Found these little trays at the thrift store.
The fronts of old greeting cards had been glued onto them.
They were a tad beat up.
And the pictures are really dated.
They aren’t very big either; about 6″ x 8″. But trays always sell well for me and they were a good price; so I figured they were worth buying to fix up.
I sanded over the cards a little, then painted the whole tray and distressed along the edges.
Now what to decorate them with?!?!? I thought some stenciled designs or words would be cute, but all my stencils were too BIG to fit these little trays.
These pretty paper napkins look like a good fit. I’ve never worked with applying napkins, so I was a tad leery, but decided to give it a shot.
I had these other napkins to consider also, but settled on the first ones. Wanna know where I found all these pretty paper napkins????
DOLLAR TREE! I kid you not. And they have dozens more designs . . .and table covers and paper plates and cocktail napkins to match!
I cut the napkin to size and got my little 2oz bottle of Mod Podge out (which I also found at DT!!) and went to work. I waited to remove the back layer of the napkin until after I had cut it to size. Slathered the tray with the Mod podge and veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery carefully placed the napkin on and gently dabbed it into place.
I was able to cover all three trays with ONE napkin, by using the back; and then putting two pieces together (which you can SEE on the tray on the left).
The tissue went onto the first tray perfectly. The next two . . . .notsomuch! As you can see here. sigh. The napkin paper is SO thin it tears really easily, so as I was ‘working it into the corners’ it ripped!!
The Mod Podge ‘sets’ so quickly that I couldn’t remove the napkin to start over. (Well, maybe if I had immediately submerged it in water). I just wanted to be DONE with them, so I left them to look ‘distressed’.
Think this will pass for good enough?
Another little tear in the corner. I suppose I would have tried harder to fix the tears if the trays were bigger, but these are so small it really wasn’t worth investing more time and effort into the project.