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Serving Tray


  • Leaf template
  • Tray with four sides
  • Glass cut to fit inside bottom of tray
  • Adhesive stencil film
  • Craft knife
  • Acrylic paint (dark gray)
  • Gilding size
  • Paintbrush
  • Patent silver leaf
  • Gilding brush


  1. Step 1

    Download and print leaf template, enlarging to desired size to fit tray.

  2. Step 2

    Remove backing from adhesive stencil film and smooth onto underside of glass.

  3. Step 3

    Place template on a flat surface and place glass over template, film side up. Following the template through the glass, cut the leaf shapes into the stencil film with a craft knife. Remove the film from inside the leaf shapes.

  4. Step 4

    Paint two coats of paint over the stencil, letting dry between coats. Remove stencil from glass.

  5. Step 5

    Paint entire underside (painted side) of glass with gilding size. 
(Note: Size will be milky when applied and turn clear as it sets and becomes tacky.)

  6. Step 6

    Apply patent silver leaf over size, and use a soft brush to remove excess leaf.

  7. Step 7

    Place glass in tray.

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2012


Reviews (1)

  • lapms 22 Feb, 2012

    Nice project. Too bad we can't print these instructions and recipes any more.