DIY Lepidoptera Display Trays

Hey everyone, Katie here! Today I am sharing a project that is perfect Summer evenings spent out on the patio!  I’ve always been fascinated with vintage bug displays, so that is definitely what inspired this project. The layer of resin over top of the butterflies even makes it look like they are under glass!

Did you know that the word Lepidoptera is an order of insects that includes butterflies and moths? I just recently learned that. So if you call your trays “Lepidoptera Display Trays” you’ll sound super knowledgeable. 😉


  • 2 Pine Slim Serving Trays
  • Acrylic Paint in white/buttermilk and gold.
  • Paintbrushes
  • Butterfly Printouts
  • Decoupage Medium
  • Clear Resin
  • Scissors

  1. I started by painting the bottom inside of the tray with a buttermilk paint, and the rim of the tray with gold metallic paint. Let dry.

2. Print out your butterflies. I used some by the Biodiversity Heritage Library flickr acct, their images are free to use.

3. Cut out your butterfly shapes. Brush decoupage medium onto the back of them and adhere them down onto the tray.

4. Once the butterflies are adhered down, Give the entire inside of the tray 2 coats of decoupage medium.

It’s important to give the inside of the tray multiple coats of decoupage medium, to seal the wood before adding the resin. Let dry.

5. Following the instructions of your clear resin, mix up the resin. It’s usually a 1.1 ratio of resin and hardener. Pour the resin into the tray, over top of the butterflies. Let it cure for 24-48 hrs depending on the brand of resin you have.

I like to do my resin on a warm day, as it will help speed up the drying process.

That’s it! I love that when you tilt the trays in the light, the resin looks like glass. I love how these Lepidoptera Display Trays look on my patio, the pine slim serving tray are just the right size!


Bio: Katie is a 24 yr old artist currently living in the Pacific Northwest. She is a lover of everything crafty and is the girl behind the blog Punk Projects, where she posts scrapbook layouts, art journal pages, tutorials and all sorts of crafty things.

3 thoughts on “DIY Lepidoptera Display Trays

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