I’ve always wanted to do something with resin.Â It looks like so much fun!Â I finally got to work with it this past weekend.Â Chica and I decided to do a couple of projects with this stuff and I would like to share the first one with you now.
My grandmother passed away a few years ago on Christmas morning and we all still miss her larger-than-life personality.Â I wanted to make a keepsake for my parents and decided to do a cookie tray since my grandmother was famous for her oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.Â See where I am going?Â Tray, resin, memories…Â The hardest part was finding just the right tray for what I wanted.Â I wanted it to be clear and have high sides to hold the resin.Â With a little help from a friend, I found just the right tray and it even had a lid to it!
Next, I had to pick out what I wanted in the tray.Â Since it was an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie theme I went with some actual oatmeal, a measuring spoon, some baking stickers, a copy of the recipe, a picture of grandma and an enlarged copy of her signature, which I scanned from an old letter she written to me.Â I inked the edges of the paper to give it a vintage look. (I have other ideas for the signature, too, but more on that later.)
I had fun decorating the tray with all the stickers and items, but my favorite part was the oatmeal. I just love how natural it looked scattered around the tray.
The resin in order to be activated in order to harden, so when you go shopping, be sure you buy all necessary additives at the same time.
We followed the package directions and mixed the resin in an empty, metal coffee can. We used a wooden dowel to stir the mixture for the recommended amount of time.
While you wait for me to stir, let me take a minute to tell you how we knew how much resin to mix, because this is a good tip. Before I started this project, I put the tallest item in the tray — the measuring spoon — and carefully poured in water until the spoon was covered. I then poured all that water into a measuring cup to see how much it was. Since I knew it would take 2 1/3 cups of water to fill the tray and cover the spoon, I knew I would need 2 1/3 cups of resin. This really helped me avoid wasting any resin or not having enough.
Once you have the resin all mixed up, slowly pour it into the tray. I poured onto the more stable items and let it spread out from there.
The oatmeal had a tendency to move around as I poured, so Chica used the stir stick to keep moving it back where it belonged. I didn’t want it over top of the picture, recipe, or signature.
Then we waited.Â That was a lot of resin, and it took a long time to dry. I left it a couple of days to be sure it was nice and cured.Â Meanwhile, I made some of my grandma’s famous cookies to go with the tray.
I want to share the recipe with you, but first I’m going to tell you the “secret” to her cookies.Â Ready? Make the dough the night before and chill it thoroughly.Â Then, you bake the cookies at 325 degrees for about 15 minutes.Â This makes your cookies turn out divinely crunchy.Â For a soft cookie, you don’t have to chill the dough and bake them for a shorter time at 350 degrees.
|Mama Clark’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Preheat oven and grease cookie sheet.Â Beat together shortening, sugars, water, vanilla, eggs, salt, and baking soda.Â Beat with mixer until smooth.Â Add flour and beat again.Â Add oats, chocolate chips, and nuts, mixing by hand.Â Place batter in refrigerator until cold.
For chewy cookies, bake at 350 degrees for approximately 8 minutes.
For crunchy cookies, use thoroughly chilled dough (chill overnight) and bake for approximately 15 minutes at 325 degrees.
After a couple of days of curing, my resin cookie tray was all set and gorgeous.Â Most resin is NOT approved for extended food contact, so if you are going to store your cookies or other food items in a bowl or tray you make with this resin, please be sure and put a piece of plastic wrap down first.
It makes me so happy to see this tray all filled up with Mama’s cookies!