How to make a stencil platter

Stencil platter

Stencil platter

For this platter we wanted a delicate look, so what could be more charming than a faux-lace finish? It was very easy to create this pretty platter and also shows that simple can be beautiful!

What you will need...
1. Wooden platter from your local craft shop
2. Resin Please visit our resin tips before starting
3. Protective Gear: mask and gloves
4. Old, large cake tin
5. Cover for work surface protection
6. Straw
7. White acrylic paint
8. Blue spray paint (or color of your choice)
9. Lace stencil (paper or fabric) - we use an old fabric table cloth

A few pics followed by the write-up

Undercoat platter Lace stencil Spray paint over stencil Reveal stencil effect

Step 1. Undercoat the platter
Undercoat the platter by giving it two coats of white acrylic paint. This not only primes the wood but becomes a backdrop color. Leave to dry between coats as per instructions from paint manufacturer.

Step 2. Paint the platter
Place the platter on some paper -preferably outside - as we are using spray paint. Cover the top of the platter with a piece of lace fabric or lace paper. With your chosen color, spray paint over the whole thing in a sweeping motion. Less is more with this stencil, as we don't want the paint to bleed into the lace pattern. Remove the lace immediately after sprayingto reveal the lace pattern. Leave to dry.

Pour on resin Spread resin Blow out resin bubbles Wipe away resin drips

Step 3. Prepare the resin
You can now coat the platter with resin, which gives the platter a high-gloss look. As this is a large platter you will need at least 4oz (or 120ml) of resin mix. Once resin is mixed as per manufacturer's instructions, place platter on an old cake tin (or similar) so it will be sitting off the ground. As you will have excess resin overflow, make sure the whole thing is sitting on some sort of disposable material.

Step 4.
Put on your gloves. Now pour the resin into center of the platter and with your gloved hands, move the resin outwards to cover the whole top of the platter. You will have to push the resin completely over the edges to make sure the top is completely covered. You can quickly wipe away the excess drips with your gloved hand. Note that we did not coat the underneath of the platter but that's a personal choice.

Step 5. Bubbles and drips
For the next hour or so, watch for bubbles appearing which you can remove by blowing gently on them through a straw. Also watch out for drips over the edge of your platter and wipe them away. This attention to detail is important for completing the project successfully.