I’m one of those people that only sees junk when I head to the dollar store, so this was quite a challenge. Wandering around aimlessly, I spotted a plain white melamine platter/tray. This could solve the frustrations I’ve had with walking in and out the backdoor a million times whenever we decide to barbecue or eat outside.
So what could I do with an ugly, cheap-looking melamine tray? We were given a lovely platter years ago (maybe an engagement present?). I love the simple blue design, but don’t have anything to match it (and the pattern is no longer in stock). I’m not much of a painter, but I thought the design was simple enough for me to try.
Butcher’s paper (or thin paper for tracing)
Acrylic Paint (I used two shades of blue)
Tacky Craft Glue
Small snap-lock bags
Here’s the serving platter that I used as my inspiration:
(I’m not the most artistic and there were a few whoopsies!)Mix together a big blob of craft glue with a smaller blob of acrylic paint – sorry this isn’t very precise, but here’s what it looked like (I used two different blue paints to get the shade I wanted):
(Not perfect, but a reasonable effort!)
Freezing the mixture made it more like puffy paint and gave a 3D effect. I left the paint to dry overnight.
The next day, I mixed up some more paint-glue mixture, gave an extra coat on the outside of the tray and painted over the remainder of the sketch, filling in some of the piped sections. (I didn’t freeze and pipe this time as I wanted the different heights to give a textured look.)
How about a barbecue this weekend?