Do you have a few old picture frames that you just don’t know what to do with? Or maybe you’re one of those who loves to collect interesting pieces from yard sales and thrift stores to save for a future project?
I’ve got a fun project to share with you today that’s simple, quick, and easy to customize exactly how you like. Just take the basic idea here, choose the supplies you prefer, and let your creativity take off.
I’m going to show you how I used an old wood picture frame to create a unique and personalized serving tray for a small tea set.
When she turned 2, we gave Hannah a porcelain tea set. It wasn’t for play, but for special tea parties I wanted to share with her. We’ve had lots of tea in nearly 5 years, but have never had a serving tray for her tea ware – until now.
A serving tray isn’t limited to just a tea set though. You can use it as a display in your kitchen, a tray on the table for fresh fruit, a vanity topper for perfumes or hair accessories, a pretty base for displaying potted plants, and of course, the classic ” breakfast in bed”.
Here’s what you’ll need:
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- a wood frame – any size you like
- sandpaper (optional, as needed)
- a can of spray paint
- coordinating wallpaper scraps, cardstock, scrapbook paper, fabric, wrapping paper, children’s art projects, favorite photos, recycled greeting cards…
- 2 drawer handles with hardware & tools
Here’s what you do:
1. Remove the glass from your frame and prepare it for painting. If you need to rough up it up a bit, use a piece of sandpaper and give it a light sanding. Some frames, like mine, have a shiny coating that makes it difficult for paint to stick. If yours doesn’t need sanding, jump right to painting it. 2-3 coats should give you a nice coverage. This is my favorite paint to use.(affiliate link. You can read my full disclosure policy here.)
2. While the frame is drying, design the inside. If your frame doesn’t have an inner backing piece, cut one to size using a piece of thin cardboard such as from a shirt box or cereal box. To your backing, apply your design. This is where you can really get creative! Use your imagination and choose textures, colors, and materials that reflect your style, or a theme you have chosen. For our tray, I chose a pretty scrapbook paper and coordinating cardstock, some adhesive gems, and photos from Hannah’s very first tea party.
Now you have a pretty serving tray to enjoy (or to gift to a friend) and that old picture frame is useful again.
Do you have other ways to repurpose picture frames? Leave a comment and share your favorite projects.
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