Monday, 14 February 2011

Homemaking Monday: Breakfast Tray Tutorial (Cutting Vinyl By Hand)

Welcome to Homemaking Monday! I'm really excited to share today's project with you all. Now that Valentines is pretty much over I am starting to think about Spring. In the Spring I love to have breakfast in bed with my Hubby... with fresh clean sheets, the windows open with the sound of the birds singing, and something yummy to share with my Man. I have an old tray we bought ages ago now and I thought it would be fun to Jazz it up ready for the coming months.

This is what I came up with....

I may be biased, but I totally love it!

Here is the tutorial.... 

Breakfast Tray
Vinyl (I buy a big roll for 6 Euros in the hardware store)

To Make:

First take your Tray, any kind will do... old and beat up is fine!

Open up Word on your computer and create the phrase you want in the font you want. I find it easier to work with an outlined font but it doesn't really matter.

Print out your words and cut out so each letter is separate.

Staple the letters onto the Vinyl to keep them secure whilst cutting. IMPORTANT: Don't forget to work on the front side of the Vinyl. If you work on the back then your letters will come out backwards.

Carefully cut out your letters. It can be time consuming but is worth it! The easier the font this quicker it goes. You will end up with a bunch of cute letters like this.

Next cut out some strips to make your border.

Stick your strips on to make a border.

Stick on your words - Arrange them any way you like.

To finish off I cut out a couple of cute flowers and stuck them on too for a springtime feel.

It's as simple as that! You will now have your finished Breakfast Tray... made without fancy gadgets or machines. :-)

All you need now is to make something yummy and suprise your husband in bed one morning!



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  1. This is such a cute idea! I've never worked with vinyl, but your tutorial makes it look do-able. Thanks for sharing!

  2. You do a wonderful job cutting by hand. I love this and what a wonderful idea.
    Blessings, Lori

  3. Very neat to see how to do vinyl crafts without the fancy machine.

  4. great tutorial!!! will copy it!

  5. How cute. I need all the help I can get in the morning! Happy V-day.

  6. Wow this is fab i have a tray just waiting for a makeover (and i have a cricut so i can be lazy and get that to cut the vinyl :-) Thanks for sharing tina x x

  7. I love this idea. I have a few of those old metal t.v. trays that I love but they are so ugly. This would be a perfect solution. Following you from Young Nesters link party. Please stop by my blog when you can.

  8. I love it too! There's nothing better than snuggling up with breakfast in bed!

  9. Nice work! You have a really steady cutting hand!

  10. Wow! I thought I had to buy some kind of cutting machine to be able to do projects like that.
    Jill -

  11. Awesome job on your handcutting. I have been wanting to do a project like this too, but like you I don't have the machine to do it. Maybe I will finally try to accomplish it now.
    Thank you for sharing.

  12. Cute!! WOW I bet that hand cutting job took forever!I have had my eye on a tray on sale for two weeks now. Time to snatch it up and make it pretty!

  13. I love it, it never even crossed my mind in my debate with myself that I need a silhouette machine that I could buy vinyl and cut my own letters. Duh. Thank you, I am so doing this.

  14. What a cute idea. I'm glad i found you. By the way, I have a contest giveaway on my blog you might find fun. Take a look.

  15. Lovely idea, you did a great job! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Great tutorial and what a cheery way to wake up! Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picking Fence.

  17. Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog via Keepin' Company Thursdays. I am now a follower of yours. What a wonderful job you did on the tray. Very pretty! Thanks for the tutorial as well.

  18. Hey, I'm your newest follower! I love your flat make over and the pink kitchen! Great website! I used to live in Germany, Munich to be exact and I miss it sooo much, oh and I'm Mormon too:)
    I have a tray I've been wanting to spruce up a bit and this is just the thing, thanks for sharing!


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