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Upcycled Picture Frame Tray

Transform a simple photo frame into a monochromatic tray to serve drinks to your guests this spring and summer. Add a beautiful mandala pattern to your tray for extra beauty and charm.

This project features these great brands:

  • FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint Logo

At a Glance:

Project #15965 Skill Level: Intermediate

Plaid Supplies

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Licorice, 2 oz. - 2934

Number Needed: 1 $1.99
Item not for sale on Plaid Online.

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Wicker White, 2 oz. - 2894

Number Needed: 1 $1.99
Item not for sale on Plaid Online.

Folkart ® Brush Sets - Artist Variety Set, 10 pc. - 50536

Number Needed: 1 $8.99
Item not for sale on Plaid Online.

Other Supplies

  • Old picture frame
  • ¼” Plywood (picture frame will determine the size)
  • Different size dowels
  • Toothpick
  • New pencil eraser
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Computer printout
  • Transfer paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Measuring tape
  • Craft glue
  • 2 Drawer handles
  • Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper


  1. Remove the glass and glass holders from frame.  Remove any staples. 
  2. Fill any holes made by the staples or screws with wood filler.  Allow to dry and then sand.
  3. Paint the frame Licorice. 
  4. Paint the slats with Wicker White.
  5. Transfer pattern on one side of tray and mirror it onto the other side using the same pattern and matching up the center.
  6. Paint the mandala with Licorice using the liner brush, stylus, the end of dowels, toothpick and the end of a new pencil eraser.
  7.  Drill the holes for the handles.  Attach handle to the ends.


Related Resources

FolkArt Formula Guide

FolkArt Formula Guide

Crafting a new surface? Learn which FolkArt paint works best!

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FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint Frequently Asked Questions

FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint Frequently Asked Questions

Most commonly asked questions about FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint.

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Related FAQs

Yes, the fabric painted mixture (1 part FolkArt Textile Medium – 2 parts FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint), can be thinned with water to create detail linework. It can also be “spritzed” onto fabric using a clean pump spray bottle.
Yes, it is UV and weather resistant and can be used both indoors on curtains, glassware and wood as well as outdoors on terra cotta and garden signs.
Yes, painted glassware can be safely washed by hand and are top shelf dishwasher safe without chipping, cracking or fading. Do not soak in water.
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