Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Junk tray birthday surprise!

Recently I found two trays for free at a garage sale. After dealing with my husbands “What-in-the-world-are-these-ugly-things-doing-in-my-house” looks, I told him I had plans for them and to please not throw them away. Well, then we had the baby and he got distracted, so my trays got to stay!
Well, we got invited to a don’t-bring-any-presents birthday party. Well, that gave me an idea for the smaller of the two trays.
I didn’t get a picture before I painted it but here it is after 2 coats of white spray paint and 1 sanding.
I printed off several sizes of the girl’s name (cool spelling huh?)
I chose the medium size and cut then taped it up to our window. I used a pencil and traced the backside of the paper.

Then I taped it correct side up on the tray.
I then went over the printed side with a ball point pen.
The pencil marks on the back rubs off gently onto the tray.

Yeah, after a while I wasn’t so neat!
It worked perfectly!
Then I went over it with a magic marker. I was going to paint it but this seemed easier.
It was still plain so I glued some paper to the tray.
A few bows and buttons later…
I added some magnets and some verses, I will add a picture before we give it to her.
I got the magnets at Michaels. They were $2 for 6 and were cheaper than making them myself, which surprised me…oh wait! They were $1.30 because I asked if they had any coupons and they gave me 40 % off! Always ask!

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  1. What a clever way to repurpose a tray!

  2. How cute! The way you traced the letters is pure genius! Thank you so much for linking up!