I had a busy day yesterday, but managed to find an hour to sort out my 'made and ready to go' cupboard. I make bears in 'batches, so I found lots of little bears ready to go! All I have to do now is to find the time to upload them to Etsy!!
I also gave my tea trays a final coat of sealing varnish. I took the idea for these trays from a full size tray my dad made me some years ago, which he made from backing board, beading, brass cupboard handles and a piece of wallpaper. You would never know its wallpaper once varnished! It sits happily in my kitchen.
Mini Tray making;
Materials needed are;
- whitewood trays
- pretty dolls house wallpaper or a favourite design printed from your computer
- Wood stain
- non-yellowing clear wood varnish
- Firstly, stain the trays with a coloured wood dye of your choice. I don't stain where the paper is going because if I use a light paper it shows through and spoils the colour.
- Once dry, carefully cut out your paper and apply a light layer of pva glue to the paper. Stick down.
- Leave an hour to dry completely, then apply a thin layer of non-yellowing clear varnish all over the tray. Leave to dry for an hour.
- Finally, apply another layer of the varnish to the papered area only to complete the seal. Tip. If you use a tiled paper and apply a final layer of gloss varnish to the paper, it should take on the appearance of 'real' tiles.
And there you have a pretty tray for your kitchen, too :0) You can also make 'hot' pot stands like this, just cut a square of thin wood and use a larger print.