By General Crafts Contributor Michelle
Save those tea wrappers, and make a tea themed tray with which to serve tea. This is recycling at it’s prettiest!
- Walnut Hollow Wood Serving Tray 15 x 11 x 2 1/4 in.
- Tea Bag Wrappers
- Plaid Mod Podge 8 oz. Dishwasher Safe Gloss
- 1-inch, Flat Paintbrush
- Acrylic Craft Paints
To begin, cut the sides, top, and bottom off your your tea bag wrappers, so you’re left with only the front and back rectangles. Put the decorated top rectangles in a pile. Cut each top rectangle piece in half.
Apply Mod Podge to a small area of the inside of the tray, and stick down your first rectangle. Apply more Mod Podge, and add another rectangle, overlapping slightly. Keep applying the rectangles until you get to the edge, trimming the papers as necessary to fit at the edge. Keep making rows until you’ve covered the inside of the tray.
To further embellish your tray, cut a design from one of the leftover pieces of tea wrapper, and apply with Mod Podge so the shiny foil side it up. To finish the inside of the tray, apply several coats of Mod Podge all over the tea bag layer, letting each layer dry (according to the directions on the bottle) between coats.
Paint the rest of the tray with acrylic craft paint however you desire. Let dry.
Apply one coat of Mod Podge all over the painted wood, if desired, to further waterproof your tray.
Now, put the kettle on, and get ready to serve some tea using your pretty new tray!