Published April 27, 2016
Are you looking for a nice hostess gift or perhaps know of someone who will be celebrating a birthday soon?
This gift idea may fit the bill and is very budget-friendly.
A simple photo frame can be transformed into the prettiest breakfast tray in minutes. Materials for this idea may be purchased at local craft or hardware stores.
1 photo frame (11 by 14 inches)
2 silver cabinet handles
Decorative paper (12 by 12 inches)
These little trays can be made in many different sizes. I prefer the 11- by 14-inch size for its ability to accommodate a few table items and perhaps a small book or iPad. They can also be assembled using photographs or other visual material you may want to use to personalize the tray to the recipient.
Remove the plastic wrapping from the frame and wipe the glass and outside edges with a soft cloth.
Unbend the small wire clips on the back of the frame and remove the cardboard backing, papers and glass plate. Clean the glass plate with a glass cleaner if necessary. Set aside.
Place the handles on each side of the frame where you would like them to be. Mark the small drill holes with a pencil and set them aside. Using your power drill, carefully drill two holes on each side of the frame. Attach your silver cabinet handles with the included screws. Be sure these handles are strongly attached.
Measure your decorative paper to fit the inside of the plate. In most cases you will require two sheets of paper to fill the entire glass plate. Carefully measure and cut the paper making sure to match patterns if necessary. If you are using photographs then you will need to have a background page to apply them.
Replace the glass plate and the cardboard backing. Bend over the wire supports.
These little trays are quite sturdy however they are not meant for heavy items.
Barb Lunter is a freelance writer with a passion for home decor, entertaining and floral design. She also runs Blu Dog Staging & Redesign. bludogstagingandredesign.com