Tray Decorating

By Stephanie Anders

Spring has decided to show itself along with my crafting bug.

An unfinished set of wooden trays caught my eye on Amazon, and I’ve decided to make them into different gifts for the upcoming Mother’s and Father’s day. Being it’s a set of five, I’ll get to keep a few for myself.

These trays are great for utilizing some of those coloring pages you may have laying in a drawer or stored in an album. Lynette Hansen-Mcnamara’s Fish and Mandala card from our April issue is what I’ll be using for my tray.

Lucky for me, I just happened to have craft paint to match my colored image. After I colored my image, I painted my tray. Something that I wasn’t expecting was that my tray seemed to soak up my paint. It took two coats to completely cover my wood.

Once my paint was dry, I used Mod Podge to glue my image to the tray bottom.  If you have trouble with air bubbles or getting the edges to stick or lay down on the glue, there is a handy tool to get your paper flat and attached to your tray.

When your Mod Podge is dry you want to paint a light layer on top of the page and the entire inside of your tray. This will seal and finish your work to the tray surface.  For added protection, I finished with an all purpose sealer.  On to the next tray while this one dries!

Do you utilize your colored images in crafts? If so, we would love to see what you have created!

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