Tuesday 14 May 2013

diy: bring an old tray back to life.

This is my favourite tray ever - you've probably seen it pop up in various blog posts and instagram pictures. I got it for about 20p at a recycling centre a few years ago, as I was attracted to the old map print. Since then it's faded quite a lot and had a lot of spillages, so I thought it was about time I recovered it..

You can see below how I did it, with this lovely book print wrapping paper that I picked up from a gift shop. There are a couple of things you need to remember if you're going to try something similar! 

• always cut the paper a little bigger than you think you need it
• only use a very thin layer of PVA glue, so it's just tacky
• use a bone folder or something similar to smooth out any bubbles
• wait until the glue is fully dry before trimming the edges

And there we go, doesn't it look smart?! I think I almost like it better than when I first found it! 

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  1. Great idea!

    Carina xx

  2. This is awesome! Such a lovely idea, and the paper you used is so pretty! xxx

  3. I would even be trmpted to PVA over the paper too for protection! xo

  4. this is such a lovely idea! i love how you can customise an old tray and make it really personal


  5. Lovely idea and the paper you chose is gorgeous!

    Jess xo

  6. Brilliant idea! Love it :)


  7. I love the Penguin paper! :)
    Catherine x | Brighton Girl

  8. I would never even think to do this.
    such a great way to keep vintage pieces that are fading!

  9. Aww that's such a cute idea! Waterstones do some beautiful wrapping papers! We've got a few framed in the house :)
    Rachelle x

  10. Beautiful paper :) love this idea!
    Poppy | far away

  11. Fantastic idea!! I love the paper you used!! xo

  12. such a cute idea! love the original print xx

  13. super cute and a nifty idea :) x

  14. awesome idea and like the paper too :-)x

  15. Hi !!
    I recently came across your blog , and found it fresh and a pleasure to read ! I must compliment you on creating articles that are really nice. Very nice idea of Reuse old tray. We can use Crap Papers too :)

    I work with and we have some beautiful ethnic designs too. I think you would like them too :) and congratulations to you on your wonderful blog :)

    - Shivangi


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