11th Aug2014


Teacher Gift Thrift Store Upcycle

by Dinah Wulf

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When I was thrift shopping the other day I found a kids activity tray that I upcycled; I also found this rooster tray for $3.00. Not my style, but definitely fixable with a little thrift store upcycle. I snatched it up and decided to make a colorful tray for Mia’s teacher to use in her classroom. I thought it’d be a nice welcome back to school teacher gift.

Here is the tray BEFORE.

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Materials:

  • Tray
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Ruler
  • Paper cutter
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Spray Paint or paint
  • Tarp

I had some metallic green spray paint from Krylon that I have wanted to try. The metallic goes well because the scrapbook paper I chose has a shiny metallic gold in it. I painted the sides on a tarp outside.

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I had some fun scrapbook paper with an apple theme.  One said, “apple of my eye” on it and measured and cut a few pieces in different colors and patterns to size.

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Next I used Mod Podge to apply the paper.  I applied the glue on both the tray ad the back of the scrapbook paper.  I smoothed it out to ensure there were no bubbles, and then applied a top layer. I let it dry completely.

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Here is how it turned out! Mia can’t wait to give it to her teacher.

Teacher Gift Thrift Store Makeover

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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.

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