How To Use Resin Over Cricut Decals



Can You Use Epoxy Resin over Cricut decals?


Yes, you can pour epoxy resin over cricut decals.
 The resin provides a gorgeous, glossy finish while sealing and protecting the decals for the long term. You can use resin over a variety of different Cricut projects to give them a polished, professional look.

What DIY craft projects can I make with resin and vinyl decals?


Resin and Cricut make it easy to create lots of different custom craft projects including personalized signs, coasters, keychains, artwork, charcuterie boards, tumblers, jewellery, customized trays and more. The possibilities really are endless.

 

Can I make money selling epoxy resin and Cricut vinyl decal crafts online?


Yes! Resin and Cricut crafts are some of the most popular objects to make and sell online.
 Personalized objects like tumblers, coasters, wood signs can sell for more money than non-personalized items.

For more ideas on how to earn money selling resin art, see our blog Which Resin Art Sells The Best And Where To Sell Resin Art?


6 DIY Resin Cricut Decal Ideas

We have six fun and easy project ideas for you to try. Customize them to any theme you want and see where your creativity takes you! 


Let's take a look...

 


Project 1. Wall Sign with hooks


We made a fun (and functional) Father's Day wall sign, complete with hooks to hang some of dad's most useful stuff!



how to make a custom wall sign with resin and cricut


What You’ll Need:

 

• ArtResin epoxy resin
• Disposable nitrile gloves
• Mixing container with graduated measuring lines
• Stir stick
• Wood board of your choice
• Plastic spreader or craft stick
• Artist’s Torch
• Dustcover (an empty plastic tote or clean cardboard box works well)
• Cricut decal of your choice (ours says "Best Dad Ever")
• Cricut scraper to apply the decal 
• Power drill and a small drill bit
• 6-8 small, screw hooks
• Hanging hardware for the back of the sign
• Optional: embellishments to embed in the wet resin (we used 35-40 small finishing nails in ours.)


1. Prepare a small amount of ArtResin epoxy resin according to the label instructions. 

Not sure how much you need? Simply enter the dimensions of the board into our Resin Calculator to determine exactly how much resin and hardener you require. NOTE: This first coat is meant to be a sealant coat, so you will only need half the amount recommended by the Resin Calculator.

The Resin Calculator tells you how much ArtResin you'll need

 



2. Apply Epoxy Resin To Center Of The Board

 

Using gloved hands or a craft stick, apply a small amount of ArtResin to center of the board, spreading it evenly across the entire surface. Leave the edges clean, as we did, by applying the resin to the top of the board only. Or, if you wish, you can prop the board up on small plastic cups to raise it off the work surface, tape off the underside of the board with painter's tape, and carefully spread the resin over the edges, using a foam brush or gloved hand to wipe them smooth.


spread resin onto wood board using gloved hands
 


3. Remove Bubbles

 

Remove bubbles with a quick pass of the Artist’s Torch. Cover the piece with a plastic tote or clean cardboard box to protect it from dust and leave overnight to cure. The next day, it will be dry to the touch.


remove bubbles from epoxy resin with a flame torch


4. Position The Cricut Decals

 

Position the decals where you’d like them placed. Use a burnishing tool to remove any air pockets and ensure a tight bond to the board. 

position cricut vinyl decals onto resined surface
use cricut scraper tool to burnish decal onto resined surface


 

5. Mix Up Art Resin

 

Mix up another batch of ArtResin according to the label instructions and, with a spreading tool, spread the resin evenly over the entire surface of the board. 

spread epoxy resin over cricut vinyl decal using spreading tool



6. Add Embellishments

 

Add embellishments to the wet resin, if desired. We scattered nails across the top of our board, above the lettering, pouring a little more resin on top to coat them. Use tweezers or a toothpick if you need to adjust the placement. 

