Did you realize that Mother’s Day is just about 3 weeks away? Whew…time to think about what you would like to do for your Mom. I’m excited because I get to actually spend Mother’s Day with my Mom this year! I can’t remember the last time we were together on Mother’s Day. Since we will be flying, I needed something small that would pack well to take as a little something for her for Mother’s Day. I’m sure I will add some flowers or something else to make the day special, but I also wanted a little something I made for her.
For some reason I had hard time figuring out what to do for my Mom and Mother-in-Law this year. I had finally decided would make a personalized serving tray for them, but when I went to the store to get the tray I had pictured in my mind, it was much too large to be able to pack in a suitcase. I saw these adorable small trays and decided I could make a small personalized tray. It could easily be packed and would also be perfect for placing mail, keys, or jewelry. Lots of options for its use. Love that idea! ♥
I’ve got a tutorial for you to make your own personalized tray. It was a fairly easy craft and I think it looks fab! Perfect!
- Unfinished Wooden Tray(affiliate link) – Here is one on Amazon similar to what I found.
- Paint (I used an acrylic paint with a Satin finish)
- Mod Podge
- Scrapbook Paper
- E6000 Glue
Start by priming your unfinished wood tray. If you don’t want to buy primer, you don’t have to do this step, but it will really help with getting good even paint coverage. After priming, paint two coats of the finish paint color. You don’t need to paint the flat part of the tray as you will be covering that with paper. Paint any unfinished wood embellishments at this time as well.
Cut your scrapbook paper to fit the bottom of the tray. I found it easiest to get a really good fit by cutting the piece of paper a bit larger than the space I needed to fill. Then I cut 1/4″ to 1/8″ pieces off at a time until it was the correct size.
Place a layer of Mod Podge on the flat part of the tray. Lightly mist the back side of your scrapbook paper with water (it will help the paper lay more flat and not bubble up). Apply the paper to the flat part of the tray. Use a brayer, pizza roller or you hands to get the paper flat and even. Layer Mod Podge on top making sure to get some into the seam so the paper won’t come loose there. Add at least one additional coat of Mod Podge to seal. I added 2 more layers for a total of 3 layers of Mod Podge as my sealer.
Use your E6000 to adhere the embellishment to the tray. I find it easiest to use a Q-tip to apply a small amount to small pieces like this. That way I don’t end up with a gloppy mess of glue sticking out from under the letter/embellishment.
As you can see in these pictures, I got some bubbling of the paper. I was not in a patient mood and didn’t add the light spray of water to the back of the paper. I’m a little disappointed with how they turned out because of that, but I still really love the colors and the look. I’m hoping my Mom and Mother-in-Law will be able to overlook the flaws.
I love the overall look of these trays. I kind of wish I had made one for me as well. I think they would be a great place to put keys or mail.
Do you have Mother’s Day gift ideas? I’d love to hear more ideas. Please leave a comment below.
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