Make a Serving Tray From a Photo Frame
Repurposing items is one of my favorite things to do, along with entertaining. I'm always looking for serving trays that are nice enough to stay out on my coffee table even after all of the guests have left. With this project, you can customize it exactly how you want and save money at the same time, by using an inexpensive photo frame for the base.
- Photo Frame 12" x 18" (Mine is Plastic, including the insert)
- Rust-Oleum Spray Paint 'Metallic Gold'
- Lace (I used an old lace shirt)
- Cabinet Handles x 2
- Fabric Mod Podge
I used a large frame so that I would have plenty of space for carrying snacks an d coffee!
Step 1: Spray Paint your photo frame.
If your glass or plastic insert is not removable (like mine), be sure to cover this area with a piece of cardboard or painters tape. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the front and back of your photo frame.
Step 2: Cover the Plastic or Glass insert with Mod Podge Fabric paste.
Step 3: Cut your fabric to the size of the photo frame insert.
If you are using an old shirt like me, Be sure to remove any hems, trims, buttons or pocket areas.
Step 4: Carefully place your fabric on top of the mod podge covered insert. Be sure to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles in the fabric.
If you are using strips of fabric like I did, be sure to line up the edges as closely as possible (without overlapping), to ensure you can't tell two separate pieces were used.
Step 5: Remove any excess lace from the edges of the photo frame.
Step 6: Apply your Fabric Mod Podge paste to overtop of the lace fabric to seal it onto the photo frame insert. Follow product instructions and let dry until clear (approximately 2 hours).
Step 7: Measure & mark the area where you'd like to install your handles on the photo frame.
Step 8: Drill two holes where you placed your markings, for the handles to be installed.
Step 9: Fasten your cabinet handles to either side of the photo frame.
Admire your custom serving tray and fill it with yummy goodies for yourself or guests to enjoy!
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