The spooky season is right around the corner and we are having fun with Halloween projects. Today we are teaching you how to make Halloween lights with resin. This is a super fun project with adorable results!
When it comes to Halloween decor there are so many great resin projects that you can do. We have seen our customers posting some of their amazing results online and we are loving them! We’ve seen adorable tumblers, creepy trinket trays, and spooky jewelry. Today we want to get crafty with some battery pack lights and our Casting Resin. The supply list for this project is pretty short and the finished product is so spooky and fun! Read on to learn how to make Halloween Lights with resin…
How to Make Halloween Lights with Resin
We are giving you the basic instructions for this fun idea but there is a lot you can do to make this project your own. First choose the shape of the lights you want. Head to your local craft store or check on line to find your silicone molds. Some fun shapes could be skulls, pumpkins, bats, or witch hats. Chances are these molds won’t be describes as resin molds but as ice cube trays or as candy molds. Your best bet is to use silicone molds since your resin won’t stick to it but you could make plastic ones work if you need to by using release spray.
You’ll also need to secure some small LED lights that have a battery pack. You can find these at many stores, including the dollar store. The lights will probably be sold as Christmas lights. Some may have little attachments on them (such as snowflakes or Santas) but these can usually be easily removed. Bonus points if you snag some Christmas lights on clearance after the season to be used in projects for the following year!
Choosing you Colors
Next you will need to decide if and how you will add color to your Casting Resin. If you are making skulls you may want to leave the resin clear or just use a little Sterling Mica to add some shimmer. Of course you could also make your skulls any color you like. Same goes with any other Halloween molds you have. When choosing your colors just keep in mind that you don’t want them to be opaque because you want the light to shine through. You could use Dispersion Colors or Intense Colors if you want to mix your pigment evenly into the resin. Alcohol inks would also be great for this project. They give those beautiful smoky swirls and would let the light through nicely. Whatever shades or color combos you choose will be sure to give you some fabulous results!
Halloween Lights Supply List
- String of LED lights with battery pack
- Halloween themed silicone molds (keep in mind how many lights are on your string when deciding how many molds you will need.
- Counter Culture DIY Casting Resin
- Your choice of colorants
- Measuring and mixing cups
- Stir sticks
- Heat gun
- Start by measuring equal parts of the Counter Culture DIY Casting Resin and combining them in a mixing cup. Use a stir stick to thoroughly mix for 3 minutes, scraping the sides of the cup and the stick.
- If using Dispersion Colors or Intense Colors add them now and mix thoroughly for an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Pour the combined resin into the molds. Fill them about 3/4 of the way full.
- Use a heat gun to remove any bubbles.
- Now add your lights in, one light to one section of the mold. Use tape to secure the light string to the mold and keep them in place.
- If using Alcohol inks now is the time to add them. Use a toothpick to stir if you want to but be careful not to disturb the lights too much.
- Add a tiny bit of combined resin to fill the mold the rest of the way. (Depending on how much your resin level rose from your additions you may not need to do this.
- Let your lights cure for 24 hours before removing them from the molds and trying them out!
This is such a fun project for for the spooky season! And, because of the battery pack, you can hang these lights anywhere you want. You can make just one strand or start early and make multiples. The effects of the light shining through the resin is so cool and there are so many creative possibilities that you’ll probably want to make more than one. Have fun creating and if you want to share your finished designs be sure to tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #counterculturediy!
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