diy serving tray

It is the second week of January, and all (well, most) of the holiday decorations are packed away…except for all those beautiful Christmas cards.

I struggle with this every year…what to do with all those cards come January.  You see, I’m a lover of all things paper…cards, wrapping paper, invitations, calendars, stationery, napkins, gift tags, notepads, etc…so I have an extremely difficult time throwing all those lovely cards in the trash!

This year I decided to preserve our cards by decoupaging them on a serving tray.

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To do this, you will need…

  • tray (wood, plastic or melamine will work)
  • mod podge
  • sponge brush
  • scissors
  • Christmas cards, of course

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I started by cutting out the parts of the cards that I wanted to use…pictures, words, graphic designs, phrases.  I wish I could have saved every part of them, but my serving tray just wasn’t large enough!!!

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After the cutting was finished, I began laying out the pieces on the tray.  Once I had an idea of how I wanted to position them, I applied a thin coat of the mod podge to the tray using the sponge brush.

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Then I placed the pieces on top of the mod podge.  Once I had one section the way I wanted it, I applied another coat of the mod podge on top of the pieces of cards.

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I continued doing this until the entire area was filled.

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Then I filled in the gaps between the pictures with the smaller pieces from the cards…the words and phrases fit perfectly for this purpose.

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I still had more space to cover on my wood tray, so I decoupaged more pictures, words, and phrases on the sides and the bottom.

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Once I had everything in place, I applied one last coat of the mod podge to make sure all the pieces had adhered to the tray.  Obviously, allow each side to completely dry before turning it over.

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Now I have a wonderful remembrance of our 2015 Christmas cards from friends and family, and I can’t wait to use my new serving tray when entertaining!

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Much better than throwing those cards in the trash!

 

 

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