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!