Remove bubbles with a quick pass of the Artist’s Torch.
 Place a dustcover over the resin and allow to cure dry overnight.


add embellishments into the wet resin
pour resin over embellishments to coat them
adjust placement of embellishments with tweezers or toothpick

 

 



8. Drill Holes

 

Drill holes into the cured resin surface, to fit the amount of screw hooks you wish to attach. If you used tape to catch resin drips, you can remove it now.

drill holes into cured resin surface to add hooks


 

9. Screw The Hooks

 

Screw the hooks into each hole.

screw hooks into pre-drilled holes in resin surface



 

10. Attach Hanging Hardware

 

Attach hanging hardware to the back, hang your sign to the wall, and it's ready to use and enjoy!

personalized wall sign with hooks made with resin and cricut vinyl decal



Project 2. Golf Serving Board


Whether it's for a post-tee-time get together or having friends over to watch the tournament on TV, this 
golf inspired serving board is a fun way of serving snacks.

cricut personalized golf serving board made with epoxy resin

 

What You’ll Need:

 

• ArtResin epoxy resin
• Disposable nitrile gloves
• Mixing container with graduated measuring lines
• Stir stick
• Wood board of your choice
• Plastic spreader or craft stick
• Artist’s Torch
• Dustcover (an empty plastic tote or clean cardboard box works well)
• Cricut decal of your choice (ours says "Golf - It Takes Balls")
• Cricut scraper and tools to apply the decal 

 


1. Place The Decal

 

Place the decal as you wish onto the wood board, burnishing it with the scraper to eliminate air pockets and ensure it's well adhered to the board.

place vinyl decal onto wood board


 

2. Prepare Epoxy Resin

 

Prepare a small amount of ArtResin epoxy resin according to the label instructions. Not sure how much you need? Simply enter the dimensions of the board into our Resin Calculator and it will let you know exactly how much resin and hardener you require.
enter dimensions of project into Resin Calculator to determine how much resin you need


 

3. Pour the mixed resin

 

Pour the prepared resin mixture into the centre of the board, using a spreading tool to evenly guide it across the entire surface. If you wish to leave the edges clean, apply the resin to the surface only. Or, if you wish to coat the edges, use plastic cups to prop the board up and off of the work surface, tape the underside with painter’s tape to catch drips, and carefully smooth the resin over the edges using a foam brush or gloved hands.

pour epoxy resin onto center of wood serving board
spread epoxy resin across surface of wood board using spreading tool


 

4. Remove Bubbles

 

Remove bubbles from with a quick pass of the Artist’s Torch. Cover the board with a clean plastic tote or empty cardboard box to protect it from dust and allow it to cure overnight.

remove bubbles from epoxy resin surface using flame torch

 


5. Remove Tape

 

The next day, the resin will be dry to the touch. Remove tape from the underside of the board, if you used it. The resin will be fully cured and the board will be ready for use in 3 days.

Did you know that ArtResin is safe to use for serving food?  Read more about it in our blog ArtResin Passes Food Safety Tests.


cricut and epoxy resin wood board




Project 3. Sports Coasters


Cheers to game day! These baseball themed coasters look so great that your sports fan will actually want to use them! The best part is that you can customize them to the sport or team colors of your choice. 


 

What You’ll Need:


• ArtResin epoxy resin
• Disposable nitrile gloves
• Mixing container with graduated measuring lines
• Stir stick
• ResinTint, in white and blue
• Plastic cups and craft stick, one for each color
• Silicone coaster mold
• Heat gun
• Dustcover (an empty plastic tote or clean cardboard box works well)
• 3 Cricut decals of your choice (we used the MLB logo, the Toronto Blue Jays logo, and a baseball)
• Cricut scraper and tools to apply the decal 


personalized sports coasters made with cricut and epoxy resin


1. Prepare the Epoxy Resin

 

To make 3 coasters, prepare 6 oz of ArtResin epoxy resin according to the label instructions. 



2. Divide The Epoxy Resin

 

Divide the resin into separate cups and tint as desired. We used blue, white and left the last portion clear. Pour the tinted resin into the coaster mold, one color per cavity. If necessary, remove bubbles with a heatgun, cover with a dustcover and allow to cure dry overnight.

pouring clear resin into silicone coaster mold
pouring white tinted resin to silicone mold to make personalized coasters
pouring blue tinted epoxy resin into silicone mold to make DIY coasters


 

3. Remove The Cured Coasters

 

Remove the cured coasters from the mold. They should be dry to the touch, but don't worry if they're still bendy at this point - they simply haven't finished curing yet.

removing cured coasters from silicone mold after 24 hours


 

4. Choose 3 Sports Themed Cricut Decals

 

Choose 3 sports themed Cricut decals that will fit the diameter of the coaster. Position the decal in the center of the coaster and apply. Use your fingers or a Cricut scraper to burnish it to the resin surface. This will eliminate air pockets and ensure a tight bond.

