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After School Tray

By: The Designers of Deco Art

Serve those after-school snacks on an extra-special tray, painted and decorated with scrapbook paper.

After School Snack Tray


  • Americana Brush DBF3008-B - Shader 8
  • Americana Brush DBF2575-B - Flat 3/4"
  • Multi-Purpose Sealer DS17 - Multi-Purpose Sealer
  • DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamels DAG265 - Tuscan Red
  • DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamels DAG201 - Primary Yellow
  • DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamels DAG67 - Black
  • Foam plate
  • Aleene's Quick-Dry Tacky Glue
  • Two 12" X 12" sheets school theme scrapbook papers (We used Provo Craft 42-5192, School Patchwork, and Black Gingham 14381 by Making Memories.)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Hair dryer
  • Unfinished wood tray: EHI EDH11914/LG



  1. Cut scrapbook paper strips as desired to fit bottom of tray (10 1/2" x 13 3/4" area).
  2. Use flat brush to paint inner sides of tray Primary Yellow; let dry.
  3. With flat brush, paint outer sides of tray Tuscan Red and let dry.
  4. Use shader brush and Black to paint top edges of tray and handle openings; let dry.
  5. Spread thin, even coat of tacky glue on base of tray with flat brush. Attach strips of paper, smoothing out any wrinkles. Let glue dry.
  6. Apply thin coat of Multi-Purpose Sealer over paper with flat brush; use hair dryer to speed drying process. Apply two more coats of sealer, allowing to dry after each coat.


  1. Remove all labels or tags from surfaces before painting.
  2. A hair dryer on low heat setting can be used to speed drying of glue and prevent wrinkling of paper.
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Hi there, My advice would be to paint the tray - that way you don't have to worry about wrinkles. However, if you make sure to get rid of air bubbles and don't rush the project, you should be able to create a fantastic decoupaged tray. Whatever you choose, I'm sure it will be great. Thanks! - Julia from FaveCrafts

Can anyone please help. I am decoupaging a large tray for my daughter. I have painted the whole tray in black and would like to use wrapping paper in black and white stripes to decoupage two thirds of the base of the tray. On the other one third I would like to use black and white polka dots BUT because the tray is large I am afraid the paper will wrinkle. Should I rather paint to black and white stripes and the polka dots instead of using paper. If so what would be the best way to do the polka dots? Any advice would be very much appreciated.


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