It wasn’t long after moving into OneandSeventy that I got itchy fingers and started looking for things to make. One such project was a Ouija Talking Tray.
I’ve always been fascinated with Ouija Boards, not necessarily for attempting to communicate with the dearly departed (assuming you believe that’s possible), but for their beauty.
A vintage board has been on my wish list for as long as I can remember, but they can be pretty pricey. So, when I scored a set of three cheap wooden trays off a local Facebook page, I spied a way to combine a craft I hadn’t tried before, with a little of something I’d always fancied!
After priming my tray, I gave it a couple of coats of antique white acrylic paint, then got to work on the image.
As luck would have it, an A4 sheet fitted nicely into the bottom of the tray, so I whiled away several happy hours on Photoshop designing my Ouija, with the help of images sourced from The Graphics Fairy.
Then it was just a case of transferring my masterpiece onto the tray.
The most popular image transfer method I could find involved Mod Podge, but I didn’t have any of this apparently wondrous decoupage medium.
I also didn’t have a laser printer.
Like many a regular home, I have an inkjet, which is not recommended with the Mod Podge image transfer method because apparently, the image will run horribly the moment it makes contact with water.
I did try a freezer method, where you literally freeze the inkjet print to seal it, but I can’t say it was terribly successful.
Then there was this amazingly simple method for transferring inkjet images onto wood using address label paper.
I love this guy! Quick, concise and covers all the main points. Brilliant!
But…! The base of my tray was shiny, like a laminate, so I wasn’t convinced this method was going to work either.
I was stumped!
And then I remembered my secret stash; that seemingly bottomless pit of crafty type bits that I’ve amassed over the years. You know, the one that supplied the heart shaped mâché boxes for my initials wall art, the tracing paper for my homemade house sign and last year’s Halloween Candle Decorations.
The stash that Beloved wanted to bin…
Oh hello lovely Lazertran Decal Paper.
I knew there was a reason I insisted all those boxes come with us during the last three house moves!
OK, so it doesn’t actually transfer the image to the tray, it’s a decoupage method for inkjet printers. But the great thing about Lazertran is that not only can it be used on a multitude of surfaces but, with a little oil-based varnish, the background of the print becomes transparent. This was exactly what I wanted to make it look more like the image was part of the project, rather than just stuck on.
Unfortunately, I only had one sheet of Lazertran and my ink-thirsty HP Photosmart 7510 decided right in the middle of my project to run low on ink, resulting in more pretty purple than spooky black. To be honest, those clouds are not as in-your-face-purple as the photos would suggest and over time, the colour is starting to fade a little, so I wasn’t too miffed.
After sealing my decal with polyurethane varnish to give me the clear background I wanted, here’s how my Ouija Talking Tray turned out.
I haven’t tried talking with it yet, but maybe I’ll give that a go on All Hallows’ Eve.
After all, that is supposed to be the day when the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest…
Cue spooky cackle of the witchy poo variety.
If you’d like to make your own Ouija Board, I’m including a FREE printable with this post. Simply click on the image below and it’ll take you to the full-sized version.
Download it, use it, have fun with it and share the hell out of it, but please link back to The World of Suzy Homemaker.
I’d love to see what you do with it, so don’t forget to drop me a comment in the box below with a link to your creation. Better still, why not pop over to my Facebook Page and share it there? I can’t wait to see it.
A hui hou,