We have a couple of those lap trays with the polystyrene balls underneath that I totally destroyed with spilt acetone and other crafting abuses. Following the success of my Winged Eyeliner stencilled make-up tray, I decided to give our two lap trays a wee make over using scraps from other projects.
Coastal Blue Paint
I used Coastal Blue Milk Paint from favourite brand General Finishes. It's a deep midnight shade that I thought would go excellently with copper. I bought it to upcycle a funky heaxagonal drinks cabinet I found on gumtree, but figured I'd give the paint a quick whirl on these trays first. It's a no prime, hard wearing formula, but as it's such a dark colour, the first coat might look ropey - don't worry though it all comes good on the second /third coats.
Liberty of London Fabric
I'm addicted to the glorious world of Liberty prints. I picked up some of this gorgeous fabric in Mandors fabric shop in Glasgow and it's been waiting patiently for me to put it to good use. I plan to make some fabric applique cushions with the fabric, but haven't managed to get around to that just yet. For the trays, I just used my staple gun to attach the fabric all the way round the edges.
Freebie Copper Vinyl
The fabric pattern reminds me very much of mountain scapes and our holiday to Iceland last year, so I decided to cut some geometric style mountain graphics using my trustee Silhouette Cameo from vinyl. The kind guys at MDP Supplies in Falkirk gifted me this copper vinyl as it was an end of roll and always tripping them up. What a score, I absolutely love it!!
The Finished Product
The only problem now is that I don't want to use these trays in fear of wrecking them!
I'd love to hear from you. If you have a cameo too, do you use it to upcycle? Which tray design do you prefer?
Blog about craft, design and interiors. Includes DIY tutorials for gifts and the home, often using my trustee Silhouette Cameo.