Tray Chic – Handmade Holidays 2014

By Judi Kauffman for Walnut Hollow

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Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

???????????????????????????????I’ll share a little secret: I didn’t just make one tray to give as a gift; I made two so I can keep one next to my comfy chair in the living room. From the compliments (and hints) I’ve received so far that there will be several more in the works soon.

Another secret: It’s a super easy project. Not counting drying time for paint, it took under an hour!

There are so many possibilities for strips-only Shimmer Sheetz patchwork. Change the color combination to suit the décor of the recipient. Use embossing folders with flowers or allover patterns instead of leaves. Choose another of Walnut Hollow’s trays or boxes or my favorite – the Boutique Tissue Box. As long as they are flat, rectangular surfaces to decorate it will be a success!

If the tray will be used on a dresser with messy makeup or for serving wet-bottom beverages, cut a piece of Plexiglas to cover the Shimmer Sheetz. Drill small holes at the corners of the Plexiglas and use small brass screws to hold it in place. This added protective layer isn’t needed if the tray will only hold a journal, glasses, pen and such.




1. Base coat rectangular serving tray with royal purple acrylic paint. When dry, add a second coat. For durability, add two coats of matte acrylic medium. (If you are a purist, sand and wipe with a cloth between coats of paint and after the second coat. If you don’t mind a bit of grain remaining visible skip the sanding.)

???????????????????????????????2. Using an ink applicator tool to apply colors, create a different mottled effect on each of three 5” x 12” sheets of Turquoise Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz. Colors used:

*Sheet 1 – Pool, Purple Twilight

*Sheet 2 – Pool, Purple Twilight, Espresso

*Sheet 3 – Pool, Purple Twilight, Metallic Gold

3. Back each piece of Shimmer Sheetz with 5” x 12” piece of transparent double-sided adhesive sheet.


4. Interior of tray:

Cut 1.5” x 11” and 2” x 11” strips from Sheet 2.

Cut 1” x 11” and 1.5” x 11” strips from Sheet 3. Set these strips aside.

Cut 1” x 11” strip from Sheet 1 and emboss with Spring Leaves folder, half with pattern raised, half with pattern de-bossed.

Cut 2” x 11” strip from Sheet 1 and emboss with Ginkgo Leaves folder, 4” with pattern raised, remainder with pattern de-bossed, moving the folder so all leaves are facing the same direction.



Lightly sand the two embossed strips to reveal some of the silver core in the Shimmer Sheetz.

Working one strip at a time, remove the backing to expose the adhesive and place strips into the tray in this order:

*1.5” strip – Sheet 2

*2” embossed strip – Ginkgo

*1” strip – Sheet 3

*2” strip – Sheet 2

*1” embossed strip – Spring Leaves

1.5” strip – Sheet 3


HH-Tray-3B5. Exterior of tray:

Cut strips from leftovers and adhere to long sides of tray. Options: Use a single 2” x 11” strip for each side, or to echo the style of the piecing from the interior of the tray, emboss at least one 1” x 2” piece and use it to punctuate shorter strips (as shown: 2” x 4”, 2” x 1” embossed, 2” x 7”). Refer to photos.


Walnut Hollow

10” x 12” Rectangular Tray #24648

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Shimmer Sheetz in Turquoise Gemstone (three 5” x 12” sheets)

Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheets (three 5” x 12” sheets)

Spring Leaves and Gingko embossing folders


Craft knife, gridded ruler, cutting mat; Ink applicator tool; Alcohol inks in Pool (Turquoise), Purple Twilight, Espresso, Gold Metallic; Flat 1” paintbrush; Acrylic paint in Royal Purple; Optional: Acrylic sealer, sandpaper, tack cloth

Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects??

Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!



Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Ellison Educational Equipment

ICE Resin

Neat and Tangled

Therm O Web

Walnut Hollow <– You Are Here

Elizabeth Craft Designs <– Go Here Next!

Rowland Technologies

Graphic 45

Hydrangea Hippo

Pink and Main

The Buckle Boutique

Tami Mayberry Art & Design – Tami Mayberry 

Jamie Dougherty – Jamie Dougherty Designs

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Raquel Mason

Meagan – The Charming Farmer

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Angela Ploegman

Carolyn Dube – A Colorful Journey

Pink and Main – Mistyana Wright 

The Buckle Boutique – Niki Wilson

It’s Sew Lorine – Lorine Mason   ‎

Therm O Web – Andy Knowlton 

L. Grace Lauer – Uniquely Grace

Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu

Oh Snap Lizzie – Lizzie Sanchez

Graphic 45 – Katie Zoey Ho

Charity Wings

ICE Resin – Tatiana Allen

Polly Carlson – Pieces by Polly

Ellison Educational Equipment – Jan Hobbins

RoseRedd Paper Studio – Rochelle Washington


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Follow our Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Follow Jennifer Priest of RainMaker Media Works + Hydrangea Hippo’s board Handmade Holidays on Pinterest.

