I made this outdoor serving tray for the DecoArt blog over a year ago. It has held up so well and has been so useful around our home that I thought I would share it here today. I am a part of the DecoArt design team however all projects and opinions are my own. Are you ready to make your own version of this outdoor serving tray? I promise it is not as hard as it looks!
Supplies need to make an outdoor serving tray:
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- Americana Decou-Page Matte
- Patio Paint Desert Turquoise
- Fabric (your choice however mine comes from Fabric.com)
- Sponge Roller (optional)
- Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast
- Craft knife
- Straight edge
My large wood tray actually came from the thrift store. Any tray will do in any size you like. I painted the top of the tray with the patio paint in desert turquoise. The sides and bottom where already black. The patio paint adds extra durability for this project for outdoors. Allow the paint to fully dry and cure before continuing.
I then grabbed my Americana Decoupage and got to work with the fabric. The fabric is cut slightly larger than the bottom of my tray. I had that sponge roller in my crafting supplies and it will make the job go a little quicker but is not required. A brush will also work fine. I think a straight edge helps you smooth your fabric. An old credit card will do the job here as well.
Apply the decoupage to the bottom of the tray in an even coat and apply your fabric. Press down with a straight edge or old credit card smoothing the fabric and eliminating any wrinkles. Press all the way to the corners of the tray. Keep any pattern on your material as straight as possible.
Now use a craft knife along with your straight edge and trim the excess fabric around the edges. Press with the straight edge or credit card and cut along the line with your craft knife. Continue all the way around the tray. Allow the decoupage to dry completely on this step before continuing.
Apply an even coat of decoupage on top of your fabric. This will seal the fabric for the epoxy layer we are going to add. Allow this to dry at least overnight.
I used Amazing Clear Cast Resin on my project. There are a variety of two part casting resins on the market and any of those will work. You just need to follow the package directions of the brand you choose. Working with resins can be intimidating but it is very simple. Following directions is key. Mix very well and according to the package directions. Always set a timer and mix according to the times on the package. Once mixed to the package directions, just pour into your tray and spread to all of the edges. A flame can be used after pouring to pop bubbles on the surface of your resin. I use a standard lighter that has a long arm and wave it over the surface.
This layer will have to cure for at least 24 hours. Do not touch the surface while it is curing. The epoxy layer gives the look of glass to your finished project. Plus it will protect your fabric lined tray from any damage. This epoxy has kept my outdoor serving tray looking good for an entire year and I leave it on my porch! I can’t wait to see how many more years I can get out of it.
Now would anyone like some sweet tea? I am serving up drinks and snacks on the porch with my outdoor serving tray. Make your own version by following these instructions. Just be sure to invite me over!
I am compensated as part of the DecoArt design team however all projects and opinions are my own.