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Faux Bone Inlay Tray

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This faux bone inlay tray has the look and feel of real Indian bone inlay, but it’s simple enough for anyone to make, and it costs very little!

During the brief time we lived in India, one of the things I fell in love with was the bone inlay furniture they make. Now let me tell you – bone inlay is truly work of art! Do you know how long it takes them to make a piece of furniture? Weeks…and sometimes even months, depending on the piece! They hand carve each piece from discarded cow bones, then they glue those pieces on the furniture and cover the whole thing with resin.ย Once the resin is dry, they sand/grind it to bring the bones to back to the surface again and then polish it until everything is smooth and beautiful. Here is a short video of this interesting process:

Tedious work, isn’t it? But that is why these beautiful bone inlay pieces come with a hefty price tagย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yes they are gorgeous, but even a small tray is out of our reach, and even if we could afford any of these, you know me – I would never spend that kind of money on a piece of furniture! Well, not unlessย Greg would finally get around to planting that money tree that I’ve keep telling him to plant…. LOL. But until he gets his butt off of the sofa and plants that tree in our backyard, I just have to fake the bone inlay ๐Ÿ˜‰ [Hey, I’ve been busy trying to make it as a male model, but it’s just not bringing in the money, and I can’t figure out why. -Greg]

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So what do you think? Not bad, right? I actually wanted to try this on a bigger piece of furniture, but because these stencils are pretty intricate, I didn’t want to mess up on a large scale or have a nervous breakdown while trying to finish it, LOL. So as opposed to Greg, I actually do think before going into my “bring it on” mood, hahaha :-D. Anyway – digging through our basement for a suitable piece, I found this little old wooden tray among the other million Put & Take finds I brought home. It was the perfect little thing for this faux bone inlay project.

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I wanted to use my homemade chalk paintย at first, but then I realized that bone inlay furniture has a really smooth finish, and to get that I needed to sand inside of the tray. That was going to be a tough, tough cookie on those inner corners. Besides, bone inlay furniture doesn’t really look as matte as chalk paint finish. I decided that I should go with good old latex paint. Using a smooth small brush and a sponge,ย I painted the tray with 3 thin coats of Behr paint matched to Benjamin Moore’s French Beret 1610 color (in eggshell sheen.)

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Next, I tried to place the bone inlay stencil I bought from Amazon into the tray, but the tray was a tad small for the whole stencil. Whoops! To solve this “little” problem, either I had to cut the stencil or make my own stencil with my Cricut Maker, so it would fit perfectly in the tray. I chose the second, and that meant I needed to have the picture of that stencil pattern I bought.

For those who are wondering why I didn’t simply cut the stencil instead of taking the long way, it is because having a digital file of a stencil pattern is always a better. In case the stencil I bought broke at any point, I wouldn’t have to buy another one – I could just recreate it using my Cricut. Also, using a sticky vinyl stencil is much easier than using a normal stencil, since there will be no “smudging” risk.. now let’s back to the project, shall we? ๐Ÿ˜‰

To create that picture, first I cut some black vinyl. Then I taped the vinyl at the back of the stencil so it wouldn’t move. Next I scanned the whole thing (stencil facing down). As the black vinyl showed through the holes of the original stencil, scanning it gave me the digital picture of the pattern. If you don’t have a scanner, you can do the same thing by simply taking a picture of it right from the top, but this time your stencil needs to face up. Also just make sure the whole thing stays flat, so the pattern isn’t distorted in the picture.

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Now that I had the picture of the stencil pattern, I could modify the size of it easily.

I opened the scanned picture in a photo editing software and resized it to fit it in my tray. While I was at it, I also did some rearrangement on the pattern, so I would have my final stencil in the way I wanted. But keep in mind, if you only want to resize the stencil pattern, you can directly upload it to Cricut Design Space and do it there – so no need for photo editing software. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Once I was done with the editing, I uploaded the picture to Cricut Design Space.ย As the original stencil didn’t have the “dot-dash-dot” pattern, I also created that using the simple rectangles and circles. Then using my Cricut, I cut all of the stencil pieces onย black repositionable vinyl.

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After weeding the stencils, I placed them on my tray and started stenciling. I first stenciled the sides of the tray and then moved onto the inner part.

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For the first coat I used a slightly loaded sponge brush, and for the second coat I used a paint brush. Using a sponge brush for the first coat helped me achieving clean and crisp lines overall.

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A small hint for this kind of stenciling (intricate pattern on a sticky thin vinyl): peel your stencil off right after you finished the last coat of paint. Don’t wait for the paint to dry, because once it’s dry, the paint may want to peel off together with your vinyl, and that can become a nightmare. Experience talking here, LOL. ๐Ÿ˜€ But luckily it happened on a trial piece, not on this tray. So that was a learned lesson for me before making the real thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Once I finished stenciling, I cleaned up any mistakes using a small razor and a detail brush. Then, I sealed it with wipe-on-poly and that was it!

Now it is time for the beauty shots ๐Ÿ™‚

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I am really proud of this little tray, because it was my first time trying this kind of intricate stencil, and I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. But it turned out pretty neat. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I am so in love with this little tray, now I am thinking a bigger project with the same stencil: a tall faux-bone inlay mirror for our bedroom. Of course, that’s not going to happen right away, because first I need to get my babes make the mirror for me. So we’ll see how that’ll go… hahahaha ๐Ÿ˜€ [Wait, what?? -Greg]

Handan, xo

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  1. That was very creative and hugely gorgeous! I am going to give it a go. What particular photo editing software do you have? I want to rearrange mine too.

    1. I so glad you liked it! I used photoshop to rearrange the stencil pattern. But what I did could be done also with Cricut Design Space, because you can crop, delete, or cut a part of a pattern and then copy, re-attach, group, or weld with that with another part of the pattern. It may take slightly longer, but it still is doable with Cricut Design Space in case you don’t have photoshop. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Beautiful! I have an Indian made inlaid table made around 1965 which is much like this. You always do such nice work! Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, Karen! But I gotta say I am so jealous! ๐Ÿ™‚ Not only it is an inlay table, but it is also vintage? That is awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This turned out beautiful Handan! Thanks for posting that video; I had no idea how inlay was done – so labour intensive! It’s really got my wheels turning now to try one for myself ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to see the mirror when Greg gets around to making you one – lol.

    1. Hahahaha – funny you should say that, because Greg thought exactly the same thing when he saw the video. But I told him unless he finds ready carved bones he is not doing it – not even thinking about it! LOL. And about the mirror – all I can say is “we’ll see” as it totally depends on me catching him on a good mood (or tricking him into saying yes when his mind is busy LOL) ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Handan, that is so beautiful!! While I love the idea of wood inlay, I really love that it is hand painted, and to me, that makes it just as nice, if not nicer! Excellent work!! I love your projects!! (And, being a pajama lover, I also get a big kick out of Greg’s ‘pajama counting game’!)

    1. Thank you so much, Chris! Oh their brass work is also great! In fact I love almost every handcraft they have. Greg hated taking me shopping when we lived there. For him it was like letting a wild animal out of its cage – hahahaha ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Hi, I am planning on trying out this project as a DIY holiday gift. I absolutely love the idea of making something as sophisticated and detailed as bone inlay and putting a relatively simple spin on it! I do have a quick question, what type of polyurethane did you apply to the finished tray? (Water/Oil based/Satin?) Thank you for your help!