I know… trinket box is a funny way to describe this adorable little butterfly storage box. Jar? Container? But in my defense… that’s what people call them. I don’t quite know why but when I made this sweet little crown trinket box I was just as confused as you are. Now I know to roll with it… it’s a trinket box.
Whatever you call them they’re so cute and I love how functional they are. Baskets and jars have always been my weakness and now I can MAKE THEM. Plus they’re super easy resin projects to pour… with just a little bit of difficulty on the de-mold.
Ready to get started?
- Total Boat Makerpoxy Epoxy Resin
- Butterfly Trinket Box Silicone Mold
- Iridescent Flakes
- Respirator/Mask (resin graded filters)
- Wagner HT400 Heat Gun
- Freezer Paper
- Silicone Mat
- Baking Pan
- Heart Shaped Silicone Mixing Cup
- Small Mixing Cups
- Silicone Measuring Cup/Larger Mixing Cups
- Reusable Silicone Stir Sticks
- Paper Towels
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Step 1: Mix Your Resin
Alright y’all let’s jump right into this little project… this little butterfly trinket box comes in two parts: the top (or lid) and the actual jar. So we’ll place both pieces of the mold on a silicone mat (inside a baking tray) and place it on our work surface. I always cover my work table with freezer paper as well… that way everything is protected from any splattering resin. Then you’ll want a set of gloves and a respirator (to protect your face) and we’re good to go!
The entire mold (top and bottom) will take about 200ml of resin which is great compared to the other trinket boxes I’ve made (the crown trinket box takes 400!) so we’ll need 100ml of part a and 100ml of part b for this project.
Makerpoxy is a 1:1 ratio resin so we’ll always need equal portions of part A and part B regardless of our project.
Go ahead and measure your resin into a mixing cup and then stir it slowly for 3 minutes. Make sure to scrape the sides and the bottom of your cup to fully incorporate alllll the resin into the mixture. Then let it sit for a minute or two to let any bubbles you’ve created rise to the surface. Now hit it with the heat gun to pop those bubbles and you’re good to go!
From here you can stick with the clear resin or add a bit of sparkle… I added a bunch of iridescent flakes as they typically stay suspended in the resin (they decided not to today… weird). You could also add colorant or glitter depending on what you want yours to look like!
Just remember that glitter will definitely settle to the bottom of the mold… which will be the top of the jar!
Bonus Tip: If you’ve never mixed resin before it’s not nearly as intimidating as you’d think! I’ll walk you through all the steps here in my How to Mix Resin for Beginners Tutorial.
Step 2: Pour your Resin
Perfect! Now that we’re ready to roll let’s pour our resin into our mold. I started with the top or lid although it doesn’t really matter.
Start by pouring your resin in a thin stream from high up… this will help bubbles from leaving the container and settling into your mold. Keep pouring until you’ve filled your piece halfway and then get in there with your heat gun and pop those bubbles!
Then keep pouring until the entire mold is full. If you have the time and patience you can do more than 2 layers but with a deeper mold I do at least 2… pour, pop, repeat!
Once you’ve filled your mold allllll the way to the tippy top you can set it aside for 24-48 hours to cure. Make sure to cover your pieces so that they don’t get covered in dust and dog hair and then we’ll un-mold them once they’ve cured!
Step 3: Un-Mold your Resin Pieces
Ready for the fun part!! Taking all our little butterfly jar out of their mold!
The bottom of the jar is fairly easy… you’ll roll the silicone down the sides and then squeeze to pull it out of the center.
Easy peezy lemon squeezy!
The lid with the 3-dimensional butterfly is a bit trickier… start by peeling the mold away from the sides and then the butterfly. The butterfly is soooo hard but it is completely doable. Just keep working on it and then eventually it will pop out of the mold.
And then you’ll have an adorable butterfly lid!
Step 4: Enjoy
How cute is this guy!? I was disappointed that the iridescent flakes all fell to the top of the lid and jar but it makes the butterfly dance… so I’m actually quite happy with it!
In this case it worked out really well!
I think I’ll use this little guy to hold supplies in my craft room but you could easily use it for bathroom supplies or candies in the living room. It’s a jar! Use it for alllll the jar things!
I mean… how cute is this little guy!