Resin Photo Frame

Resin Photo Frame: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide

May 14, 2024

Resin photo frames are a fantastic way to add a personal touch to your living space. As a beginner, learning resin arts and crafts may seem challenging, but with a step-by-step guide at your fingertips, creating stunning resin photo frames can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. If you're ready to engage yourself in this exciting craft, consider joining a resin art workshop to gain hands-on experience and helpful insights into the process of making resin photo frames.

In this blog, we'll explore every step of the journey, from preparing the wood board to perfecting the finishing touches. Whether you're an aspiring artist or simply passionate about DIY projects, this guide is designed to equip you with the knowledge and confidence to start your resin photo frame adventure. So, let’s get started!

Preparing the Wood Board for Resin Application

When getting your wood board ready for the resin photo frame, there are a few essential things to consider:

  • Choosing an Appropriate Wood Board: Go for a smooth and sturdy wood board as the foundation for your resin application. Think about its size, thickness, and overall quality.
  • Repurposing a Wooden Pallet as a Base Option: For those who want something unique and environmentally friendly, using a wooden pallet can be an exciting choice for your resin photo frame project.
  • Ensuring a Smooth and Clean Surface: Before putting on the resin, make sure that the wood board is smooth and clean. Sanding it down and wiping off any dust or dirt will give you the best results when applying the resin.

Painting the Sides for a Finished Look

When creating a resin photo frame, painting the sides of the wooden board offers an enhanced aesthetic. Adding colour to the sides creates a polished and finished appearance for the frame. To achieve this, follow these steps:

  • Prepare the Surface: Sand the edges of the wood board to ensure a smooth painting surface.
  • Choose Complementary Colours: Select paint colours that complement the photo and overall aesthetic.
  • Apply Paint with Care: Use painter's tape to create clean lines and apply thin, even coats for a professional finish. By carefully painting the sides of the wooden pallet, you can achieve a pleasing and visually appealing resin photo frame.

Gluing and Mounting the Photo onto the Wood Frame

While making a resin photo frame, it's important to glue the photo onto the wood board securely. Here's how:

  • Use a strong adhesive, such as epoxy, to attach the photo to the prepared wood board.
  • Align the photo carefully to avoid any mistakes.
  • Press the photo firmly onto the wood board to make sure it sticks well.

Mixing and Applying the Resin onto the Frame Surface

One of the most crucial steps in working with epoxy resin is mixing it correctly. This ensures that the resin cures properly and provides a sturdy, durable finish. Here's how you can mix and apply epoxy resin onto the frame surface:

  • Prepare Your Work Area: Find a well-ventilated area with plenty of space to work in. Cover your work surface with a plastic sheet or old newspapers to shield it from any spills or drips.
  • Measure the Resin: Using your measuring cups, carefully measure out the preferred amount of epoxy resin. Most epoxy resins require a 1:1 ratio of resin to hardener for proper curing. For example, if you need 8 ounces of mixed resin, you would pour 4 ounces of resin and 4 ounces of hardener into separate cups.
  • Mix Thoroughly: Pour the measured amounts of resin and hardener into a clean mixing cup. Use a stir stick or wooden paddle to mix the two components thoroughly. Be sure to dig into the sides and bottom of the cup as you stir in order to ensure that all parts are thoroughly combined. Continue stirring for about 2-3 minutes or until you achieve a precise, streak-free mixture.
  • Avoid Air Bubbles: After mixing, let the resin sit for a few minutes to allow any air bubbles to come to the surface. You can gently blow on the surface or use a heat gun on a low setting to help eliminate any remaining bubbles.

Pouring and Applying the Resin

Once your resin is mixed and bubble-free, it's time to apply it to the frame surface. Here are some tips for ensuring an even application:

  • Start from one corner and work your way across the surface, using a brush or foam roller to spread the resin evenly.
  • Apply a thin, even coat of resin first, making sure to cover all areas of the wood.
  • If you're working with a larger piece, you may need to mix and apply multiple batches of resin to cover the entire surface.
  • Pay extra attention to any knots or rough spots in the wood, as these areas may require more resin to achieve a smooth finish.
  • As you apply the resin, constantly check for drips or clumps and use your brush/roller to smooth them out.
  • Once the entire surface is coated, use a clean stir stick or torch to pop any remaining air bubbles that may have formed.
  • After applying the resin, carefully move your project to a dust-free area where it can cure undisturbed. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for curing time, but generally, epoxy resin takes around 24-48 hours to heal fully.

Getting the Perfect Finish

When working with resin, it's common to encounter drips and bubbles that can affect the overall finish of your resin photo frame. Here are some tips to help you perfect the final result:

Dealing with Excess Resin Drips

Despite your best efforts, there may be situations where resin drips over the edges of the wood board. To remove these drips, you can use a 5 Minute Epoxy Adhesive. Apply a small amount of adhesive to a toothpick or stick and carefully scrape away the excess resin.

Using Adhesive to Remove or Fix Drips

If you notice any uneven or thick areas of resin on your photo frame, you can also use the adhesive to fix them. Apply a small amount of adhesive to the target area and spread it evenly using a toothpick or stick. This will help smooth out any imperfections and give your frame a polished look.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your resin photo frame is free from unsightly drips and bubbles, resulting in a professional-quality finish that showcases your special memories beautifully.


In conclusion, resin photo frames offer a fantastic way to express your creativity and add a personal touch to your home decor. By following the steps and tips we've discussed in this blog, you'll be well-equipped to create beautiful resin photo frames of your own.

Remember, the possibilities with resin are genuinely endless. So go ahead, collect your materials, and start experimenting with colours, textures, and designs. You might discover a new passion along the way.

So why wait? It's time to start your resin arts and crafts! Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, Contact Us on Arts Shala today to gain expert guidance that will help you maximise your artistic potential. Take full advantage of this opportunity to learn and grow as a creator!
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