I’ve had this tray for months, waiting to decide what to do with it.
I did have some regular PVA glue, so I decided to use that.
Anyway, it still looks funky! I sealed the top with a coat of acrylic gloss spray varnish and it was done.
I love the look of Chinese cloisonné, and I figured with a little bit of paint and a gold paint pen I could come up with a cloisonné design for the box.
Firstly I painted it black.
Once it was dry I scribbled a floral design on it with a white pencil.
Some lace doilies… the top one is an odd shape….I’m thinking maybe an antimacassar?
This rosy vintage tray that looks perfect in my kitchen!!!
Merlin apparently approves of it.
Next was making it into a cushion. I wasn’t sure exactly how to do this given the stiff backing it was made from, but Google is always my friend. The key tip I gleaned was to tack the fabric to the backing before running it through the sewing machine. It worked like a treat.
I used a piece of cream wool felting my mum gave me at Christmas to make a back for this cushion. I simply hemmed two pieces to recreate the “envelope” method I usually use for cushions, then sewed it to the tapestry. Trimmed the edges, turned it back inside out and stuck a cushion insert into it.
OMG I love it!