Paper Ferns Resin Serving Tray DIY

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Paper Ferns Resin Serving Tray DIY
I love the trendy tropical vibe right now, it makes me dream of days on a sandy beach with palm trees and bright blue skies.  I'll have to settle for breakfast in bed with this tropical tray.  This tray is easy to make and uses my favorite medium, resin!
Makes a great handmade gift too!  Perfect for serving a mother's day or father's day breakfast in bed!
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Supplies needed:
Bamboo Serving Tray
Envirotex Lite High Gloss Resin

Paper in shades of green
Ultra Seal
Cricut Explore Air 2 machine
White paint/paintbrush
Gloves, cups and sticks for preparing the resin
Begin by painting the inside of the serving tray in white.
While the tray dries, cut leafy ferns in 3 shades of green paper.
There should be enough ferns and fronds to fill the tray.
Then use a straight edge and cutter to make straight lines on the leaves.
These will fit snugly in the edges of the tray.
Once they are cut and fit on the tray, coat the bottom of the tray with Ultra Seal, then put the leaves on top and coat the top with more Ultra Seal.  It may bubble up slightly.  Don't panic.  Let it dry completely.
Now prepare your work surface for working with the resin.  I love Environtex Lite Pour-on High Gloss Finish!  It turns anything you make into a professional piece!
Mix the resin according to the package directions.
Then pour directly onto the tray, right in the center.
Tilt the tray slightly to get the resin to coat the entire base of the tray.  Let it sit for 20 minutes.  Then use a butane torch or a heat gun to pop any of the bubbles that have formed.  Then cover with a piece of cardboard and let it cure overnight.
Once the tray no longer smells like resin, it's ready to use!
Fill it with yummy breakfast, or use as a work surface when sitting at the couch.  Lots of ways to enjoy this fun tropical tray.
I love how it turned out!  If you haven't used resin yet, give it a try!
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