This Painted Vintage Tin craft tray project is a an awesome hostess gift you can make for anyone who loves to collect all things vintage. I always come across great pieces of inexpensive painted vintage tin at flea markets, yard sales, and antique shops. These scrap pieces or pieces that are not in the best shape are perfect for this simple serving tray. You can also use painted vintage tin cans.
You can make this Painted Vintage Tin Tray any shape or size to fit your own needs. You should be able to make this entire Painted Vintage Tin tray craft project in less than 2 hours and should spend about $20. You might be able to make it for less if you have some of the vintage tin materials around the house.
To make this Painted Vintage Tin Tray Craft Projection Will Need:
Painted Vintage Tin or Tin Cans
Picture Frame Molding
Plexi Glass (cut to your size)
Cabinet Handles 2)
Miter Saw (iotnal0
1 inch finishing nails
Paint (Your choice of color)
The first step is to decide what size you want your Painted Vintage Tin Tray to be. I think that 12″X18″ is a great size, so that is the dimensions I will be using in this project. You could also make this project in a circle, square, triangle, or any rectangular dimensions you like though!
Now, you can have your board cut to size at the home improvement store or cut it yourself. You could also use an old cabinet door for this project and leave off the picture frame trim.
Use a miter saw to cut your picture molding to fit each for the four sides. You will want each piece to have a 90 degree angle cut so they can fit together like a frame. If you do not have a miter saw you could buy a simple picture frame and have your wood board cut to the same size. Use one inch finishing nails to attach the wood frame or picture frame molding to the board either way.
Now, I like to prime the entire piece out in a good quality primer. Once this dries you can paint your tray any color you wish. I recommend using milk paint or a high gloss paint for added durability. You can skip this painting step f you intend to cover every bit of surface with the vintage tin pieces.
Next, use your tin snips to cut your vintage tin pieces into different sizes.
Now, use your tacks to attach them to the board. You can randomly place the vintage tin pieces, over lap them, or even space them out.
Keep repeating until you cover the entire tray.
Now, spray on a coat of clear acrylic spray paint. Let this dry overnight. You can add up to three coats. This will protect your vintage tin pieces from rusting if any water or condensation comes in contact with them.
Place your plexi glass over the top of your Painted Vintage Tin Tray. Use a black marker to make two dots where your handle holes need to be. Mark them on the tray board as well. Drill though the plexi glass to make these holes. Drill through the picture frame molding on either side of the Painted Vintage Tin Tray where you would like to place your handle. Drill all the way though because you will be putting your screws into the handles from the back.
Now you are finished! You can use your Painted Vintage Tin Tray to serve up some yummy cocktails or give it a as great homemade hostess gift!