applying cricut vinyl decal to cured resin coaster

burnish vinyl decal with fingers to make sure it adheres to resin coaster

apply cricut decal to resin coaster to make personalized DIY Coasters


5. Place the coasters back

 

Place the coasters back into the silicone mold.

place cured coasters back into silicone mold for second resin layer


6. Prepare another batch of ArtResin

 

Prepare another 6 oz of ArtResin according to the label instructions and pour over top of the coasters until the mold is full. Lightly run a heatgun over the coasters to remove any bubbles from the resin surface. Cover with a dustcover and allow to cure overnight.

pour second layer of clear resin over cricut resin coasters
make your own sports themed resin coasters with cricut decals
pour second resin layer over coasters to make personalized DIY cricut coasters


7. Remove The Coasters From The Mold

 

The next day, the coasters can be removed from the mold. They may still be bendy at this point, so leave them somewhere flat to finish curing for 3-5 days before use. 

remove cured resin coasters from mold after 24 hours
make your own sports themed coaster using epoxy resin and cricut vinyl decals


Project 4. Super Dad Keychain


A perfect resin project for beginners, keychains personalized with Cricut vinyl decals are fun little objects to give as gifts or sell as part of a resin business.


What You’ll Need:

• ArtResin epoxy resin
• Disposable nitrile gloves
• Mixing container with graduated measuring lines
• Stir stick
• ResinTint, in white
• Silicone keychain mold
• Heat gun
• Dustcover (an empty plastic tote or clean cardboard box works well)
• Cricut decal to fit the keychain (we used a Super Dad design)
• Cricut scraper and tools to apply the decal 
• Drill and a small drill bit
• Keychain hardware


make your own personalized DIY resin keychain using epoxy resin and cricut vinyl decal


1. Prepare The Epoxy Resin

 

Prepare a small amount of ArtResin epoxy resin according to the label instructions. If you're unsure how much resin requires, pour water until the mold until you reach the desired height. Pour the water into a measuring container. Since ArtResin is a 1:1 ratio epoxy resin, simply divide the total amount by 2 to determine how much resin and how much hardener you'll need. Allow the mold to air dry before pouring resin into it.

mix up a small amount of epoxy resin


2. Add Drops Of ResinTint

 

Add a drop or two of white ResinTint. You don’t need much - always start with less than you think you need and add more if necessary. Pour the tinted resin into the silicone mold, run a heat gun over the surface to eliminate bubbles. Cover with a dustcover and allow to dry overnight.

pour tinted white resin into a silicone mold


3. Remove The Cured Resin 

 

Remove the cured resin from the mold. Don’t be concerned if it’s a little bendy when you remove it from the mold - it simply hasn’t finished curing yet and will harden up over the next few days.


remove cured resin from mold after 24 hours


4. Choose A Decal

 

Choose a decal to fit the size of the molded resin. We chose a Super Dad design. 

choose a cricut vinyl decal to fit the size of the resin mold


5. Position The Decal

 

Position the decal in place until you’re happy with the placement, and then carefully apply the decal to the resined surface.

position vinyl decal on cured resin to place it
apply the vinyl decal to the resin keychain surface
apply the cricut vinyl decal to the resin keychain
apply the vinyl cricut letters to the resin to make a personalized keychain


 

6. Attach The Keychain Hardware

 

Attach the keychain hardware using a drill and small drill bit. Allow the keychain to lay somewhere flat for a few days to finish curing before use.

how to make a personalized keychain using cricut and resin



Project 5. Gold Leaf & Alcohol Ink Painting.


Take an alcohol ink painting from good to great with a shimmery gold embellishment!

 

What You’ll Need:


Alcohol ink in colors of your choice (we used a blue, grey and white theme)
• Yupo paper
• Hand held blow tool
• Isopropyl Alcohol
• Wood panel, spray adhesive & utility knife
• Cricut leaf decal (we chose gold)
• Cricut scraper
• ArtResin epoxy resin
• Disposable nitrile gloves
• Mixing container with graduated measuring lines
• Stir stick
• Plastic spreader
 Artist’s Torch
• Dustcover (an empty tote or clean cardboard box works well)
• Hanging hardware for the back of the painting


gold leaf vinyl decal applied over alcohol ink painting


1. Drop Alcohol Ink On The Yupo Paper

 

Drop alcohol ink on the yupo paper, using a blow tool and alcohol to create a design, as desired.  To learn how, see our tutorial How To Paint With Alcohol Ink On Yupo Paper. 

