Home Seasonal How to Make A Serving Tray

Ciao!    Today I’m excited to show you how to use your favorite fabric to make a fabulous serving tray.  Trust me, everyone will be asking where you got your one of a kind tray!


  • Wood Tray
  • Paint
  • Fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • Pour On Resin

Step one:  If your tray is unfinished like mine, paint it.  If you have a tray you want to recycle you might opt to leave it as is.

step one

Step two:  Measure and cut the fabric to fit inside the tray.

dried mod podge

Step three:  Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the tray.  Smooth the fabric on top and cover it with another layer of Mod Podge.

wet mod podge

Step four:  After it has dried, seal the fabric again with Mod Podge.  It’s critical to seal the fabric because the resin will stain unfinished  fabric and leave unsightly splotches on the fabric.  I usually seal my fabric three times to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

cured resin

Step five:  Once the fabric is dry, mix the resin according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  The product I use requires me to mix equal parts of each of the two solutions.  Pour the resin over the fabric.

DIY tray

You will likely have air bubbles in the resin.  You can easily remove these with a heat tool.  I like to use my heat embossing tool to quickly pop the bubbles.  Be careful not to overheat the resin.

Once it dries, the resin has a beautiful glass-like finish.  It is waterproof and permanent.  This would make a lovely gift, especially if you paired it with matching napkins or place mats.  A coordinating table runner would look awesome, too.  What fabric will you use in your DIY tray?

Tray final

Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at morenascorner.com. She loves to share ideas for projects that are fast, frugal, and fabulous: easy on time and money, and great to look at! She especially enjoys upcycling thrifted items and making dollar store finds look like expensive knock offs. Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom. Make sure to swing by and check out Morena’s Corner!
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