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DIY Family Photo Tray

August 27, 2015

DIY Family Photo Tray - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

I think everyone loves to take professional family photos, but once it comes time to display them in your home people don't really know where to put them. You can only have so many photos of the same shoot before the gallery starts looking a lackluster. Even my wedding photo gallery is starting to get old.

So, to combat this phenomena, I like coming up with new ways to put those amazing portraits on display without taking up valuable wall space. That is where I came up with this family photo tray! It's super simple and a fun little surprise for guests to see when you bring out a tray full of drinks. So let's get into it!

DIY Family Photo Tray - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

Supplies:

  • wooden tray
  • lustre photo that fits the tray (ours was 11×14, but you may have to cut your photo to size)
  • white acrylic paint
  • 2 foam brushes
  • permanent glue
  • polycrylic

DIY Family Photo Tray - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

Start by giving your tray a couple coats of paint. We only went with two where you can still see the faint outlines of the wood grain. If you don't want to see the grain at all, I would do at least one more coat, if not two.

Once your paint dries, add glue to the bottom of the tray. Since it's wood and wood is porous, you're going to need a lot of strong glue. Once you place your picture down, let the glue dry for at least a half hour. Then, layer in a thick coat of polycrylic. You want to have a nice even layer, and make sure to pop any bubbles before it dries so you have a smooth finish. You can also use the 3D Magic like I used for this tray, but you'll need more that one tube (probably three).

DIY Family Photo Tray - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

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