I have some really cute cupcake-themed fabric that I thought would be perfect for decorating a party tray, so I’d like to show you how to paint and Mod Podge a wooden tray for a unique and creative way to serve your party desserts.
Keep in mind that you can choose any fabric print to make this craft project by following the same instructions that I’ve provided. Just switch out coordinating paint colors that match your fabric and you’re good to go.
HOW TO PAINT AND MOD PODGE A WOODEN TRAY
This month, I’ve joined in with a group of bloggers for a Creative Craft Hop. Donna @ Modern On Monticello is our host this month. You’ll find seven additional craft and decor projects, at the end of my post, that are being shared with all of our readers. Visit their links to see what these creative bloggers are sharing. Don’t miss out!
- Unfinished wooden tray ~ 11×14
- JoAnn cupcake fabric
- Foam paint brush
- Artist brushes
- scissors or rotary cutter
- Matte Mod Podge
- Apple Barrel ~ Bright Magenta #20591
- Apple Barrel ~ Kiwi #20221
- Apple Barrel ~ White
- Folk Art Multi-Surface ~ Patina Vert Patine #2951CA
HOW TO PAINT A WOODEN TRAY
Use acrylic craft paint on your wood tray, like Apple Barrel or Folk Art by Plaid.
Make sure you paint the inside bottom of the tray the same as the main color that is in your fabric. This way if your fabric is somewhat thin then the wood color will not alter the color of your fabric after using the Mod Podge.
- Paint the bottom of the tray using a foam paint brush in white
- Next paint the outer sides
- Then paint the inside of the tray
- Paint 2 coats on areas where needed
HOW TO DECORATE A TRAY WITH PAINTED DESIGNS
I chose to pick out a couple of designs seen in my fabric piece to decorate the tray:
- Curved cupcake icing edges
- Large and tiny dots
You can trace designs on the outer sides by using a stencil, making your own, or using a household object to trace around.
To mimic the icing curves, I traced half of a circle from a stencil, and to make the dots I used the end of a pencil for the large dots and an artist brush for the tiny dots.
HOW TO MOD PODGE FABRIC ON WOOD
You don’t need to buy a lot of fabric, just a “fat quarter” measures 18×21 and is plenty for a wood tray. Hand wash the fabric, roll in towel, then press with an iron.
New fabric contains sizing and I don’t know the interaction with Mod Podge, so I erred on the side of caution and washed the fabric.
Measure the tray inset and then measure and mark fabric piece. Cut out the rectangle with either scissors or a rotary cutter.
- Place fabric in tray then pull back half
- Apply Mod Podge on only half of the tray using a foam brush
- Press down and smooth
- Do not push hard while smoothing as it will stretch your fabric
- Next apply Mod Podge to the other half of the tray
- Then lay down the rest of the fabric, press and smooth
- I waited until that step was dry before adding Mod Podge to the top
- Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge on top of the fabric
- Mod Podge dries clear
Now that you know how to paint and mod podge a wooden tray, I think you will enjoy making a party tray for your holiday or family celebrations!
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Sharing my painted and mod podged tray at these fabulous blogs!