I happened to come across this large red and white polka dot serving tray for $34.50 from Vitrine.com. Honestly, if you knew how many round birch laminate serving trays I've picked up throughout the years at Goodwill, you may think I'm a kook. Enough about collection addiction issues. This is a super easy DIY functional project you can start today, finish tomorrow and use on Saturday night. Here's how to make a knock off version of these.
(I'm thinking cafeteria tray here)
Step by Step
Go to Goodwill or Salvation Army and pick up a large wooden tray, round, square, rectangle or organically shaped. Buy a few to make for friends.
- Sandpaper or pad
- white spray primer
- white satin finish spray paint
- Red or blue glossy enamel paint sampler (that's all you need)
- drinking glass or small plate with a 3" diameter
Here's what you do:
- Roughen up the finish, wipe off dust
- Spray with primer, let dry
- Spray with white satin finish spray paint, let dry
- Trace around the circle template forming rows and columns of barely touching circles
- Carefully paint the red circles while listening to some good music, let dry
- Put on an extra coat of red paint, where needed, let dry
- Sign the back of the tray
- Cover the entire thing with a high gloss sealer.
- Load up with yummy appetizers for an end of the summer party.