Monday, July 5, 2010

Tray Centerpiece

To finish off my little trio of tray posts, I give you my tray centerpiece.


I have wanted a table runner for a bit now, but with a grabby 2 year old running around, I've been worried that anything that I put on a table runner would just be begging to be pulled onto the floor. Also, I had several vases of flowers that I wanted to use on my kitchen table, but was looking for a way to pull them together to look more like a display than just a random collection of things.


I had this long painting that I picked up from the thrift store for a few bucks, and I thought the length would make it perfect for the table. I had bought it as a part of a set and used the other for a picture board for my son's room here, and was glad that this one finally had a purpose as well.


I popped out the picture, sprayed it with some tacky adhesive spray, pressed 2 of my favorite place mats on top, and then popped the whole thing into the frame. I also put non-scuff felt stickers on each of the corners to raise the whole thing up a little and protect it from scratching the wood.


Easy and effective, my favorite type of project! It pulls the flowers together, makes a bit of a statement, and protects the wood from being scratched by the vases.


The place mats are probably a temporary solution because I don't really have 2 extra to spare. But they worked in a pinch when I had company coming, because I already knew that they looked nice with our kitchen and dishes, and they saved me a trip to the fabric store. But it all goes so well together that maybe it is a good reason to get some new place mats!


Also, considering that I tire so quickly of my decor, I'm happy to be able to change out the fabric to suit the seasons or my mood. I can't promise that I won't be printing something onto the fabric from the printer, I feel like that is my newest trick! (See it in last week's post here, if you missed it.)

As always, please check out the amazing parties going on this week here.

See you next week!!




Amber D July 5, 2010 at 7:46 AM  

What a great idea! I now have another thing on my thrift shopping list.

Amy Chalmers July 5, 2010 at 8:41 AM  

I was attracted to your grouping of pretty blue bottles and hydrangeas. It is so pretty. I just started my own vintage collection of blue bottles and it has been a lot of fun.

Patrice July 5, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

Your tray looks great. I love the place mat center. It is a great finishing touch!

Lori @ Projects Plenty July 5, 2010 at 10:44 AM  

Erin, your tray is very pretty. I really like the fact that you can change out the placemat/ the hydrangeas, too. You should be very proud of yourself!

Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road July 5, 2010 at 11:11 AM  

I too was attracted to the blue bottles and flowers - they are gorgeous - but that tray is awesome! Great job!!

Amy July 5, 2010 at 1:20 PM  

Love the tray! Great use of placemats and flowers, too!! July 5, 2010 at 1:38 PM  

Tray looks great. It should be a very versatile could even change the fabric for holidays. Thanks for sharing.

Amanda @ Healthy House on the Block July 5, 2010 at 2:50 PM  

Love your tray! It's SO cute -- and that fabric is amazing! You did a great job! :)

Heaven's Walk July 5, 2010 at 4:48 PM  

My eye was drawn to your canning jars, too! I have a collection of them that usually find their way into each room of my home, and always with hydrangeas or peonies in them. :)

Great job on the tray! That turned out just beautiful - and so versatile!

xoxo laurie@heavenswalk

Tiffany July 5, 2010 at 7:50 PM  

This just looks awesome! Great job, Erin! Love the placemats. Beautiful. And who doesn't love gorgeous flowers in jars like that? Oh, my! LOVE it!

Lavender and Linen July 5, 2010 at 10:04 PM  

Your tray looks great! Love the blue jars with the colorful flowers.

I'm going to have to get my blue jars and copy your idea.


Debbie July 5, 2010 at 10:28 PM  

Your tray turned out great! Love the blue jars with the flowers...very cute.

Laurie in SC July 6, 2010 at 8:17 AM  

Just simply beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing! ♥Laurie from Scene of the Grime

HB, The Impulsive Minimalist July 6, 2010 at 8:23 AM  

I love this...So pretty! I'm on the lookout for a long frame now!

Thanks for linking at Lucky Star Lane!

Mama Thompson July 6, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

I've been battling with the whole table runner thing as well...mainly because we use the table a ton throughout the day and I don't want to keep shuffling a runner...this is a perfect solution...thanks for sharing!

