Turn Old Photos Into a Thoughtful and Functional Gift

Home Made Simple designer Kim Myles gets creative and shows homeowner Annie how to make a functional memories serving tray for her tea set from an old frame.

To start, they take an old frame and wrap the inner cardboard that comes with every picture frame with fabric. To do so, they spray the cardboard with an even coat of spray glue and press the cardboard to the fabric. Then, they trim the edges of any excess fabric for a nice, clean line. In an emotional moment, they go through Annie’s family photos and choose meaningful pictures that will bring her joy every time she uses the tray and sees them, bringing a connective aspect into the home. They anchor the photos in place so they won’t shift with a little bit of hot glue. Next, they drill into the frame to add handles for easy carrying. The final step is layering everything together. First to be put into the frame-turned-serving-tray is a cut-to-size piece of plex. Next is the cardboard now covered in cloth and photos, and last is the original frame backer. Flip it all over to reveal the gorgeous and useful tray, filled with cherished memories.

Kim Myles is an Emmy-winning decor and lifestyle expert and the owner of Kim Myles Design, a company dedicated to providing design-driven media services as well as easy-to-use decorating tools to the marketplace. Originally from California, she’s also behind the bestselling 'Global Glam' Stencil Collection, inspired by world cultures and traditions.

In addition to Home Made Simple, Kim has been on the shows Myles of Style and HGTV’d. She has also been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, InStyle and People. For more design inspiration and easy DIY projects to try in your home, visit Kim Myles’ website, or follow her on Pinterest.
Published 08/04/2016
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