How to personalize a serving tray

Too many photos and not enough space? Display them on a serving tray

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  • One larger frame
  • Clear silicon glue
  • Base paint
  • Accent paint
  • Two drawer pulls
  • Power drill
  • Glue
  • A selection of photos and memorabilia



Step #1: Start by removing all glass and backing from the frame.








Step #2: Measure where you’ll place your drawer pulls. The drawer pulls will act as handles to carry your tray.






Step #3: Drill holes for the drawer pulls and set the drawer pulls aside.







Step #4: Choose a base colour for your tray and coat the entire frame.







Step #5: Paint the backing an accent colour. Now you are ready for the fun part: planning and arranging your photos.






Step #6: Apply glue to the back of your photos and adhere to the freshly painted backing.






Step #7: Once all your photos are attached apply silicon to inside of the frame. Place the backing into the frame so the pictures face up.






Step #8: Run more silicon around the edge of the frame and place your accents on the tray. Press the glass gently on top and allow to dry.






And voila! You have a serving tray personalized for you and your cottage that guests will love.

This article was originally published on June 30, 2007

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