Monday, January 20, 2014

DIY Picture Frame Tray

 Last summer, my mother-in-law had us up and wanted to work on these little tray projects together.  She was making some things for her quilt guild and for Christmas presents, so we had a fun day of getting all those things ready.  That is why I'm just now posting this, since she made one for her mother, who reads this blog pretty consistently from what I hear.  (Hi Janice!)  I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise!

I'm also glad I waited to post about this, because Valentines day is coming up in just a few weeks, and I think nothing says romance like a little tray that works for breakfast in bed!  If you want to bring your honey some breakfast in bed (and please make sure there's a side of coffee), then this is just the perfect thing to bring it on!  You could even make your Valentine's card be inside the frame.

For this particular tray, the one I took home, we actually used cabinet door handles.  You really have to pick the type of handles according to the type of frame you find.  Every frame is different, so they all need a different type of handle.  Since this frame was very wide and had a thick flat surface on the edges, it worked great with the handles.  My mother-in-law also did some handles that were made with wire and beads.

I didn't photograph that part, but its pretty straight forward.  Mark where the screws need to be and drill straight down.  Since the screws go up into the handle, you'll probably need to drill a larger bit just up to where the screw head will fit flat against the rest of the wood.

On the back, we attached a floor tile so that the surface would be cleanable.  
I really didn't think cleanable was a word, but it isn't turning red, so on the blog it goes!

 Since we drilled holes into the face of the frame, we went to Hobby Lobby and found some decorative wood details to glue over the screw holes.  We used three on each side to make it seem more balanced and purposeful.

And there's the end result!  I just love the little picture that was already in the frame she bought!  If you can't tell, it is metallic.  It is just quaint, and works great with my white tea set!

Do you ever do breakfast in bed at your household?  Are you the breakfast maker and taker, or the breakfast waker?  


  1. I love this idea, gonna pin it and bookmark this page as I want to try it out myself. thanks Sandra

  2. Pinned this to save for a soon DIY day! I love how sturdy it looks... some of the other DIY trays I've seen look like they'd crumble under a normal breakfast and coffee.

    1. Yes! It is really sturdy! This particular frame is a bit small and our dishes are a bit chunky, so we can't really fit but one bowl and mug on it, but it is definitely quite sturdy! I think the cabinet door handles really add to the sturdiness of it too! :)

  3. That turned out so cute!!! I think I need to make one for my coffee table. :-)

  4. This is such a great idea and super cute! I have a old tray that I'm not using, now I know what I'm going to do with it! Thanks so much for linking up at Sewlicious Home Decor! Marti

  5. Great idea!!

    Thanks for linking up to Fluster's Creative Muster Party!! I am co hosting this week!!


  6. Neat.....awesome idea on the floor tile.

  7. Very cute - look great! Thanks for linking up to Take it on Tuesday!!
    ~ Betsy @ Romance on a dime

  8. Gorgeous :)
    Thanks for sharing your tutorial on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party.
    Marigolds' Loft

  9. My girlfriends and I are going to have a craft night at the end of the month. The only thing I want to do right now is go to Hobby Lobby and buy some handles and go to Goodwill to buy some cheap forgotten frames.

  10. This sounds like a good project to do with the girls! Good luck, hope you ladies find some unique frames at the thrift store!


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