Trays can be a surprisingly underrated accessory, to give yourself a stylish way to bring your guests their tea or coffee. And what can be more satisfying then getting asked where it came from, only to reveal you made it yourself? We've spoken to Ebony Bizys, who has given us a stunning tutorial to make your own from her book Hello Tokyo.
There’s nothing nicer than treating a guest to morning coffee on a cute tray, adorned with a simple bloom in a miniature vase.
You will need
1 Cover the tray with stickers, making sure to press down on the edges of each sticker so that they are firmly in place and no paint will be able to seep under the edges. I’ve used jumbo dot stickers, but you could also use smaller dot stickers for a different effect. You could also experiment with masking tape, masking off different shapes and areas or creating stripes or zigzag patterns.
2 Use multi-surface paint to cover the whole surface of the tray. Make sure not to add too much water to the brush, which might cause the paint to thin and seep underneath the stickers. Allow the paint to dry with the stickers in place.
3 Slowly and carefully peel off the dot stickers. Use the tip of a craft knife to gently lift the edges, if needed.
4 Apply a coat of clear varnish and allow it to dry overnight, then the tray will be ready to use. Yay!
Point: Make sure stickers are firmly in place before painting.
Tutorial courtesy of: Hello Tokyo by Ebony Bizys (Murdoch Books, £14.99). Photography by BOCO.