Vintage French Inspired Display Tray

Vintage French Inspired Display Tray
Vintage French Inspired Display Tray
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Turn something ordinary into something beautiful like this Vintage French Inspired Display Tray. You could use this DIY tray as a centerpiece for a tea party or as a statement piece on your wedding day. You could paint your tray to match your wedding colors or the decor in your home. There are endless table decor ideas, but no table will be complete without a personalized tray. Wow your guests with your hosting and crafting skills and bring out this tray whenever someone visits.

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniqueWood Crafts



Materials List

  • Natural wooden tray sized 6" x 8.6"
  • Acrylic paint in the following colors: white and watermelon
  • Windsor Kaisercraft CS880 clear stamp
  • Micia clear stamp border pattern
  • 3.2" high stencil of the Eiffel Tower
  • 3.1" high stencil with a French motif
  • Micia Old Hand black dye ink pad
  • Clear acrylic block
  • Artline 210 Fineliner black pen
  • Rolkem gold dusting powder
  • Paint brush
  • Fine-grit sanding paper
  • Quick-drying matte spray varnish
  • Soft cloth


How to Make a Display Tray

  1. Mix the white and watermelon paint into a soft pink. Add an uneven wash to the wood and allow to dry thoroughly. Do not paint the outer bottom of the tray. Lightly sand the painted areas of the tray, so that the paint will have a smooth appearance. Wipe the tray with the soft cloth before continuing with the next step.

  2. Use the paint brush to add a watermelon border all around the edges of the tray.

  3. Use white paint and the paint brush to add the stencil design of the Eiffel Tower to the bottom left corner of the tray. Carefully lift the stencil and allow the design to dry thoroughly.

  4. Clean the paint brush. Now use the watermelon paint and the paint brush to add the stencil design of the French motif to the top right corner of the tray. Carefully lift the stencil and allow to dry.

  5. Press the clear stamp image of the butterflies and the French text onto the acrylic block, cover it with the black ink, and transfer it to the top of the tray. Repeat the stamped image in the bottom of the tray.

  6. Link the stamped images with a stamped border pattern.

  7. Use the Artliner pen to draw a stitched pattern all along the watermelon borders.

  8. Use the paint brush and the gold dusting powder to add a gold shimmer to the edges and inner bottom of the tray. Do not add any gold dusting powder to the outsides of the tray.

  9. Spray the tray with the varnish and allow to dry thoroughly.

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Loved this vintage French painted tray. I don't know where I could get a wooden tray like this one but I do have a plastic one. I'll look for one in dollar stores.

This tray is so gorgeous! I'm not very crafty, but I think I could handle this.


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