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Photo-Covered Tray

Create a decoupage serving tray or lazy Susan personalized with your family photos.

Lazy Susan covered with photo collage

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Scissors
  • 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper
  • Plastic or felt pads (optional)
  • Printer paper


  • 1 x 18 pine round, #1016 (2 for turntable)
  • Minwax Polycrylic clear finish
  • 6-in lazy Susan, #383402 (turntable only)

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We’ll show how to create this project as a serving tray. If you would like to turn it into a lazy Susan, buy an additional pine round and the turntable swivel hardware plus any additional paint you may want for the bottom pine round. Then follow the instructions on how to assemble a serving turntable.

Step 1

Photocopy family photos in black and white or color in sizes from 3 inches to 9 inches wide or tall. Cut them to rough size.

Good to Know

You’ll later apply Polycrylic to the surface of the photos, so test them now with a coat of finish to make sure the ink won’t smear. If it does, use a different printer or paper.

Step 2

Sand the faces and edges of the pine round until it’s smooth; wipe clean. Lay the photos on the pine round until all of the bare wood is covered on the top and sides. Carefully lift the photos off the pine round while keeping them in order.

Step 3

Beginning with the bottom images, brush a coat of Polycrylic on the pine round where the photo will go. Lay the image on the finish, force out any bubbles by hand, and coat the top of the paper with more finish. Repeat for the remaining bottom images and begin filling gaps with photos.

Good to Know

To help the paper bend around the edges of the wood, first cut notches in the overhanging paper and press the strips into the Polycrylic finish brushed around the edge.

Step 4

After the finish on the paper dries, add a second coat of finish for added protection. If desired, add felt or plastic pads to the bottom of the tray to hold it off the table surface.