Easy & Elegant Decoupage Tray

Again, I found myself on the hunt to find the perfect accessories for my desk.  I wanted something that would fit in with the overall theme of things, which is turning out to be victorian/vintage meets modern and crafty.  I was perusing the shelves of our local Hobby Lobby and found the perfect size tray at a phenomenal price of only $2.50.  Granted, it had some chips and scratches, but I thought it added character and with a little paint, Mod Podge and scrapbooking paper, it would become a fantastic piece.  Here’s how it all came together, step-by-step…

The Supplies:

  • Tray – or anything that is the main subject of your decoupaging endeavor
  • Scrapbooking Paper
  • Foam Brush
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint & Paint Brush (optional)
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Cotton Balls or a Paper Towel

Step 1: Clean your tray with the rubbing alcohol and cotton balls or paper towel.  This is the prep work for the scrapbooking paper and Mod Podge application.

Step 2: Cut or tear your scrapbooking paper to the size of your tray with the design of your choosing.  I had to make templates for the different sizes first, then I traced their shape onto my decorative scrapbooking paper.  I didn’t want to waste any with trail and error.

Step 3: Apply your Mod Podge to the tray and place your piece(s) of scrapbooking paper down.  Smooth the paper out with the fingers to eliminate any air pockets from showing their ugly little heads.  Then apply one more coat of Mod Podge over top of the now smooth scrapbooking paper design.  You might want to wait for it to dry a little bit before applying the “top coat” of Mod Podge to eliminate any wrinkles or air pockets.

Step 4: Repeat Step 3 as many times as necessary until you are pleased with the final design.

Step 5: Let dry.  This usually doesn’t take more than a few minutes.

Step 6:  Once your piece is completely dry from the glue, add an accent or two with your paint and brush.

Step 7: Again, let it dry and you’re done!

That wasn’t too hard, was it? A little messy, yes, but who doesn’t like getting their hands dirty every once in a while! Now i’m off to use my tray on my desk to hold my catch-all, paperclips, and other odds ‘n ends.  Have other decoupage items you’d like to share? Leave your comments here.



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