DIY photo backgrounds and props are so useful, and this faux metal tray with a yarn lining is perfect for photos and for use as a tray. I’ve been using this one a lot to hold various notions and supplies for my current work in progress. Today I’m going to show you how to make one of these trays for yourself.

DIY Photo Background Faux Metal Tray with Yarn Lining tutorial by Jessie At Home

Some products used in this tutorial were provided by Testors and Red Heart Yarns.

Supplies

DIY Photo Background Faux Metal Tray with Yarn Lining tutorial by Jessie At Home - Yarn and Paint Options

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To begin, cut yarn into 3 lengths, each 3 yds long. Tie a knot at one end and then braid the 3 lengths together.

DIY Photo Background Faux Metal Tray with Yarn Lining tutorial by Jessie At Home - Supplies

Now it’s time to paint the lid (or tray). These Modern Masters Patina and Rust Kits from Testors are so cool! Read all the directions and be sure to allow the proper drying times.

DIY Photo Background Faux Metal Tray with Yarn Lining tutorial by Jessie At Home - First Coat

Paint two coats of the base paint, leaving the proper drying time between. It’s not necessary to paint all the inside of the tray because it won’t be seen, just about 2″ in is enough. I used the empty box from the paint kit to balance the lid while I painted and dried it.

DIY Photo Background Faux Metal Tray with Yarn Lining tutorial by Jessie At Home - Second Paint

Next is a single coat of the second (metal) paint. Allow it to dry as instructed. Then paint another coat and immediately spray it with the patina or rust spray. Don’t spray it perfectly evenly. The parts with the spray will patina or rust as they dry, and in nature this does not happen evenly.

DIY Photo Background Faux Metal Tray with Yarn Lining tutorial by Jessie At Home - Outside

I love the look of the bottom of my tray. The spots of bronze and spots of patina really give great look!

DIY Photo Background Faux Metal Tray with Yarn Lining tutorial by Jessie At Home - Inside

Here’s the inside of my tray, along with a glass candle holder I painted some time ago with rust kit.

DIY Photo Background Faux Metal Tray with Yarn Lining tutorial by Jessie At Home - Glueing

Time to add the yarn braid! Glue the untied end to the tray right up against the side, try to trim it so it fades into the side. Continue gluing down braid along the edge of the bottom.

DIY Photo Background Faux Metal Tray with Yarn Lining tutorial by Jessie At Home - Spiral Yarn

Keep on gluing the braid around in a spiral. When there is just a small hole in the middle, clip the yarn braid so it’s about 1/2″ too long. Puddle some hot glue in the hole, then tuck under the ends and smoosh it all down well.

DIY Photo Background Faux Metal Tray with Yarn Lining tutorial by Jessie At Home - Done

All done! Now use your DIY Photo Background and enjoy.

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