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DIY decorative tray

DIY Decorative Tray
Learn how to make a decorative tray to show off family heirlooms. Crocheted doilies, fancy monogrammed handkerchiefs or any lacy fabric can become a focal point in this simple serving tray made from a picture frame. This pretty, practical solution for displaying precious linens makes a great conversation piece—and a meaningful gift for family members. And it's so easy to make, you can craft several in just one afternoon.

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  • Spray paint
  • 2 door or cabinet handles
  • Frame (we used 11 in. x 14 in.)
  • 4 screws (to fit your handles)
  • Drill
  • Drill bit (that corresponds to the screw size)
  • Fabric for back panel
  • Doily, handkerchief or lace remnant
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scissors


  1. Remove the cardboard backing from your frame, and turn the frame facedown (with the glass intact) on a clean work surface.

  2. Place the back of the frame onto your back-panel fabric, trace it with a pen or pencil, and cut it out.

  3. Place the handkerchief, doily or lace remnant onto the center of the glass, right side facing down. Lay the cut piece of back-panel fabric on top. Set aside.

  4. Spray-paint the handles to match your frame and allow them to dry completely.

  5. Position a handle on one side of the frame. Mark the screw holes with a pencil. Repeat on the opposite side.

  6. Pre-drill shallow holes where you made your pencil marks. Screw each handle in place.