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DIY Prismatic Mermaid Tray

See how easy it is to create a beautiful, multi-dimensional DIY Mermaid Serving Tray. The dazzling paint and scale-like pattern is reminiscent of a holographic mermaid's tail!
Cook Time1 hr
Drying time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs
Keyword: craft paint, diy gift ideas, mermaid
Servings: 1 tray
Author: Lydia


  • Serving tray
  • Americana Enchanted Ultra-Black Basecoat Paint
  • Americana Enchanted Shimmer in Green, Blue and Violet
  • Painters tape
  • Soft paint brushes
  • Stencil
  • Stencil dauber


  • Tape off the sides of the tray with painters tape to avoid the paint getting on the sides of the tray.
  • Using a soft paint brush, apply 1 or 2 coats of Americana Enchanted Ultra-Black Basecoat Paint. You will likely only need 1 coat depending on the color and surface that you're painting over. Allow to dry.
  • Place stencil onto the tray surface. Add spray adhesive to your stencil if it isn't adhesive-backed.
  • Visually section off tray into 3 sections. For the 1st section of the stencil, using a stencil dauber apply Americana Enchanted Shimmer in Green. For the second section apply Americana Enchanted Shimmer in Blue and the for the third section apply Americana Enchanted Shimmer in Violet . There is no need to allow to dry between sections as you want the blended together appearance (but you do want to use 3 different stencil daubers or clean between colors.
  • Mix Americana Enchanted Shimmer in Green and Blue and tap that along the "seam" area where the green and blue sections meet. Repeat with a mixture of Blue and Violet for the area where the blue and violet meet.
  • After the final application, carefully peel back the stencil and painters tape to reveal your beautiful mermaid tray! It's impossible to capture the full dimension and gorgeousness of this paint through a lens, but it is freaking fabulous! The shimmer makes the mermaid tray look like the inside of a shell... it's stunning!


For best results when stenciling, after dipping the stencil sponge in the paint, tap off the majority of the paint onto a plate or paper towel. The stencil pouncer should be almost dry to ensure that excess paint doesn’t bleed under the stencil. With a dabbing motion, apply paint over the stencil. With stenciling it’s better to do 2 or 3 light coats to avoid paint bleeding underneath the stencil.