Allow the alcohol ink painting to dry thoroughly. When dry, use spray adhesive to mount the painting to a wood panel. When the spray adhesive has dried, flip the painting over to trim any excess from the edges with a utility knife.

how to make an alcohol ink painting on yupo paper


 

2. Choose A Cricut Decal

 

Choose a Cricut decal to suit the size and look of the painting. We chose a large gold leaf design.

remove excess vinyl from gold leaf decal
cricut gold leaf decal ready to apply


3. Position The Leaf Decal

 

Position the leaf decal onto the alcohol ink painting as desired. Use the Cricut scraper to remove air pockets and ensure a good, tight bond.

position gold leaf decal over painting until you're happy with the placement
use cricut scraper tool to smooth out decal and bond it to the surface


4. Prepare your ArtResin

 

Prepare ArtResin according to the label directions. If you're not sure how much you need, enter the dimensions of your piece into our Resin Calculator to determine the exact amount. Pour the prepared ArtResin in the centre of the painting, using a plastic spreader to guide it evenly over the entire surface. Remove surface bubbles with the Artist's Torch, cover with a dustcover and allow to cure overnight.

pour resin over cricut decal applied to painting
use spreader tool to smooth out epoxy resin over cricut decal


 

5. Let It Dry

 

The next day, the resin will be dry to the touch and your painting will be ready to hang on the wall!

how to make custom artwork using cricut vinyl decal and epoxy resin
 

 

Project 6. Personalized Charcuterie Board


Transform a plain dollar store wood tray into a fun, personalized charcuterie board. Makes a great gift or keep it to enjoy yourself!


What You’ll Need:



• Wood board of your choice
• Cricut decal of your choice (we chose a 3 layer star design that looks similar to the Dallas Cowboys' logo) 
• Cricut scraper to apply the decal 
• ArtResin epoxy resin
• Disposable nitrile gloves
• Mixing container with graduated measuring lines
• Stir stick

• Plastic spreader or craft stick
• Artist’s Torch
• 
Dustcover (an empty plastic tote or clean cardboard box works well)

 

sports themed charcuterie board made with epoxy resin and cricut vinyl decal

 



1. Choose A Cricut Decal

 

Choose a Cricut decal design to fit the wood board. Position as desired and apply to the board, using the scraper to eliminate air pockets and ensure a good bond with the wood.

apply the first layer of cricut vinyl decal to wood board
use cricut scraper tool to burnish vinyl decal to wood board and remove air pockets
apply second layer of cricut vinyl decal over the first layer
apply third layer of cricut vinyl decal over the first two layers


2. Prepare ArtResin Epoxy

 

 Prepare ArtResin epoxy resin according to the label instructions.  

Not sure how much resin you need? Simply enter the dimensions of the board into our Resin Calculator to determine exactly how much resin and hardener you require.
how much resin do I need to make my project?

 

 


3. Apply The ArtResin

 

Apply the ArtResin to center of the board, spreading it evenly across the entire surface. Leave the edges clean by applying the resin to the top of the board only.

Alternatively, you can prop the board up on small plastic cups to raise it off the work surface, tape off the underside of the board with painter's tape, and carefully spread the resin over the edges, using a foam brush or gloved hand to wipe them smooth.

pour mixed resin and hardener into center of wood board over cricut vinyl decal
use speader tool to guide epoxy resin evenly over surface of wood board

 



4. Remove Bubbles

 

Remove bubbles with a quick pass of the Artist’s Torch. Cover the piece with a plastic tote or clean cardboard box to protect it from dust and leave overnight to cure.

use a torch to remove bubbles from epoxy resin surface

 



5. Let It Dry

 

The next day, the resin will be dry to the touch.  The tape, if you used it, can be removed from the underside of the board. After 3 days, the charcuterie board will be fully cured and ready to use and enjoy!

make your own personalized charcuterie board using epoxy resin and cricut vinyl decals


We hope these ideas have inspired you to get creative and make your own, personalized craft projects using ArtResin and your Cricut machine! 

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below!

New to resin and looking for some fun and easy craft projects? Take a look at our blog 5 Resin Art Projects For Beginners.


ArtResin:  Made For Artists, By Artists.