This tray has been re-purposed, but you can find them unfinished in most craft stores.
-spray or acrylic paint
-12 x 12 scrapbook paper
-ruler, tape measure, or paper cutter
-Start with an unfinished tray and paint it with spray paint or acrylic paint - any color you choose
-Pick out scrapbook paper and any other embellishments
-Measure the inside of the tray, mark your paper, and then cut it out to fit on the inside of your tray - you can use a ruler and scissors or paper cutter
-Spread a thin, even coat of Mod Podge on the inside of the tray and lay that paper on it. Try to get it straight and then smooth it out. You can use a ruler or putty knife to smooth any air bubbles out.
-Let it dry.
-Add any other flat embellishments that you would like to. You can add an initial, favorite saying or word, children's artwork, shapes, the possibilities are endless. Just make sure that it is flat if you plan to use it as a serving tray. If you want to use it for display only you can also add wooden letters, or any other wooden accent. Flat embellishments can be added with Mod Podge, and any other accent will need to be glued with wood glue or hot glue.
-Once everything is dry it is time to seal it. You can coat it with another coat of Mod Podge or for more durability you can use a spray sealer or any other type of clear varnish. My favorite is DecoArt DuraClear Varnish in Satin. You can purchase it online or at Michaels. I like this sealer because it is non-yellowing and weather proof.
-Let it dry and then you are done.
-This post has been recycled from my old blog.
Originally written 9.9.08