Not-So-Spooky Halloween ‘Boo’ Tray

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HalloweenspiderresintraycraftberrybushforehowHalloween is right around the corner, and I must admit, I’m not really a fan of spooky Halloween decor. So I thought it would be fun to make a not-so-spooky Halloween tray using epoxy resin.Halloweenspiderresintraycraftberrybushforehow3Epoxy resin is essentially a very thick varnish that dries like a sheet of glass.

You will need:

  • White tray – preferably one with edges to hold the liquid
  • Hot glue gun
  • Plastic ants or spiders
  • Epoxy Resin
  • Two non-waxed cups
  • Wooden stir sticks
  • Timer or stopwatch

IMG_2278Arrange ants or spiders in desired pattern, hot glue in place and set aside.


Apoxy resin comes with two bottles – the actual resin and a hardening liquid. Resin is fairly foolproof as long as you follow the exact measuring instructions. The ratio for the product I used is 1:1, but as I used the entire bottle, I simply poured the contents of the resin into a cup, followed by the hardening liquid.


Start your timer and stir clockwise for two minutes.


After two minutes, pour the combined resin/hardening liquid from one cup to another, making sure you use your wooden stick to scrape any left overs from the cup.

IMG_2283Using a new stir stick, stir for an additional one minute.

IMG_2284Working quickly, pour the contents over your tray in a circular motion, making sure you cover the entire area.  Once poured, place in a warm dust free location.

In approximately ten to fifteen minutes, you will begin to see bubbles rise to the surface. You can easily get rid of them by blowing over them.

Allow resin to cure for at least 72 hrs.

Halloweenresintraycraftberrybushforehow2Once dry, Epoxy is food safe and can be washed by hand.

I really love the look of the little ants stuck under the resin and I can’t wait to experiment with other items. Imagine beautiful flowers, or colorful leaves…the possibilities are endless.

If you have any questions or need clarification, please leave a message below or drop me a line at

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