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Decoupage On A Wooden Tray

What can you do to a dull and old wooden tray? There is a way to pretty up that tray and it is a very easy Diy project. Decoupage is the answer.
Clean the surface of your wooden tray. Make sure it is free from dust,grime or stain.
Use any printed table napkin you already have. I bought a very inexpensive one at Dollar store.
Cut out the images you want. For the tray, I wanted the butterflies and the twigs.
After cutting out the images, gently remove the second ply from the napkin. You would want to use only a single ply so if your napkin has 3 ply, remove the rest and leave out only the one with the print.
Prepare your Mod Podge, paintbrush or sponge brush and plastic wrap.
It is important to visually map out where you want the images placed before you put Mod Podge. Lay them out on the tray and play around with the placements of each image cut-out.
Once you’ve made up your mind then,place the cut-out with the print facing down on the plastic wrap. Generously spread Mod Podge at the back of your cut-outs.
Gently place the plastic wrap with the podged image on the tray.
Use your index finger and thumb to press the image on the tray, making a motion from inside toward the outside of the image. This will remove air bubbles and flatten the image .
Carefully peel off the plastic wrap.
Spread a full coat of Mod Podge on the whole surface once the images thoroughly dry. Dry the first coat and then apply a second coat. A third coat won’t hurt since this tray may experience spills in the future. Do not allow liquid spills to stay on the tray too long,though. When you do,you will notice the top layer of podge becoming opaque but if you allow it to dry then it becomes transparent again. You may want to use a varnish on the tray instead of Mod Podge to make it really water proof if you will often use the tray for serving drinks.

To see more: http://www.fancymomma.com/decoupage-wooden-tray

Ask the creator about this project

  • Lynnel
    Lynnel Jacksonville, FL
    on Oct 30, 2016

    I really like this!

  • Bee
    Bee Frisco, TX
    on Oct 30, 2016

    I just did this, with a napkin, on a clear glass bowl

  • Darla
    Darla Salem, OR
    on Oct 30, 2016

    At first using plastic wrap steamed strange but because napkins are such delicate paper this is an awesome suggestion so the paintbrush doesn't tear the delicate cutout. Great Great idea.

    • Queti @ Fancy Momma
      Queti @ Fancy Momma Canada
      on Oct 31, 2016

      Thanks Darla! Yah, it does sound a bit odd but I learned it from somewhere, tried it and it works perfectly.

  • Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey
    Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey Castaic, CA
    on Oct 30, 2016

    Love this idea! And love any kind of wooden tray I can get my hands on inexpensively. With the popularity of this site, Pinterest and others, some things have become "hot" and highly coveted items. Thanks for sharing! I buy pretty napkins on deep discount for projects just like this. :-)

  • Heather
    Heather United Kingdom
    on Oct 30, 2016

    Very pretty. Enjoy :)

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