Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Turn any Tray into a Picture Frame

Pin It The baby is asleep in his swing, the Hubs is asleep on the couch, and I'm falling asleep at the computer... But, I finished a little project today that I was SUPER excited about, and I wanted to share it!

So I was at Hobby Lobby the other day (whats new?), and I was perusing the clearance aisle when I found all these tray thingies. Not really sure what they were actually meant for...

When I saw them I knew that I would turn them into something else, and a picture frame immediately came to mind because of the fun shape. And they were $4. Just how I like it... Cheap.

I have all these great pictures from when I did a photo session with the studio who shot my wedding, Lightly Photography, and I was dying to put them up around the house. So I printed out some pics at WalMart and got started.

What I gathered:
Mod Podge
e6000 glue
Foam Brush
Hanging Bracket
Paper Cutter

I measured the tray and then cut the photo accordingly. After I did that I put down a generous layer of mod podge using my foam brush.


Then I laid the photo down and smoothed out any bubbles with my fingers. Then I put more mod podge on top of the picture.


It's milky looking when wet, but it dries clear. And I also got a lot up on the edges of the tray but it still dried clear, so don't worry about that. Now its time to let that dry. Once its all clear and no longer tacky, you can add another coat if you like (which I did).

Once everything is dry, the last step is to glue on the bracket hanger.


Squeeze some e6000 glue onto the back of the tray and then push the bracket onto the glue and hold for about 30 seconds. Let it dry for 24 hours before hanging it.

How easy was that?! And I adore how it turned out.


And maybe just a few more pics....
I know I'm his momma, but what a sweet face is that?! Hes a pretty good lookin kiddo.
I really like how it comes off the wall. My plan is to hang it above my love seat once I get the shelf for that wall completed.... That will be a whole other post!!! But I wanted to show how it looked on the wall... Which its fabulous. Very different, and its going to give a good balance and texture among the other frames that I will have hung/propped against the wall on the shelf.

So now that's all through and my mind is already swirling with ideas about my next project and post that will be coming later in the week. I hope you enjoyed this one!

If your try this, or something similar, send me pics so I can see what you came up with! You can also check out what else I did with these trays here.

Until next time...

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Creations By Cindy said...

Oh girl, I love this idea!!!! Can't wait to try it!

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

I am such a Hobby Lobby stalker too! This is so super cute and now I need to go run to the clearance aisle!I would love for you to come link up at my party going on till Monday night:)


Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

Hi! Visiting from tt&j! I love this! I would have never thought to put a picture in it. It came out great.. and what cute kiddo! :)

Also.. I would love for you to link these up to my Friday party if you get a chance!

Tammy said...

What a cute idea! It turned out great. Looks like a designer piece!! Great job :)

Patti said...

what a great idea....this is adorable - and so is BABY!!

Please stop over to enter my giveaway for digital scrapbook software!

Chef in Training said...

Wow! I love this! What a creative idea! I would love it if you would link this up to the Tuesday Talent Show this Tuesday at Chef in Training! I hope to see you next Tuesday!
Chef in Training

Jen the CraftinCowgirl said...

What a great idea! Very clever, thanks for sharing :)

Brenda said...

This is such a fantastic idea!! It turned out SO cute!! Thanks for sharing & inspiring creativity while you were at it!! Pinned! ;)

Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com