How to make a Hot Cocoa reclaimed wooden Christmas tray

with Milk Paint and Fusion.


The holidays are a beautiful time for making memories to last a lifetime. Here is an easy DIY to making that time extra special. Sharing some hot cocoa and marshmallows while snuggled on the sofa watching a Christmas classic is one way to make magical memories. Follow along and find out how with a stencil and some paint you can make a Hot Cocoa reclaimed wooden Christmas tray or sign with Milk Paint and Fusion.


All the supplies needed for making the wooded tray


Supplies needed:


Using Milk Paint as a wash


It is all in the mixing with Milk Paint! You want a full coverage paint just add one part water to one part Milk Paint powder. For a wash or stain just add more water. We made a wash here and lightly painted the board with our workshop brush.

You are not looking for a perfect finish, this will be distressed later so just have fun and throw a coat on.


Distressing the board.

When you light coat of Milk Paint is dry lightly distress the paint for some worn character. Use a high grit sanding pad to get the look you want. How much you do is up to you! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.



You could get creative and add multiple layers of Milk Paint in different colours to really get a time-worn look.


Old Sign Stencils

We love this design from Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils. It is perfect for a whole array of projects from, signs, to a real Cocoa Bar to interior decor. We recommend you pop over to Funky Junk’s website to see all the amazing and creative projects Donna has created.



Place your stencil where you think it looks best and just hold it firmly in place while you are working. You may add a little painters tape to hold it in place so it doesn’t move. Do one section at a time to be sure you haven’t miss any spots.



We used a simple foam brush for this but any stencil or normal brush will work. The top tip is less paint is best. You can always go back over and add another coat, you can’t take it off if you have too much. Too much paint will bleed through the stencil.


Check out our other stencil projects here.


Rustic finish

Once you stencil design is dry take a soft sanding sponge and distress it. It can be as perfect or as rustic as you like. There really is no right or wrong.


To antique it further you could use one of our beautiful waxes or even our Stain and Finishing Oils for instant age and protection. Just as we did on this project!


We wish you a Merry Christmas


Add some twine to your board so after you have used it you could hang it on the wall or maybe even the garden. A simple Christmas DIY project that all the family could get involved with.

From all at Fusion, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

We would love to see your Christmas crafts! Share them over in our public Facebook group Paint it Beautiful


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