of the other shapes that you can cast with this technique?
I wanted to add my leaves to some napkin rings and I actually wanted them to double as place cards. So I used a metallic paint pen to put the initials of my dinner guests on one leaf.
I then combined a bunch of leaves right on a napkin ring with some hot glue.
These resin leaf napkin rings are complete and oh so pretty!
Imagine a bunch of these fall leaves all the way around a wreath or combined to make a great centerpiece.
Now that you know this fun technique for casting resin into any shape, the possibilities are really endless!
Will you be making some resin leaf napkin rings and place cards for your Thanksgiving feast?
Be sure to pick up some extra supplies as I know you will have other ideas using this crafting technique that you will need to make in addition to these resin leaf napkin rings!
Angie has been blogging for over seven years at The Country Chic Cottage where she does a variety of crafts and home decor projects. You can even find a weekly recipe! She lives on a farm in rural Tennessee with her husband and three children. Painting is a favorite of Angie’s because it is a quick and easy way to make a big impact for very little money.