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Monday, September 3, 2012

Dollar Store How-to Halloween Serving Tray Makeover



Easy Dollar Store Plastic Plate Makeover for Halloween Goodies.

One simply cannot have too many serving trays at a Halloween feast to compliment the delightfully creepy fare one presents to their frightful visitors...

You wouldn't just throw bat wings or zombie brains on a floral vintage plate and call it a fright? Would you!

Anywho, I happened upon this transparent black plastic skull head serving tray and knew right away what it's potential was.

So I took it home and painted it black

It looked nice just black too

But I took it further anyway and dry brushed it with green metallic craft paint which added a kind of polished metal worn factor to it.

I thought it looked pretty authentic and far more sinister than the original plastic transparent plate, which by the way there is nothing wrong with the plastic plate, I love that the dollar store offers items that one can purchase and use as is at such a great price!

So there you have it an easy peasy Halloween serving tray makeover that cost little and takes about 10 min's to transform, depending on how fast the black paint dries and in the end turns into something far different and terrifically terrifying.

And since I just can't seem to keep it simple, here is how mine actually turned out in the end.

Thanks for looking and remember there are only 57 days left until Halloween! Yay!

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18 comments:

  1. I love this! I want one. I am now a follower Please share it on my linky party and follow back!
    http://www.igottatrythat.com/p/link-party-here_24.html
    Thanks, Marcie

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    1. Thanks Marcie for the invite to your party,I just joined it. I hope if you create your own creepy plate you will share with me I'd love to see it! Either way have fun!

      Thanks,
      House

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  2. What fun! Love what you did with this dish, the paint alone brought out it's true potential but the pedestal is really neat:@)

    PS-Please consider deleting Word Verification from your blog. 3 tries to leave a comment...

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    1. Thank you Happier! About the word verification sorry for that. I dislike those myself and appreciate your determination in leaving me a comment. I am not sure how to remove it, can you help me with that?

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    2. I figured it out I was visiting your blog and found it under bloggy tips. Thanks for the suggestion and help.

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  3. I would love to make this! I actually just bought that plate today. How do I make the branch like legs and candle? That's the best part.

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    1. Hi Anon,

      Sorry for the late reply, This How-to was just about the plate. I showed at the end how my plate actually came out. I can never seem to keep things simple. I do have a How-to on how to make the candles here. http://houseofdewberry.blogspot.com/2010/08/diy-halloween-project-black-candles.html I hope this is helpful. The legs would have to be for another How-to, too much info to put here. Thank you and if you have anymore questions please feel free.

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  4. yes, how does one go about making branches like that? it looks wicked!

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    1. Thanks Anon,

      Here is a link to the candle How-to

      http://houseofdewberry.blogspot.com/2010/08/diy-halloween-project-black-candles.html

      I hope this is helpful.

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  5. I, too, amd wondering about the stand. It's all great!

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    1. Hi Mary,

      The stand will have to be for another how-to, here is the link to the candle How-to
      http://houseofdewberry.blogspot.com/2010/08/diy-halloween-project-black-candles.html
      I was actually showing how to do the plate, silly me. Hope this is helpful.

      Thanks!

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  6. I'm new to the crafting scene, but in the name of Halloween and frugality, I'm now on the DIY bandwagon. I purchased a similar tray from a dollar store and dropped by at michael's for some paint. The worker told me I had to use a specific paint by Krylon called fusion otherwise no paint would stick to my plastic tray. Truth? Is there another alternative? Thanks for your help!!

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    1. Hi Amanda,

      You can prep your plate if you want to. I did not do anything special with my own plate, other than to wash it with soap and water, then wipe it down with rubbing alcohol. Yes, it can be hard to get paint to stick to plastic,although, I am not having any problems with my plate. I would not put it in the dish washer or submerge it in water. You should use a doilie when serving on it. When you finish painting it you can seal it with a low cost sealer. I didn't even bother to do that, mine is holding up perfectly. Make sure your plate is very dry before you try scratching at it though. So in my opinion, no you do not need the fusion for this. This how-to is meant as a low cost fun serving tray. It would defeat the purpose to sink a lot of money into it. It is just for fun! If it lasts forever that is great too. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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    2. Fantastic feedback!!
      We're on the same page as far as usage goes. I'm throwing my first Halloween bash and think these would be absolutely perfect made over!
      Last question and I hate to even admit this much ignorance, but is there a particular type of paint you used? Or would recommend?
      I really appreciate you taking time out to help me with this! My trays are waiting patiently to be upgraded. :)

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    3. Any inexpensive craft paint will do. You can get it at Michael's I used FolkArt,Flat Black and Green Metallic Peridot. If you are planning on sealing it you can get an inexpensive spray on sealer at Home Depot. Again, let me know if you have anymore questions, always happy to help. I hope you have a spooktacular Halloween Bash! :)

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  7. When can we be looking for said legs/branches how-to? :-)

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