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It’s (already?) Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

I’m not a big fan of the whole “rushing the holidays” phenomenon.

It somehow felt like Halloween was over around the 25th.  The displays were down, everything was on “huge reduction” sales etc.

I had to keep reminding myself that Halloween hadn’t actually happened yet.

Having said that….

Please join me as I add to rather than solve the problem by launching Christmas on November 4th!


For reasons I can’t quite explain, really excited about the Holiday Season and ideas are kinda bubbling out of me unbidden.  It’s gonna be a month and half of project ideas and desserts (for those of you who are new here, every year I throw a big Holiday Dessert Party and I’ve already started out trying new recipes.  Chai Latte Snickerdoodles anyone?)

I decided I needed a tray for the bar this year.

I used:

  • An unfinished, wood tray
  • Some very thin scrap wood cut down to fit inside the tray (2.25 by 15.25 in this case)
  • Holiday napkins
  • Waverly Chalk Paint Paint
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Mod Podge Transfer Medium
  • Envirotex Lite
  • E6000 Glue

I started off by painting the tray Waverly White  and then trimming out the edge with Waverly Crimson red

I then painted two of the wood strips with the Waverly White and set everything aside to dry.

The napkins are two ply and I only need one so I….plied…. them apart!

And cut them down to fit the wood strips.

After brushing Matte Mod Podge onto the unpainted the strips I laid the napkins down and gently (oh-so-gently) smoothed them out.

Now, lets be honest there is NO WAY to avoid wrinkles with paper this thin so we have to simply embrace it and say it was what we had in mind all along.  I do think it adds nice texture but if that’s not your speed you could do the same thing with pretty much any wrapping paper that you liked.

While all that was drying I came up with a little text: “Let it Snow”

I reversed the text and laid it out to print on a sheet of legal sized paper – and you can, if you wish, download it here: Let it snow tray print sheet

And then, following the instruction on the Mod Podge Transfer Medium – transferred the graphic to the two strips of wood I’d painted white

(My apologies, I did not manage to take pictures of that process.  It’s pretty simple and if you follow the instructions almost foolproof).

Once everything was thoroughly dry I glued the strips of wood to the tray using my E6000 Glue and allowed it to dry overnight.  (having all the elements very dry is a must for this step – to make sure the glue has good contact with the tray I had to weigh the wood strips down with some heavy books and if stuff isn’t dry the napkins and text will stick to the books).

The next morning I sealed the whole tray with two coats of Mod Podge Matte and, once that had dried, again, following the instructions on the box, poured on my Envirotext Lite.

If you didn’t want to deal with Envirotex then Mod Podge Hard Coat sealer would work wonderfully – just make sure you have enough time to let it cure thoroughly before using it.

I think this will look great on the bar.  Can you just see it with glasses of Holiday Punch or something?

Dislaimer: The good folk at Plaid (makers of Mod Podge), as part of their Plaid Ambassador Program, provided me with many of the products used in this project.  The concept and opinions are entirely my own.  I received no other compensation.




10 thoughts on “It’s (already?) Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!”

  1. Well you got me all worked up to see Easter inspired items and you give me Christmas which is already so last year. Get hoppin!

    1. OK, first, “survivingtillbedtime” may be my new favorite handle.
      Second, I’m so glad you like the tray.
      If you make one please snap some pics and send them along. And, of course, if you have any questions that will make making it easier don’t hesitate to ask.

  2. Very nice! And I don’t think it’s too early for Christmas. Maybe your aforementioned kick in the pants thing has unplugged your creativity!

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