Thankful Tray

By: Candie Cooper  (To see more crafts from Candie check out her blog, Candie Cooper’s Journal)

I’ve been thinking about this tray for a long time.  I picked it up at the craft store for $5.  I wanted to make it personal so it could be displayed or functional.  It’s a wonderful gift or family treasure.  Plus you can adapt this for birthday wishes, Christmas memories and more.

You will need:  A tray (or other surface), Folk Art paint in desired colors, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, scissors, permanent marker, blank paper, and paint brushes.  I made this tray over two days so give yourself a few hours to create it.

I opted for some metallic Folk Art paints because they are my favorite (but any Folk Art paint will work)!  You’ll also need a jar or cup and some wood beads. Here’s why:

Add a squirt of paint with a teaspoon of water to dilute slightly.  Drop the beads in the jar and roll around to mix and coat.  Pull the beads from the jar with a plastic fork and drop on the tray.

Now roll them around and around and around.  This is really fun and I think kids love watching the trail of paint behind each bead.  Allow this layer to dry.  You can use a hair dryer to speed drying time.

I used Metallic peridot, copper and gold.  You may want to stop here, it’s so pretty!

Grab some blank paper and have family members recall words and memories centered around your theme.  Here you can see mine is Thanksgiving.  It’s fun to hear everyone’s ideas and let the kids doodle the words down on paper.

Cut the words out.  Lay the words on scrapbook paper and cut around, leaving a small border.  With all the neat scrapbook paper, you can find pictures and other words to add.

Lay out all of the words and pieces on the tray.  Use Mod Podge to attach them to the tray.

Add a striped border to the tray with a flat paint brush.

Ta da!  Now all we have to do is wait for a slice of left over pumpkin pie and mug of cocoa!  Wishing you a very warm and safe Thanksgiving!


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