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DIY Diaries: A Decoupaged Tray

Instead of not leaving any stone unturned, my motto in life these days is not to leave any surface un – decoupaged. Once you start, you just cannot NOT do it.

Allow me to share with you my latest addiction, my friends! A small tutorial on how a plain ol’tray was given a royal makeover!

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And before you say it is too complicated, let me share a secret with you – you can easily do it too! So, go on, give it the old school try!

Here is what I did:

1.  I started with a basic MDF tray from Craftslane which is already all ready to paint. I began with a flat brush and acrylic paint. For this project I used Cerulean Blue from Liqutex – Basics.

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2.  A nice thick coat on all sides.

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3.  Next, I distressed the edges of the tray using the color – Permanent Rose from Camlin, with a flat brush.

The trick is to use a dry flat hog hair brush to get the best distressed look.

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4.  Time for some stencilling magic! For this I used – Gold paint from Fevicryl, a stencil from Judikind Maroccan Lattics and a stencil brush from Craftslane.

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5.  I added a few random strokes on the back and sides of the tray to add some extra drama.

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6.  In the next step I applied an even coat of Acrylic Medium from Camlin to the tray, which essentially acts like glue. You can get the same effect using Mod Podge or even Fevicol + water.

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7.  Now came the fun part, I carefully pasted the pattern paper on to the tray. While performing this step always remember to smooth out the paper from the center and avoid any air bubbles. The paper I used is from the Craftslane’s Royal Rajasthan series.  They are 12×12” and were a fit perfect fit for the tray I was using.

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At this point, a lovely deoupaged tray is ready! Really, you can varnish it now and start using it. But, I wanted to try something else so I trudged along 😀 .

8.  Next I went a little stamp happy! I used – Ranger’s Archival Ink from Simon Says Stamp, French Script Rubber Stamp from Darkroom Door, Upper Deck Clear Stamp from Inkadinkado and went on a little stamp stomping spree!


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9.  Finally, I added a few light coats of Acrylic Pearl Colors to add an extra dose of drama! I used Yellow, Green, Blue and a bit of Silver.

The trick to this step is to gradually add multiple layers to make it interesting. Use a round brush, load it up with paint and lots of water. Repeat as many times as required.

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10.  Now comes the hardest part! Leave it alone for some time and let it dry well. Once it is dry, add waterproof varnish to finish it off.

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Hope you guys found this little tutorial helpful! Happy Crafting fellow Housedelics!

P.S. — the 100th Post Giveaway is still open and accepting entries, so if you haven’t submitted your pretty pictures yet, go get to it guys 😀 !

A kind contribution from Divya Thallap for Housedelic.