This is a very simple project I'm wrapping up tonight!
It's a small cocktail tray.
Pre-made plain wooden tray (I got mine at Jo-Ann Etc. on sale for $6.99)
"Cocktail" Graphic -- or any image you love (I pulled an old beer council advertisement out of a women's magazine from 1949)
Paint (I chose the color to compliment the picture -- the brick red of the apartment buildings in the background).
Polyeurothane or Acrylic sealer.
Step by Step:
I painted and lightly sanded the tray. I trimmed the graphic so it would fit as perfectly as I could get it on the base of the tray.
Then I mod podged the bottom of the tray. If I were to do this again I would put the mod pidge on the graphic itself to reduce rippling.
I then mod podged my heart out on top of the graphic, waiting 15 minutes between each of the five coats. I *lightly* sanded it (400# wet paper) and then added a layer of acrylic sealer. Currently, I'm polyeuro-ing the whole darn tray, including the graphic:
And that's it!