DIY Serving Tray...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy Monday to all. I hope you had a fantastic weekend. We took a day trip to Amish Country in Ohio and ate at Der Dutchman...it was AMAZEBALLS. If you've never been you are missing out!

We also did a bit of junkin' while we were out and I scored some really amazing finds for very, very cheap. I will show you more about that in the next coming days. 


I am very close with my mom and last week was my her birthday and since we went to Louisville for the 4th of July I was able to deliver this to her in person.



I miss my momma y'all! I've been living in West Virginia for almost 2 years now and not a day goes by I don't miss being in the same city as her. Mom and I love to shop together, go to Zumba, lounge in the pool, go to concerts...I really, really miss that time we had.

So anyway...I miss her and I know she misses me so that is where this DIY serving tray idea comes from. My family is all about parties and get togethers and my parents are forever hosting parties for any occasion they can. I thought this would be a great thing for her to use for those occasions.

This one was pretty easy to complete. I used a plain wood tray from Michaels, traced the state outlines with a sharpie onto scrapbook paper and used mod podge to add the paper inside the tray. Pretty easy, no?


I stained the tray with Dark Walnut - it's my fave.




I found a couple pictures of each of our states online and just printed them and cut them out. The words were just made using Microsoft Word but I ended up free hand writing those, even though my handwriting is crap. I tried to copy them as best I could.



To attach the scrapbook paper to the tray I just used Mod Podge. I brushed it completely inside the tray 1st and then laid the paper down, smoothed it out as much as possible and then applied a coat of Mod podge to the top as well. After it was completely dry I applied 2 more coats, letting each of them dry for 1 day in between. 



Once everything was dry and settled I sprayed the entire thing with polyurethane to protect it all ever more.


I am sentimental, in case you guys haven't figured that out already! My mom loved it and had it out on display for the 4th of July. 





Thanks so much for being here y'all. We love being able to share things with you!


12 comments:

  1. This is so fun, I would totally love to do different designs. Maybe my Ducks..... Yeah, that would be fun for Game day.

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    1. Thank you, thanks you! :) I keep contemplating making more with different designs as well. It would make an awesome game day tray!

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  2. This is super cute! The difference between the starting and finishing trays are quite dramatic. Great work!

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    1. Thanks Laura! My Mom is displaying in the house now instead of using it as a serving tray. :)

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  3. That is such a cute tray. I don't know if I had done that it would have turned out as nicely.

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    1. Thanks! It was a piece of cake, you can do it! :)

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  4. Love this.. very creative and easy. Also love the bond that y'all have .. That is wonderful.

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    1. Thank you! Seems like the older I get the closer we get. It wasn't always that way *cough* teenage years *cough* :)

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  5. i don't quite understand what you mode poged the scrap book paper onto... it is not
    the walnut tray, it is much lighter... did you add something on top of the tray?

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    1. The paper is the lighter color, meant to look like wood. The states are drawn onto the paper and then I just mod podged right onto the wood tray.

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