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I was looking for something I could Mod Podge for this month’s project and came across a little tray I had picked up ages ago from a bargain website. It was cute, but it definitely could use a little POP to make it shine. However, it was a metal tray, which I’d never tried mod podging anything to before. But guess what? You can absolutely use Mod Podge to stick fabric to metal and it’s the easiest thing in the world! Check out the tutorial below to find out how.
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Mod Podge Metal Tray Materials
– Fabric marker or pen (I just used a washable marker)
Take your fabric pen or washable marker and trace around the bottom of your tray. I flipped my fabric over to the backside before tracing so any errant ink marks wouldn’t show.
Taking a pair of scissors, cut around the tracing you just made. Place in the bottom of your tray to check for fit. If the fabric is still a little big, trim around the edges with your scissors until you get the perfect fit!
Coat the bottom of your tray with a light layer of the matte Mod Podge using a paintbrush. You don’t want it too thick or else the fabric will get all squishy, but you want enough to make sure your fabric really sticks. Lay your fabric carefully over the Mod Podge and press down firmly.
Once you have your fabric pressed firmly onto the bottom of the tray, it’s time to add Mod Podge to the top to seal it and provide a semi-waterproof barrier. Lightly brush a layer of Mod Podge over your piece of fabric, paying special attention to the edges. Don’t worry if it looks white and streaky, it will dry even and clear!
And there you have it! Easy as pie. You can easily Mod Podge fabric to just about anything, including metal (!), simply and easily. I just love the pop of visual interest the fabric adds to my otherwise boring tray!
The surface is slightly hard, but still allows the grain of the fabric to show through. Since Mod Podge is sturdy and semi-water resistant when dry, I feel comfortable putting drinks on this tray and using it to carry beverages around at parties.
Love the modern gray and white Swiss cross pattern paired with the bright yellow metal – such a fun and modern combo! You also get a peek at our recently made over kitchen – check out the gorgeous reveal HERE!
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SO cute! LOVE the colours Erica!!!
Thanks so much, Kristi! Nothing’s cheerier than bright sunny yellow 🙂
Oh my gosh, this little tray is adorable, Erica! And it looks SO good in your remodeled kitchen! I love it!
Thanks so much, Bre! I can’t stop staring at my lovely, improved kitchen 🙂
Love the yellow tray and that fabric is perfect, Erica! And your kitchen looks amazing too!
Thank you so much, Kendra!!
Such a cool idea! Love the tray and your kitchen looks amazing!
Thanks so much, Amy! 🙂
Loving this color combo!! Such a fun idea!
Thanks, Bre! It’s definitely bright and fun!
So cute!!! I love the bright and happy yellow, and that fabric!!!! I actually have a very similar teal tray that could use a little fabric love! <3
Oh nice! You should totally give it some fabric lovin’! I love how it gives my tray a firmer and less slippy surface to set drinks and things on!
What?! I had no idea you could mod podge fabric to metal. SO cool! The tray is adorable and it looks amazing in your gorgeous kitchen!
I had no idea either before trying it, but it stuck that fabric on there real good! Thanks so much, Sarah 🙂
Is there a reason to use matte instead of another type of Mod Podge? I’d rather not buy every kind, it I want it to work! I will be decorating a metal lunch box to become my son’s pencil box for school. I also have a thermos that I want to recover. Thanks for your tutorial and advice!