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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Free Silhouette tray

As you may or may not know, I'm in the middle of redecorating my daughter's room.  She was quite upset when I took her old silhouette picture down, so I knew I had to do another one for her.  I tend to be a hoarder when it comes to home decor and "trash" and I remembered saving a wood tray from Christmas.   My daughter received a Melissa and Doug wood doll that came in a sturdy wood tray.  I knew it would be perfect to reuse and update, so I kept it and threw it in my craft supply drawer.




I took the tray outside and covered it with a few coats of blue spray paint.  I then took a profile picture of my daughter and printed it out.

I originally just planned on tracing her picture with a black sharpie and coloring it in, but my brand new sharpies would not write over the paint.  It was time for plan B!

I ended up tracing the cut out onto gold scrapbook paper and gluing it onto black and white polka dot paper.  

 (the paper looks wrinkled, but I promise I smoothed it out)
I applied a thin coat of Mod Podge then poly to make it waterproof.

My daughter loves the tray and it's a great place for her to put her water at night.

12 comments:

  1. Great Idea! They have such great packaging.

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    1. I know, right? I still have a few more of the trays for future projects!

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  2. This is so cute! Great way to re-purpose materials!!

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  3. Great use for the Melissa and Doug tray! Love it! We are featuring your awesome project at Your Designs This Time, live Mondays at 8:00am. Thanks for sharing with us!

    Emily & Erin

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  4. OH, I have started hoarding trays! This one is really cute.

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  5. What a great idea! I just threw away SEVEN of those! Ugh!!!!!

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    1. Oh, No! Don't you just hate when that happens? That's why I've become a hoarder of project material. Otherwise, I get so made at myself for thowing away useful material. My husbands hates it!

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  6. Such a cute idea! I've always wanted to do silhouettes of my kids but was stumped as to how. Can you please explain your steps from going to photo to tracing paper? Did you first cut around the photo then put it on tracing paper then gold paper? Thanks for any help!

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    1. Hi Kris! I simply sized then printed a profile picture of my daughter in black and white on regular 8x11 paper. I then cut out her picture (I flipped it over for this project) then traced it onto the gold paper. I hope that helps!

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