Hey there! I don’t know about y’all but I love budget friendly decor and it doesn’t really get any more budget friendly than $2!! Yes, you read that right $2 for a super cute and simple single tier tray. Even better, the base and the plate both came from the Dollar Tree.
I knew I wanted to create a birds nest center piece for my table, but I didn’t have anything to display it on. I looked at buying something brand new, and I just couldn’t find the right thing. So I decided to make my own.
Here’s what you need:
- Dollar Tree Charger Plate
- Dollar Tree Glass Vase (short and squatty is probably best for this project.
- Hot glue (I used gorilla glue, glue sticks)
- Hot glue gun.
- Paint and a Brush. (I used dixie belle chalk paint, but you can easily make your own chalk paint mix. We have a good recipe here if you’d like.)
- OPTIONAL Sand paper or sanding block.
- OPTIONAL Gloss Mod Podge spray.
Because I am an avid crafter I had everything but the plate and vase on hand. Obviously if you need to buy the extra crafting supplies your cost will be a little more than $2, but you can use the extra stuff over and over again!
First thing I did was clean the vase really well with a clorox wipe. It’s important to do this before you paint any glass. Then I painted it with the chalk paint. It took 2 coats. Next I painted the charger plate with the same chalk paint. Top and bottom. 2 coats for the plate as well. I set them aside to dry.
After they were dry, I lightly distressed the edges of the plate to let some of the white show through. This step is optional.
I also sanded around the bottom of the charger plate where the vase would attach to it. Just to make sure there was a good surface for the glue to hold on to. Then, I applied a generous amount of hot glue and stuck the vase and the plate together. No worries if it bubbles out! Just smooth the excess down with the tip of your paint brush. Once the hot glue dried, I touched up the edges where the hot glue bubbled over with the chalk paint.
I sealed the whole thing with Gloss Mod Podge spray, just to make sure it would be easy to clean in the future.
That was it!! It was that simple. I created the nest live on facebook and you can watch that live tutorial here if you’d like.
It didn’t take my toddler long to get ahold of it, and I’m happy to report that both the tray and nest held up well! IMPRESSIVE!!
I’m pretty excited about my new little center piece stand for my table and for only $2! It doesn’t get any better than that!! If you love it as much as I do, would you do me a little favor and…
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Stay Crafty ~ Lizzy