Monday, August 20, 2012

Decorative Trays

Hey Guys! This project is super simple and SUPER fun. I just love the way it turned out. I think it's my favorite thing we have done so far. The only caviat, is that it is a little time consuming waiting for the acrylic to dry, but you can accomplish the whole project in one day.

The Finished Product:

What You Will Need:

  • Wooden trays (we bought ours at Michael's. They were on sale and you got two - one large and one small)
  • Spray paint (another sale at Michael's - $0.99!)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Pazzle, Cricut, Sillouette, or if you don't have that, pop over to the dollar store and grab some pre-cut letters from the teacher section!
  • Pourable acrylic - save your good 40% coupon for this one. It's a little pricy ($14.99)
  • Scissors or Xacto knife
  • Double sided tape
Let's Get Started:

1. Spray paint your trays. Since I was doing two, I did one green (for me) and one white (for a friend). I love the Krylon spray paint because it promises to dry in ten minutes (really more like twenty if you want a good coat).

2.  Cut scrapbook paper to fit bottom inside of the tray. My mom used a Xacto knife to cut exactly the right size, but scissors work fine.
3. If you are cutting letters or shapes, go ahead and cut them now. If you are using pre-cut shapes or letters, go ahead and grab them.
4. Arrange your cut-outs on top of the scrapbook paper. We used double sided tape to stick the letters down so they did not float when we poured our acrylic.
5. Mix acrylic according to directions on package.
6. Pour acrylic over the arranged letters and scrapbook paper. Use a popsicle stick to spread it evenly. The bubbles will work themselves out - so don't panic!
7. Let dry overnight. Voila!

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