How to Create a Unique Handmade Vintage Gift

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I'm going to show you , step by step, how you can make a creative, unique object for your home or to give as a gift. For this project, I used an old vintage silver tray picked up at a garage sale. You could use this technique on just about anything with a flat surface.
I painted the inside with chalk board paint.
The first coat looks pretty bad, but don't be discouraged. Each coat covers more and more. I used about 3 or 4 coats letting it dry in between. If you are in a hurry, you can use a hair dryer or heat gun to speed the process up. 
Next you will need to decide what to write. My tray is going to be a wedding gift and I am using the scripture that the couple used in their invitation. I went to the website and created a template in the shape and font I liked and printed it.
Once I created this, I used chalk to completely cover the back of the paper. I then turned it chalk side down onto my tray and traced over the lettering.
The chalk transferred to the chalk paint. It looks messy at this point, but no need to worry.
If I were making this for myself, I would trace with a liquid chalk pen that way I could wash it off and change the wording when the mood strikes! But since this will be mailed and chalk can smear and rub off, I've traced it with a white paint pen, which is permanent. Once the paint dried, I rubbed lightly with chalk to cover the background and wiped with a cloth to even it all out. An adhesive hanger can be added to the back or it can be displayed on a shelf or mantle.

I love the use of a vintage item in a new unique gift! (Even if it is a gift to myself!)

Here's a Heart Rock for your pocket:
An so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love, lives in God and God in them. 
I John 4:16

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  1. I love the tray you made and the verse you shared. What a wonderful wedding gift this will make! I found you at Wow Us Wednesdays :) We host a link up ~ The Art of Home-Making Mondays if you would like to join in... Have a wonderful week!

    P.S. I like the title of your blog!

  2. This is just lovely! Wonderful idea for a gift! I found you (can't remember through who, I 've been all over the place!) Love the verse too! Following! Blessings, Diane

    1. Thanks, Diane! I'm glad you found your way here. Come back any time!
      Wishing you God's best!

  3. This came out so cute. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above


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