Thursday, May 12, 2016

Interchangeable Guest Towel Picture Frame Tray



Here's a cute easy DIY idea for a paper guest towel tray that's interchangeable. Make your guests feel welcome in your home with this personalized tray featuring towels in a favorite decorative color or monogrammed with an initial.  This tray is made from a 15 1/2"x7" picture frame with attached feet and handles that flaunts a changeable guest towel pattern that's actually a cardboard insert decoupage with a matching guest towel. Additional space on the tray is available to add a decorative homemade diffuser.

Materials used:
  • Frame w/glass
  • Wooden balls
  • Cardboard
  • Paper guest towels
  • Mod podge
  • E6000 glue
  • Decorative handles 
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
To begin, remove the backing from the frame and use that as a pattern to cut out cardboard the same size.



Next, separate the plain layers of the guest towel and mod podge the paper napkin onto the cardboard, smoothing it out and let dry.




Next, paint the balls and let dry. After drying, glue the balls onto each corner of the frame base. Check to make sure the balls aren't preventing being able to easily insert the cardboard into the frame without having to bend it.



Insert the glass, decoupage cardboard and apply the frame backing.


Glue decorative handles on each end.


There's enough space on the tray to have a easy to make decorative diffuser.

Here's how:
Take a small glass or ceramic container with a narrow opening.  Pour in 1/4 cup of carrier oil like coconut oil or almond oil and add 20-25 drops of your favorite essential oils, mixing them together.  I like the smell of ginger and lemon!  Place the reed diffuser sticks in the container.  It will take a while for the oil to travel up the sticks so turn the sticks upside down to quicken.



The tray is interchangeable just by switching out the look with different decoupage paper towel patterns like this monogrammed one.


Makes for a great hostess gift too!





Take a little time to enjoy

and

Happy Crafting!





28 comments:

  1. Just how do you get the towel to smooth out? I just end up tearing them. You make it look super easy with wonderful results.

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  2. Gail, this is fabulous! You always find the prettiest napkins and hand towels. Do you have a particular place you shop? I want to make some for gifts! I like how you can personalize it! Pinning this.
    Hope you are doing well! Hugs,
    Cecilia

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    1. Thanks, Cecilia! I find the napkins all over. The purple print I ordered from Party City just because, well you know, they're PURPLE! And the monogrammed one I found at Pier1. I made this one to give as a gift. But my favorite place to look is really Tuesday Morning! They have a nice selection at good prices!

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    2. Aw, Tuesday Morning! I have not been there in ages! We should make a date and meet there sometime, Gail! :)

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  3. Thanks, Stella! It takes practice. I placed the cardboard at the edge of the towel and after spreading the mod podge over it, just gently smooth out the towel over it.

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  4. Well aren't you the smart one! Super idea- love it!

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  5. Very pretty and cute idea. I guess practice makes perfect....LOL

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  6. Gail, This is such a lovely idea and how creative too! Great idea to be able to change out the guest towels for events and holidays. Wonderful! Pinning to share! Thanks for sharing your post with us this week for Snickerdoodle Sunday! Have a wonderful week ahead!
    ~Laurie

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  7. I love this tray! Gail you are so brilliant that you have made it interchangeable. The balls on the bottom that act as feet is also a very clever idea. All in all this is a great project.

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  8. So creative! I love how you can change it up! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Such a neat idea! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Recipes, Crafts, Tips and Tricks Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  10. I came over brag about it party. I get bored often with design and love crafts as versatile as your tray. :)
    Great decorative touch!

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  11. Gail, this is so pretty! I love how you can change up the look completely. Great use of a picture frame!

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  12. such a cute tray for guests and I love that you can change the look with a new insert.

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  13. Thanks Gail for sharing your awesome guest towel tray with us at Brag About It! Pinned to share :)

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  14. Hello Gail, I love this nice towel tray you made and adding the infuser too!
    Thanks for sharing this craft with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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  15. so cool and how easy! this interchangable guest towel picture frame tray is ingenious! So quick to make, you could swap out every other day! Great way to add a splash of color, touch of whimsy or some elegance to your bath or bedroom!

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  16. This interchangeable tray is such a great idea!! Love how easy it is to give a different look to the tray.

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  17. These are pretty! I think this is such a special touch that can make a guest feel welcomed. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. I love it Gail. You are such a genius. It would make a great gift. I imagine if you used a strong enough board for the backing you wouldn't need the glass. Just think about all those picture frames out there with the glass broken and long gone.

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  19. Another great idea, Gail! I love having guests over, and must admit the Kleenex boxed gift towels, while functional, aren't quite as pretty or personal as this! Thanks for sharing your talents, and we really should meet up at Tuesday Morning! ;-)

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  20. I just love the purple one, it is so warm and welcoming. A fabulous idea put into action.

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  21. I just love this idea, Gail! Beautiful! Have a great weekend. Maria

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  22. It is impossible for me to love this more than I do. We have a great guest bathroom and I was looking for a way to make it feel elegant. This is perfect!

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  23. Another fantastic project done in my favorite colors!

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  24. OMG Gail, you always come with the best DIY ideas!! I have a lot of frames from my mother in law waiting for something, and this could be so fun to do! Pinning to remember!!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Inspiration party, enjoy the rest of the week!

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    1. Popping by again to let you know I am featuring this at this week's party!! Congratulations!!

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