DIY: Frame Turned Tray

April 9, 2014

DIY: Frame Turned Tray; perfect for tabletop Spring vignette.  So easy + affordable!

This post brought to you by Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. All opinions are 100% mine.

With the excitement of Spring finally here (our snow is almost all melted), I started spicing up the house with a few lighter + brighter elements.  The first area that I started with… The Foyer!  The entryway of the home is the perfect place to get the Spring time decor rolling.  Incorporating trays are a design-must in my book for styling tabletops + vignettes.  After clearing off the top of the gold dresser to start with a fresh palette, I knew I needed a new tray.   So I made one…

From Frame to Tray, check out my new Spring entry vignette. It’s simple, but fresh…

DIY: Frame Turned Tray; perfect for tabletop Spring vignette.  So easy + affordable!

This frame turned tray took no time at all to create + the cost was much less than any trays I’ve recently seen or purchased in the past.  Plus, the beauty of it is, it’s customizable.  More on that in a minute…

For this project, these are the materials I used:

> Frame – I simple picture frame with a flat, simple edge is a must for the hardware to lay flat.  The size frame I chose fits an 11 x 14 picture

>Cabinet Pulls (for the kitchen or bath – I got these gold pulls from Lowe’s)

> Something special to display - I chose to use a piece of leftover wallpaper from my powder room, but try a family picture, kids artwork, or anything that is meaningful to you.

Last, but most important for this project is Elmer’s ProBond Advanced!

Materials needed to turn a frame into a tray!

This project literally took minutes to make.

Using the amazing formula, Elmer’s ProBond, which is magical when it comes to adhering a porous material with a non-porous material (Mixed Materials like wood to metal for this DIY project), I added the “glue” to the metal pull.DIY: Frame Turned Tray; perfect for tabletop Spring vignette.  So easy + affordable!

DIY: Frame Turned Tray; perfect for tabletop Spring vignette.  So easy + affordable!

Then I “eyed it” and placed the pull in the center of the frame surround.  Same with the second pull, and voila, the frame instantly became a tray. From vertical to horizontal…

DIY: Frame Turned Tray; perfect for tabletop Spring vignette.  So easy + affordable!

The next step was the fun part, customizing the tray with leftover wallpaper scrap (from the powder room).

After figuring out what I wanted to see within the matting space, I cut a piece of wallpaper to size.

 

DIY: Frame Turned Tray; perfect for tabletop Spring vignette.  So easy + affordable!

And the result…

DIY: Frame Turned Tray; perfect for tabletop Spring vignette.  So easy + affordable!

With the Elmer’s ProBond Advanced there was no messy foam residue, as sometimes found with other glues.  Just as we’re used to the plain ole’ white Elmer’s glue (yup, the kind our kids use), the ProBond didn’t run at all.  Once I attached the pull to the frame, there was a little “seepage” that I simply used a paper towel to clean up around the edges.

Think about all the projects – big and small – you could tackle with this magical formula?!

DIY: Frame Turned Tray; perfect for tabletop Spring vignette.  So easy + affordable!

DIY: Frame Turned Tray; perfect for tabletop Spring vignette.  So easy + affordable!

Taking a step further, I created another Spring tabletop vignette using the Frames Wallpaper that I used in my boys room and shared a few weeks ago…

DIY: Frame Turned Tray; perfect for tabletop Spring vignette.  So easy + affordable!

DIY: Frame Turned Tray; perfect for tabletop Spring vignette.  So easy + affordable!

DIY: Frame Turned Tray; perfect for tabletop Spring vignette.  So easy + affordable!

And there it is.  A 10-minute DIY creation using a magic formula like no other!

Be sure to check back next week for the result of another DIY project I am working on.  It involves the Elmer’s ProBond Advanced again, but on a larger scale project.  Like I said, for big or small, this glue is awesome.

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Comments

  1. Wow wow wow this is awesome. I’m using the lid of a gift box as a tray on the kitchen bench to drop stuff in like mail, keys, sun sunglasses, coins etc so it doesn’t mess up the rest of the bench. I’ve been looking for a nice tray but haven’t been able to find one. I’m definitely going to try this.

    Just a question with the glu. Is it really strong enough without screwing them into the frame? It makes me a bit nervous.
    Angel recently posted..Ways to add to your art collection

  2. I am wondering the same thing. Is the bond strong enough that the tray could actually be used to carry a few drinks, or is is just to be used as part of a vignette and a catchall? Thanks for the idea. I want to make it either way.

    • The bond is definitely strong when adhering a porous and non-porous material! That being said, if you really want to carry drinks on the tray, I would use a handle / pull that is more substantial and solid on the inside so a larger surface area touches the frame. I recently did a similar project where the center of the item was hollow and I actually used playdoh that within a few days hardened and provided a larger flat surface. Good Luck. Jenna

  3. Michelle says:

    Great, simple project! I am putting this Elmer’s ProBond on my list. There is so many ways this can be used!

  4. Ingenius! Would have never thought of using a frame as a tray. Now that’s “thinking outside the box!” Fabulous!

  5. Love it, what a great idea. and I adore that chest too. Hugs, Marty
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