Modern DIY Tray Makeover Idea; if you’re looking for an easy way to upcycle and makeover your old trays then this idea using the Mod Podge Photo Transfer Technique and this modern navy blue circle Free Pattern Printable could be the perfect project for you.
If you are a regular visitor to the blog then you will already know that I hate to throw things away. Well, at least when I can see some potential and a way of giving something a new lease on life.
We inherited this old tea tray when we bought our caravan a few years back. As you can see it had seen better days and was desperately in need of a little TLC.
This was actually my third project using the mod podge photo transfer technique. I loved the results from my first wall art project so much that I decided to make another project.
This time I used the same technique together with some of my own flower photography images to make some more contemporary-looking wall art.
And now I decided to try it to make over an old tea tray too.
How To Paint The Tray
The first thing that I did was paint the tray white. I was out of white spray paint so I just used some white acrylic paint that I already had at home.
Free Printable Pattern Download
I wanted a contemporary design and had looked around a bit but couldn’t find what I was looking for so I decided to create my own pattern to print out.
And after a bit of playing about this is what I came up with.
I have added an A4 PDF (the same size I used on my tray) and a square 10cm x 10cm jpg of this modern circle pattern to the (email subscribers) Free Resources Library as a downloadable free printable so you can use it too.
You should be able to adapt the pattern size to suit your own projects by adjusting your printer settings but if you are really struggling just shoot me a mail and I will resize it for you.
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How To Apply Image With Mod Podge
Once you have painted your tray and have printed the picture you would like to use you can apply the image with the mod podge technique that I shared in a previous tutorial for image transfer using the mod podge technique.
DIY Tray Makeover Tips
- Be very careful not to over-rub the backing paper because you can rub away bits of your image – I was rushing a bit with this one and accidentally rubbed away a few bits of the image (it’s not so noticeable unless you look closely).
- If you are planning to physically use the tray for serving drinks (not just for decor) then it is advisable to add a thin coat of Mod Podge on top of the image to seal it.
- This should allow you to gently wipe any spills away with a damp cloth without rubbing the image off
- (if you do want it to be actually waterproof rather than just water resistant then you would be better to add a clear sealant on top)
If you would like to have a go at this project, make sure you pin it for later (so you don’t lose it).
And feel free to share on your social media so your friends can have a go too! 🙂
20 thoughts on “DIY Tray Makeover & Free Printable Pattern”
This is a great tutorial and DIY project. I have an old wooden tray that this will work perfectly on. Also pinned your free printable pattern!
Thanks Lisa 🙂
This came out beautiful! Absolutely love it. And you made it look so easy!
Thank you Nicole, I must admit though this photo transfer technique is really easy.
I am just getting back into doing some DIY. I can’t wait to explore your site more and see what else I can find. The tray is beautiful. It has been a long time since I’ve used ModPodge on anything. Looking forward to getting started!
Thanks for taking the time to pop by Amanda, I hope that you will find a little inspiration whilst you are here.
I have also been having a snootch about on your site too and really want to have a go at your gluten-free ice cream cake – looks delish! 🙂
What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Jenny 🙂
This is awesome. I never would have thought of redoing a tray like this. I love simple and easy to do projects. Thanks for the great directions!
Thanks Amy, yes I love easy projects too! With the kids, I don’t always have a lot of time for big complicated projects.
Beautiful tray design! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Brag About It!
This is so cute Sam! I love the pattern you added to it 🙂
Thanks, Susanne! Glad you like it:)
What a pretty tray… I like the blue in the design… great for use in the garden where blue doesn’t usually happen. 🙂
Yes, I like this colour blue too! I have been doing quite a few different home decor projects using this colour.
A great project that would get used lots in the summer, and I’ve just bought a brand new bottle of mod podge!! Pinned ?
Lianne | Makes, Bakes and Decor
Thanks Lianne, I love working with mod podge it’s so flexible and I am finding new ways to use it all the time.
I’d love to see your finished projects so be sure to tag me in. 🙂
Love this Sam! I have a couple of trays in need of a makeover, you’ve inspired me to move them up the project list ? Sue x via Creativity Unleashed
Hi Sue, Hope you are well! Yes, I was umming and aahing about what little DIY project to do next and my mum actually suggested doing tray makeover. They are pretty quick to do and always fun to have around the house 🙂