Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois
Sometimes, we fall in love with a certain patterned fabric and want to use it for absolutely everything. And we’re feeling the love right now for “Midnight Florals” by Alethea and Ruth, the crafting possibilities are endless with this pretty floral print—pillows, pouches, totes, trays… First up for us is this super simple fabric-lined wood tray. Your fave fabric, scissors, and Mod Podge are all you need to dress up a plain wood tray and make it unique. It’s perfect to use this summer for backyard picnics and barbecues, or as a coffee-table accent for books and a vase of flowers.
Click through for the easy step-by-step instructions…
• Fabric (we used “Midnight Florals” by Alethea and Ruth)
• Wood tray (mine is from the Target craft section; dimensions: 12 in x 16 in)
• Mod Podge
• Scissors (or rotary cutter)
1. Measure the inside of the tray; mark your measurements on the backside of your fabric and cut to size using scissors or a rotary cutter. Be sure to check the accuracy of your cut by placing the fabric in the tray before applying glue. Trim if necessary.
2. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the bottom of the tray with a brush.
3. Carefully affix fabric, starting in one corner and slowly working outwards. Use the flat edge of a bone folder or a credit card to press out any air bubbles.
4. Use the pointed end of a bone folder to move the fabric to the corners. If you have excess fabric on edges you can trim using a sharp X-acto knife tool (once dry).
5. Once the glue is dry, apply a top coat of Mod Podge; let dry. If you want, add a few coats of dishwasher-safe Mod Podge to help seal the tray (however, I would not recommend putting this tray in the dishwasher)! I applied the top coat to all sides of the tray.
6. Enjoy your pretty new tray this summer!
Photos: Sara Albers