Yes, you can make a gorgeous, artful and even useful tray from a recycled styrofoam meat/fish/food tray. I have a little secret to share with you all, and that is that with just a few crafty moves on your part, you canmake a stunning tray worthy of holding your fine jewelry, among other things. And how is that exactly, you may be thinking? Well, my friends the secret is simply combining two techniques that I mentioned yesterday in my post about DIY baby blocks, namely paper mache plus decoupage. Yes, meaning strips of gooey newspaper and then a finishing touch with a top layer of some beautiful decoupaged napkins, or any other paper that you'd like to use. And there you have it!
And of course, your creations may just turn out to be so lovely that you'll want to use them on your dining room table, which is certainly fine as well.
- recycled styrofoam trays
- newspaper and a flour/water or glue/water paste, plus my paper mache tutorial
- white acrylic craft paint (optional, not necessary if your last layer of paper mache is with white paper)
- beautiful napkins and mod podge or any decoupage medium, plus my napkin decoupage tutorial
Cover tray with several layers of paper mache and set aside to dry. Either apply a layer of paper mache with white laser printer paper, or paint your paper mache surface white or cream. Apply a decorative layer of decoupage using images from the very delicate top layer of napkins, or just about any paper or imagery that suits you. Enjoy, and or course these would make great gifts, so be sure to make a bunch of them!