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Friday, March 19, 2010

Bedside Tray From Broken Picture Frames

I desperately needed a little tray on my nightstand so that my jewelry, phone etc, could be kept out of reach of baby hands! My son has a bad habit of stealing things off of it, and putting them in inappropriate places such as the toilet, his mouth, under the bed, and so on.

In our last move, some frames of mine were broken, and here's what I did with two of them.

The frame I used was a double 4 by 6 frame on a hinge. I just folded it up and wrapped it with ribbon. I chose black satin ribbon ( and ran out of it hence the last bit finished with grosgrain you will see in my pics), and about every 6 wraps I put a dab of hot glue to secure it.  I did wrap it VERY tight, and hot glued the last big of ribbon in place securely on the side I chose to be the bottom.

Next I chose a nicely patterned fabric, and cut it to the size of my glass.

The glass and backing I used was from a 5 by 7 sized frame. I tacky glued the edges of the glass and smoothed my material onto it. I put tacky glue on the edges of cardboard backing and put that on the fabric side, sandwiching it in between, so the printed side of the fabic showed through the glass. I put a couple heavy books on it for one hour to dry... This is your tray bottom. To attach my two pieces together to form the tray, I used Gorilla glue. Make sure you read the instructions if your going to use it, though, because it foams alot, but is permanent! I put a thin line around the bottom my my frame piece and put it squarely onto the bottom piece. I put heavy books onto it for two hours to dry.

Now, for the "legs" of the tray I used little floral marbles that you see in fake flower arrangements or little indoor fountains. You can find them at any dollar store craft section. I glued two marbles together with hot glue on the flat sides, and then glued a "leg" to each corner like so:

As the finishing touch I added trim to hide the seam where we glued our two parts together.

 And now you have an anything tray!! Even a little bathroom tray or a candle dish!!

 Have fun using up some old or damaged frames! :) You could probably be alot more professional than I was too!!


  1. OMGosh...what a great idea and makeover! Hope you have a FUN day:)


  2. What a great idea! It turned out really cute too!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!