Monday, November 16, 2009

DIY Day: Christmas trays

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It's DIY Day at Kimba's!

This week I'm working on getting a head start on Christmas decorating. I keep my Thanksgiving decorations up through Thanksgiving Day, and always before I've waited until after Thanksgiving to work on any Christmas decor. This year, though, I'll wait 'til after Thanksgiving to put anything Christmasy on display. . . but I'm as busy as an elf getting things ready.

Recently I found a stack of unusual trays at Goodwill. Eight trays, all just like this one:


This is printed on the back of the trays.


I'm guessing they're from the 1940's or '50's. I can just imagine these being all the rage for the homemaker who wanted to serve the latest in TV dinners to her family. Since that's not a pressing need of mine, I decided to see what I could do with my trays. I paid $2.00 for all eight trays, so I figured I had very little to lose by experimenting.

Here's one onto which I mod-podged Christmas tissue paper.


This one I spray-painted apple green, then stencilled a Christmas ornament in the corner. I have a friend who likes to decorate for Christmas with apple green and bright red, so this might find its way to her house.


These I'm calling B & W, the damask twins. I used three panels from a border stencil to make these.



And this one might be my favorite. You can imagine how long I hesitated at Hobby Lobby before purchasing this wrapping paper. I mean, really--does it get any better than houndstooth?? I spray-painted this tray red and then mod-podged a bit of my precious houndstooth wrapping paper just to the center panel.


What do you think? I think I like them! And I have three more that I can play with.

Do you have a thrift store treasure that's languishing in your basement? Pull it out and see if you can create something fun!

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21 comments:

Carmen said...

These are awesome! And so simple! I love that red houndstooth paper.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Eeek!! Cute cute cute. :) I love the one with the ornament best, but the last one is sweet too. This is a neat gift idea. Visiting tonight from Kimba's party. :)

Hattie said...

oooh! I love the last one best! What a great deal on trays.

Mandy said...

adorable! The houndstooth is the best, definitely!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Great transformations. I love the ornament one.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

The damask "twins" are my fave, but they are all wonderful!

Cyndi said...

Richella those turned out great! You are very crafty, I'm trying....
I'm working on some Christmas stuff too and if it looks good I'll blog about it:)
I also went back to some of your other posts and I love your house pictures!!

Red Writing said...

They are all very pretty!!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.

They are all so cute...but I am swooning over the damask twins and that red houdstooth!

You did a fabulous job.

~Amanda

Jessi said...

I saw those exact same trays at our local Goodwill and stood and pondered for a while what I could do with them...but didn't come up with anything, so I didn't get them. But good for you on your creativity! So cute!

Michelle@Everyday Celebrating said...

love the houndstooth!

Katie at CharmingInnovations.com said...

those are adorable! so cute! i love houndstooth...i had that same red & white houndstooth wrapping paper last year, i love it! i think i found mine at hallmark.

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Jennifer said...

They are all so cute! I really like the B & W twins! :)

Marianne@Songbird said...

they look very lovely. The black and white ones are my favorite.
What are you going to use them for?

Happy Nester said...

They are wonderful. What a great deal too.

momof3girls said...

love the cute trays!! I especially love the Black and White ones !!!!- So very cute!!!

Joy said...

Those trays are absolutely BEEEAUTIFUL!

Kim said...

@Cheap Chic Home. My favorites are the damask twins! Nice job.

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

I love what you've done with these! Can you believe I've never tried to Mod Podge anything? I'll have to get some on my next trip to the craft store.

Its So Very Cheri said...

Very cute-Great job--I have a party every week- Its So Very Creative (mondays)--would love to have you be an inspiration to other gals.

A new follower
Cheri

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