Thursday, December 26, 2013

DIY Resin Gingerbread House

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This year I decided to make a gingerbread house that can be used year after year, without worry of mold or ants!  It's a gingerbread house made out of resin!!


You will need:
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast - for more info and where it's available go to www.eti-usa.com.  I do have some sources linked on the Products I Use tab.  Also, Resin Obsession carries the resin and the pigment/colorant.
-  Silicone gingerbread house mold.  I purchased mine off of Amazon and it was the Freshware brand.
-  Tulip Slick Fabric paint in white
-  White glitter
-  Candy ornaments - I purchased mine from Michaels. (gumdrops, candy canes, lollipops, whatever you can find).
-  Red glitter
-  Green glitter
-  Brown resin colorant opaque
-  Glue - I used a combination of hot glue and E6000
-  Small wreath - also from Michaels
-  Small red floral stones
-  Brown acrylic paint
-  Something to put it on.  I put it on a wood plaque from Hobby Lobby, but you could use a tray or anything you like.
*  Note:  You may not be able to find the exact items, but personalize it with what you are able to find.  Or you can make your own!

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.  Stir in colorant.  Stir in enough to make it opaque.  Make a note of the ratio of resin to drops of color you used, to keep the other sides all consistent.  Pour into mold - do not pour into tree cavities or door cavity.  Also note that you want to fill it enough to fill in the window frames, but not the entire windows, like where it would normally be glass.  Allow to set for at least 12 hours.  At this time, you can pour resin and green glitter into the tree mold.  You can pour whatever color you want in the door mold.  I chose a chunky red glitter.  I used the same brown for the gingerbread people.
2.  If the color of the walls did not come out as solid as you had hoped (mine did not), take some brown acrylic paint and paint the inside of the walls with the brown paint.  Allow to dry.
3.  Pour a clear coat of resin on the molds where you painted to brown acrylic paint.  This layer also allows there to be clear windows in the window frames.  Yay!  Allow to set at least 12 hours, but I might wait 24 to 48, to let it property harden because they will be standing upright and might bend if not fully cured.
4.  It's time to unmold the pieces!  I love this part!  Using E6000, start putting the parts together.  Use the hot glue to support it and hold it together while the E6000 dries.
5.  When it's dry, it's time to start decorating.  Use the slick fabric paint as icing.  Run it along the edges, around the windows, on the roof and sprinkle with white glitter to give it an icy look.
6.  Trace around the edge of the house, on the base you will be putting it on.  This will let you know where you don't want to paint.  Put paint outside of where you traced, so they look like they have a snowy yard.  Again, sprinkle with the white glitter.
7.  Allow the paint to dry and then start adding your gumdrops, other candy and decorations and the gingerbread people and the trees.  Add paint to the gingerbread people and glue and glitter to the trees.
8.  Let it all dry.  I did not attach the house to the base, as I wanted to be able to pick it up and add a battery operated candle, or battery operated short Christmas lights.  

That's it!  Put it out for everyone to enjoy!  It's a little bit bigger than the typical resin projects I do, but totally worth it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona




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