A huge thank you to our sponsors for this hop – please visit their blogs & websites below and follow them. And be sure to come back tomorrow for another 30+ amazing Handmade Gift Ideas!

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For the Sportsperson in Your Life

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

We are SO excited to team up with Tombow for another blog hop! Tombow adhesives are great for all types of projects and they stick especially well to our wood surfaces! Tombow carries a wide variety of products from double sided adhesive tabs/runners and liquid glue to artist pens and pencils. We can’t get enough of their products! Today is the first day of our blog hop- so come back Saturday and Sunday for more projects!


Be sure to visit all the blogs today and leave comments for your chance to win some great prizes!  One lucky winner will win this amazing prize package with products from TombowUSA and Walnut Hollow! Winners will be chosen from comments throughout the week, so make sure you check back daily to increase your chances of winning!  Also, please make sure you have popped on over to Facebook and “liked” each of the company pages ( Tombow / Walnut Hollow ), because really, what’s not to like?!

Prize Package includes:

1 – Tombow Power Tab 52135
1 – Tombow Foam Tab 52129
1 – XTREME Adhesive 62127
1 – Card Box 1704OP
1 – Shield Plaque 38824
1 – Rectangular Serving Tray 24648

Walnut Hollow Tombow Blog Hop

These masculine projects will be fun to use anytime, especially when entertaining for a sports event. The Graphic 45® papers and accessories used come with any type of sports you want for a focus or just mix it up as I did.


I’ve gotten “hooked” on DecoArt® Americana® Décor™, Chalky Finish. The more I use them, the more projects I think of where I will need them! You’ll get hooked too – they are so easy to use with fabulous results. You can use them alone, or layer them as I did. Each piece of wood uses the same basic technique. The Mini Crate was basecoated with Rouge using a large flat brush. After it dried, a layer of Heritage was added over the Rouge. I did the same thing with one of the Rectangular Trays.



The other Rectangular Tray was layered with Rough, Heirloom, then New Life.


Let all the paint thoroughly dry and sand back the top paint layer to reveal what is under. Sometimes I go all the way down to the raw wood. You can use a piece of sand paper, a sanding block or I like to use an electric sander. Make sure you sand well on the edges of each piece as well as in other more flat areas.

After wiping the wood with a paper towel to remove the remaining dust, use a brush or soft cloth to apply the Crème Wax. I used Deep Brown. Use a small brush to get into the hard-to-reach areas. Wipe off the excess wax. The wax stains areas that are raw wood and antiques the painted areas. When everything is dry, buff the entire piece with a clean soft cloth. I love the feel of the smooth finish the wax gives and you can hear the squeaky waxy finish on the surface if you rub hard with just your fingers. From new to a wonderful vintage look in just a short time!

Now for the next fun part. I’m also hooked in Graphic 45® papers and accessories. The look of the Good Ol’ Sport program was perfect for this idea. Using a Fiskars® trimmer, I cut the papers, trading cards and postcards to fit inside the Trays.


I’m hooked on anything Tombow®! The new Xtreme Adhesive is incredible. I used it to adhere everything to the bottom of each Tray. It’s so strong that I can be sure that anything I use Xtreme on will stay in place.


I used a “Go Team” stamp in the set of Good Ol’ Sport Cling Stamps. Using Clearsnap’s Black Surfacez ink pad assures that the image will be permanent on the Crate. I added a few Good Ol’ Sport Cardstock Stckers to the Crate also.


Add a piece of plexiglass as a final touch to protect the papers. You’ll feel comfortable using the Trays for serving anything. You can get the plexiglass from a hardware store and they will cut it to fit. Just add a little starter hole for the screws and place one in each corner – it’s ready to use.

Kinda sounds like I’m “hooked”! Just on my favorite products………..can’t get enough of Tombow®, DecoArt® or Graphic 45®. Each is a fabulous company with fabulous products. Walnut Hollow enjoys all of them as partners. I don’t think I have a problem, do I?

Now that you have seen my sport’s lovers entertainment project, be sure to check out of all of today’s posts!

Chris Wallace –   < You are here

Tombow Blog:

Debbie Fisher:

Melissa Cash: