Monday, November 14, 2011

Dollar Store Tray Becomes Holiday Wall Hanging

Like many of you, I'm sure, I like to roam the aisles of hardware stores, office supply stores, and dollar stores to find interesting and affordable items to alter or work into my art. I recently found these great decorative tin serving trays in my local Dollar Tree and grabbed up about a dozen for an idea yet to be born for my All Things Tim Group.

I decided on a wall hanging and things started to fall into place. Here's what I came up with.



It may not be the perfect artist's composition, but I am happy with it and can't wait to take down all my fall decorations and hang this baby up!




Like I said, it started with this rectangular serving tray. Add some holiday paper from Tim Holtz's Seasonal Paper Stash and it's starting to feel festive.




I scuffed up the back of the tray where I was adhering this plaid flannel ribbon just to make sure the surface wasn't too slick. This looks pretty nasty, so I cut a piece of felt and glued it over everything.




From the craft store, I snatched up some inexpensive mini ornaments. I liked these because I don't have any vintage ones of my own and these sort of have the look I was after. The pine and berry stem came from the craft store too. Is it a stem? A spray? A pick? I don't know.




I cut a snowman out of grungeboard from Tim's Sizzix Alteration's die "Winter Wonder." I painted the hat and the nose and the arms of a second snowman and layered them over the top, but not until I painted the base snowman white, inked the edges then applied Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint generously and let it dry. So cool!




I just got this new "Holiday Lamppost" die (Sizzix Alterations) and LOVE it! Here I cut it from grungeboard, painted it black then crackled it too. I wanted an icy look and I think it worked nicely. The "glass" in the lamp is a piece of clear plastic packaging cut to fit behind the die opening. I colored it with Sunshine Yellow alcohol ink with a felt blending tool and let it dry before adhering it behind the lamp.




After antiquing some lace with Antique Linen, I hot-glued it across the bottom of the tray, then adorned the lower corner with some Tim Holtz buttons and a glittery snowflake.




Also from Tim's Seasonal Paper Stash, I cut this sheet music page, crumpled it and inked it. The number 25 came from the stash as well. I glued it behind a Idea-ology fragment and hung it with a trinket pin.




In the upper left corner I attached this cluster. The paper is from the seasonal stash again and is mounted on a piece of Kraft Core (Nostalgic Collection) Core-dinations cardstock. Love this stuff! A swivel clasp attaches to a Christmas muse token (both Idea-ology goodness) and the whole thing is hung from a hinge clip at the top.




Here's another look at the whole thing put together. It makes me want to pull out all the Christmas decorations today!

19 comments:

  1. Your tray made me smile. Thanks for sharing. Festively beautiful!

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  2. Beautiful!!! What a great imagination you have to be able to pull this all together!

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  3. I so love this wall hanging! I am getting a tray and going to make some of these! Awesome job!
    Sandy N in Mo

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  4. wow ... gorgeous! beautiful! i know i need to try this.

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  5. Amazing conversion! All the details are beautiful.

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  6. You never fail to impress!!! This is so cool and gorgeous!!!

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  7. This is gorgeous!!!! What a great project!!!

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  8. yup...luv it! great work! puttin me in the mood too! xo cher

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  9. What a pretty holiday hanging you have made! Love it.

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  10. Gorgeous tray hanging! Love all the details, like the lamppost "glass". You could make these for GIFTS!

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  11. you are very creative and imaginative. Looks awesome

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  12. What a wonderful and creative idea. I love what you did.

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  13. This is so beautiful! Love how you've lit the lantern with the yellow AI and the way you've treated the snowman. Great wall hanging!

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  14. So pretty! So vintage-y! Love all the elements.

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  15. love it, love it, love it....can't wait to make it !!

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  16. Awesome, makes me want to head to my craft room!

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