How to Use Napkins to Decoupage a Tray - Get The Look For Less

This tray was originally dark brown, dirty and had some kind of floral applique on it. It was a $3 thrift find. It was sturdy. It was so ugly, but I knew that a little elbow grease and paint could make a world of difference. 

My inspiration for this tray came from a Pinterest post showing similar trays for $186. Can you believe that price? 

After cleaning the tray, I painted it using Waverly Inspirations Chalk Paint, Ultra Matte White. 

Once the paint dried, I used blue and white floral paper napkins to cover the inside of the tray. The process, called "decoupage" is simple.

The napkins were an Amazon purchase that I used previously on several other projects, including a decoupage pumpkin and Easter egg.

How to Decoupage

First, tear several strips of fabric or paper.  Apply glue or paste (I used Mod Podge), to the flat surface inside the tray. Cover the tray with those strips of paper.

Finally, give the napkin-covered surface a generous coating of Mod Podge. 

One of the great things about Mod Podge is that it dries clear, so it's very forgiving.  


I sealed the entire project with a coating of  Clear Enamel Spray Paint. This is what I call "the look for less"!

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