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How to make your own summer drinks tray

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Summer is popular for entertaining and it's nice to serve your guests in style. 

Show off your creative flair with an upcycled drinks tray like this one. Choose colours that suit your glassware or other table decorations.

Upcycle a drinks tray
An upcycled drinks tray

You will need


  1. Using a ruler, mask up lines on the tray ready to paint.
  2. Roughly sand the tray to provide a ‘key’ for the paint. Place the masking tape in the desired pattern over the tray and into the interior.
  3. Use the Resene testpots to paint over the areas you would like to see colour. Our colours are Resene Niagara, Resene Reservoir and Resene Zircon.
  4. Peel off the tape before it dries. 

Supplies you will need

Step 1

Step 2

Top tip:  If your tray is in poor condition, apply a basecoat to the entire tray first, before applying your design using Resene testpots.

Project by Nikki Astwood, 2020.

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Colours shown on this website are a representation only. Please refer to the actual paint or product sample. Resene colour charts, testpots and samples are available for ordering online.   See measurements/conversions for more details on how electronic colour values are achieved.