November 7, 2012
With the holidays upon us, this is a lot of people’s favorite time of year. There are so many crafts you can create that are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. This picture frame tray is a good example of a delightful and creative craft. Christina from Christina’s Adventures made this tray. There is bit of a story behind this creation, Christina was one of the millions affected by Hurricane Sandy. Luckily she is ok, and while without power, she was able to create this project using items she found around her home. In addition to supplies she found around her home, Christina used several products from the Martha Stewart craft line. To learn how to make this for yourself click here.
August 7, 2012
An all year round surface that is great to craft on is a tray. Trays can be used throughout the year, during any season. You can design them to be as creative and unique as you would like. Take this squiggle tray designed by Kindra Boroff. This tray has a modern vibe to it, from the colors and the squiggly lines used. There is a special tool from Plaid that was able to create these squiggles. The specialty tool used is a fine tip bottle topper. This tool allows you to create lines by placing a top onto your FolkArt acrylic paints. How cool is that? Try out this tool when creating this tray. Below you will find all the supplies you will need and the instructions.
FolkArt Acrylic Paint- 2561 Steel Gray
FolkArt Shiny Paint- 2710 Calypso Sky, 2700 Wicker White, 2715 Licorice
Mod Podge-CS11220 8oz Outdoor Mod Podge
FolkArt Sealer-861 Outdoor Gloss
Plaid Tools-30772 Fine Tip Tops
- Base-coat the tray with Calypso Sky. Paint the bottom of the tray and edges with Licorice.
- Base-coat the canvas with Steel Gray.
- Using the tip tops, squiggle the Wicker White onto the canvas. Allow to dry. Repeat with Licorice.
- Mod Podge the painted canvas piece to the bottom of the tray. Apply a top coat. When completely dry add a few coats of the gloss sealer to the entire tray.
June 28, 2012
Trays are a great surface to craft on. Normally when you find trays in stores they are in a solid color with little to no designs on them. Well now you can take your lackluster tray and transform it into something fantastic. Check out this summertime tray created using FolkArt acrylic paints. Our Plaid design team made this beginner level craft project, which will take about an hour to complete. Create this tray, and use it while lounging around your pool, or relaxing on your porch. Enjoy!
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Pumpkin, 2 oz.
- Simply ® Stencils – Value Packs – Classic Collections
- FolkArt ® Artists Pigments™ – Aqua, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Dark Hydrangea, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Hot Pink, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Wicker White, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Licorice, 2 oz.
Fine grit sandpaper
Unfinished wooden tray
- Base-coat the tray with a wash of Dark Hydrangea using the foam brush. Allow to dry.
- Tape off a 9-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ square. Rub the candle wax within the taped off area. Paint the inside with Aqua. Allow to dry.
- To form the Pumpkin border, tape off 1-1/2″ from the sides and 1-3/8″ from the top and bottom of aqua square . Paint border with Pumpkin. Allow to dry. Using the sandpaper, start removing some to the paint from the Pumpkin border and the Aqua center.
- Rub more wax onto the Aqua and the add the stencil in the center using Hot Pink. Allow to dry. Sand over the stencil ornament to remove some paint.
- Using the pattern provided, transfer to tray using transfer paper and paint “SUMMER TIME” in Licorice using the liner brush. Allow to dry and then add Wicker White highlights. Add Licorice scrolls to the Pumpkin border. Outline all parts as shown in photo.
- Rub wax on the sides of tray and then paint Pumpkin. Allow to dry. Rub some of the paint off and then add Licorice scrolls using the liner brush.
November 23, 2011
By: Candie Cooper (To see more crafts from Candie check out her blog, Candie Cooper’s Journal)
I’ve been thinking about this tray for a long time. I picked it up at the craft store for $5. I wanted to make it personal so it could be displayed or functional. It’s a wonderful gift or family treasure. Plus you can adapt this for birthday wishes, Christmas memories and more.
You will need: A tray (or other surface), Folk Art paint in desired colors, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, scissors, permanent marker, blank paper, and paint brushes. I made this tray over two days so give yourself a few hours to create it.
I opted for some metallic Folk Art paints because they are my favorite (but any Folk Art paint will work)! You’ll also need a jar or cup and some wood beads. Here’s why:
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