Sweetheart Tray

February 14, 2011

My honey and I aren’t big on lavish expenditures on Valentine’s Day.  Usually, we spend it at home with just a few decadent treats like dark chocolate and champagne ~ a thoughtful card with a sweet sentiment is always exchanged.

For the longest time, I’ve been wanting to craft something with the sheet music from our wedding song, but couldn’t decide what to do.  A card?  A picture frame mat?  Then it came to me a few days ago!  How about something sentimental we could actually use?  A decoupage tray!

sheet music tray


Perfect for serving chocolates and bubbly today . .

cg tray



We’ve been married over 11 years, and our wedding song was Harry’s version of ‘It Had to Be You’.   It’s still one of our all time favorites.

it had to be you heart


Sing to me darling, sing to me!


Where was I?  

*dazed by Harry*

Oh yes!


Making a Sheet Music Tray

I started with an old melamine tray with a floral pattern I’ve had for years but wasn’t using.  I applied one coat of primer to the entire surface, then a quick coat of white paint to the edges (where the paper would not cover the surface) to coordinate with the color of the sheet music background.

prime and paint


Next, I snagged the pages of sheet music from my stash.  You can find the music for most songs online, simply print at home on your printer.

sheet music


Knowing I’d never fit all three pages, I cut the excerpts from the stanzas into strips.  Then I laid out the design on the tray to get an idea of where the strips of sheet music would go.

You could use this same idea for a favorite poem, lullaby, quote, whatever !

strips of music


I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to the tray, then attached the sheet music on top one strip at a time.  Bubbles happen, so I carefully smoothed them with a dry finger.

mod podge music


Finally, I applied 2 extra layers of Mod Podge to the top to seal and protect, allowing to dry between coats.

layers of mod podge


We’re soooo sentimental, but wedding day reminders sure keep the romance alive!  A large framed print of our wedding day is displayed proudly above my hub’s dresser, and now our wedding song holds his accessories.

wedding pic and song


For the rest of the year, the tray will hold coins, watches, eyeglasses, etc. for my Mister.

tray in master


But today, we’ll be celebrating by serving up some bubbly and savoring some homemade chocolate covered strawberries  . . .

cg sweetheart tray tulips

. . . all while humming along with Harry

musical notes

‘It had to be you . . it had to be you . . .

I wandered around and finally found the somebody who . . .’


Wishing all who celebrate a very:

happy valentines day on tulips

Cheers !



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  3. Rita says:

    Kate, that is so adorable. I just love it. Congratulations! I love receiving your blog and spend hours on all the links.


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