From Serving Platter to Picture Frame

8 Materials
1 Hour

I'm sure if you look around in your cupboards you will find one or two of these, we all have them. By them I mean the silver serving platters. I inherited mine and held on to them. Never actually used them for what they were supposed to be used for, but I loved the shape of them. So when I was searching for the perfect frame for my beloved Grandma's pictures these immediately came to mind. My Gramma lived to the beautiful age of 103. She passed last November due to complications from a fall. Up until then she was blessed with good health and was able to live in her own home. I was given a picture of her when she was a young girl of 13 and I had the picture of her already of her at 103. She is deeply missed but these pictures help fill that void and are a reminder of what a remarkable woman she was.

To begin this project I first went to Wal-Mart and enlarged my photos I would be using. Next was to gather all supplies needed for this project. Two serving trays, mine held a 5x7 print and an 8x10 print. Two sheets of laminating paper, two sided tape, two plate stands, two sheets of paper, pencil and scissors.

Next you are going to take one of your sheets of paper and place it on a hard flat surface. Take one of your platters and place on top of paper. Hold securely with one hand and using your other trace around the bottom of the tray.

Once completed remove tray from paper and cut out with a pair of scissors.

Once cut out, take one of your pictures and place the cut out on top. Center and trace outline of shape with your pencil and cut out the picture.

Next you are going to take your laminating paper. Place picture face down, remove backing and seal over top of the picture. Rub with hand to remove any air bubbles. Once satisfied cut around the shape of the picture.

After picture is cut out. Turn face down once again and using your two sided tape cut four strips and attach to the back. Take your tray and place picture pressing firmly. Place your new frame on your stand.

Repeat the same steps as above to do the 8x10 photo.

I am so thrilled with how this project turned out. It was a cheap alternative to purchasing picture frames and my pictures look amazing.

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  • Alice Board
    on Aug 8, 2019

    How will you clean this? What will silver polish do to photos?

    • CherylAB
      on Oct 7, 2019

      The photos are only attached with double sided tape. I would laminate both sides and it should peel off fairly easily to enable cleaning the silver.

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    on Oct 8, 2019

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  • Linda
    on Oct 8, 2019

    Should you use modpodge to seal the photo ? And still not have "blick" on the silver frame? How to both preserve and clean is where I'm going with this.

    • Melanie
      on Oct 8, 2019

      You can seal with modpodge if you prefer. My project is almost a year old and the photo nor the tray have been damaged in any way. I just use a cloth to dust.

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  • Shan
    on Oct 10, 2019

    What a thoughtful gift for the right person this is! It occurs to me that I will sneak a pic of a cherished photograph atop a colleague’s desk and here’s hoping I can morph the steal into a making such as yours. Also, I’m guessing a black and white or sepias may look best; the less color saturation, the more natural the look. Of course, trays with a lot of detail and black tarnish in scrolling or such may frame differently and prove to be better at enhancing those “Kodachrome” shots.

    • Melanie
      on Oct 10, 2019

      Thanks Shan, good luck with your project!

  • Joan Stanley
    on Nov 3, 2019

    Beautiful! I would suggest that those wanting to do this project stick to black and white photos to look best on the silver. If your photo copies don't turn out well going for B&W, take them to an office supply store. They can make amazing copies any size very reasonably.

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