I’ve been pretty big into Instagram lately. If you don’t follow me already, you totally should because I take the cutest pictures on the Interent. No. Seriously. LOOK:
Yeah, I KNOW. Anyway, My adorable kids aren’t what this post is about. Instagram rocks and I love using it to share a billion trillion pictures. But I started feeling like once those pictures were shared they were gone. And I hated that. So I got a little crafty and made this:
The first step was the hardest for me – finding somewhere that could print pictures directly from Instagram (I had many of these still on my phone, but not all of them), and picking out pictures. I used this place. I wasn’t super impressed, but it was the only place I could find. They ship from Hong Kong, and the pictures came registered mail which meant a trip to the post office to sign for them (annoying. Especially when you have 2 young children. Picture taking a octopus into a china store. Then add embarrassment to the mix when your son asks questions that aren’t really appropriate). Anyway, I ordered 48 pictures ($18 after shipping) and it took what felt like forever for them to get here. The site warns that it will be 3-5 weeks. It felt like far longer. Finally, they were here and while I was impressed with the quality, it wasn’t exactly what I expected…
I ended up having to cut out each of the pictures, which wasn’t a huge deal but was fairly time consuming. Hopefully one of you will find the perfect place to get the pictures printed and will leave a comment telling everyone. Until then, just order and cut.
I got a wooden breakfast tray from Micheal’s. I believe this one was $24.99, but I had a 40% off coupon (You can usually get one online or if you buy any regular priced item one often prints out with your receipt for use the next week). I painted the edges a royal blue, then took my cut out pictures and the tray to Home Depot. I wanted to find tiles that not only fit nicely in the tray, but also were a good size for the picture. It so happened that they had pre-spaced tile sheets for $2.49. I needed just over 1 of these sheets, so I ended up spending $5 on tile, then another $5 on grout. I headed home and used the grout to set the tiles into my tray:
As you can see, I got a little grout on the edges of my tray. I kinda knew that would happen, but I figured it would be easier to repaint over grout rather than painting the entire thing after the tiles were in. Once the grout dries, you can start applying your pictures. I used mod podge from an old project. I applied one layer of mod podge to the tile, laid down the picture and did a thick coat over top the picture.
If you’ve never used Mod Podge before, know that it looks milky when you put it on, but will dry clear. Don’t be shy with the mod podge. You need to get a thick layer so that the pictures stay attached to the tiles. I actually ended up doing 3 layers of mod podge before I was satisfied.
Once all that is dry repaint the edges of your tray to cover the grout (I sanded down any areas that were lumpy). I also had some Krylon Glaze spraypaint left over from another project, so I sprayed on a single coat of that to give the edges a little gloss, and to cover the mod podge. I found out the hard way that mod podge doesn’t do so great with extreme temperatures. Hot or cold, it gets a little tacky, and sticks to whatever you’ve placed on it – which I assume we’ll be putting hot coffee, cold OJ, and hot breakfasts on the tray, so I wanted to make sure the mod podge had something a little more temperature friendly over it. While this stuff probably isn’t safe to eat off of, it makes the tray much more friendly for actual use instead of just being a display item.
And that’s it!! Easy as pie, and you’ve created a gorgeous, extremely personal breakfast tray!