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For breakfast in bed, a cup of coffee in the sun or dinner in front of the TV, a tray is the essential accessory. It is decorated "home" with three times nothing: paint and patterns cut out of paper towels. A small DIY accessible to the youngest and a good idea to keep them busy during the school holidays.

Decorate a wooden tray with paper towels

Practical advice

If the painting of the border (green light) 'drool', two solutions:
- immediately wipe the burrs with a damp cloth;
- place on the edges masking strips (in GSB). Glue them on a fluffy cloth to prevent excessive adhesion from scuffing the paint on takeoff.
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The creative hobby departments offer raw wood decks ready to paint and a whole range of paintings in small containers as well as many accessories to personalize the objects. A wide choice for budding artists.

Embezzlement of paper towels

Cutting patterns in paper towels is the decorative choice chosen in our report.

The craze for this practice has given rise to a fabulous expansion of patterns, from the simplest to the most complex. Its combination with paints and varnishes of various colors (Pébéo, Lefranc and Bourgeois, etc.) gives this plate (about 10 € at Rougier & Plé) a very personal decorative touch.
The graphics of the pattern, dandelions, is sober (3.5 € per pack). The choice of turquoise blue and light green ("matte appearance deco" to 2 or 3 € the pot), direct recovery of the colors of the napkin, determines the objective: to play on their aspect acidulated and fresh.

Preparation of the tray

  • Sanding the tray with a very fine abrasive (00) allows a thorough cleaning and better penetration of the paint.
  • Another possibility is the abrasive pads on foam, perfect for reaching the re-entrant angles to the corners.
  • The dedusting is then essential to promote the adhesion of the paint and the final aesthetics.
Trick : After dusting, wipe with a clean, slightly damp cloth to loosen the remaining dust.
The peculiarity of this type of paint is that it dries very quickly (about an hour), which reduces the waiting between layers.
Brushes brushes flat (n° s 10 and 20), not too broad but relatively rigid, are well adapted because they make it possible to be used directly in the pot (these paints are ready for use, without dilution) and to stretch them easily in cross passes, according to the classical method.

Cutting patterns in napkins

  • Cutting the patterns and separating the layers of the napkin require sharpened scissors, and perhaps the use of tweezers for a neat job.
  • Primordial too, the gluing of the matte varnish paper (3 to 4 € the pot), to stretch well from the center of the pattern to the outside.
  • The varnish must be applied in a thin layer to avoid oversize and possible deformation of an excessively moistened product pattern.
  • As for the final varnish (3 to 4 € per pot), it will only be brighter and more resistant to sponges if, between the two layers, is inserted a slight sanding.
  • The brushes are cleaned with water in a few seconds.
  • Wait for the tray to dry completely (24 hours) before enjoying. So, patience!

Material needed for this collage of towels

Material for the glued paper towel technique

  • two brushes brush (a thin and a thick),
  • two pots of turquoise and light green paint,
  • two types of varnish (a matte and a gloss),
  • scissors,
  • paper towels.

Sand the tray

Sanding the tray

  • With a very fine abrasive (00), completely sand the tray: top, bottom, as well as the songs.
  • Dust thoroughly, insisting on the corners.

Paint the tray

Preparation of the tray: painting of the background

Apply a first layer of turquoise paint over the entire surface of the tray in crossed and "pulled" layers.
Leave to dry for one hour before renewing the operation.

Cut out the chosen motifs in the towel

Cutting paper towels

  • Cut out the chosen motifs in the napkin.
  • The cut must be frank: it must be very careful, the paper is fragile, it sometimes escapes under the scissors and frays.

Isolate the pattern of the towel

Pattern identification of paper towels

  • The napkin consists of three sheets of paper.
  • Separate them delicately, so as to keep only the one where the pattern is printed, as small as it is.

Paste the grounds on the board

Collage of towels

  • Place the patterns on the board and glue them to the matt lacquer applied in thin layer with a fine brush.
  • Operate from inside the pattern outward to avoid bubbles, creases and tears.

Paint the top border of the board

Painting of the board

  • Pass two layers of light green over the top edge of the edge with the fine brush brush, without overflowing.
  • Put the brush at 45°, and paint by pulling it from the outside towards you.

Varnish the tray

Opening of the tray

  • First coat the whole tray with the well-drawn gloss varnish.
  • Allow to dry 24 hours, and after a light sanding and dusting, repeat the operation.


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