Patterned Tray DIY

I recently bought a set of five trays from Joann Fabric. It was actually a mistake on my part; someone on Etsy requested a custom order and then never got back to me! Definitely a lesson that you shouldn’t expect someone to follow through on a custom order unless you get it guaranteed.

So I now had a set of unfinished trays to play around with. I decided to make my own set of unique trays to maybe sell at a craft show or on Etsy someday.

For this patterned tray, the first thing I did was have my husband stain it in a weathered oak stain. I love the grayish tone of this stain. I couldn’t do it myself because of the fumes and my pregnancy. I’ve since bought a mask 🙂

When staining, I generally use an old rag made out of a t-shirt. Wipe the stain in the direction of the wood grain and when you are done, make sure to wipe of the excess.

After I let it dry for a day, I got some cream colored paint and a stencil from Walmart. You can get a similar one from Amazon here: Plaid:Craft Martha Stewart Large Stencils 3 Sheets/Pkg-Arabesque 8.75″X16.75″ 11 Designs. I used a sponge brush specific for stencils.

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When you are finished with one section, you pick up the stencil and overlap it in order to keep the pattern going. I made the mistake of not making sure the stencil was all the way down, so some paint did leak out under the stencil layers.

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I decided to remedy the situation by sanding it down and making it look more used.

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The last step is simply to brush on a layer of polyurethane to help protect the wood. You now have a beautiful and unique handmade tray!

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*Note: I do use affiliate links to help support my stay-at-home income. I hope you are able to use these links to get the products you need to do your own projects!

My Blush Pink and Gold Vintage Wedding

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I got married last September, and I thought I’d share some photos from the wedding ceremony and reception! I wanted a vintage feel and collected lots of different antique and thrift store pieces to make it all come together. I ended up saving a lot on my decor because of this. All photos are courtesy of Kate Heiberger Photography.

I used an antique cricket box for our rings. The best man held it for us during the wedding.

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The inside had an old cushion in it, so I recovered it with a blush pink fabric. I LOVE the color of the box!

Baby’s breath and tulle were hung in the aisles. I got my inspiration from Pinterest, but there actually wasn’t a tutorial I could link! My mother-in-law helped me get the dried baby’s breath, painted it gold, and we cut lengths of tulle to drape over the end of the pews. It was actually perfect because we weren’t allowed to use anything to secure the bows to the ends of the aisles.

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My cake was soo beautiful and delicious! We got it made by the Hy-Vee bakery and had them add the almond flavoring they use in their wedding cupcakes! My florist made a beautiful cake topper.

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I had brass candlesticks and candelabras on ever table and vintage mirror trays as the centerpieces. Antique perfume bottles and vintage cards were sprinkled around the different tables as well.

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My mother made a perfect card hold out of a vintage suitcase. She made the sign for it with scrapbook paper. It looked perfect!

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The pink champagne was served on a large gold mirror. The cocktail tables had sweet little books I bought from andyourbirdisgreen on Etsy! She does an amazing job of painting hardcover books.

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Don’t forget the candy table!

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It was the best wedding my husband and I could ask for.

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*Note: I do use affiliate links to help support my stay-at-home income. I hope you are able to use these links to get the products you need to do your own projects!

Personalizing Wedding Cake Servers

For my wedding, I wanted a vintage feel without spending a ton of money. One way to do this is to DIY the details! I’m going to go through with you today how I personalized my wedding cake knife and server. The set I bought was only $10 at Walmart. Here is the set that I ended up getting. Apparently, I am not good at taking non-blurry photos (I apologize!)

 

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So here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • A plain serving set for wedding cake
  • Martha Stewart paint that is safe for glass (it will help prevent the pain smudging off)
  • Glitter if you like it 🙂
  • Old or broken jewelry (I used some cheap jewelry and rings that I got at stores like Forever 21 and Rue21)
  • Glue Gun
  • Wire cutters for cutting jewelry
  • Painter’s tape

You may want to wear gloves if you don’t want to get paint on your hands!

  1. Cut any old rings you want to embellish the handles with with the wire cutters. I cut the rings once in the back so I could put the ring around the handles and they would still be continuous.
  2. Use the glue gun to adhere the rings around the handles. I put my rings around the base of the servers.20150904_140136
  3. I used a bracelet with charms and cut off my favorite charms to add a shabby chic/vintage look to the servers. I chose a charm of a cameo, and one with an old-looking key.
  4. For my set, I used a hot glue gun to wrap gold ribbon around the server handles where I wanted to place the charms. Make sure it is lined up nicely!
  5. Hot glue the charms on top of the ribbon. I kept some of the chains that the charms came off of so I could glue them on easily. If you want to have a more professional look, glue on the back of the serving utensils.  20150904_141355
  6. I wanted gold accents on my servers, so I chose to paint the area of the utensils above the charms but not on the actual part used to touch the food for safety. Use the painters tape to section off the painted area.s
  7. Use a small brush to apply the Martha Stewart paint. I did a couple of coats to hide the silver.  20150904_141553
  8. Wait a day or two for it to dry, and remove the tape. You now have a personalized cake serving set for a fraction of the cost of a professional set!

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You could even add initials instead of jewelry. Let me know any other ideas you have for decor in the comments 🙂

Here is a pic from my actual wedding!

 

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