It seems every Christmas I get a gift of assorted nuts decoratively arranged in a tray. The trays are inexpensive and wood. Perfect opportunity for a spurt of creativity!
These trays are made of really rough wood and need a good sanding. I opted to do all the decorative stuff before sanding. I just splashed paint onto the tray with a 1 1/2" paint brush, going both with and against the grain and not trying to get good coverage.
I decided to add a fleur de lis design to the center of the tray so I printed out a design I found online and traced over the top of it onto the tray. Then I used a Sharpie to fill in the outline on the tray,
I decided the design was too small for the tray, so I embellished it with the word Paris and some extra laurel leaves drawn on free-hand with a Sharpie (I traced around the edge of a plastic lid to get the quarter circle right). Then I sanded the whole tray. I added some flecks of white paint for good measure.
Now it works for me!
Have a great week!