DIY Art Deco Serving Tray With Faux Marquetry

by VeryLiv
7 Materials
2 Hours

I love marquetry, unfortunately, I don’t have the skills to pull it off. Maybe a new craft to learn 🤔. In the meantime, this tutorial will show you the trick to create faux marquetry using different wood stains.

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All you need to start is a sheet of plywood, different colors of wood stain, and some masking tape to create a stencil!

To recreate the design I used:

  1. Create a diamond with masking tape in the middle of the plywood board.
  2. At the center point of the 4 edges of the board, create triangles.
  3. Add 2 large arrows starting at the corners of the board and pointing toward the diamond.
  4. Create a large cross with masking tape going over the diamond.

Next, brush a warm wood stain all over the board. Once the stain has dried, peel off all the bits of masking tape except the center diamond.

To work on the large cross, split it in half. Start on one diagonal line and protect its sides with masking tape going over the diamond. Brush on a dark stain and let it dry before peeling off the tape.

Repeat on the other diagonal line.

Once the large cross has dried, apply masking tape to protect the edges of the 2 arrows. Brush on the dark stain and let it dry.

Finally, apply some tape around the 4 triangles and the diamond. Brush on a light-toned stain, then let it dry and peel off all the tape.

Cut a length of square dowel into 4 pieces that fit the size of your plywood board and stain them.

Coat your dowels and the edge of your board with wood glue before assembling your tray and clamp.

And voila! Protect your tray with a coat of wood finish and you’re done! This tray practically begs to be loaded with fancy drinks 😉

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  • Kay Kay on Sep 05, 2022

    That’s is very nice. You could make other patterns using the tape to. Thanks for sharing. Kay Adelaide Australia

  • Kathy Kathy on Sep 05, 2022

    Nice job. Very pretty.