I was visiting Brooklyn Limestone the other day to download some of her paint can labels for an organizing project we are about to tackle. While there I looked at some of her completed computer art projects.
One of them was wall art she created with copies of her passport. That gave me a great idea. I, too, have some old passports lying around, but instead of making copies of the pages, I decided to use the real mccoy (should that be McCoy?!?). I had an old tray that needed a cosmetic overhaul, and so, one thing lead to another. I gave the tray a face lift by decoupaging the old passport pages onto it.
Take a look.
To make a cute and updated tray, all I needed was my scissors and an old passport to get started.
I cut out the pages that had the most interesting stamps or destinations.
Then I lined them up on the tray, which I had previously spray-painted with an ivory paint. In its last life, the tray was red and spackled which gave the new paint a nice texture.
I couldn’t apply them randomly because I didn’t have enough pages to cover the entire tray. So, after they were positioned the way I wanted, I added about five layers of decoupage. Of course, I waited for each coat to dry before adding the next one.
While the decoupage dried, I sanded the edges a little so that some of the old paint would show through. This photo shows the nice texture the tray has.
The next morning when I was sure everything was dry, I coated it with a layer of Briwax. I learned about this wax from Kitty Bartholomew. Do you remember her? Anyway, it gives a nice glazed/aged look. Again, there was some drying time involved, but about 30 minutes later, the tray was ready.
The wax adds a nice patina look and character.
The colors are nice and subtle but are still the colors we use in our house.
Now it is ready for accessories.
I topped it with a post card I bought in a Paris museum, a silver tray with stones I found in Botswana, and some fern fronds from our garden.
It looks perfect sitting on the table in our foyer.
We are really pleased with the way it turned out.
This is an easy project you can do with any documents that are special to you. If they are too dear, though, please use copies of them.