DIY Pearlized Summer Serving Tray

Have you ever used Mod Podge? When I was recently given the opportunity to try out Plaid Mod Podge for a post, I said yes fast. It sounded like fun, and being a total Mod Podge virgin, I was psyched to give it a try. When the overflowing package of Mod Podge arrived, I was blown away. And maybe a little overwhelmed.

Immediately, I decided that I wanted to make a serving tray that would be perfect for summer nights. Something that I could put a few wine glasses and a good wine on to serve. When I located this square one, I knew it was absolutely perfect.

Though I was going for a serene look, I chose a vibrant green and a whimsical scrapbook paper to decorate the tray. The vibrancy was key so that the color would show through the pearlized glaze.

Start by painting the whole tray all over (note: I painted all visible surfaces — but not the bottom. It took two coats to get it just right.

Next, I used Mod Podge ® Wash Out For Kids to affix the scrapbook paper to the tray. One thin coat was all it needed to stick.

Then I painted over the paper with two thin coats of the Mod Podge ® Wash Out For Kids.

Finally, I spray it with several coats of Mod Podge ® Pearlized Glaze Acrylic Sealer until the colors were dulled and pearlized to my satisfaction.

I adore the end result. And the Mod Podge? Well, let’s just say I am officially obsessed. I can’t wait to make more fun crafts with Mod Podge this summer. These products are available at craft stores including Michael’s.

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DIY Pearlized Summer Serving Tray

What you need:

  • 1 square serving tray (about 12×12)
  • 1 acrylic craft paint
  • 1 paint brush
  • 1 12×12 piece scrapbooking paper
  • 1 foam brush
  • Mod Podge ® Wash Out For Kids
  • Mod Podge ® Pearlized Glaze Acrylic Sealer


  1. Set up your crafting area — put newspaper down on the table to protect it (or unfold new garbage bags there).
  2. Pour some craft paint onto a disposable plate and use the brush to paint the serving tray all over. You may want to add several coats to ensure that its well coated and vibrant.
  3. Once the paint is dry, make sure the scrapbook paper will fit onto the tray. Trim, if necessary.
  4. Using the foam brush, spread a thin layer of Mod Podge ® Wash Out For Kids all over the area where you’ll be adding the scrapbook paper. Once it’s all coated, gently place the scrapbook paper there, taking care to position it carefully to avoid bubbles. Let it dry for about an hour.
  5. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge ® Wash Out For Kids over the scrapbook paper. Wait 30 minutes and apply a second coat. Let dry completely.
  6. Set the tray on newspaper in a well-ventilated, cool, dry place. Spray all over with Mod Podge ® Pearlized Glaze Acrylic Sealer, per package directions. Continue to add coats about every 10 minutes until desired effect is achieved.
  7. Let cure per package directions.
  8. Create stylized quotes on your computer using the quotes you selected and print them out.
  9. Cut out the quotes — cut them in squares, approximately the size you will need for the frame.
  10. Cut the cardboard/heavy stock paper to fit the opening(s) in the farm. My three across frame used one continuous piece of stock paper. Glue the quotes to the cardboard/heavy stock paper where they will be seen through the glass in the frame.
  11. Fit the cardboard/heavy stock paper into the frame. Close it up. Enjoy!

Disclosure:I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.



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