How to stencil on wood a decorative tray

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How to stencil on wood a decorative tray?

I bought this wooden tray from Ikea. I have been wanting to use it on the side table. So, I came up with this tutorial. I have painted the tray a bold color on the outside and stenciled it inside with harlequin pattern. A very simple project that looks elegant and fresh for any space in the house.

Stencils are popular for painting walls and floors on larger scale but that doesn’t mean stencils are not useful for smaller projects. Learn how to stencil on wood and make creative projects on wooden surfaces.

how to stencilOne of the most enjoyed and refreshing craft for me is stenciling. You can stencil paint almost anything with great perfection and beauty. Previously, I had stenciled a magnetic board to display family pictures. It came out very well.

How to stencil on wood?

Today, I am sharing a simple and modern refashion. A quick new look for an IKEA wooden tray. Just as quick as 1,2,3.

Wooden decorative tray


Spray paint the sides. (I placed paper on the tray’s surface to keep it save from paint.)


Stick the stencil on the surface of the tray. Use stencil adhesive spray and paint.

Make sure you dab the brush in a napkin to remove the excess of paint. Dab the paint on stencil at right angel 90° not sideways. When it’s dry. Apply a layer or two of mod podge to seal and protect it.

how to stencil on wood paint decorative tray

This is what you get.

how to stencil on wood with acrylic paint

I wanted it to match my living room. And still be neutral. Which lead to!

stencils and paint on wood tray


Finally, paint the sides of the tray a different color. A bold color!

make wood stenciled tray DIY tutorial

Want to stencil a project of your own. You can find stencils in many different patterns and designs. Trellis Stencil Harlequin Thank you Cutting Edge for the stencil.

how to stencil DIY tutorial

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  1. Catrin says:

    Oh I have that exact same tray. I love what you did with it. The stencil is great.
    Greetings from Germany

  2. Highland Monkey's says:

    Thanks for the tuorial. You can do wonders with a plain old tray, just takes a bit of imagination.

  3. twelve-O-eight says:

    This is really cool, I love the black and white with a pop of color around it. Love!

    Tanya 🙂

  4. Christine says:

    This is GREAT Hani!!! I want it!!

    Now, I hope you are planning on sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! Please!!

    1. Christine says:

      Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  5. Sonya Sosa says:

    Super Cute! great way of transforming any ordinary tray. Me like!

  6. Kara at Petals to Picots says:

    Great project, Hani!

  7. Debbie {Visual Eye Candy} says:

    Love it, I have an obsession with anything stenciled!

  8. Jackie says:

    love this ! such a simple, yet fabulous way to make over your tray !! 🙂 saw you on positvely splendid. 🙂

  9. Maria says:

    What a pretty tray, love the stenciling!

  10. Katie says:

    Love your easy tray revamp! I've been dieing to try out some of these new stencils. By the way I shared your project on Sew Woodsy today!

  11. Natalia Lynn says:

    It looks so pretty, I love it! What a great idea

  12. Six Sisters says:

    Love the colors are great! That turned out AWESOME! Thanks for linking up with us on “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

  13. Betsy @ Romance on a Dime says:

    Love it!! I especially love the splash of color on the sides!!

    I'm so glad you shared this at Romance on a dime. I'm pinning this!

  14. ToSewWith Love says:

    I love its simplicity. It turned out so lovely! we are featuring this today, by the way. Have a fab weekend!


  15. DebbieDoesCreations says:

    Loving it! I am going to do my first stencil project this week 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday 🙂

  16. very merry vintage style says:

    Great tutorial. It's really pretty!

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