Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Buttons, Magnets, and a Painted Tray

In my last post I showed off this pretty hand painted tray that I bought at a yard sale.  It's huge, 19" x 27", so I thought it would make a nice picture and/or note holder.   This really is a quick and easy project.  I think it took me longer just to take the pictures.


I picked through my button stash for different sizes, textures, and colors to match the flowers in the tray.  I layered two or three buttons and glued them together with E6000.  I already had a roll of 1" wide magnetic tape, so I cut off pieces to fit each button and stuck 'em on. 

The tray is heavier than it looks, so I came up with this hanging idea because I didn't want to make any holes in it.  I already had some of these adhesive picture hangers and decided to use them because of the large gluing area.  I used some E6000 for added strength and glued one to each side.  These hangers can easily be peeled off if someone wanted to use it as a tray again.

I couldn't find a good place to hang this to take a picture, but you get the idea.  I thought about a brighter ribbon, but I already had a roll of gold (from a yard sale) and I like the way it matches the border. 

The ribbon can easily be changed or removed. 

I had buttons and magnets on my mind, so I thought I'd show how I display some of the magnets I sell in my booth at the antique shows.  I like to have some cheap inexpensive impulse items available, so I make up a few dozen of these at a time.  I made this display several years ago out of an old frame, and then cut a piece of sheet metal from Home Depot to fit.

A few milk bottle tops got thrown into the mix here.  So darn simple, and they look cute on the fridge.

This display has been good to me and it doesn't take up much room.  It's a vintage spiral clip-on earring rack. 

Please join me for these fabulous parties:
The Answer is Chocolate for BFF Open House,
No Minimalist Here for Open House Party Thursdays,
Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingie Thursday,
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday,
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday



31 comments:

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great idea and pretty also !

JunqueMagnet said...

Simple AND beautiful!So I keep hunting for those adhesive hangers and keep coming up empty.Can you offer any hints for where to purchase them?Thanks so much!

Betsy said...

I've had those adhesive hangers for a long time. I wish I could remember exactly where I bought them, but I'm certain is was either Home Depot or OSH. I remember they came in one of those little clear plastic boxes, in a package of 10-12.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

I can't believe what perfect condition your tray is in, Betsy! It seems all the trays I find, at a good price, are pretty beaten up and most of the paint is missing. I like the button magnets AND you ribbon choice for this one. I bet your booth always looks fabulous at shows. ;)

Thanks for linking to the party tonight.

Hugs,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Great ideas Betsy, and beautifully done.

Sandra said...

Very nice, and I love the buttons too.

This is my first time here and where oh where did you find the green stamp necklace in your header photo?

love your pretty blog!

Into Vintage said...

I have a pile of those little milk tops and a bunch of round magnets.

And some glue.

I think we know where this is going. Thank you for your creative inspiration!

Michelle L. said...

I love the pale gold ribbon, it SO matches! And your display solutions are lovely lovely lovely! Love the milk bottle tops, too!

Pooh, why do I write comments here anymore, I should just cut and past exclamation points.

Susan said...

Betsy I love that tray!

Prior said...

Betsy love the tray and cute buttons. Lezlee

Sassy Marsha said...

So so clever!!!

You have so many wonderful creative ideas, Betsy!

xxoo
Marsha

Miss Char said...

I just picked up a similar tray, thanks for the great idea!

kpaints said...

The tray is so cute! Love all the magnets you are making...I have been thinking on those lines lately too. Keep up the creative work...love it!

Shelia said...

You tray is so lovely and this is a great idea!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

jeanne said...

What an inspiring idea for the pretty vintage tray. Good job and a fun idea.
Hugs, Jeanne

Mom Walds Place said...

Thank you for sharing this great idea! Now I can have a lovely way to post notes by the front door. I even have a tray. You just made my day! Nice meeting you at VTT.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great idea! My sister in law has been looking for a nice old tray like yours.

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

LV said...

What a great idea and makes such an original idea. You did a very nice job.

julie miller said...

I have repurposed several trays like this and they always sell well. Yours turned out beautifully and I love the cute milk cap magnets too! Being a farmer, I wonder why?? I LOVE all the great finds from your last post too! Congrats on finding the dress form...they are getting harder & harder to find!
Stay cool!
Julie

Sandra said...

Hello Betsy, I just read your email and thank you for responding. Now if I was to somehow find a brownie camera, and a green stamp lol, is there anyway you could make me one of those Green Stamp necklaces? Actually I would want two. I know it's probably asking a lot, and I would need a price. But I just have to have one of those! And I wanted to give my Momma one as a gift.
We grew up with the green stamps and I will do a post on them sometime soon and let you know. I don't remember the blue chip stamps!

Have a great day! And if you can't do it, I really understand! It's such a wonderful piece of nostalgia ! I about fell over when I saw it !

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Great ideas, but I really love the tray and magnets!!!

viridian said...

what attractive displays. I would be over there in a second.

lambs and ivy designs said...

I love the idea with the tole tray!! What a great idea!

Stampin D Amour said...

Betsy - LOVE it! What a great idea! So simple too! I'm going to try this. :)

-pamela
mybooth96.blogspot.com

Debra @ Common Ground said...

First of all I just adore your black tray, and the button magnets are just so cute. It's a great idea, thanks for sharing it on VIF, xo Debra

tammylovesdishes said...

That tray is gorgeous. Fabulous idea to use it as a message board with the charming magnets you have created.

A Cottage Muse said...

These are great ideas!!!
Happy Weekend!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

As always, amazing finds and even more amazing uses! I can't believe the condition of that tray!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Betsy, Thanks for joining my party and I love the idea with the tray. The little magnets are wonderful too. Have a great week.
Hugs,
Sherry

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Just lovely. I plan on making some magnets today. thank you for sharing :D

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

This is so pretty Betsy! I have a small round tray in those same colors- so pretty. I love your magnets. The milk bottle caps are really cute. Thanks so much for sharing this at the party!