Learn to decorate a tray with this simple tutorial! You’re going to love the before and after of this $3 Goodwill find. SO easy to do.
Hi everyone! I’m Courtney, from Crafts by Courtney. This is my first time writing for Amy and I’m so excited to share my newest Mod Podge creation . . . a nautical themed serving tray makeover!
In case you couldn’t tell, I enjoy makeovers (and love Mod Podge crafts even more)!
On one of my many trips to Goodwill, I found this great serving tray for $3.00. I can NEVER pass up a deal or chance for a makeover. At first glance, I knew that I wanted to decorate a tray to go with my nautical theme . . . a coastal inspired upcycle!
I have this pack of nautical themed scrapbook paper I got at Hobby Lobby and knew I would find the perfect design for the bottom of the tray. I went with a classic anchor.
You can never have too many anchors in the house right?! It’s a coastal theme staple. So with idea in hand, let’s start this makeover! Learn to decorate a tray below.
Decorate a Tray
For this Mod Podge project, you’ll need this stuff:
- Serving tray
- Scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge Matte
- Decorative rope
- Sponge brush
- Hot glue gun
- Finishing wax – optional
Since I already had the perfect nautical scrapbook paper. All I had to find was my paint. I chose an Old White chalk paint to give my tray that classic coastal look. This is going to be gorgeous!
Step 1 – Paint Your Tray
Before decoupaging the bottom of your tray, you’ll need to add your paint. Add one or two coats. Let each coat dry 20 minutes.
Step 2 – Measure and Cut Your Scrapbook Paper
Now let’s prepare our paper! For a perfect fit, measure out the bottom of your serving tray. Then cut your scrapbook paper to fit.
Quick Tip: If you have large scrapbook paper with a seamless pattern, try trimming one of the edges to fill the area of your tray!
Step 3 – Mod Podge Your Paper to Your Tray
Finally, place your large piece of scrapbook paper. Make sure to cover the entire top of the tray with one more coat of Mod Podge.
Quick Tip: Be sure when you putting your scrapbook paper down to smooth it out. This will remove any air bubbles.
Step 4 – Wrap Handles With Rope
Before I painted the serving tray, I took off the handles. I ended up painting two coats on those too! Once they were dry, I wrapped them with my decorative rope and hot glued into place.
These rope wrapped handles turned out . . . Uh – may – zing!
Step 5 – Distress Your Tray
OMG, time to artificially age this project. With sand paper 🙂 If you’ve had a rough day, relieve some stress and DISTRESS your tray (to your liking of course)!
Step 6 – Finishing Touches
Alrighty! We are almost done. If you want to prevent scratching, you can add a coat of finishing wax. I’m OK with a few accidentally scratches so I skipped the wax. With that said, we are done!
With our coastal inspired decoupage tray complete, let’s decorate.
You can put pretty much anything you want on it. I love starfish and braided rope, so I went with that! But the choice is yours!
I love how my attempt to decorate a tray turned out (and hope you did too)! Gotta’ give a big, “Thank you!” to Amy for letting me share! I really enjoyed myself 🙂
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