If you have been thinking about creative ways to finish your needlepoint, you might be considering acrylic trays. They look so easy to finish. And they would make really elegant gifts.
Then you run smack dab into the problem that at the moment they can be hard to find in needlepoint shops. Over on the Needlepoint Self-finishers group on Facebook, Patricia Pilarinos posted about a lovely tray she finished herself.
She found her tray on Amazon (search for acrylic or lucite tray). They come in many sizes. Get one to match the size of your needlepoint with a mat.
Get your needlepoint matted (I use my local Hobby Lobby for this) and get a second piece of matboard or foam core cut to fin the finished size to be your back.
Carefully measure the inside of your tray (to 1/32 of an inch). Go to TAP Plastics, Lowe’s, or another place that will cut acrylic for you to fit; this will cover the canvas inside the tray.
To assemble, put down the backing inside the tray. Using dots of glue on the corners, place and glue the mated needlepoint to the backing. Put the cut piece of acrylic on this; it should fit tightly.
If you will not e serving liquids on the tray, it’s finished. If you don’t know or if you will be serving liquids, run a bead of clear silicone around the edges.
That’s it! Your beautiful custom tray is ready to go. By the way, even if you use colored acrylic for your tray, the coveering piece should be clear acrylic, that way your needlepoint will be seen.
Thanks to Jane from Chilly Hollow for pointing this out & posting about it.