Friday, September 14, 2012

Map Tray

Map Tray...home is where the HEART is!

About 4 years ago I found this red tray on sale, it was only $3 dollars. Loved it, but after a year it had a bunch of nicks and was looking a little busted. Recently I found it in my garage. I've seen a bunch of tray re purposing on pinterest, and knew my tray had to be redone. Bought a map of Northern California for $.10 cents at the used bookstore.

 
I gave the tray 3 coats of white spray paint.  I cut the map out to the dimension of the inside of the tray. I used a read sharpie to draw a heart around Sonoma (where hubby and I first lived together), and then a heart around Stockton (where we live now and where we grew up). I used spray adhesive to adhere the map to the tray, which is a little tricky/sticky to work with. Then I used modge podge to seal the top.  Ta-Dah!

 
 
 
 

I love the way it turned out. I especially love the hearts and the tray looks much better in white. What do you think? Do you have a tray you can re-do? Have you redone a tray, I would love to see it!

18 comments:

  1. Your tray looks great! Love the map, really love the hearts you added! I'm going to dig around in my kitchen for a try to redo!

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    1. Thank you! I'd love to see a picture if you re do one.

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  2. Love the personal touch you added with the hearts around places meaningful to you. Great touch!

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    1. Thanks, luckily the two places we've lived together are fairly close and fit on the tray.

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  3. This is a fantastic project! Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

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    1. All linked up, I will add a link back, thanks for the invite!

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  4. I so want to make one these for my BFF, Bonnie. She is a military wife, so she's done lots of moving around. OR I could mark where our current cites since she's in San Diego and I'm in Midland, TX. Or I could just make her two trays- a married one and a BFF one. I think I'll do just do that. :) Thanks for the inspiration my dear!

    -Amberly

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    1. I love the idea of a BFF tray. I have a friend who lives in NY that would be a perfect birthday gift for her. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Hey Rachel...the tray turned out super cute....what a sweet idea...thank you so much for taking the time to link up and share...hope to see you again soon...xo

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    1. Thank you! I'm just started linking up to parties and I'm really enjoying it.

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  6. I LOVE this! I just re-did a garage sale tray and stenciled the middle, but just wasn't feeling it! I'm totally going to copy-cat you! (Hope that's ok!) Thank you so much for joining the party at Keep Calm and Link Up!! This will be featured on Facebook tomorrow (Sunday) Have a great day!
    Barbara at Chase the Star
    chasethestar dot net

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    1. Of course, so glad you love it. Thanks for the feature I will check it out. Have a wonderful day!

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  7. I love map art and this is a great use for it! What a great transformation. Thanks so much for linking up :)

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    1. Thank you! It was really easy to do. Thanks for hosting the link up party!

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  8. I love this tray. I have redone a bunch of tray to sell at my shop but I haven't tried one with a map yet. I'm your newest follower. Come check out my blog when you have a second at http://sister-number-5.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for the follow I am now follow you. I love the Laters baby sign you did, I may have Christian Grey Syndrome lol.

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  9. Supersweet! Thanks for sharing the great idea.

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  10. I love anything done with maps, so yes, your tray redo is a big hit imo. It looks wonderful, and the hearts for the specific areas only make it more special.

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