Now that the Halloween festivities are over, it’s time to think Christmas! Looking for a really special gift that’s also fast to create? I LOVE the new 6×6 trays from 7gypsies!
I made both of these trays in an afternoon–the small size makes them so fast and easy to put together! Honestly, the hardest part was deciding which papers and embellishments I wanted to use. After that, assembling them was a piece of cake!
Here are a few tricks I used along the way:
The large opening is perfect for a 4″ x 6″ photo; however, you will have to crop it down ever-so-slightly to make it fit properly in the space. I stamped a sentiment on cardstock (using Technique Tuesday stamps), added a couple of 7gypsies metal studs, and adhered the entire thing over my photo using Pop Dots to elevate it off my photo.
The other openings are approximately 2″ x 2″ each, so I cut patterned papers to size and adhered them to the openings. You could also put small photos in those spaces. Next, I included a few easy embellishments–a metal clip and ticket, a pre-made flower embellishment (I used an old flower from my stash, but any flower would do, or a cute paper rosette!), and a banner flag. Another thing I love about these trays is that they have a bit of a ledge, so you can put little trinkets on them, like my 7gypsies apothecary bottle with a strip of paper on the inside. I just used Glue Dots to hold it in place!
You can see that by simply changing the theme of the papers and embellishments (and photos!) used, I got a whole different look on my second tray. The quote in the top right space is a sticker, adhered with Pop Dots to give a bit of dimension. The paw prints are die-cuts I had, but you could also use stamps or stickers instead. I printed the sentiment along the bottom on my computer, trimmed it, and adhered it right to the edge of the tray. When creating your tray, you want to use a strong adhesive, such as a permanent tape runner or Wonder Tape. For bulky embellishments, Glue Dots work great, too.
These trays are designed to stand up on a table or counter or displayed on an easel. If you want to hang them on the wall, you could glue picture hangers on the back, or hot glue a ribbon to the top.
I made both of these trays for my home, but I can think of so many people I could make trays for as gifts–parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, you name it! You can make a tray in any theme imaginable (travel, pet, baby, wedding, family, sports, school), too. They’re so versatile!
Make a few trays for gifts this holiday season–I promise, they’re just as much fun to make as they are to give!