Sunday, December 12, 2010

Thrifty Gifty 2010 #5: Serving Tray (and Linky Party)

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This is one of those projects that I knew I was going to use, but wasn’t sure exactly how.  I quickly came up with something tonight, but I’ll also share with you other ways you could go.

I got this serving tray at a garage sale a couple of months ago for about $2.

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For this project, I decided to just Mod Podge some cute paper to the tray surface.  I spray painted the edges first, then spread on a layer of MP…

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…then spread some cute wrapping paper on top, and did another coat of MP.  Most of you are probably way more experienced in the use of Mod Podge than I am.  I didn’t spend a lot of time trying to smooth out the wrinkles, so mine’s a little “textured”.  If I was really giving this to someone as a gift, I would put a little more effort into it.

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Serving trays of various shapes and sizes aren’t too hard to find at thrift stores. Even a silver tray would work. You could do the wrapping paper, or use a pretty fabric, or the ever-popular chalkboard paint.  A monogram is always lovely, and if I had a Cricut, I would have done one in black on top of this paper.  It would probably be a good idea to put some kind of clear water-resistant top-coat on the whole thing.

Package it up in cellophane gift wrap with a couple of mugs and teas, coffees or cocoa mixes for a co-worker, hostess, or neighbor gift.

If you have an inexpensive handmade gift to share, I’d love for you to link up with the post!  I’ll leave it open for a few days, until Wed. Dec 15 at 11:59 pm.



You know the drill!
  • you must link back to me in your post (I can’t find the button code, so if you want to include the button, use it like a photo, but still include my link)
  • link to your specific party post, and not your general home page
  • please be polite and visit several other participants and leave a nice comment
  • I will delete entries that don’t link back to me or do not fit the party theme; I don’t want to be a meanie, but we gotta play fair








For the Christmas Cookie Gift Boxes, please visit this link.  For some reason the code to the specific post was deleting the linky list.

7 comments:

Mary Joy said...

I really love this tray! The black and white polka dots are perfect for that tray!!!! Just an FYI about Mod podge...you can get some that are waterproof too. Makes it a little easier. I really love what you did. I am going to have to try something like that. Great thrifty gift material...I may have to make one for myself as well! :D

Blessings!

Mary Joy

Nadir@StitchSense said...

Gorgeous love it! :-)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Looove those polka dots, Holly. This is a great gift, especially combined with the idea of the cocoa mix. :)

Willow House said...

Just wanted to say love your idea!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I've recently bought some Mod Podge (yes, fropm ebay again! - my one-stop shop!). It's on my New-Year list of things to try.

I've put your button up on my blog...

Sarahx

Jenni said...

I just found your blog through Modern Country Style! Yea for a new blog to love! :) I hope you don't mind, but I even linked up something I am giving as a gift this year! (We have a handmade theme on my side of the family.)

I love the tray you transformed! And the polka dots were a perfect choice, too. You did a beautiful job on it. :)

Amy with Good Day! said...

Thanks Holly--technology is weird ;P