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Friday, October 14, 2016

DIY custom tea tray sets

Have you noticed that Christmas is right around the corner? I always have lots of plans to create homemade gifts and this year, with a little push from the talented ladies joining the Handmade Christmas 2016 blog hop, I can actually say that I already have two gifts ready by mid-October: I created some tea tray sets, one for my sister in law and another one for my cousin.

DIY custom tea tray set, Handmade Christmas blog hop 2016

If you want to find out how I made them, read on.



I started with a plain wood tray, a wood spoon and a cork hot pad. They were all purchased at the Portuguese equivalent of the dollar store, so pretty inexpensive. 

DIY custom tea tray set, Handmade Christmas blog hop 2016

I had in my stash a set of adhesive fabric and matching regular fabric, so I decided to use those. I bought the adhesive fabric at a regular craft store and I had never worked with it before, but now I'm a fan. It feels just like normal fabric but adheres perfectly to the surfaces without any hassle or ugly air bubbles.

DIY custom tea tray set, Handmade Christmas blog hop 2016

First I covered the bottom of the tray with the adhesive fabric, and then, because the adhesive fabric was not as large as the tray and I had to use two pieces of fabric, I glued on some lacy ribbon to hide the "seam".

DIY custom tea tray set, Handmade Christmas blog hop 2016

Here's the finished tray:


For the spoon, I just cut a thin strip of the adhesive fabric, folded it bias-tape-style and pulled it through the hole in the spoon: 

DIY custom tea tray set, Handmade Christmas blog hop 2016

DIY custom tea tray set, Handmade Christmas blog hop 2016

For the hot pad I glued a circle of adhesive fabric over it: 

DIY custom tea tray set, Handmade Christmas blog hop 2016

To complete the set. I sewed a fabric bag, using regular fabric. My tutorial for the bag can be found here.

DIY custom tea tray set, Handmade Christmas blog hop 2016

Here is the first tray set, ready to be wrapped: 

DIY custom tea tray set, Handmade Christmas blog hop 2016

For the second set, instead of the wood spoon, I decided to add more hot pads: 

DIY custom tea tray set, Handmade Christmas blog hop 2016

Everything was made in exactly same way, even though the tray's shape is slightly different. And I also made a bag for this set, though for some reason it failed to appear in the photos.

DIY custom tea tray set, Handmade Christmas blog hop 2016

DIY custom tea tray set, Handmade Christmas blog hop 2016

Here are the two finished sets: 

DIY custom tea tray set, Handmade Christmas blog hop 2016

Overall, they are very easy to make and I think they will be perfect as Christmas gifts. 

Below you can check all the amazing creations shared in the Handmade Christmas 2016 blog hop so far:




Have a wonderful weekend,

keeping it real, craft blog



16 comments:

  1. What a beutiful tea tray set Teresa. I love how you have made it so personal with the use of the adhesive fabric. I didn't even know such a thing existed. Love the look of them.

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    1. I loved to work with it, and will add it to more projects for sure. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Your custom tea trays are adorable and unique, Teresa! I'm learning something new with each of these handcrafted gifts! Like Mary, I've never heard of adhesive fabric - I'm thinking of so many great uses, so I need to find some quick! Thanks for showing us!

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    1. Hi Gail, thank you for stopping by. Since I live in Portugal, even if told where I bought it, it wouldn't really help you. But I'm pretty sure I still have one of the packages it came into, so I'll check it out this weekend and let you all know. Maybe with a brand name it will be easier for you to find it...

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  3. That pink fabric is so cute! I love these tea transaction I have a couple trays around here that I have done no idea what to do with them, but this is a great idea.

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    1. Thank you. I hope you can put your trays to use now!

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  4. You are so right about Christmas just around the corner. The lovely tea tray would make a great gift and it looks so clean and nice.
    Kathleen
    Bloggers Pit Stop

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  5. I love your pretty custom tea trays. Thanks for sharing at C&C with J&J.

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  6. What a beautiful tea set. Love the fabric, colour and pattern you picked too :) Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

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    1. Thank you for hosting and for stopping by!

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  7. These are great! I would love to receive something like this. Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

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  8. Oh these are too cute! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, and for the invitation to share!

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