Bird July 6, 2010 at 3:05 PM  

Erin!! Stunning centerpiece!! Jars are really IN at the moment!! I'm seeing lots of them around for party d├ęcors!

I guess we are going back to our vintage and traditional ways?! :)

Thanks for linking up!


Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple July 6, 2010 at 3:08 PM  

WOW!! Great idea!

Madigan at madiganmade July 6, 2010 at 9:18 PM  

Love this idea!

Hattie July 6, 2010 at 9:30 PM  

Major LOVE! I share your love of trays and Ball jars. What a beautiful display!

Jessica July 7, 2010 at 8:45 AM  

Such a great idea! Love the pretty flowers.

McKell July 7, 2010 at 11:58 AM  

I love everything about this! Love that you used a frame & love the jars & flowers. Darling! Definitely saving this for the future (when we can actually fit a table in our house)

*come check out my blog too if you'd like :)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. July 7, 2010 at 1:15 PM  

I love this! Great job!

Katie July 7, 2010 at 9:10 PM  

I really like your tray and how lovely the blue mason jars look on it!

spindlecottage July 8, 2010 at 8:08 AM  

Lovely idea--beautiful colors....but where oh where did you get the blue jars?? Ebay?

Unknown July 8, 2010 at 9:44 AM  

Lovely Tray!

Sweet Bee Cottage July 8, 2010 at 10:51 PM  

What a great transformation! Love it!

Megan Gunyan July 9, 2010 at 12:41 AM  

Wow, great idea!

I would love for you to check out my blog for a fun giveaway! Have a wonderful night!

Hootin Anni July 9, 2010 at 5:42 AM  

Love the tray, but for me what makes it so charming and pretty...are the jar vases!!! Perfect addition.

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Have a great weekend.

the thrifty ba July 9, 2010 at 6:02 AM  

coming from this!

Irene @ OurUglyHome July 9, 2010 at 6:11 AM  

Beautiful, I have a tray I am doing something similar too.

coming from ShabbyNest...

Cindy July 9, 2010 at 6:45 AM  

That looks great!! That was a perfect frame to turn into a tray! I love the jars with the gorgeous flowers!!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe July 9, 2010 at 8:32 AM  

Just what I need for my tabletop.

Tania Pelletier July 9, 2010 at 9:01 AM  

I love this idea... wish my table was bigger though!


fitty's pinky rose cottage July 9, 2010 at 9:52 AM  

simple project and awesome end result! now you mason jars look pretty on the table!.

Dawn-Hydrangea Home July 9, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

Love your tray centerpiece - especially the hydrangeas!!

Anonymous July 9, 2010 at 2:47 PM  

Your tray turned out fabulous... great job! I LOVE your collection of jars and bottles even more!! Everything looks beautiful together!
Have a wonderful weekend,
~ Jo :)

Sixty-Fifth Avenue July 9, 2010 at 4:07 PM  

Adorable! Love the jars.

Vintagesouthernlife July 9, 2010 at 4:42 PM  

Great tray.It turned out really cute. Your right, a tray pulls items together and makes a bolder statement.

Anonymous July 9, 2010 at 4:53 PM  

i love this! i wish we had good thrift stores and yard sales in the city. :(

Karen July 9, 2010 at 9:04 PM  

Beautiful display...I am so loving blue jars right now.

Nita Stacy July 10, 2010 at 1:05 AM  

I love how this turned out. I saw a frame yesterday that would make a fabulous tray. I need to run back to the store tomorrow and get it and make one. Thanks for the idea.

Stephanie@cre8tive July 10, 2010 at 9:26 AM  

Way to be cre8tive in a pinch. I like the idea of being able to change out the fabric. Now you have a reason to find all kinds of deals on placemats. And it gives the table more depth, unlike what a runner would do. Love it!

Emily September 23, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

Perfect :)

Unknown June 3, 2011 at 7:03 PM  

I love this! I can't believe that was a frame. Great transformation. I am adding this to my linky laundry list post this week!

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