Jelly Bean Resin Bowl Craft Tutorial

Have you ever wanted to make fun and functional decorative bowls? I have and I wanted to make them out of resin. I’m thinking of a bowl for my keys, candy bowls for every holiday, a change bowl! I made two bowls prior to my latest. My latest is the jelly bean bowl! It’s sturdy and functional and I can put Easter candy in there! 

My prior two bowl are a Pistachio Bowl that I made out of dyed pistachios and a Candy Bowl.

For those bowls, I created a mold of two bowls and Cling Wrap. I knew resin would not stick Cling Wrap and I was right, it worked. However, the Cling Wrap did wrinkle in areas and left wrinkles in my resin.

I have enough wrinkles to deal with, without having them in my resin.

There had to be a better way! I recently found out about EasyMold Silicone Rubber. It’s a great product you can use to make your own silicone molds out of anything you want!

Once I had the product, I set off the make a bowl mold and you can see How To Make A Silicone Bowl Mold HERE!

Once I made my mold, it was time to make a bowl and jelly beans seemed like a good place to start!! Full disclosure: I ate more jelly beans than I ended up using in the bowl….

You will need:

  • Jelly beans – I went with the classic size and colors, but you can use any you like, just make sure you have enough to snack on too!
  • Rice (optional)

Here is the video tutorial:

Directions on How To Make a Jelly Bean Bowl

  1. Take the bottom part of your mold and place it back in the bowl you molded it from. This will give your mold some extra support and let it keep the proper shape.
  2. Pour jelly beans into the mold to get a feel for how many you will need.
  3. Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
  4. Leave the jelly beans in the mold and pour in the resin. 
  5. Wearing gloves, mix your jelly beans and resin, making sure all of the jelly beans are fully covered.
  6. Start spreading the jelly beans around to create your bowl shape.  I did not want to go thicker than one layer of jelly beans because I thought I would lose the shape of the bowl.
  7. When you have them in place, put the other half of your mold inside.  Use rice or something else to help weigh down the inner part of the mold and keep the beans in place, if needed. 
  8. Allow it to cure for 12 hours.
  9. Remove from mold.

The resin coats the jelly beans protecting them (yes it’s waterproof) and the resin also works as a glue holding your bowl together.  I like to make enough for it to pool at the bottom a little, giving it some weight.  It is remarkably sturdy!

Sooooo Cooool!!!  I love it!  I can’t wait for Easter!

Since making the Jelly Bean Resin Bowl, I have gone on to make a few more. I did a Glam Resin Glitter Bowl, which is basically all glitter and well…glitter is beautiful!

I also made a Valentine’s Day Bowl, which has hearts, confetti and pretty stuff!

Of course, if you are looking for a fun Easter Centerpiece that involves jelly beans, I have that too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember: Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™ Stay safe!

Mona

**I don’t know if the resin is food safe or not. Always check with the manufacturer of the resin you are using. I use the bowls as decorative pieces, like for wrapped candy, or keys, or change.

9 thoughts on “Jelly Bean Resin Bowl Craft Tutorial”

  1. Thanks for the videos. Learned a lot. I do have a question for you regarding the resin bowls you've made. With both the pistachio and jelly bean bowls you've used the resin basically as a bonding agent. What if you'd like a smooth finish on both the inside and outside of bowl so that the media, be it nut shells, jelly beans, pebbles, etc. were encased in the resin. I could experiment, but I was hoping you'd show us how to do it. Again thank you.

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    • I do have some more bowls planned and I actually was going to make one that was full encased. I used the resin as a bonding agent for the pistachios. The jelly beans were all encased, but i wanted the bowl to keep the shape of the jelly beans. When doing a smooth bowl, you would want to fill the mold up further (the mold I used for the jelly beans) and have the inner portion of the mold in place. That will give you a smooth surface inside and out. I am planning one……or many….. in the future, so stay tuned!!

      Mona

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    • I'm hoping soon! I was out of town, we just rescued two stray cats and I'm a little swamped at my regular job. I'm trying to get back into the groove! Hopefully one day I will be able to do my crafts as my regular job and get a regular schedule going!! Thanks for continuing to watch.

      Mona

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  2. I like this video….can you please the detilas..
    Where will I get not stick the the Cling Wrap??
    What was that you pour on in bowl..is that glue?
    Any type glue we can use or is it any particular??

    Can we get in walmart or machales????

    Please let me knw…I really appreciate this…
    my id: shailaja.lolam[at]gmail.com

    Shail

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  3. Hi there. Will the jelly beans eventually decay or will resin preserve them? I have no idea how long this bowl would last :/

    Thank you!

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    • No. You can use Vaseline as a mold release, but I have not tried that. Also, if you find my Pistachio Bowl, you will see I used Cling Wrap. Hope that helps! Mona

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