How To Make Ocean Resin Art on a Serving Tray

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Do you want to make ocean resin art pieces? As you all know, I love diy projects and am always looking for fun diy home decor projects. Learn how to make a beautiful DIY ocean waves resin art serving tray with this step-by-step tutorial. This will make a unique gift of original artwork, especially for the beach lover in your life.

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Learn how to make a beautiful DIY ocean serving tray with this step-by-step tutorial.

Do you need a serving tray in your home? They’re so useful and can be used in just about every room of your home. I’m sharing how to make an ocean serving tray.

This post is in collaboration with Behr, Total Boat, Wagner, and Plaid. All thoughts and opinions are my own. A big thanks to Behr for providing me with the tray and Behr Ultra Scuff Defence, Total Boat for the Table Top Epoxy, Wagner for providing me the Heat Gun, and Plaid for the Folk Art Acrylic Paint

How To Make Ocean Resin Art on a Serving Tray

Here is the wooden tray Behr sent me as part of the Haven Conference.  You can find this tray at Target or click to order yours today.

How To Make Ocean Resin Art on a Serving Tray: Instructions

Here is the wooden tray Behr sent me as part of the Haven Conference. You can find this tray at Target or click to order yours today.

I painted the tray with Behr Ultra Scuff Defense stain blocking paint and primer in one.  I chose the color Broadway.  I painted the entire tray 2 coats letting it dry in between coats.

I painted the tray with Behr Ultra Scuff Defense stain-blocking paint and primer in one. I chose the color, Broadway.

I painted the entire tray 2 coats letting it dry in between coats.

After the 2 coats I let it dry over night.  It's a beautiful color!

After the 2 coats, I let it dry overnight. It’s a beautiful color!

Next I mixed my Total Boat Table Top Epoxy.  It comes with 2 parts, and I added them to my Total Boat container.  I followed the instructions and mixed a ratio of 1:1 for 3 minutes.  I mixed slowly to prevent bubbles.

Next, I mixed my Total Boat Table Top Epoxy. It comes with 2 parts, and I added them to my Total Boat container. I followed the instructions and mixed resin in equal parts with a ratio of 1:1 for 3 minutes. Mix resin slowly to prevent air bubbles. Make sure you cover your work surface.

I added a small drop of Folk Art Acrylic paint in the colors True Blue, Ocean View, and Titanium White to each container.

I placed some of the Total Boat epoxy in 3 separate cups, reserving some of the clear in a fourth cup.

I added a small drop of Folk Art Acrylic paint in the colors True Blue, Ocean View, and Titanium White to each container.

I mixed the paint into the epoxy with a mixing stick.

I poured the tinted epoxy onto the serving tray.  I started with the true blue in the back, and the ocean view in the middle.

For the next step I poured the tinted epoxy onto the serving tray. I started with the true blue in the back, and the ocean view in the middle.

With a glove on my hand, I smeared epoxy over the surface.  I also blended the colors together.

Now comes the fun part. With a glove on my hand, I smeared epoxy over the surface. I also blended the different shades together.

I put clear epoxy on the remaining portion of the tray bottom, and used the white on top of that.

I put clear resin on the remaining portion of the tray bottom and used the white pigment on top of that.

While the epoxy was still wet, I used my Wagner Furno Heat Gun and pushed the paint around with it creating some waves.

While the epoxy was still wet, I used my Wagner Furno Heat Gun and pushed the paint around with it creating some waves with a feeling of motion.

I played around with more layers until I got the desired look I wanted.

I played around with the layers of resin until I got the desired look I wanted.

Finished ocean serving tray

I let it dry completely.

Completed DIY ocean serving tray

This was my resin painting practice run for a bigger project coming up…. I found a coffee table for $5 at a garage sale. I can’t wait to do something like this on a bigger scale.

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Learn how to make a beautiful DIY ocean serving tray with this step-by-step tutorial.

