Create a unique decoupage serving tray using leftover napkins

Looking for a serving tray that's more unique than what you can find in a store? Transform the surface of a tray with decoupage techniques and a decorative napkin. Not only does decoupage add color and texture to an otherwise ordinary tray, but it makes use of materials you may already have around the house. Tap into any leftover dinner party supplies before rushing out to buy new napkins.
Decoupage is the art of applying paper to wood or other surfaces using varnish or lacquer. The technique dates back to ancient China and mimics the look of painting on wood, but with half the effort. Mod Podge works as both the adhesive and the finish in this project, helping to protect the tray from general wear and tear. In no time at all you'll have a beautiful new way to organize clutter, gather together coffee table trinkets or serve drinks to guests.
- Round wooden tray
- Printed napkins
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush
- X-Acto knife
- Decorative rope
- High temp glue gun
- Scissors
DIY Everywhere
1. Peel the plain white layer away from the printed layer of a napkin. Discard the plain layer.
2. Paint a section of the surface of a wooden tray with Mod Podge. Place the printed napkin on top of the Mod Podge. It's OK if there's some excess napkin protruding from around the edges of the tray. Repeat until the entire surface of the tray is covered with napkins. Try not to overlap them. Instead, roughly cut them to fit the area required.
3. Paint the top of the napkins with another layer of Mod Podge. Allow it to dry.
4. Use an X-Acto knife to trim away the excess napkin around the edges of the tray.
5. Hot glue a decorative rope around the tray where the edge meets the surface.
6. Place the finished tray on a table and decorate with a few matching accessories.

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