Learn how to make chic gilded pineapple napkin rings using quick-setting resin and novelty ice cube trays. We used inexpensive faux tortoise shell napkin rings for this easy resin project, resulting in a high-end look. These napkin rings, featuring the southern symbol of welcome and hospitality, make wonderful housewarming or hostess gifts.
After making those fun DIY swizzle sticks, I started brainstorming other creative ways to use resin castings. These chic faux tortoise and pineapple napkin rings are my latest crafty endeavor.
Timeless and grandmillennial chic, all at the same time. I can’t wait to throw a dinner party and show off these, alongside the pineapple swizzle sticks and etched pineapple goblets.
Until then, we’ll have fun being all fancy, just the three of us.
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Supplies to Make Resin Napkin Rings
- Amazing Casting resin kit
- Rubber gloves
- Paper or plastic cup (not styrofoam) for mixing the resin
- wooden stick
- silicone mold or ice cube tray (here’s the pineapple ice mold I used)
- Scissors (optional)
- Sand paper (optional)
- plastic faux tortoise shell napkin rings or wooden napkin rings
- E6000 glue
- gold spray paint (I used Montana Cans Goldchrome, but Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold is another good option)
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How to Make pineapple napkin rings
When working with resin, always protect your work surface with plastic or wax paper. Also, be sure to wear the plastic gloves included in the casting kit.
The Amazing Casting resin kit comes with two different solutions that go through a chemical reaction and harden when mixed together. The kit also includes a small set of measuring cups and wooden stir sticks.
To create your resin molds, measure equal parts of Solution A and Solution B into the separate plastic measuring cups.
Pour Part A and Part B into a plastic cup and stir with a wooden stick until blended. As the solutions combine, the mixture will become slightly milky. The resin has a short working time, so you need to work quickly to pour the resin into the mold.
Fill the mold completely, being careful not to overflow the individual cavities.
The resin will begin to change color from clear to white as it hardens. The chemical reaction also generates heat, so the mold and the castings may be hot to the touch.
Allow to cure completely and harden before removing pineapple castings from the mold.
The resin will take anywhere from five to 15 minutes to cure, depending on the size of the mold. You’ll know it’s ready it turns solid white and is cool to the touch. These ice cube tray are small, so they’re ready to unmold in just a few minutes.
Once the resin has completely cured, you can pop the castings out of the mold. When you first remove the resin pieces from the mold, they may feel slightly greasy. You can wipe away any residue to prep them for painting.
If necessary, use scissors to snip away any bits of hardened resin that overflowed the mold. You can also use sandpaper to smooth the edges and any uneven places on the surface.
I’ve made a quick video of the casting process to show you just how easy these are to make.
I painted the resin pineapples with Montana Cans Goldchrome spray paint, front and back.
Next, I used E6000 glue to attach the gold pineapples to the faux tortoise shell napkin rings. I like these particualr napkin rings because they’re only slightly curved on top. This makes it easier to attach the resin pieces to them. They also come in a variety of colors.
Be careful not to get any E6000 on the surface of the napkin ring while gluing. If you do, dip a cotton swab in acetone nail polish remover to clean up any mess.
E6000 takes a while to set, so make sure to put the napkin rings on a flat surface to dry. I recommend setting them with the pineapples facing up, parallel to the tabletop, so the resin pieces don’t move while drying.
I love how these turned out!
They’re the perfect finishing touch for a grandmillennial style tablescape set with my favorite blue-and-white chinoiserie china.
More pineapple projects & recipes
Pineapples are symbols of wlecome and hospitality. They never go out of style, but they’re definitely having a moment with the popularity of grandmillenial decor.
Here are some other pineapple-themed crafts, cocktails and recipes you might enjoy:
- Frozen Tropical Lemonade with Pineapple Infused Rum
- Pineapple Swizzle Sticks
- Etched Pineapple Goblets
- Pineapple and Mandarin Orange JELL-O Salad
- Tropical Snack Board