These small ceramic trays from Jill Rosenwald cost $200 each..OMGEE I like them but I don't $200-kinda-like-them if you know what I mean! Especially not for something that is 12"x9"!
And these acrylic trays go from $40 up to $100 on different sites...they are cool but not for that much of my money!
So off to AC Moore (it is like Michaels or Hobby Lobby stores if you don't have one) I went to get some small unfinished wood trays that I had seen awhile back (Darice is the brand name). They came in a 3 pack for around $8 and then I got one by itself that had more fancy edges for $3. And I had a 20% off coupon...SCORE! So basically these 2 trays I made cost me about $9 total. Picture below is similar to the trays I bought except mine had holes cut out for the handles.
-unfinished wooden trays
-sand paper or sanding block
-glossy paint in fave colors
-scrapbook paper or other decorative papers
-Modge Podge (I used the glossy version instead of matte)
-computer, printer, dies, Silhouette Cameo
And this is how mine turned out! Not hard to make and at a total price of about $10 for both I think I got a GREAT DEAL!
The black tray is for my bedside table...I love black and cream together...always elegant. I painted my tray with a glossy black paint that I had on hand (FREE) and lined it with scraps of scrapbook paper I had on hand (FREE). Since the trays were unfinished wood I sanded the edges really good anywhere there was some roughness...I like using a sanding block as its easier for me to grip. The scrapbook paper was cut to fit and then glued down with Glossy Modge Podge and then another coat on top. I created my monogram on Photoshop Elements and printed it out on cream cardstock. I cut it out with my Spellbinders oval dies including a black mat for the cream monogram to lay on top of (remember at my core I'm a 100% paper crafter LOL). Then I glued it down with more Modge Podge and then gave the whole thing another coat of Modge Podge to finish it off. Ta Da!
So if there are some fun decorative accents out there that you are drooling over but you cannot find in your budget...think of some fun ways to re-create them. You can usually do it easily and cheaply...these trays took me about 1 hour from start to finish. Not bad at all!
I will have a few more DIY accents to create in the near future too...I have a lot up these crafty sleeves hee hee!
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Have you re-created something you saw at a store or online cheaper and perhaps BETTER?
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