Easy gift idea, ahoy! I've been seeing unfinished wood trays at Michael's and JoAnn for a few years, and I finally bought a couple of them last week. One I'm keeping for myself (to wrangle some of the crap on my desk), and the other is being given as a Christmas gift. Since I don't want to ruin the surprise for anybody, I'll break down how I made this one:
Not only was this super easy, but you can do it for about $10 (maaaybe $15 if you have to buy everything).
an unfinished wood tray
paint (I used leftover ceiling paint)
paint brushes (I used foam)
newspaper or a drop cloth (unless you're splatter-proof)
Just an FYI, if you're not looking for a specific tray size, check out Michael's first. They appear to only carry one size, but it's the largest I came across and it's only $3.99. JoAnn has two sizes, but at $5.99 for a smaller version, and $6.99 for the same size Michael's had.
What to do:
First, I dry-brushed some white paint on there. I didn't worry about making it perfect, and I let a little bit of the wood show through. Of course, if you want to go for full coverage or try spray paint instead, do your thing. To save time and paint, you don't need to do the tray bottom itself, since that's where the paper will go.
Next, while the paint is drying, cut your paper to the correct size.
Then, starting at one end and working toward the other, paint a strip of mod podge onto the tray and smooth the paper over top of it. If you try to put the whole piece of paper down at once, you'll end up in air bubble city. Save yourself the headache and just do it bit by bit. I wasn't too fussed with making mine super smooth (since I was going for a slightly distressed look) but if you want yours totally flat, try smoothing it with the edge of a credit card or a ruler.
Finally, after the mod podge under the paper is dry, paint a layer of it on top. Wait for it to dry. Boom! You're done!
What have you been crafting lately? Do you plan to make any of your holiday gifts?