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Winter Wonderland

I've had this project in my mind for weeks now but just couldn't figure out the execution. When this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge called for snow, I knew I had to finish it in time.

Antique wooden kitchen utensil tray
Wooden Coats & Clark spool
Tim Holtz Woodlands trees (two small and one large)
Tim Holtz Christmas Transparent Tiles
Tim Holtz Assemblage Diamonds and Pearls Charms
Tim Holtz Vignette Hardware - Hooks
Ranger Glossy Accents
White acrylic paint
Clear glitter
Mini wooden moulding with a channel
2 Sheets of paper (I used printer paper)

Chain nose pliers for jewelry
Craft scissors
Paint brush

I found this green painted tray at an antique mall quite a while ago and wasn't sure what I'd make with it. A few months ago, I set a large Woodlands tree in it and knew. My first thought was to use old letter stamps to spell out something wintry, but stamps are getting more expensive as they're becoming popular in projects like this

To start the project, I bored three starter holes into the side of the tray with the awl where I wanted the largest tree to be. I screwed the hooks in place and added the charms to act as "snow." I squeezed the hooks nearly shut with the pliers so the charms wouldn't fall off the hooks.

I glued the largest tree to the spool and let it dry.

Next, I cut the strips of wooden moulding to fit the letters of each section. I then painted them with white.

Once dry, I added a generous bead of Glossy Accents in the channel of the moulding and carefully slid the transparent tiles in place. I held the trim in place with the jars I keep my Hardware findings in.

After the Glossy Accents dried, I put two pieces of computer paper into a dollar store metal baking sheet, set the dried pieces on the paper and drizzled Glossy Accents on the tops and front of the trim and added lots and lots of glitter. Once dry, I tapped excess glitter onto the tray and removed the pieces.

I carefully lifted the top sheet of paper and poured the glitter back into the jar.

I put the paper back on top of the bottom sheet. I coated my fingers with Glossy Accents and added it to the trees, working it into the bristles. I added the clear glitter to cover each bristle and knocked any excess on the top sheet again. I set the trees aside to dry and put the glitter back in the jar.

Once everything was dry, I glued the spool-mounted tree to the tray with Glossy Accents. I let it dry completely and then added beads of Glossy Accents to the tray where each piece of trim would go. I let the trim dry in place completely.

I added Glossy Accents to the bottoms of the two small trees and placed them on either side of the word LAND.

So much sparkle - this is the only kind of snow I really like!


  1. What a beautiful way to alter a utensil tray! This will be a wonderful addition to your holiday decor! Thanks for sharing your awesome make with us at SImon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! hugs, Maura

  2. What a transformation! It looks amazing and I love all the sparkle that you added - beautiful 😁. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! J 😊 x


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