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Resin Wood Tray + Nautical Chart

As I mentioned in my last post, I've been wanting to play with resin for a while. After spending some time with my cousin, and seeing what she has been up to, decided to try it out. Both sides of my family are artistic and it's so fun!

I bought this beautiul wood tray a few months back at Target, and while it has been working fine as is, I spotted it last night when working on my other resin project, and thought it to could use a little face lift.

As I also mentioned in my last post, I am a bit of a nautical freak..... I was able to find a nautical chart online of one of my favorite places (and also my last residence), Alameda, California. So, I printed it on regular printer paper, and cut it to the size of the inside of the wood tray.


map or chart printed on paper (or any fun paper) - cut to size

Mod Podge

package of resin


1. The trick with resin (I learned the hardway) is to completely cover both sides of your paper with Mod Podge throughouly and then let dry. If you do not cover each side of the paper, the resin will get on the paper and make a stain. The paper will look wet underneath all the resin and it won't every dry.

So coat one side of the paper with Mod Podge, let dry, and then coat side 2 and let dry.

2. Add a coat of Mod Podge to the bottom of your tray.

3. Place the paper in the tray and adjust until its centered. Press firmly to adhere. When that's completed, let dry again.

4. Follow the instructions on your resin packaging to make and pour the resin, each box is a little different.

5. Let Dry. This is the hardest part. You don't want to put anything on your tray too early or it will leave little marks in the resin as it drys. Wait the recommended amount of time and then test the resin in one corner by gently pressing your fingernail into it. If it leaves a little indent it's still wet underneath, even if the top feels dry to the touch.

There it is, there is home (well our old home) on Bay Farm Island.

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