A Star Spangled rustic tray is a great way to serve up guests for summer cookouts!
This is a sponsored post for DecoArt for whom I am a Core Blogger. As always, all ideas and opinions are 100% my own.
Do you know when you picture something in your head and when it comes to fruition it’s even better than you imagined?
That is this tray!
At this year’s Country Living Fair in Nashville I saw many amazing vintage and rustic items that I would have loved to own… if it weren’t for the price.
One of those things was a beautiful rustic serving tray that was basically a long piece of wood with handles and stained beautifully.
I knew I could make one!
And customize it for myself, of course.
I love patriotic projects so there was little doubt that I would incorporate that theme in my version of the serving tray.
wood board (7 1/2″ x 30″)
bamboo garden stakes
Americana Decor Color Stain in White, Navy, and Real Red (alternatively you can use paint and sealer)
2 drawer pulls (mine are from Hobby Lobby)
I was able to fit sixteen ~2″ x ~2″ stars on the vinyl
Firmly press the stars into place on the board.
Save the leftover vinyl.
You will need to use it soon.
I used a foam brush to apply 2 coats.
As with any other stain, rub with the grain.
They look like paint in the jars because of their thickness, and can be brushed on like a paint.
But they most definitely adhere like a stain.
It is this thickness that makes them great for stenciling on wood!
Regular stain is so thin that it just runs under a stencil.
But you can see how crisp the lines stay on the stars are when you remove the adhesive vinyl!
Cut the remaining negative stencils of the stars into squares and line them up over unpainted stars on the board.
Press firmly then apply 2 coats of the white stain.
You’ll find you have another perfect stencil job when you remove the adhesive vinyl.
I drilled some pilot holes for the screws and screwed them in.
The screws were a shiny silver and obviously not a good match for the look of my rustic handles so I decided to paint them.
I didn’t have a matching paint color on hand so I made one up by mixing Dazzling Metallics in Bright Brass and Black Pearl.
I could not be happier with how it turned out!
These will make great food labels when entertaining.
Wouldn’t they look great on a cheese platter served up on the rustic tray?
In the meantime, it will make a pretty amazing centerpiece on my rustic farmhouse table.
Now… what to stain next???
>> See where I party! <<
This post was originally shared June, 2016.