I had a few folks ask for a tutorial on the napkin/mod podge technique I showed in the last post.
Your wish is my command.
It really is very, very easy and when I’m done explaining you will shout:
“Honey! Come quick! David has found yet another way to glue stuff to wood!!!!!”
It’s a gift.
- Scrap Wood
- Napkins from the Dollar Store
- Matte Mod Podge (the pic shows Furniture Matte but the original MP Matte formula is just fine)
- Hard Coat Mod Podge
- Wood Stain
- Wood Glue (needed only if you’re making this particular tray)
- Clamps (see above parenthetical thought)
- Orbital Sander with 220 grit sandpaper (you could do it by hand if you don’t have the orbital)
First up I just stained the top edges and sides of my scrap wood and, once dry, gave them a light sanding to smooth things out just a bit. A certain amount of roughness is fine – even preferable – so don’t get too aggressive with the sanding.
While the stain was drying I separated the napkin layers (mine were 2-ply) – you want the thinnest possible version of your napkin.After trimming the napkin to fit the width of the board I laid down some Mod Podge and smoothed the napkin into place. Wrinkles are inevitable here and that’s fine – they just add to the final look in my opinion.Once the Mod Podge had really, thoroughly dried I went back in with my sander set at a fairly low speed.
The sanding will take away the edges and sand off a bit of the top of any wrinkle which gives a nice texture. It also allows just a bit of the wood grain to show through.
*Since there is no structure supporting the boards this is what you would call a “light duty” tray. For a sturdier version I would some kind of support on the bottom – either a backer made out of some thin sheet wood or perhaps just strips of wood screwed in place to give it a bit more strength.
You can see in this close up how a lot of the underlying stain gets sanded away but what remains leaves a cool looking, sorta burned edge where the napkin meets the wood. You can also see how any wrinkles get sanded down a bit and add to the texture.
In looking at the pics I think it might look good to extend the napkins over the sides of the outer edges just for a more completed look.
The only downside of this iteration is that while the wood strips are long and rectangular the napkins are square so there is some overlapping of the graphic. I either need to make smaller trays or find really huge napkins.
Using tissue paper rather than napkins would be a good work-around for the above issue.
And there you have it! Stuff! Glued to Wood!