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Stenciled Metal Tray

By: Dear Creatives
August 26, 2015

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Stenciled Metal Tray
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Create this stenciled metal tray and use it for a place to put your keys, jewelry, or little notes to yourself!

Items needed:

  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Coral Blush
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Antique Gold
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • Americana Decou-Page Papers - Paisley Punch
  • Americana "Traditional Medallion" Stencil
  • Metal Tray
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Stencil Tape
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Mini Clothes Pins
  • Scissors
  • Wax Paper


Gather all your supplies. You will need to give your project two coats of paint. Let the coats of paint dry before giving a second coat.

Instruction #1 - metal tray and Americana Acrylic Paint
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Paint tray handles with antique gold and let dry.

Instruction #2 - Painting tray handles with gold
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Next use the Mint Julep Green for the inside of the tray.

Instruction #3 - Painting mint julep green onto tray
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It's normal to see a layer of metal under first coat. The second coat will take care of giving your project full coverage. Drying in between coats is fast!

Instruction #4 - First coat of Americana Coral Blush
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Let tray dry completely and your ready to personalize it with stencils.

I cut my stencil to fit inside the tray. Make sure to stay away from the stencil cut out. I used the Antique Gold and Coral Blush for the stenciling. I used a small stencil brush that was dry. Hold down stencil while you work on the sections. Be sure not to move it around. You can use stencil tape! Tape stencil down to hold it in place on the outside of stencil! Note: You should still hold areas down that you are working on. 

Instruction #6 - Stencil Cut to fit inside tray and painted
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Next carefully take off stencil and wipe stencil off. Lay down stencil centered on other side and repeat steps one more time.

Instruction #7 - Close up of Stenciling
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If you decided to cover the back of your box vs. painting this is a great solution. Cut paper to fit. (note touch up of paint areas are the last thing to do on project) Prior to applying paper I painted the coral to cover  the edge with mint and let it dry! I didn't want that coral peaking through.

Instruction #8 - Cut Decou-Page papers
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Follow directions on Decou-Page glue. It's easy. Soap & water clean up! Let dry!

Instruction #9 - decou-page paper applied  1
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When your done you can use sealer or leave it. Use it for jewelry, pencils, keys....

I decided to use mine for daily affirmations and positive thoughts. I cut out these saying from a scrapbook and added mini paper clips. There are even some where you can write your own reminders in.

Instruction #11 - Final Image of Painted Tray 3
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Instruction #12 - Finished 1
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Be sure to visit Dear Creatives  for more projects and to learn more about Theresa.


I love this part. I'm also working on a tray product and this was very inspiring for me. It's really great!


May 23, 2022

Thanks, Samberly! It is pretty! We would love to see your creation when you are done!


May 25, 2022

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