February 22, 2011

Everybody is doing it!!

Many of my favorite blogs are featuring vintage trays as decorative wall hangings. Be sure to check out My Vintage Mending on this post for how she's displayed them in her studio. Her whole studio is just delightful!

Imagine my joy when I discovered all these nifty trays at my favorite thrift store for a $1. I've had these in my possession for awhile but was waiting for just the right moment.

Using my favorite glue (E-6000) and some costume jewelry, I turned one lap tray into magnetic board and used a few clip-on earrings to create vintage decorative magnets.

I attached a beaded necklace with the same glue to the back of the lap tray to hang it on the wall but you could use 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips to adhere your tray to the wall.

To make the earring magnets, I removed the clip-on backing with pliers and then added a drop of E-6000 glue and then the magnet.

If you didn't have access to clip-on earrings, you could use buttons, scrabble pieces, or even plastic drink monkeys to make some creative magnets.

Because the thrifting stars were aligned and I came home with a stack of trays, I am giving away 1 tray along with 3 special clip-on earring magnets. No strings attached. Just leave a comment on this post by 2/24 by 6pm and tell me if you'd prefer a red or tan vintage tray (all trays have red geranium decals in the center). You could even use chalkboard paint and cover your tray to make a nifty magnetic chalkboard!! This might even be fun in the kitchen to hold favorite recipes.

Past give-away winners are always welcome.
I love giving away my creations as much as I enjoy making them.

XOXO

21 comments:

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Kim, You are very fortunate to have such great thrift stores in your part. This tray-turned memo board is a great project, can you tell me more about the pink flower hook used to suspend the tray? did you make that as well?

PS would love to win the red!

My Vintage Mending said...

These are too cute. Love the costume jewelry. Ack...stacks are you kidding. You lucky girl. Perfect for display. I hang all mine with the 3M too. Genius again. The bead string. Can you imagine the damage we could do? Smiles...Renee

Courtney said...

I love this idea. I bet you know whose cute little pictures I would have hanging on there. I would love to win the red one!

Cindy said...

I have seen these already transformed in our craft/antique stores...They are perfectly darling! I would love to have either one...

Have a great Tuesday!
Cindy W.

Heather said...

Wow, you've got some great thrift stores nearby. I have always been a big fan of trays!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Very cute trays...love the vintage ones too. I wish we had good thrift stores here, there just aren't any. I like what you did to use the one for display. Cleaver girl!

carrots said...

Thanks for your crafty blog. My friend has recently revived my love of all things crafty and with a new home to decorate, I'm loving the opportunities for creativeness! I'd love to win a tan tray.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kim,
I could have those trays in my house for 50 years and wouldn't think of a thing to do with them except place them on a surface. Good thing the world has creative people like you in it. Red would be great. Sherry F.

Life in Rehab said...

Tan please! This would be perfect in the kitchen, and yeah, you scoped out an amazing find!

Jodi said...

Ohh Kim, these are sooo cute!
Though I had to purge - I will continue enjoying your blog and saving for a rainy day! :)

Jodee said...

That turned out sooo cute! I love it!

Please throw my name in the hat. I would love to win the red one!

Kim said...

You are truly amazing..
I say that all the time.. but you are just a natural Crafter..
Love ya..
Hugz..

asian~treasures said...

Oh, red, please! It would work perfectly in my "apple" kitchen.

I have really enjoyed popping in to see all your ideas!

Anonymous said...

Love the trays. Do you remember the ones Grandma painted on that were in the Yellow bathroom turntable. the tan ones are nice
the Aunties

PandaMom said...

Red of course! ; ) You are soooooo good at finding fun things to do! ; )

Cindy said...

cute ideas, can't believe Josie will be in Kindergarten in the Fall, how times fly.

~Tonja~ said...

Oh those are sweet...I would pick the tan but either on really...

AmieAnn said...

This is soo stinkin cute and mighty clever too! I am loving the vintage feel! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/02/pink-hippo-party-17.html

abeachcottage said...

You are so creative, such a great idea, love the new memo boards and the jewelry magnets.

KATIES MOM said...

Hi Kim! I love the trays! A dollar???? I so happen to have an assortment of odd clip on earrings from my mother in law. I couldn't stand the thought of throwing them away after she passed away even though they didn't have a match. Would love to win the red!!

At The Picket Fence said...

So cute and clever! I can't believe you found those at a thrift store! Thank you so much for linking up to Inspiration Friday this week~
Vanessa