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March Madness Basketball Party Tray

Serving drinks and snacks is more fun when you serve them on your very own mini basketball court!

march madness basketball court serving tray final product

Photography: Taylor Grayson Photo

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This idea comes from our friend Ashley Lloyd of Let's Mingle. The basketball-themed party tray served drinks and snacks as part of her March Madness party.

materials

  • Acrylic serving tray
  • Foam brush
  • Mod podge
  • Clear epoxy glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Plastic straw
  • Optional: Packaging tape

steps

  1. Download and print the basketball court clip-art. The file is sized at 11x17, so if you don't have access to a printer that can printer larger files, take is to your local copy store and have them print it for you.
    march madness basketball court serving tray step 1
  2. Trace the outline of your tray onto the basketball court sheet. Cut out using your scissors, ensuring that the print fits securely into your tray. Cut out any excess until you have a snug fit.
    march madness basketball court serving tray step 2
  3. Using your foam brush, apply a generous layer of modge podge onto the bottom inside of your tray.
    march madness basketball court serving tray step 3
  4. Place your basketball court clip-art onto the modge podge and smooth out gently, ensuring there are no lumps or creases. Also make sure to press down all edges and sides firmly so that it is completely sealed; allow to dry.
    march madness basketball court serving tray step 4
  5. Using your foam brush, add a layer of mod podge onto the top of your basketball court sheet. If you get any modge podge onto the sides of your tray, clean it off with a wet paper towel or cloth before it dries. Allow the mod podge to dry completely and then repeat the process again, adding a second layer. Allow to dry completely before moving onto the next step.
    march madness basketball court serving tray step 6
  6. If your tray has open edges, use packaging tape to seal them before adding the epoxy to the tray.
    march madness basketball court serving tray step 7
  7. Follow the directions on your package of epoxy to mix. Once mixed, pour into your tray in an even layer.
    march madness basketball court serving tray step 8
  8. Using a piece of stiff paper or cardboard (I used a piece from the epoxy box!), spread the epoxy out so that it is smooth and even, with no holes in coverage.
    march madness basketball court serving tray step 9
  9. Allow your epoxy layer to dry for 15 minutes, and then using a straw, gently blow over the top of the epoxy layer, to clear and bubbles. (Tip: This trick will make your epoxy layer look crystal-clear!)
    march madness basketball court serving tray step 10
  10. Store your tray in a flat and secure area and allow to dry for 24-48 hours before use.

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