Wooden Tray Wall Decor

A couple of weeks ago I found pink wooden trays at Target in their $1 section. I’ve put together a simple vignette on top of my buffet cabinet, and I wanted a wall decor for the background. I had originally wanted an old window, but every one that I would come across was much more than I wanted to spend. When I saw the Target trays, they gave me another idea: Plan B, except not in pink.

I do love the pink color, but it’s not the color I want to go with as my main color for my vignette. Also, pink isn’t exactly a main color I want in my home in general. However, I do like the subtle hint of pink, so you will find it in my home decor here and there.

Alrighty, are you ready to see what I did with the trays?

First thing, I painted the trays. The color I went with is a springy green. About a couple months ago, I had bought a one quart can of this green paint for Susu from Home Depot for a couple of projects that she is working on. It was Susu’s own pick. I admit that I was reluctant over her color choice, but since it was for her own projects I gave her the freedom to choose whatever color she wanted. Besides, I had no plans of using the paint for any of my projects. Yet, here I am! I must admit that I am now loving the color!

Next I created a stencil for my phrase with my Silhouette, transferred it over to my tray, and painted it in. I used vinyl for my stencil and contact paper as my transfer tape.

I designed a two in one type of phrase: Home Sweet Home and Home is where the heart is. I did use a light pink shade for the phrase. I hadn’t planned on using pink originally but decided on it after I had already painted the tray green. If I thought of it before painting it green, I would have created a stencil in the reverse. Does that make sense? Basically, here I used the void of the cut out as my stencil. The reverse would be to use the actual cut outs. Make sense now?

Eek! My phrase looks white in this picture! Don’t worry, I didn’t change my mind again… it still is pink:D As you can see some paint seeped under the stencil. I need to be extra careful with the next tray.

I did the same stenciling technique for the bird except in a robin’s egg blue. And no paint seeped through! Yay!

For the other two trays I made paper flowers out of scrapbook paper. I had seen this idea over at See Vanessa Craft. Guest blogger Heidi from sew.craft.create had shared a cute wall decor using these flowers. You must check out her wall decor, and she also tells you how to make the flowers. I used my Silhouette to cut out my flowers. I had originally stenciled on doilies, but I wasn’t crazy about how they turned out so I painted over them. I had a few ideas of what I would use instead, but that same day I saw Heidi’s post and loved her idea!  Thanks for the inspiration Heidi!

I’m so loving the green and loving how the trays turned out! What do you think?

And I’m loving how they look on my wall with my vignette! I’ll be sharing my vignette with you in the next post. See you then!

As always, I’ll be hopping over at the linky parties that can be found on my Let’s Party page. Be sure to check them out!


  1. April 4, 2012  9:06 am by Karen @ Folk Haven Reply

    Very cute! I like the little bird sitting in the corner. And the vintage sewing machine is gorgeous!!!

  2. April 4, 2012  9:08 am by Amy @ whilewearingheels.blogspot.com Reply

    Impressive! Not only are the trays impressive (and for a dollar, really?) BUT the glimpse of your crafting nook/room is also impressive. I am drooling over that sewing machine :)

    amy @ whilewearingheels.blogspot.com

  3. April 4, 2012  9:16 am by Kim Reply

    So cute! Love the green!

  4. April 4, 2012  9:58 am by CREATIVE MIND Reply

    This is so cute, I always enjoy your beautiful creations :)
    thanks for sharing dear Maysem!

  5. April 4, 2012  10:23 am by ColleenB. Reply

    Love your wall decor. Really turned out Awesome. You done a fantastic job once again
    I also luv that old sewing machine.

  6. April 4, 2012  10:41 pm by mychampagnetastebeerbudget Reply

    So nice...love the idea of trays as wall art
    thx for visiting
    Rasha @ mychampagnetaste

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  8. April 5, 2012  12:40 pm by MsXpat Reply

    Wow this is a new one for me, and it looks great! I really like the colours. You always have most creative pieces I've ever seen. Happy Easter!

  9. April 9, 2012  12:19 am by Donata Reply

    Great job with the trays!

  10. April 9, 2012  1:58 am by notablenest Reply

    Wow, you found these trays for $1? What a score, and so many possibilities! Love how you altered them, and the green you chose is very sassy. Looks great on your wall! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I really appreciate it!

  11. April 9, 2012  8:29 am by thegunnysack Reply

    Great idea! I'm going to have to see if I can find these at Target! I love the color you chose.

  12. April 9, 2012  10:07 am by Rebecca Reply

    What a great use of $1.00 trays! I love it :)

  13. April 10, 2012  10:19 am by Nancy Reply

    They turned out so cute! I love a good cheap DIY, and that's a great color too! Visiting via Artful Rising today:)

  14. April 10, 2012  12:42 pm by Stacey Reply

    Those are great and I love the shade of green you chose!I am so glad you came by to link up to the party at Embracing Change!
    Please come back this week again! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  15. April 10, 2012  7:23 pm by Cathy@My1929Charmer Reply

    I think they turned out really cute. Love the spring green, and the saying. I'll have to check out the tutorial on how to make the paper flowers. Look really good. Ive been debaiting on buying a Silhouette, are you really happy with yours? do you use it a lot? I so love the bird. i never go to Target, but will have to soon, everyone seem to be finding great things in the #1 isle. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best.

  16. April 11, 2012  1:00 am by JaneEllen Jones Reply

    Isn't it great how happy accidents happen? That green color is so bright, clean and happy. Hard to look at those trays and not be inspired and happy. Absolutely love them. Wow what a bargain getting the trays for $1. Don't know if our target in Grand Junction, CO has sales like that or not. I live out aways from town so don't get into GJ very often. Will sure have to check it out. Thanks or sharing a wonderful project. Love the paper flowers on the trays. Your vignette is very nice.

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  18. April 11, 2012  7:07 pm by savedbylovecreations Reply

    I don't know why I did that :) It is all fixed now. Thanks for letting me know.

  19. April 11, 2012  8:33 pm by six sisters Reply

    The wooden trays are sooo cute! Thanks for sharing this great idea. We loved having you join our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

  20. April 12, 2012  4:42 pm by Rachel Reply

    I LOVE this! I never would have thought to use them on the wall, but they're perfect.
    Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Tuesdays.

  21. April 12, 2012  5:03 pm by Four Sisters Reply

    These are so fun and beautiful! Gotta love those dollar bins at Target!
    Thanks for sharing this at our "Beautify It Monday" Party! We hope you'll be back again next week!

  22. April 12, 2012  9:34 pm by Amy Reply

    Really cool. Best part is they were in the dollar section. You really made them beautiful. Thanks for partying with me at Drab to Fab. Here's the link to this weeks, party! Come on back to share more of your lovely ideas.


    Have a lovely weekend! :)

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

  23. April 14, 2012  5:07 am by Natasha Reply

    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday link party. hope to see you there today!

    Natasha xxx

  24. April 16, 2012  9:12 pm by Michelle Reply

    This and your vignette is awesome! I am just giddy to read that you made the lettering and flowers using your Silhouette because I just got one as a gift! It is in the box and ready for inspiration so I'll be revisiting this post again!

    Thanks so much for joining the linky party last week on Teagan's Travels. I hope you'll be able to join us again this week.

    Here's the link to the party going on now....

    Cheers, Michelle

  25. May 10, 2012  4:54 pm by Michaela Reply

    I found your wood tray vignette on Pintrest. Its just amazing! I love all of it...especially the flowers!

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