We all know us crafters have a habit of squirrelling away used wrapping paper for our to-be- confirmed future projects – so here’s a good way to actually put those scraps to use. These florals (ours came from Rifle Paper Co mint floral gift wrap) look oh-so-elegant when anchored on a black background and framed with a gilded rim. Just the thing for serving up a trayful of cocktails this New Year’s Eve.
- Floral gift wrap
- Sharp scissors
- X-acto knife (optional)
- Decoupage medium in matte finish (we used Mod Podge)
- Flat paintbrush
- Gold leaf sheets
- Gilding adhesive
- Cotton gloves
- Stiff brush (such as a stencil brush)
Decoupage tray DIY
You Will Need
- Wrapping paper
Arrange the cut-outs on the surface of your tray. Concentrate on the larger floral elements for now – you can go back later and add additional layers if needed.
Typically, when decoupaging, decoupage medium is applied to the back of the paper cut-out. But when working with many delicate pieces, it’s easier to apply the decoupage medium to a small area of the tray and place the dry paper cut-out directly on top. Smooth out any air bubbles with fingers. Repeat with each cut-out.
If you have any large air bubbles, apply decoupage medium over the cut-out as well and use your fingers to push the bubbles out. It’s easier to work with the paper when it’s wet.
Once the major floral elements are in place, go back and add smaller elements, if needed. On this tray, extra leaves were added to the top right cut-out, as well as the left and right areas in the bottom section.
Cover the entire surface of the tray with decoupage medium. Allow it to dry fully, then repeat with a second coat.
When the tray is fully dry, apply gilding adhesive around the rim of the tray and let it dry until tacky (usually 20-30 minutes, depending on the brand).
Wearing cotton gloves, press the sheet of gold leaf around the edge of the tray. It will cling to the tacky adhesive. If it doesn’t grab onto it immediately, it means the adhesive isn’t ready and needs to dry longer.
Brush the excess gold leaf away using a stiff brush, until just the rim is covered. Any bare spots can be left as is, or touched up using additional adhesive (dabbed on with a brush) and more gold leaf. Don’t throw away the leftover flakes – store them in a container to use later.
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Suzonne is a freelance craft editor, providing content to a variety of national magazines. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and young son, and when not crafting professionally she’s usually in her studio making paper flowers. Read her blog or follow her on Instagram, @suzonnestirling.