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Mosaic Sun Tray

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Summertime is the perfect time of year to celebrate and spend time with our loved ones outside. This simple summer craft will show you how to make the perfect tray for days just like this, when entertaining company is key. Follow this simple summer craft tutorial to create your own Mosaic Sun Tray. This tray is the perfect craft for warm days outside, when you need to serve drinks in a hurry. Take the time to create something as pretty as the weather this summer, and follow this summer craft.



  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Wicker White, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Engine Red, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Pure Orange, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Maple Syrup, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Cobalt, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Calypso Sky, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Light Blue, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Lemon Custard, 2 oz.
  • 1/2” flat brush
  • 1” flat brush
  • #8 flat brush
  • Liner brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Tracing paper
  • Transfer paper
  • Pencil


  1. Basecoat bottom of tray with Wicker White and side of tray with Cobalt. Let dry.
  2. Dry brush Maple Syrup over Wicker White. Let dry.
  3. Transfer pattern of sun to tray.
  4. Using a 1/2” flat brush, make short square brush strokes to create faux mosaic tile look. Starting in the center of sun, use Lemon Custard, next to Lemon Custard is the Pure Orange and then Engine Red. For the rays of the sun, start with Lemon Custard then Pure Orange and end with Engine Red.
  5. For the outside of sun, start at the edge of tray next to the sides and paint Cobalt first then Calypso Sky and lastly Light Blue closest to the sun. Let dry and then highlight each tile Wicker White using the #8 flat brush.
  6. Lightly distress the sides of tray with sandpaper.

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Who knew you could make something so beautiful yourself. This definitely looks like something I'd find at my favorite home goods stores. Glad to know I can make one myself. This is a great use of mosaics!


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