DIY {gingiber tray}

11.15gingiber-01The cutest gift wrap arrived in my mailbox from Gingiber

11.15gingiber-02…only I was not intending to use it as gift wrap. I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to use it, but I had three sheets with lots of potential. My favorite paper was the little deer print. I opted to decorate a basic wood tray with it. I use trays all the time and my girls love to play with them.


  • Wood tray
  • Gift Wrap SheetsΒ  – mine are from Gingiber
  • Chalk Paint
  • Creme wax (for chalk paint)
  • DecoupageΒ  Spray adhesive (you’ll see…just read the post)
  • Matte finish spray sealer

11.15gingiber-03I began by painting the edges of my tray with chalk paint. If you have never used chalk paint, it might get lumpy and really thick after sitting for a while (left picture). The great thing about chalk paint is all you have to do is add a little water and stir it good. I do not add water to my paint container. Instead, I use a separate container for mixing the paint and water.11.15gingiber-04After the paint dries, I added a layer of wax…this gives it a really smooth, hard coating.11.15gingiber-06Buff the wax…11.15gingiber-07And now for how my plan failed. My original idea was to use the deer print. I added decoupage to the tray and spread it in a very thin layer. THIN so that my paper wouldn’t wrinkle. I gently added the paper…and wrinkles! I had to pull the paper off. Bummer. I had enough of the same paper to try again. Next, I sprayed the tray with spray adhesive and added the paper. Once it was dry, I added decoupage to the top of the paper…WRINKLES AGAIN. Major bummer. I was out of deer paper with nothing cute to show for it.11.15gingiber-08Thankfully, I still had the other two prints. I cut a piece of the fox print and put it up high, so kids and pets could not reach it. Next, I covered the painted portion of the tray in tape. I used spray adhesive to adhere the paper and a matte finish spray sealer to seal the top. Lots of thin coats. No wrinkles. Victory.11.15gingiber-10And what was supposed to be a cute little deer tray is a cute little fox tray..11.15gingiber-1211.15gingiber-14Also….^^^^new kitchen sink! I’ll post more photos of that later.

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  • Southern Gal - Cute project! I hate the deer print didn’t work. It took me forevah to find the fox in the fox print. πŸ˜‰

  • Caroline - Hi Ashley,
    Is there any special reason you use chalk paint instead of normal paint? Especially since you painted wax over?
    Does it make a difference to just use normal paint?

    Would love to know!

    Thanks!! πŸ˜‰

  • Windie D - thank you for sharing the mistake! so many times we read blogs and how to’s and then we go to try something and it fails! It’s nice to read that people who share crafts also make mistakes πŸ˜€

    This paper is adorable, btw! i will have to check out that site!

  • Jess - Great tip on the wrinkles. That can be so frustrating! Also – I was glad you told me it was “fox paper” — for some reason my eye focuses on the tan section with green leaves and all I can see is an abstract peacock or ostrich lol (I see the fox now)

  • Jeanne - What a thoughtful, honest, fun post…love all the trials, tribulations! Your end result is super cute.

  • Jenny B. - I’m glad I’m not the only one with crafting failures! πŸ˜‰ I’m excited about your new sink! It looks really nice with your countertops and backsplash. Can’t wait to see more!

  • Teresa Edwards - Where do you buy the cute wooden tray? Love this idea…….thank you!

  • Laura - Did you put the decoupage on the tray and the back of the paper and then go over the top of the paper? Wet to dry will cause wrinkles . Stick with the brand you used, mod lodge is a real pain.