Decoupage a Metal Tray Stand - A Thrift Store Find

8 Materials
$8
4 Hours
Easy

One of the fun things about shopping at thrift stores is that you never know what you're going to find that day - like an embossed aluminum tray ($3) and a tumbler ($1) that actually matched - just by luck! The guy at the checkout said the tray looked like a giant soda cap - I guess because of the curved ridges! Too funny!

decoupage a metal tray stand a thrift store find

Anyway, my idea was to combine the two items into a lovely decorative accent piece or accessory using napkins to decoupage onto them. Perfect to hold just about anything you can imagine - like appetizers, baked goods or holiday fillers!

decoupage a metal tray stand a thrift store find

After cleaning the tray and tumbler with a mild dish detergent and drying, separate the design layer of the napkin from the plain white layers. I do this by lightly dipping my finger in mod podge and tap my thumb and finger together, placing the corner of the napkin edge between them to separate the layers.

decoupage a metal tray stand a thrift store find

Next, apply a layer of matte Mod Podge onto the bottom surface. Place napkin on top smoothing out from the center to edges using a soft brush. Apply additional MP while smoothing out wrinkles. I also like to dip my finger in MP to help with the smoothing.

decoupage a metal tray stand a thrift store find

Since the napkin didn't completely cover the bottom, I matched up the pattern with an additional piece of napkin after the first layer dried. And the best part, you can't tell where it was pieced together!

decoupage a metal tray stand a thrift store find

Next, decoupage the tumbler following the same steps, as before.

decoupage a metal tray stand a thrift store find


decoupage a metal tray stand a thrift store find

Seal both the tray and tumbler with additional Mod Podge.

decoupage a metal tray stand a thrift store find

The tumbler edges seemed too narrow for a good seal so I glued the bottom of it onto the center of the tray, using DAP RapidFuse Adhesive to glue together. It sets up in 30 seconds and has a permanent seal.

decoupage a metal tray stand a thrift store find

Don't you just love how the metal shows through the floral napkin - as if the flowers were handpainted on! Too cool!

decoupage a metal tray stand a thrift store find

What a lovely transformation!

decoupage a metal tray stand a thrift store find


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