Friday, May 11, 2012

DIY Serving Tray

This has got to be one of my favorite projects to date!  So easy and inexpensive to create and the "WOW factor" is there 100%.  Create your own custom serving tray with just a few materials...

  • Norrlida picture frame from Ikea (buy online here or in store) - only $9.99!
  • Craft paper / wrapping paper / picture collage
  • E-6000 glue 
  • sandpaper
  • 2 drawer pulls
The first one I made was used to deliver a very special Birthday gift... And she got to keep the tray as well - SCORE!
Perfectly chic desk organizer...
 Here's the basic How-To:

Pick your paper... Undeniably, this was the hardest part for me.  I went to Paper Source and got a little crazy. 
Take out the formed cardboard backing in the frame and cut your paper to match.
Add the paper to the frame - design side up so it shows through the glass (obvi!) and seal up the frame.  I chose this style frame because the wood around it edges up - just like a serving tray would.  A frame where the glass and border are on the same level might not work as well.
Finally, For the handles I used some basic kitchen drawer pulls, lightly sandpapered the areas on the frame I want to add the glue (strong glue required!) and pressed the handles on leaving it to dry overnight.
Mother's Day, people... She'll love it!!

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