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Friday, 7 February 2014

Upcycle a silver tray!

If you'd like to have a go at turning an old tray into something that you can still use, have a go at this! This is the magnetic board made from an old silver tray I didn't have the heart to cover up completely!

To make this, you'll need:
  • Bi-carb Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Tailor's chalk or temporary fabric marker
  • Fabric to cover the tray
  • Pinking shears
  • Double-sided tape
  • Ribbon
Cleaning the tray to remove dirt and tarnish is the first step. 
  • Place a few spoonfuls of bi-carb soda on the tray, along with a little vinegar. 
  • Rub the cleaning cloth into the bi-carb soda and vinegar and then rub the tray. 
  • Get into all the little grooves, and rub hard in the stubborn spots.
  • Rinse the tray under running water and dry it thoroughly.

To make the fabric cover, first choose a fabric that will not be too distracting to the intricacy of the tray.
  • Make sure your fabric is well ironed. 
  • Place it on top of the tray and mark a line around the edges where the base of the tray begins to be flat.

  • Cut the fabric out, along the marked line, with pinking shears. 
  • Turn the fabric piece over, and lay down lines of double-sided tissue tape, close to the edges, as well as lines through the middle.

  • Peel off the back of the double-sided tape, and very carefully stick to the base of the tray.

Now your tray is cleaned up, shiny and covered, it's ready to hang!

  • Thread some ribbon through a handle and tie the ends together in a bow.
  • Hang your new magnetic board from a hook, at a height that will be easy to get to!
  • I've used some fairly strong magnets (which I purchased from 'kikki' - aren't they cute?!).
And whenever you look at your board, remember how our faces can tell part of our history, and they reflect something of our character. Does your face reflect Jesus in your heart, like the shiny parts of your tray reflect light?

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