How to Turn a Regular Photo Frame into an Extraordinary Serving Tray

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Turning a photo frame into a serving tray is a DIYer’s dream. Not only can you transform a normal frame into a unique piece of home decor, you can also actually use it for a variety of purposes, and make use of an old item that might otherwise end up in the dump. From a cocktail tray to a decorative tray for knickknacks, that photo frame isn’t just for looking pretty anymore.

Here’s how to assemble an adorable photo frame tray that’s perfect for holding all of your pretty things.

DIY photo frame tray

Photo Frame-Tray DIY

Find the perfect frame. Perhaps you’ve already chosen a frame you’re anxious to transform into a cool tray. If not, decide what you want from the tray before you select the frame. Is it for lying on an ottoman or a dresser? If it’s going to sit on a flat surface, be sure the back of the frame won’t pose a problem. Your best bet is to choose a wall frame rather than a table-top-frame so that it’ll lie flat on a table once you’ve turned it into a tray.

Another tip: decide on a size. I wanted something roomier than an 8 x 10, so I found an 11 x 14 frame that served my purpose.

  1. Find the perfect handles. You can often find these at thrift stores or antique shops. I decided to repurpose handles from an old cabinet.
  2. Measure and drill. Measure it out so that the handles are perfectly aligned, mark the drilling targets and drill the handles into place.
  3. Now have fun! Turn the tray into a personalized piece of home decor by framing anything you love, like a tea towel, decorative paper or a photo collage.

Find a Home for It

Now you can use your photo-frame tray for just about anything, like cocktails, a bedside tray or for breakfast in bed.

I’ve already put mine to good use for serving tea…

DIY photo tray

…and as a TV tray…

DIY photo tray

…and as a dining room table centerpiece…

DIY photo tray

…and as a dresser-top jewelry holder.

DIY photo tray

What will you do with your adorable new piece of home decor?

About the Author

Kelly Rae Smith writes on sustainable home décor and DIY upcycling projects for Her upcycling ideas are inspired by the décor options on the Shutterfly website.

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