I was knocked out of So You Think You’re Crafty just before the Dollar Store round, but I still made my craft for that week. So here it is!
I’m one of those people that only sees junk when I head to the dollar store, so this was quite a challenge. Wandering around aimlessly, I spotted a plain white melamine platter/tray. This could solve the frustrations I’ve had with having to walk in and out the backdoor a million times whenever we decide to barbecue or eat outside.
So what could I do with an ugly, cheap-looking melamine tray? We were given a lovely platter years ago (maybe an engagement present?). I love the simple blue design, but don’t have anything to match it (and the pattern is no longer in stock). I’m not much of a painter, but I thought the design was simple enough for me to try.
Acrylic paint doesn’t adhere to melamine (I did a quick check to be sure), and I didn’t want to buy glass paint that I’d probably never use again. An experiment with tacky craft glue and acrylic paint produced adhered well to the melamine and created a nice puffy, glossy, non-slip surface that I wanted for the platter. The result: a fun tray that matches what I already own for next to nothing that certainly doesn’t look cheap!
See the full tutorial here!