Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tea Trays from Frames

Some of you may recognize this post -- I submitted it for Round 2 of "One Month To Win It" and it helped move me on to Round 3 but of course I couldn't post it here until voting ended!

I have been looking for a nice little tray for serving tea, coffee, etc. and haven't found anything to my 'liking' so I created three using frames and some porcelain knobs from my local thrift store.  The two smaller frames to make a 'set' for holding spoons, cream, sugar, etc.  I began by taking them all apart and removing the glass.  I primed and then painted them in this pretty pink color to match the decorative papers I planned to insert.  (It should be noted that for some unknown reason to me, the paint 'crackled' in parts.  I was going to sand and repaint but I actually thought it added to the 'aged' look of these!) Once they were painted, I distressed them a  little with sandpaper.  
For the main tray I added this fun quote and the vintage tea service image from The Graphics Fairy and inserted the papers into the frames. 

The knobs for the 'feet' were attached also using E6000 glue.   The handles are old spoons I had (also attached with E6000. . .  can you tell I LOVE this glue??) but before I put one of the spoons on, I slipped an old elastic rhinestone ring over it.  

This broken earring was added on using a jump ring to the existing picture hanger that for the life of me I could not remove no matter how hard I tried so . . . I decided I would work WITH it instead!

To add to the vintage charm of these, I added some more 'bling' (a.k.a. old jewelry) Hmm. . . Let's see if you can guess how I adhered the bling??. And now I'm looking forward to serving up tea and treats on these little beauties!

37 comments:

  1. Love the trays...heading over to vote now. Tiff

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  2. These are SO adorable!

    Cara

    http://miscellaneousme.wordpress.com

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  3. I just love this idea....I have a ton of frames and can never find trays that I like. Hope you don't mind if I copy this one. Hopping on over to vote!
    Marianne :)

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  4. The trays are so pretty...love them. I love that tea service graphic. You can never have too many trays especially pretty ones like yours.

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  5. Hi Lauren, I think I fixed the problem over here at Masterpiece Monday. I disabled the link back requirement. Can you please try to link up again? Blessings, Mary :O)

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  6. what beautiful treasures,, wonderful idea and love the color ,

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  7. Insanely cute! I love what you did. Great color.

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  8. awesome !!!!!!! this is right up my alley! I am a new follower from the dittle dattle hop...hope you will pop over soon! I do furniture/decorating etc and I garden!

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  9. WOW...so classy and gorgeous!

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  10. I don't know what this contest is, but I can see how you got to the next round!!!
    This is an amazing idea!!! That is the point, right? That you can think up ideas like this!!
    Totally awesome!
    xxDaniella

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  11. These are so pretty! I love how you spruced the trays up with rhinestones and using a frame for a tray is such a great idea!!

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  12. So happy you are into Round three. They look super fabulous !

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  13. So pretty and romantic! I'd love to come to your house for tea anytime!

    Jeanine

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  14. Fantastic! great job!

    Smiles,
    The Joyful Thrifter

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  15. Vigorously nodding my head in agreement with all the comments above. :D

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  16. Those are so cute! Totally love them.

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  17. Lauren - this is beautiful! I can see why you made it to round three! Going to vote for you now! In the meantime, I keep reading your post over and over to be sure I haven't missed anything :) I mean, slipping the ring onto the spoon before making it a handle? I would have never ever thought of that!

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  18. I love using the spoons and handles. I love bling too.

    Thanks for stopping by Dogs and Grandkids. I am a new follower. :)

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  19. o these are beautiful..i love them.. good luck:)
    xoxo

    http://jaysonandashley.blogspot.com/

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  20. These are so cute. I love the little feet you added to them. I'm a new follower. Hope to see you at http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

    P.S. I have a link party every Monday. I would love for you to stop by and link up your project.

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  21. Hi Lauren, I love this idea. Those are so cute and useful too. Not to mention the color is so pretty and girly too.

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  22. Hi Lauren~
    I just became your 200th follower!! Congrats! Your tea trays are really cute. Great job!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  23. Great way to re-create boring old picture frames! I love how they came out. Using old spoons as handles! What a great idea. Great job.

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  24. I just love the handles, I'm telling everyone about this, good job.
    Lisa

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  25. What a great idea! Your tea trays turned out really lovely!

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  26. I love the trays! The tea set looks so cute on it.

    Dee

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  27. Absolutely gorgeous! I am linking to you from my Summer Kick Off Tutorial Round Up!

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  28. You have been featured this week on the Glitter Spotlight! Thank you for joining the weekly link party!
    http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/06/glitter-friday-spotlight-6-17-11.html

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  29. Love your blog!! Its so cute!!! I am your newest follower!!! i would love to feature you on my blog. so let me know!! :) So if you would like to go and check out my blog and follow me too! That would make my day!!! :) I am so excited to start blogging and share my ideas on food, crafts, and mineral make-up. I will also be doing giveaways on stuff, like mineral make-up. So look out for it!
    Thanks!
    -Brooke
    For-the-luv-of.blogspot.com

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  30. darling! stopping by from the TT & J link up party! :)

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  31. Lauren,
    I have seen these a few times in magazines. I love the look and always wanted to try it. Thanks for linking it to Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  32. Visiting from TT&J & thought these were so darling. What a great idea to add spoons as handles & vintage bling. Let me know when your next tea party is & I'll bring the chocolate.
    Liz

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  33. Lauren these are just incredible! They are absolutely darling and I'm so impressed by your creativity. :-) Thank you so much for sharing them with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa
    P.S. Did I ever tell you my daughter's name is also Lauren? :-)

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  34. Oh, how LOVELY and PRETTY your TRAYS are♪♪♪
    I love the pink color and awesome ornaments!!!
    My, tea would be much tastier served with your gorgeous trays♫♫♫

    Haha, definitely I love yours than my husband's trays. Haha, he doesn't understand English much.
    Love, xoxo Orchid.

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  35. these are the cutest things ever!! just love them

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