Mother’s Day is in just a few weeks and I don’t know about you, but I never know what to get my mom. Grown ups are tricky, they’re grown. They can buy whatever they want. This year, I decided to get crafty and made her a fun trinket tray for all her earrings and rings and whatnot. I also made a few for the other mothers in my life (and myself) because who among us doesn’t have more than a few trinkets laying around the house? This was also my first time working with a pour-on sealer which was…fun. Anway, let’s get started!
I got some small wooden trays, those glass floral jewel things and some of the clear epoxy. First I painted the trays and let them dry. While that happened, I read the directions about 100 times on how to make my epoxy. It was easy, mix 1 part hardener and 1 part gloss. The hardest part was the stirring I needed to do. Also, craft wooden trays aren’t sealed all the way through so lay down some wax paper before pouring or it will leak and you’ll ruin your desk.
After the epoxy has set in the trays for about 20 minutes, gently blow any bubbles out and get ready for them to fully cure. I lined a cardboard box with wax paper and placed them in a closet so no kids would get into them. Since my house is a normal temperature, I let them cure for 7 days. There is an option to bake and cure faster but honestly, I didn’t want to mess with all that since I was using mixed media. The result was a solid “glass” on the tray and it is perfect for my wedding rings or earrings. I purposely let the jewels be uneven so that if I place a necklace or change, they’re easier to pick up.
Mother’s Day Trinket Tray Tutorial
- wooden tray (similar aff. link)
- white paint
- sponge brush
- epoxy kit (aff link)
- 2 containers for stirring and 2 wooden stirrers
- Floral jewels (combo pack aff link)
- wax paper
- Paint tray and let dry completely.
- Fill tray with desired amount of jewels. Line working service with wax paper.
- Mix epoxy according to the directions and pour over jewelers. Gently tap the tray to even out the epoxy.
- Follow directions on epoxy for cure time.
- Gift to your mother or favorite mother-figure in your life!
Have you ever worked with epoxy? What have you got in mind for a Mother’s Day gift? Let me know in the comments!