Serving Up Some Love 3 Ways

Posted by Nads on March 15, 2013

Here is the third and final installment in my DIY personalized tray series.  I previously posted some about quick and easy DIY  tray projects with custom messages and here is another riff on that great idea.  Super simple and uber-quick, this is a great way to up cycle some trays you might have hanging around and create a custom stylish way to serve your breakfast, hors d’ouevres or entertaining gems.

Serving Up Some Love Part III:


Take a tray you might have lying around.  Here I found a plain wooden tray in a modern design.


I picked out my simple supplies; painters tape and gold vinyl lettering.


I laid out my tape as a guide for my letters.


Here is one of the phrases I laid out.


I laid out a different phrase on different sides of the tray just for fun.  All done and ready for breakfast.  So fast, simple and cute!!!!

Here are the other tray projects I posted, just in case you were curious.  Enjoy!!

Serving Up Some Love Part II:

So I liked the tray idea so much I got a little carried away and came up with another one.  “Let’s smooch” says it all.

It all began with a photo collage tray I picked up on clearance.  I removed the matting.

The reason why I love, love, love this idea is that you can make a custom message with any saying for any occasion and change it in a snap.  Awesome!

I used this patterned black paper for the background.  These were paper place-mats from PC – $3.00 for a dozen.

Then I used these funky hot pink felt stickers from the dollar store and came up with a fun line.  You could use up the dozen place-mats with a ton of fun phrases for all kinds of occasions and then swap them out as you wish.

Line-up the stickers and place your message.

Re-assemble the ‘photo’ tray and your done! Quick and cool – perfect for a weekend breakfast or date night wine and cheese.

Serving Up Some Love Part 1:

Here’s a super quick and easy project that makes an everyday object look like it came straight from a vendor.  (My favorite criteria for DIY: low investment but looks awesome.)  I found this plain white tray while I was cleaning out my basement and thought it would make a good backdrop for a cute message.

I think I picked it up at Target awhile back in the clearance section for under $10.  I wanted to put some messaging on there and went to my local Michael’s to look for some stylish letter stickers.  Of course they had some great selections in various sizes, I had something a little bigger than usual in mind.

I chose these Helvetica letters for their timeless design quality, but you can pick anything you like.  Most stores have some type of lettering stickers available in their scrapbooking section.  These were a steal at $1.69 for two.  I chose a simple XOXO message, but I picked up another set of stickers with our initials for another tray I have.  Too cute – makes me feel like I’m in grade 5 again.

You can also get inexpensive letters at your hardware store, the ones you can use for you address or mailbox.

With a little help from some painters tape, I laid out the letters in a straight line and was done.

Awesome, simple, fast and it looks great.  Can’t wait to serve my hubby breakfast!

12 Responses to “Serving Up Some Love 3 Ways”

  1. Great idea! I love how the tray with glass is so changeable… Any occasion, nice job!


  2. paula schuck says:

    I am fast falling in love with your site. You have some amazing ideas here that are simple to do. I can do these!! Happy clapping. I can do them with my kids in our new house. Yay! Thanks for so many brilliant creative ideas.

    • Nads says:

      wow – thanks so much for your comments and enthusiasm. we love finding new visitors to connect with! these are great ideas to do with kids – they will probably come up with much better sayings, too – send us your results!

  3. Cate Moore says:

    These are adorable and they look easy enough for someone like me (not very crafty) to do! You are so creative!

  4. I love, love, LOVE the photo tray idea! Great options all the way around – thanks for sharing!

  5. They all look great but I think I like the gold lettering best – beautiful!

  6. So pretty, and so fun. Love the xoxo one the best.

  7. I really love this idea! I have lots of scrapbooking stickers that are not being put to use – this would be a GREAT project!

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