How To Make An Ocean Serving Tray

Make a beautiful DIY ocean serving tray with this simple DIY tutorial.
Course DIYs
Keyword diy ocean serving tray, ocean serving tray
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 1 Tray
Author Chas
Cost $10

Equipment

  • Heat Gun

Ingredients

  • Wood Serving Tray
  • with Behr Ultra Scuff Defense
  • Total Boat Table Top Epoxy
  • Folk Art Paint in True Blue Ocean View, and Titanium White

Instructions

  • Paint the tray with 2 coats of Behr Ultra Scuff Defense stain-blocking paint and primer in one. I chose the color Broadway.
  • Let it dry in between coats. Mix Total Boat Table Top Epoxy, and I add it to the Total Boat container.
  • Follow the instructions and mix a ratio of 1:1 for 3 minutes. Mix slowly to prevent bubbles.
  • Place some of the Total Boat epoxy in 3 small containers, reserving some of the clear. Add a small drop of Folk Art Acrylic paint in the colors True Blue, Ocean View, and Titanium White to each container. Mix the paint into the epoxy.
  • Pour the tinted epoxy onto the serving tray. Start with the true blue in the back, and the ocean view in the middle.
  • With a glove on smear epoxy over the surface and blend the colors together.
  • Put clear epoxy on the remaining portion of the tray bottom, and use the white on top of that.
  • Use a Heat Gun to push the paint around with it creating some waves.

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31 Comments

  1. Lovely! It really does look like the ocean! Great job!

    1. Thank you so much Chloe, I’m so glad you think so 🙂

    1. Thank you Rebecca, I’m thrilled you like it.

  2. You think of the most amazing projects! I agree with Chloe – it really makes me think of the ocean! 🙂 This would be so perfect for a party at the beach!

    1. Thank you so much Barbara, I’m so glad you like it. You are just so sweet and yes a party at the beach would be great.

  3. Hi Chas, I love experimenting with epoxy and color. Your tray looks like a Monet!

    1. You are so sweet Rich, thank you so much! It was a lot of fun and I’m excited for my next project.

  4. Chas, how interesting to use a heat gun to create the waves! I would not have thought of that!I’m assuming that the epoxy protects the tray from water spills or liquids? This is so interesting. Thanks for sharing….makes me think of other projects too.

    1. Thanks Mary, I learned the technique from the internet so can’t take credit for that 😉 Yes, the epoxy will be great to protect the bottom of the tray from water and spills. So many fun things can be created with epoxy 🙂

  5. Love this! Such a great way to turn a basic tray into something super cute. This would look great in a summer home by the water 🙂
    Jenna ♥
    Stay in touch? lifeofanearthmuffin.com

    1. Thank you so much Jenna, I’m thrilled you like it. You can never have enough trays right?

  6. I’m not brave enough yet to try epoxy projects, but it looks like you’re having fun experimenting and having ocean waves of success. Can’t wait to see the table makeover!

    1. Thanks Allyson, I was so nervous to get started too. It was easier than I thought and a lot of fun. I’m excited to get working on that table.

  7. Wow! That is really pretty!
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  8. Your project looks amazing, Chas! It’s one of my features on the Little Cottage Link Party this Monday. I hope you can stop by!

    1. You are so sweet Kristie, thank you so much for the feature (made my day). I hope you had a great weekend.

  9. Very clever! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

    1. Thank you so much Ann, now I can keep the summer near me all winter long 😉

  10. Lovely! You’ve really captured the movement of the ocean. Thanks for sharing with Creative Compulsions.

    Michelle
    mybijoulifeonline.com

  11. Beautiful makeover. I have a couple of serving trays stuck in the back of a closet that I should pull out and try this technique. Thanks for the inspiration. #HomeMattersParty

    1. Thank so much Donna, I’m so glad you like it and are considering trying. Was a lot of fun to create.

  12. I’m totally gaga for this piece. Pinned And thanks for always posting at Funtastic Friday .

    1. Thank you so much Michele! I’m so happy you love it!

  13. Marilyn Lesniak says:

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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
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  14. This is so pretty, Chas! It really does look like waves and you did a wonderful job!

    Thanks for linking up with us on the Embracing Home and Family Link-up. We hope you join us again this Friday!

    -Cherelle

    1. Thank you so much Cherelle, I am so thrilled you think so.

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