Patio Painted DIY Tray

Patio Painted DIY Tray
Patio Painted DIY Tray
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This summer, let this Patio Painted DIY Tray help you bring out your sweet homemade lemonade, cheese and crackers to your back deck. This bold and bright colored tray is the perfect touch to your patio table. This painted detail adds a mosaic and glass stone look to the tray, but it's all paint! Take your average wooden tray to the next level with just the swipe of a paintbrush. If you can paint tiny squares, then you'll have no problem making this DIY tray. 

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteWeekend project


Primary TechniquePainting



Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Wicker White, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Engine Red, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Pure Orange, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Maple Syrup, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Cobalt, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Calypso Sky, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Light Blue, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Lemon Custard, 2 oz.
  • 1/2” flat brush
  • 1” flat brush
  • #8 flat brush
  • Liner brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Tracing paper
  • Transfer paper
  • Pencil


  1. Basecoat bottom of tray with Wicker White and side of tray with Cobalt. Let dry.

  2. Dry brush Maple Syrup over Wicker White. Let dry.

  3. Transfer pattern of sun to tray.

  4. Using a 1/2” flat brush, make short square brush strokes to create faux mosaic tile look. Starting in the center of sun, use Lemon Custard, next to Lemon Custard is the Pure Orange and then Engine Red. For the rays of the sun, start with Lemon Custard then Pure Orange and end with Engine Red.

  5. For the outside of sun, start at the edge of tray next to the sides and paint Cobalt first then Calypso Sky and lastly Light Blue closest to the sun. Let dry and then highlight each tile Wicker White using the #8 flat brush.

  6. Lightly distress the sides of tray with sandpaper.

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