Any serving tray or dish quickly becomes a candy tray when covered with store-bought or homemade Christmas candies, but you can add a little extra oomph to your holiday table by crafting a special tray for this purpose. Design your serving tray using colors from your Christmas-decorating theme or your favorite candies.
Snowflake Serving Tray
Cut snowflake shapes from adhesive shelf-liner paper. Peel away the paper backing and press the snowflake onto a serving tray with a smooth surface. You can also use Christmas-themed cookie cutters to trace and cut out shapes from the paper. Another option is to use a handheld decorative hole punch.
Decoupage Serving Tray
Attach Christmas candy wrappers to a plain serving tray with a decoupage medium. Apply the decoupage medium to the back of each wrapper and the tray before smoothing the wrapper into place. Add extra embellishment with glitter, sequins or craft rhinestones. Once you are satisfied with your design, cover the entire surface with several coats of decoupage medium to protect the wrappers and create a smooth surface. You can also use Christmas wrapping paper, origami paper or Christmas shapes cut from construction paper.
Instead of decorating a store-bought tray, you can build the tray with pieces of torn paper. Spray a plate or bowl with nonstick cooking spray to prevent your decoupage serving tray from sticking. Rip or cut pieces of heavy construction in your desired colors and arrange them to completely cover the surface of the dish. Apply a coat of decoupage medium and allow it to dry. Repeat the process to build three to four layers of paper sandwiched together with decoupage medium. When the serving tray is dry, gently peel it away from the dish and cover the inside and outside with several layers of decoupage medium until the tray is firm.
Candy Foot Serving Tray
Add feet to any candy tray using real hard candies coated with clear acrylic spray. The acrylic coating prevents the candy from becoming sticky when exposed to water. Choose candies with flat sides, such as round peppermint or butterscotch candies. Coat the candies with the spray and allow them to dry. Place one candy under each corner of the tray or stack several candies at each corner for a higher tray. Glue additional acrylic-coated candies to the top of the tray for added direction using a decoupage medium or permanent craft glue.
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