Last year I had soooo much fun making these cute resin mushroom jars for fall… I displayed them on a shelf in my office and it was such a fun little touch of whimsy. This year I wanted a few more pops of whimsy and decided to add to my mushroom forest with this set of 5 different mushrooms!
I found a cute silicone mold set to work with which is perfect since we can pour them all at the same time and they’ll coordinate with the resin mushrooms we’ve already done. Things get a little dicey when I try to mix too much resin for too many projects in our hot Alabama heat but eventually it all works out.
Let’s get started by whipping up our resin and I’ll walk you through all the steps below.
If you want to see my resin cure too quickly and how I fix the problem just hit play on the video… it’s all there.
- Total Boat Makerpoxy Epoxy Resin
- Silicone Mushroom Mold
- 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
- White Craft Paint
- Bronze Metallic Craft Paint
- Rose Gold Flakes
- White Craft Paint
- Pink Craft Paint
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Step 1: Mix your Resin
We’re going to be mixing quite a bit of resin for these bigger mushrooms so make sure to mix and pour… don’t leave the resin to cure in it’s mixing cup like I did.
Of course, as frustrating as it is that I messed up quite a bit of resin by trying to do to many projects at once there is always a solution… you can see in the video that once the resin starts to cure prematurely I leave it to cure fully and then mix more resin to fix the problem. There is always a solution!
Today I’m using MakerPoxy which is easy to work with and dries pretty bubble free. If you have thickset deep pour resin it would be a bit better for the larger pumpkins but both will work.
MakerPoxy is a 1:1 ratio resin which means you’ll use 1 part a to 1 part b… for this project we need about 800ml for all 5 mushrooms so we’ll put 400ml of A and 400ml of B into a mixing cup. Then slowly stir your resin for 3 minutes… make sure you’re scraping the sides and bottom of your container to thoroughly mix all parts of the mixture together. Then let it sit for a couple of minutes so that as many bubbles as possible can rise to the surface.
Then hit the whole thing with your heat gun!
Pop those bubbles!
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: Color your Resin
Once your Resin has been mixed we’ll separate it and hit it with the color! For these little guys I’m using a dark copper testers brand paint (it’s an oil based paint and gives a great metallic effect in resin… I LOVE IT), a pink and white craft paint and a bunch of clear resin with rose gold flakes.
I made a pink mushroom, a white mushroom and 3 copper mushrooms… you can do a completely different lineup if you want but make sure to color your resin appropriately. For example I did copper and rose gold flakes for my largest mushroom and needed about 200ml of copper for that mushroom alone… likewise I only needed about 30 ml of pink for the smaller mushroom.
Either way go ahead and separate your clear resin into new mixing cups with their new colors and mix each color individually. Then hit them with the heat gun to pop any bubbles that stirring introduces and you’re good to go!
We can start making our mushrooms!
Step 3: Pour your Resin
Okay y’all now that our resin is mixed and ready to go let’s start pouring! I like to pour our solid colors first… make sure you’re pouring in a thin stream from high over the mold. This will help to eliminate bubbles which is important in these deeper molds.
Once you’ve filled each mold about 1/3 of the way with the solid color (pink, white or copper) go ahead and fill the rest of the mold with the the clear & rose gold flake mixture. I like to do this right away so that the two colors blend and mix in an organic way… it looks really cool!
BUT if you’d rather have a hard line you can let the first color cure a bit, then mix your clear and rose gold flake resin for a second layer.
Either way once your molds are full we’ll set them aside to cure for 24 hours!
Step 4: Un-Mold your Mushrooms
Ready for the best part? Taking our silicone molds off our resin and seeing the mushroomy goodness for the first time.
Start by peeling back the silicone and introducing air into the mold… then continue to pull back the edges, rolling it and sliding it off the resin until the mold is free and your piece is completely out of the silicone.
Some of these mushrooms are definitely easier to remove from the silicone than others… but keep working at it and you’ll get it!
If you need a little help you may want to check out my Resin for Beginners class… removing resin from difficult silicone molds is one of the lessons!
Once you have all your mushrooms free we’ll move on to the last step.
Step 5: Enjoy!
What did you think the last step was? They’re resin mushrooms… they don’t have a lot of purposes other than looking adorable!
I ended up putting mine on a little 2-tier tray in my office which is super cute for displaying seasonal pieces. I love the mixture of all the mushrooms and am so glad I decided to make more shapes and colors to go with the original two! I even used them as the centerpiece for this years autumn tablescape… they look so pretty on my bush and rose gold fall table.
Just take a look at all the goodness!