Supplies- Unfinished tray (available at craft stores)- Halloween paper of choice- Sand paper or sanding block (fine grit)- Primer or acrylic craft sealer- Acrylic craft paints- Decoupage medium- Foam brush- Artist brushes
1. Lightly sand the tray and wipe with a damp cloth. (You may skip this step, however, I notice that little blurs appear when I don’t sand an unfinished wood piece.) Prime or seal the tray.
2. Paint the tray with acrylic paints of your choice. The paper I used is just a little too narrow, so I chose a color that would blend in with the background. Allow the paint to dry.
3. Cut paper to size. For best results, use a paper cutter or a straight edge and an X-acto® knife. Using a foam brush, apply decoupage medium to the bottom panel of the tray; once it’s tacky, apply the paper. Apply a topcoat of decoupage medium, smoothing out any air bubbles. Allow to dry completely.
4. Decorate the outside of the tray as desired. For this look, I cut out a few of the designs from the paper and used the decoupage medium to apply them to the tray. (Note: This piece is not food safe. Always use a plate to serve food from this tray.)