If you can't afford to hire a butler, the next best thing is a personalized tray, suitable for breakfast in bed, tea by the fire or a late-night snack. You can use any image on paper: Think gift wrap, stamps, children's art, photos, postcards, ticket stubs, you name it. The process can be simple cut-and-paste, the kindergarten kind. Or you can have yourself a daring little craft project with glazing, decoupage and a faux crackle finish.
What You'll Need:
Unfinished wood tray from a crafts store or unfinished furniture store
Catalogs, magazines, photo prints, postcards and anything else you can find to cut up
Optional for sealing: 3/16" glass from the glass store, cut to fit your tray, plus clear sealant with applicator tip
Optional for finishes: Translucent glaze (such as Glaze Vernis) in a color that complements the cutouts you've selected, plus a rag; decoupage finish (such as Royal Coat), crackle mediums and antiquing medium or faux finish crackling kit (all from Plaid Enterprises, at craft stores or check out plaidonline.com)
What to Do:
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