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How to Turn a Picture Frame Into a Tray


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January 30, 2018

A decorative tray made from a wooden picture frame.I have many picture frames I have collected through the years. Since I am using less on the walls, I came up with a decorative and useful project idea, so that they can be used as a display or serving tray with an interchangeable insert.

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Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 1

Supplies:

  • picture frame
  • decorative paper
  • spray paint
  • glue gun
  • knobs
  • beads (optional)
  • drill, optional if you add the knobs

Steps:

  1. First take your frame and remove backing and glass; set aside.
  2. Turning A Picture Frame Into a Display or Serving Tray - frame before starting
     
    Turning A Picture Frame Into a Display or Serving Tray - remove glass and backing
     
  3. Spray paint your frame. Allow to dry.
  4. Turning A Picture Frame Into a Display or Serving Tray - paint the frame
     
  5. With a drill make holes for knobs (optional). These were also spray painted to match.
  6. Turning A Picture Frame Into a Display or Serving Tray - painted knobs
     
  7. The backing from your frame is used as a template to cut to size your insert. You can cut out as many as you like to have interchangeable looks.
  8. Turning A Picture Frame Into a Display or Serving Tray - assorted paper for under the glass
     
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  9. Replace and secure the backing. You can add decorative beads around the edge of your frame, if desired.
  10. Turning A Picture Frame Into a Display or Serving Tray - adding beads to frame
     
    Turning A Picture Frame Into a Display or Serving Tray - decorative paper cut and placed under the glass
     
  11. If you are using your tray as a food server, you will need to run a bead of clear sealer around the top where the glass meets the frame.
  12. Turning A Picture Frame Into a Display or Serving Tray - using as a tea tray
     
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