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Holiday Serving Tray from Recycled Materials

This is a great way to use recycled materials and last year’s Christmas cards to create a unique one-of-a-kind holiday servingHoliday Serving Tray tray. Create the serving tray using a wooden picture frame and kitchen cabinet handles. Complete the serving tray with a mosaic of pictures re-purposed from the previous year’s Christmas Cards.

Material List:

  • Mini Bowdabra ®
  • Bowdabra ® Bow Wire
  • Wooden Picture Frame
  • Drill
  • Cabinet Handles
  • 2.5? Wire Ribbon
  • ”œLast Years” Christmas Cards
  • Small Ornaments
  • Glue Dots


1. Begin by taking the glass out of a wooden frame. Pre-drill the holes on each side of the frame for handles. Use kitchen cabinet handles that can be bought at a local hardware store. *Helpful Hint* -The screws that come with the handles will most likely be too long, purchase screws separately.

How to Make a Serving Tray

2. Using ”œlast years” Christmas Cards cut out shapes with fun edges and place them on the bottom of your tray. Use glue dots to keep the pictures in place. Place glass back onto the frame to hold everything in place and give it a nice finish.

Holiday Serving Tray


3. To make the bows for the Tray’s Handles: Cut a 24” piece of Bowdabra Bow Wire and fold it in half. Lay it into the Mini Bowdabra. You’ll have a loop at one end and two loose pieces at the opposite end.

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4. Cut a piece of ribbon to make bow tails. Dove-tail the ends of ribbon by folding your ribbon in half and cutting at a 45 degree angle.

How to Make a Serving Tray

5. Lay your ribbon into the Mini Bowdabra. Decide how big you want your loops. To make your first loop, fold the ribbon and press into the Mini Bowdabra.

Make Loopy Ribbon

6. Continue folding the ribbon back and forth until you have created as many loops as you desire.

Craft & Make a Serving Tray

7. Scrunch ribbon down with the Mini Bowdabra Wand.

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8. While the bow is still in the Mini Bowdabra, thread the two loose ends of the BowdabraBow Wire through the loop at the other end.

Craft a Bow

9. Pull the Bowdabra Bow Wire tightly while the bow is still in the Mini Bowdabra.

Mini Bowdabra Bow

10. Gently pull the bow out of the Mini Bowdabra. Separate the two loose ends of the BowdabraBow Wire and bring them around to the back of the bow. To tie off the bow, pinch the Bowdabra Bow Wire securely against the bow. Twist the bow 4 to 6 times in a clockwise direction.

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11. Fluff your bow and attach small little ornaments to the center of the bow using Bowdabra Bow Wire.

How to Make a DIY Serving Tray

12. Follow the instructions to make another identical bow. Attach both bows to the tray’s handles. Spiral Bowdabra Bow Wire into fun little ringlets by wrapping it around a pencil.
How to Make holiday a Serving Tray



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