Bust ‘em Blocks using EnviroTex Lite

I had some EnviroTex Lite left over from making my Laptop Desk, so I decided to make something fun for Little Moore.

I remember when I was little we’d watch Saturday Morning Cartoons, and during commercials, toys would BUST through a stack of blocks. How cool was that? And yet they never sold the blocks in the stores (that I saw, anyway). So, I decided to make some Bust ‘em Blocks for LM to play with.

While at the grocery store, I found this silicone pan. It is supposed to be for making bite-sized brownies. The perfect size for what I was looking for! While at the store, I spent my quarters at the toy-vending machines to give my blocks a little personality.

The box of EnviroTex Lite came with all that I needed – the two-part compound to make the resin, flat-sided mixing containers (with measuring lines), stirring sticks, and gloves to protect my hands.
I already had my area covered in plastic, protecting my surfaces. I opened up all my little toy capsules, and put the toys in face down.
After mixing up the EnviroTex according to the directions (making sure to stir a full minute, pour into a fresh cup, then stir another full minute), I gently poured some in each compartment, completely covering each toy, and then some.
I let it sit for 48 hours (though 24 would have been plenty), then popped each out of the mold. They came out easier than ice-cubes do! The sides and front have a slightly “frosted” appearance because the silicone mold I used doesn’t have perfectly smooth sides – but I like them this way.
Then I stacked up the Bust ‘em blocks, and let LM knock them down.
Which he did. they made a very satisfying clacking noise as they hit the tabletop. He loved it!
The blocks also stack beautifully, face-side up. Because they are super-smooth, they take a little more finesse to stack that way, which is the perfect next step LM needs in his hand-eye coordination.
I would consider taking any of the little toys LM has and encasing them in resin…he plays with the blocks much more than he ever played with the plain ol’ toys!

ETI sent me this product to try out. You won’t believe all that you can do with this product. Envirotex Lite was created by Environmental Technologies Inc. (ETI), which is the home for many resin and mold making products.

The use of resin in jewelry making, mixed media and paper arts continues to grow in popularity. Today, artists are using ETI’s products in many crafty ways and they will be showcasing these works of art on their new blog “Resin Crafts”.

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Comments

  1. I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing. I pinned this :)

  2. What a clever idea! These are so cute.

  3. oooohhh…. what a fun idea! I think it would be cool to encase small mementos in resin….. something I may have to try!

  4. These are very cute.

    Just discovered your blog – would love it if you popped by mine sometime.

    Andrea x
    andreareh.blogspot.com

  5. Adorable & could be used for so many things!

  6. Hi! Following your from bloggy moms. :) I have a craft blog, too. Would love to have you stop by sometime. I’ve got a link party every Wednesday…would love to have you link up some of your projects. :)

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

  7. These are adorable! I love that you could customize them how ever you would like to. Very clever use of your “leftover” resin.

  8. Perfect!!! Even clear ones would be cute!

    Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters!
    http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/06/calling-all-crafters.html

  9. My boys would love this! I know what i am doing with some of my leftover resin!

  10. Very creative! I’m now imagining all sorts of fun things to encase in resin.

  11. What a great idea! My nephew would love these! Thank you for sharing!

  12. From just the little I have seen on your blog you do a whole lot more than quilting! With 2 and a half year old twins in my life I will know where to come for crafty things. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Oh wooow… this gives me some really great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. This is one of my favorite projects of all time. How cute are these?

  15. HANDS DOWN this is my favorite ETI project. These are just so stinkin adorable.

  16. These are so adorable! My only problem is that I’m not particularly fond of the feel of resin, but I think I could get over it for these little cuties!

  17. Nice & fun ;)

  18. these are really adorable!! I might try with something other than a square silicone pan, because they have those really awesome silicone ice molds that come in shapes like hearts and stuff, I think these would be great for magnets too! thanks for the awesome tutorial :D

  19. This ideas is so cute! I have never used this product, but will have to try it out sometime. Where do you buy it?

  20. Is it abnormal that I want a set of these… for myself? So cute.

  21. This is awesome and the little toys you put inside really got my attention since they look so cute! Kinda just wish I knew what they really were

    • The toys themselves are just random toys from the coin-operated machines at the grocery store.
      The blocks are for my boys to play with. They can stack them up and let their action figures “bust” through them. Boys get a kick out of things going flying, and these have rounded corners and are practically unbreakable. ;)

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