Aug 2, 2012

Bird Tray

Debbiedoo's is having a Copycat Challenge Link Party, and you know how I just can't pass up a good party challenge! 

Debbiedoo's added Blogs to her challenge this time around, so my copycat project is the tray part of this beautiful table made by Deanna from the blog It's Just Me.  I fell in love with these little birds the moment I saw them and knew immediately I just had to make a charming tray like this of my own.

It's Just Me

So I copied it! 

I made a black and white print of the free Graphics Fairy image on my deskjet printer and then took it to my local library to make a waterproof copy on one of their toner based copiers. 

The Graphics Fairy
I repainted my wood thrift store tray white and while waiting for it to dry, I used my sharpest scissors with a pointed tip to cut out the birds and branches in several pieces.  

When the tray was dry, I decoupaged on the pieces. I fit the edges of each piece together while looking at the image on my computer for the proper placement. 

After it dried again I glazed the whole tray to "age" it. 

And here are my sweet birds where they've been perching on the hutch...

 They make me smile each time I come in the door and pass them by. 

I'm so glad you dropped in to see my Bird Tray,
and I hope you have a great day!

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I'm linking up with The Copycat Challenge and these other great link parties!

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  1. Laurel, that is a wonderful copycat version of the bird tray. I love it! The only problem is it might be hard to force yourself to use it as a tray, and cover up all your pretty work.

  2. Gorgeous! Your tray is a work of art. The print is really beautiful. Stopping by from Inspiration Friday.

  3. What a great copycat! Love it. You did an excellent job, I am sure cutting each bird out was very tedious. They look great in black and white and the tray looks great on your hutch!

  4. I absolutely love this, Laurel! Just gorgeous--I love bird items!

  5. Came over from Shabbilicious. I love the bird images at Graphics Fairy. This tray I would take in a skinny minute!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  6. Oh, Laurel! This is amazing!!! I loooove the tray! You did such a fantastic job! What kind of glaze did you use? I would love to try my hand at making something like this! Gorgeous!

  7. I love, love the tray, I am so inspired by this project.
    I really love the birds.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. I can see why you wanted to copy this one. Just beautiful! I thank you so much for joining in on the party. Enjoy:)!

  9. Beautiful!!! I LOVE these birds...they are so soft looking! Great job!

  10. I have admired those little birds for a long time now! They look so pretty on your tray! Nice job. I may have inspired me to get busy! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

  11. Oh I love these birds too. Fabulous job on your tray! :)

  12. Your tray is fantastic! You did a wonderful job.

  13. So creative and nice. Trays are just a lovely accent, and you did a fantastic job. Very eye-catching!

  14. I love the tray! You really did a great job! I always want to try one of those copycat challenges but never get around to it!

  15. The tray is beautiful! I can understand why it makes you smile.

  16. That graphic has also been one of my favorites. You inspired me to find some new uses for it! Tee shirt or tote bag transfer????

  17. Perhaps you've covered this in another post and if so maybe you could let me know which one. Why did you have to make a copy of your printout at the library? Why not use the original?
    Thanks. I'm a new visitor, BTW.

  18. Thanks for your note on my blog.
    Beautiful tree.
    Great blog you have.
    Groetjes Brigitte

  19. That tray is absolutely stunning. You are so talented.


  20. Laurel,

    That tray is so cute! I love anything from the graphics fairy!


  21. Laurel, I love your tray! Your hutch is gorgeous as well. Have a great week! ~ Jamie

  22. Your tray is gorgeous! Enjoyed so much of your crafts... Hugs,Cindy

  23. It looks so spectacular with the black behind it. My eye immediately went to it in the last picture which is what you want when you have worked so hard on a piece!

  24. I love your tray Laurel! I have a couple of these... I need to get busy with some simple projects while I'm resting my shoulder and it's so hot! Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Love your new tray! Are these the cutest birds you've ever seen. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful project on Simple & Sweet Fridays.


  26. Laurel your bird tray is absolute exquisite. What an elegant addition to your beautiful home. Virginia

  27. Looks great! But then, I like everything you do. :)

  28. Love it!!!
    Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

  29. Super cute, I am a new follower! Visiting from My Repurposed I really need to try and transfer something. I have been wanting to try this I just haven't figured it out, lol!

  30. Oh how beautiful!! I love this one. I have those same birds saved to use on a future project. Don't they have wonderful images on their site? all free, they are so generous!
    Debbie :)

  31. I LOVE your bird tray! I'm definitely going to have to copycat YOU. This would make a great gift too.


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