Handmade jewelry or trinket trays are a great gift idea, because not only are they incredibly useful, they’re also personal when you create them yourself. Here’s a simple project for using your favorite floral (or other) doodles to decorate a little ceramic tray. It’s perfect for moms, graduates, teachers, sisters, friends, and more. Take a look.
ceramic jewelry tray, any size/shape
alcohol-based markers (I used Tombow ABT PRO)
fine-tip black permanent marker (I used the finer end of the Tombow MONO Twin)
Mod Podge or other decoupage formula, your choice of finish
Doodle Everything book (optional)
Step 1: Draw your basic flower shapes and add shading.
I decided to draw tulips, so I drew two petals in the front and one behind. Here’s a quick step out of how to draw this type of flower.
I used a light pink marker to draw two of these tulip blooms, one large and one small, then drew a tiny bud. Then, I took a darker pink marker and added some shading, making the bottom part of the blooms darker than the tops.
Step 2: Draw stems and leaves.
With a green marker, add stems to each bloom, and draw leaves wherever you want to fill empty space. I used a second shade of green for a bit of shading.
Step 3: Outline your drawings in black permanent marker.
I like to do a loose outline, where I don’t worry about following my original shape exactly. I also trace around each shape twice to give that loose, hand-sketched appearance.
Feel free to draw as many flowers as you like, using a variety of colors, heights, and sizes. You can draw any style of flower, or anything else you like to doodle to make it truly personal.
Step 4: Seal with Mod Podge or other decoupage formula.
Paint a thin coat of Mod Podge on top of the entire tray to seal it. Let it dry completely, then your tray is ready to use and/or gift!
This is such a fun and easy project, and you can make each one totally unique depending on what you choose to draw. It makes a wonderful gift for any of the women in your life, and it will remind them of you each time they use it.
If you try this project, I’d love to see how yours turns out! Make sure you’re part of the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook Group so you can share your latest project photos and we can all be inspired. See you there!
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