A Christmas Tray

I have one more bit of white and silver Christmas decor for you.
Believe it or not I am using other colors for Christmas too!

I had this tray I wasn't using anymore.
It was a bit too shiny and a bit too orange for my taste.

I quickly brushed on some white paint and then used a damp paper towel to smooth it out.
That's it!
I let the brown show through so it would look distressed, w/o the pain of sanding it.
Then I plopped some lovely scrapbook paper down inside the tray.

I grabbed some small books from our bookshelves.
For Men Only sounds like a really provocative title doesn't it?
Well calm down, it's a book our church handed out on Father's day.

I covered the books with white paper and then used a french script rubber stamp on the paper.

I filled my Pottery Barn pot with greens and sparkly things.

I used my favorite wood and metal reindeer.
I love using these in different places each year.

I just found these candle holders on mark down at TJ Maxx.
I placed battery operated candles inside.

Here's the completed tray!

I can move it around the house and place it where I want.

Here it is in my living room.

I don't think I've ever shown this room on my blog before.

My toddler had snagged one of the candle holders already.
He loves to turn the candles on and off over and over again.


  1. wonderful!
    greatings from croatia!

  2. I also love it when things can be changed quickly. The tray decoration is beautiful!

    I wish you a wonderful 2nd Advent



  3. That's very creative Lisa, Nice job!

  4. It looks gorgeous. I love the tray and your decor is beautiful. What a lovely vignette. Perfect. Hugs, Marty

  5. Lisa it is just beautiful!! I LOVE the reindeer!!

  6. This is a delightful tray vignette! Wondering how you did the script stamping so straight...

  7. Hi Joyce,
    The stamp I have is really big. Almost the size of my hand. So it was easy to line it up with the book. When stamps are small I do have trouble and often ende up having my stamps go on crooked.

  8. I have that stamps too! IT's a great one, isn't it? I've been stamping everything in sight recently. My children should watch out or they'll end up with French Script on their little faces!!!!

    I love the tray idea. You've completely transformed it!


  9. Very pretty!

    I love how you stamped the book covers. Adorable.


  10. Very pretty. It looks so soft and Christmasee!!


  11. Mmmm yum, if you'd let me borrow it, it would be perfect in my living room!
    Suzy xxx

  12. Looks amazing. I like white and silver this year, too, and reindeer. The Bavarian Christmas linky party is still open-won’t you come and join us at http://dobermans-by-the-sea.blogspot.com/2010/11/1st-christmas-linky-party-at-dobermans.html and while you are there join the give-a-ways going on.

  13. What a lovely tray. I like the fact that you can move it around and change the look of an area instantly. I am envious of your Pottery Barn pot. I saw those in the store and they are lovely.

  14. I love your style and your lovely tray...very nice transformation! Happy Holidays!

  15. Very creative idea. Looks good in the living room.

  16. I love the stamped tray and reindeer! You have a real knack for display! Love it!


  17. What a stunning centerpiece, your attention to detail is what makes it so special.....covering the books and the mix of textures! Perfect.

  18. Lisa,
    Absolutely lovely! I use trays in my decor mostly on the dining room table. Easy to move centerpieces off for dining! (Real life has a way of happening, doesn't it?) Love the part about your toddler moving the candle and votive! Enjoy these moments. . . as they disappear all too quickly!

  19. Very pretty! I love it. It's so fun decorating with trays. I have one sitting on my side table in my living room decorated all pretty for Christmas.

  20. Lisa, your tray is gorgeous!! I love the whole vignette, especially those reindeer and your beautiful covered books. Your decorating is just stunning as always! I can't wait to post your little bowls to you, thank you so much ~ Txx

  21. Love what you did with the tray. It is so pretty.

  22. I love it!! Beautiful! The white on white is perfect and the script stamping is just the right touch!!

  23. Oh that tray is just great, I love all of the different textures of white. Have a wonderful week.

  24. This is just incredibly beautiful and elegant! You may use other colors, but you sure use these mighty well.

  25. It's gorgeous!!!!
    I worked on a tray this weekend too! I love yours!
    Have a wonderful week :)

  26. Gorgeous! I love the white on white look!

  27. Fantastic! Love it. I have the same problem with a toddler. There are ornaments and nativity pieces strewn about. Luckily they are not prized antiques!

    I have the female version of the church book. :0)

    Love how you covered the books and used the stamp!

  28. It's all gorgeous! Love how you upcycled the tray and books. Very creative!!!

  29. This is so cute... love those cute little deer!!!
    Blessings~~~ Daphne

  30. Your tray turned out very nice. Love the way you staged it. Happy WW.


  31. Love your tray its beautiful, I picked up a similar tray the other day from an op shop and was thinking of doing something similar to it. Well done!

  32. LOVE LOVE LOVE your French Script tray, Lisa!!!!! I'm stealing this idea, ok? lol!

    xoxo laurie

  33. Great idea for that tray - I have a few that I can try it on. My 3 year old is having a grand ol' time with these decorations ~ which is why many of mine are not made of glass, its not easy.