I got a good deal on some new green velvet stockings from Target this year, but they aren’t personalized. Initially, I considered a few ways of adding our family’s names to the stockings, but they were all more permanent than I liked. (I tend to change my mind about Christmas decor from year to year.) In the end, I made some beautiful DIY Christmas stocking markers out of glittery white resin, and I love the way they turned out!
DIY CHRISTMAS STOCKING MARKERS: RESIN CRAFT
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE RESIN STOCKING MARKERS
You will need some basic resin crafting supplies to make this project. Epoxy resin isn’t the cheapest craft supply out there, so look for sales or use a 40% coupon if you are purchasing it from a craft store.
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CHOOSING A SILICONE ALPHABET MOLD
I recommend doing a bit of research before buying a silicone alphabet mold for this project. There are tons of silicone molds online, and they are not all equally good. Here are a few things to look for when buying a mold.
Are the letters in the mold mirrored?
If you are using glitter or other embeds in your resin, they will likely sink to the bottom of the mold as the resin cures. If the letters are not mirrored the glitter, etc. will all end up at the bottom of the letter and be difficult to see. If the letters are mirrored, the glitter will sink to the bottom of the mold… which will end up being the front of the letters.
How big are the mold’s cavities?
It can be hard to tell how big your finished stocking markers will be by just looking at pictures of a mold online. See if the description of the mold tells you how big the final letters will be. My mold makes letters that are 2.7″ tall.
What kind of font do you want to use?
You can find silicone alphabet molds that make uppercase letters or lowercase letters. Some molds make script letters, while others make block letters. Know your options before you decide on a mold.
Does the mold make holes in the resin letters or will you have to drill them yourself?
The mold I chose includes a space in each letter that creates a hole from which to hang each finished letter. Many alphabet molds do not have this. It’s not a deal breaker, since you can always drill a hole in the letter after the resin has cured, but it is an extra step in this DIY.
For the sake of full disclosure, I will tell you that although I really like the mold I used, it did come with a small tear in the letter A. You can see it at the bottom of the negative space in the A in the photo above. I was able to troubleshoot the problem by applying tape to the underside of the mold. I was able to use the mold just fine and without any resin leaking out of the mold.
HOW TO MAKE CHRISTMAS STOCKING MARKERS
This is a straightforward resin craft, so it is great for even resin crafting novices. Whenever you are working with resin, remember to protect your work surface, make sure your workspace is well-ventilated, and always wear disposable gloves.
Resin Christmas Stocking Tag Tutorial
- Begin by mixing a batch of resin according to the package instructions.
- Carefully pour the resin into the cavities of the mold to make the initials of each family member.
- Cover the mold and allow the resin to completely cure before removing the markers from the mold.
- Gently stretch the silicone mold and the resin markers should pop out fairly easily.
- Thread a length of twine or ribbon to the resin marker.
- Repeat this for all of your stocking markers.
- Hang a stocking marker on each Christmas stocking to identify whose stocking is whose.
BONUS WAYS TO USE THE DIY STOCKING MARKERS IN YOUR HOLIDAY DECOR
These pretty stocking markers look beautiful hanging from the tassles of our green velvet Christmas stockings on our decorated fireplace, but that is not the only possible way to use these resin letters. You can use them as:
- Christmas tree ornaments
- Gift tags on Christmas presents
- Christmas decorations
- Holiday table place cards
- and more!