How to Decoupage with Paper Napkins and Make a Tray Look Fabulous!
Recently I created a gift for my friend Darlene’s birthday. It turned out so cute, I had second thoughts about giving to her LOL. Being that I love to use trays in my home decor, I feel that everyone else should too. This project was super easy so I thought that I would share all of the details with you – How to Decoupage with Paper Napkins and Make a Tray Look Fabulous!
Start with a Tray
On a recent trip to the craft store I found this set of wooden trays on clearance. After the markdown the pair of trays only cost $4.00.
For my gift-making idea I chose to use the larger of the two trays.
- Decorative paper napkins
- Sponge brush
- Mod Podge – matte
Ever since I did this Peony Decoupage project, I have wanted to do another decoupage transformation. When I was in California I purchased these beautiful black and white botanical paper napkins at Tuesday Morning. Bonus – they were 80% off! Yes, I shopped and found so many beautiful paper napkins and great deals for future projects. I think my suitcase was 10 pounds heavier on the return flight home LOL!
The vintage graphics and artwork just called my name.
- Paint the tray in your desired color choice. Let dry completely.
- Next you need to separate the layers of the napkins. Typically they are 3-ply like these napkins. Throw away the two bottom white layers.
- Lay the napkin inside the tray and trim as necessary. I needed to add a piece from a second napkin and tried to match up the pattern as best as possible.
- Remove the napkin from the tray and place to the side.
- Use Mod Podge and a small foam brush. Paint a thin, wet layer on the bottom only of the tray.
- Carefully place your napkin as precisely as possibly in place on the tray bottom.
- Being gently, smooth out as best as possible.
- If you’re feeling extra crafty you can also add the paper napkin to the interior sides of the tray.
- Let dry completely. Approximately 15 minutes.
- Add another coat of Mod Podge on top of napkin layer.
- Let dry completely.
- Wax the outside of tray.
I painted the inside of my tray Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Pure White. The outside was painted in Graphite.
Mod Podge dries very quickly.
Also, it dries clear with a matte finish.
For small projects I love to use Amy Howard at Home Beeswax. It’s soft and buttery.
Because chalk paint and Mod Podge dry so quickly, this project was complete in just 1 hour.
How perfect is this vintage cold cream apothecary jar?
Hopefully Darlene loves trays as much as I do.
And hopefully you have enjoyed learning how to decoupage with paper napkins and make a tray look fabulous.