I’m always looking for ways to make things over.
I found a lovely white melamine tray for 50% off at Jo-Ann fabrics recently, and while I loved it, it was a little plain. I also found a few packages of adorable paper napkins for 50% off, and thought I’d try out mod-podging them to the tray.
I’ve never mod-podged paper napkins before, so it was definetely a learning experience- but I love the way it turned out!
First off, I have to apologize for the lack of pictures of the process- I accidentally deleted them (waaahhh, waaahhh). I promise it is a super easy tutorial to understand though, so you shouldn’t miss them too much.
First, you need to separate the two plys from your paper napkin if it is 2-ply. This is SUPER critical to not have a completely gooey, wrinkled wreck.
I simply rolled the napkin in between my fingers for a second to loosen the layers and then slowly peeled the white bottom ply off. It is really easy with decorative napkins.
Next, give your tray a good, healthy layer of mod podge. Really slather that baby up! I just painted it on with a paintbrush so it was even.
Here’s the tricky part: lay down your napkin onto the tray as close to how you’d like the final placement as possible. Because paper napkins are so thin, they wrinkle a LOT when you move them. If you have a bigger napkin than area, no worries, place it down and you can trim any excess paper off with an x-acto knife when it is dry.
After dry, add another layer of mod podge to the top to seal. It is best to add this layer on with a paintbrush so you don’t tear the thin paper.
You can leave the tray like this, or finish it with a layer of resin. I kept mine as-is, so that I can change it up later.
If you soak this overnight in warm soapy water, the paper and mod-podge comes off. (So go for that resin coat if you’d like it to be permanent or dishwasher safe).
Here’s a closeup of the texture of the paper napkins when dry. I LOVE the tiny wrinkles, it looks so cool! This is a perfect tray for serving tea at a little girl’s tea party, don’t you think?
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