Springing the Tiki Platter || dollar store art

As promised, I’m back to deliver a second Spring decor craft!

First, I needed a cheap rectangle platter.


Isn’t this friggin’ AWESOME?!!


I especially love the huge teethy grin this Tiki is sporting.

Who am I kidding? This platter is seriously hideous. Thank goodness it was only a dollar.

First thing first, it’s plastic, so I painted it with spray paint for plastic. (I didn’t want my *real* color chipping off, so I used this first as a base coat.)

Looking better already!

Next, I added some Timberline Green acrylic paint. Not sure this is going to work or not…


So far so good.



After the first coat dried I added a 2nd coat to make it nice and green.


Now the fun begins!!


(I said I had a fun Spring VINYL project, didn’t I? I don’t lie.)


As always, my vinyl comes from the talented and lovely Shelley over at Wonderfully Wordy.

I chose this “Spring” vinyl, because, well, why not? Look at it! It’s beautiful!


I originally saw this vinyl on a project she did. I knew the second I saw it I had to have one of my very own.

Isn’t this just beautiful?

I ordered it that very second. I also used her same paint color (Timberline Green).

I was actually going to copy hers exactly, but uh… well… er… um… Have you tried to make those roses? Easy? Pfffpt. I tried, they died. Platter it is!

After I added the vinyl I painted the entire thing with a coat of clear gloss.


Then I attached the plate hanger:



Love my platter, HATE LOATHE the plate rack hooks.

They are beyond tacky. Seriously, totally lamespice.

THANK goodness my new Dischangers arrived the very next day!



The Dischangers were super duper easy to attach. I ran out of picture wire, so I temporarily used dental floss to tie between the Dischangers. Oops. Seems to work fine for now. Probably because the platter is like 2 ounces.


Much prettier looking without that hideous plate hanger showing.



I love Shellie’s as well, but I like that I ended up putting my own unique twist on it.

*No Tiki’s were harmed in the creation of this Spring Decor.


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  1. Let me just say this: YOU ROCK!! 🙂 I seriously want to start using spray paint the way you do, I love how you take something as unappealing as a Tiki platter and make it so darling.. GO YOU!!

  2. That Tiki platter was scary! Now I am going to have nightmares!
    The finished product is awesome! Love the color.

  3. I <3 it!! You do spray paint so well… I'm going to have to start copying you.

    However, did you get that at the dollar store? 'Cause I want the Tiki one. lol. … for serious. It might even make it's way into my LOST party.

    love ya!

  4. As usuaul, I just love what you come up with!

  5. Have I told you lately how much you amaze me? A fugly platter to beautiful wall art.

    Thanks for linking to Sugar & Spice.

  6. Great makeover! Who would ever think there was a hideous tiki man under all that? lol! I made some crepe paper roses, but let me tell ya, it took a lot of practice to get it right! Those suckers are.not.easy. 😛

  7. Great makeover! Who would ever think there was a hideous little tiki man under all that? lol! I made some of those crepe paper roses, and let me tell ya, it took several attempts! Those suckers are.not.easy.

  8. Oh! This is cute…you did just that, put your own twist on it…its great! btw…I liked that big teethy grin…ah ha lol just kidding!

  9. Ooohhh… I love it. Have you gone back to buy 10 other platters, so you can make them for every season / occasion? I’m picturing holiday signs, and other seasons. Think of the fun words you could use – “love” for valentines day, “peace” for christmas, “Boo” for halloween. lol.

  10. Very cute! I love the vinyl and the discchangers!

  11. Nicely done as always, and in my favorite price range!

  12. Love it! Was very curious when I read your post title! Ca-uute!

  13. Bahahahahaha! I’m laughing because seriously, I’d have to paint that thing before my son saw it because he’d want to hang it, as is, on the wall. Love what you did!

  14. Darling! Great job!!

  15. I love this!

    I’m hosting “Saturday is Crafty Day” on April 24th and I’d love it if you stopped by!

  16. I really like it, truth be told… I would have had to but two and save one of the tiki guys, he is just too fun!

  17. So cute!! I like to avoid those plate hangers too. 😉

  18. Amazing transformation! Visiting from NFF, hope you have a great weekend!

  19. Wow… turned out super cute!! Wish I had a cricut, darn!

    Thanks again for joining Flaunt it Friday! Would you mind sticking my little party button on here?? I’m trying to get the word out and more people to join.

    Thanks!! 🙂

  20. I love your platter! It is so pretty!

  21. Here from HodgePodge and am so glad I stopped by. What a fun project. Love the idea and will have to give something like this a try.

    Kate – Happy Friday

  22. it looks totally FANTASTIC!! What a great transformation!!

  23. Love it!! I really like the green, thanks for the name I need to go find it.

    Have a great weekend.

  24. um, gorgeous! I love the color combo. I hope you will stop by for my final Bring in the Spring Party this week.

  25. Love it! great color combo. I hope you stop by my final Bring in the Spring party!

  26. I was a little scared of that tiki plate at first. haha So glad you painted over it. I love this little platter. So cute!

  27. BEAUTIFUL! Does not look like a plastic platter now that you are done with it!

  28. It looks AWESOME! Nice work! So creative.

  29. just coming from mad crafts-love your platter!

  30. Love it! Those Disc Changers are pretty cool. Gonna have to check them out.

    Thanks for linking up to my Mad Skills party!

  31. Very cute! I love a good makeover! The tray before (wow-ugly!), you did great!

  32. Thank you for joining my hodgepodge party! I love it! I hope you will join again.

  33. Too cute!
    Stopping by from NTT.

  34. Hi,
    I followed you over from the Life As Lori link party. I am now a follower of yours. I would really love it if you stopped by and visited me too. Be sure to enter the drawing if you do. Keep up the good work. Rory http://toolsareforwomentoo.blogspot.com/

  35. I just your projects! Makes me want to get my car keys right now and go buy me one of those ugly tikki platters from Dollar tree and make me something PURTY! Thanks for the inspiration. Happy NTT Be blessed. Cindy

  36. Oh that is amazing! I wouldn’t have ever guessed the finished product started out with that tiki! Nice makeover.

  37. What an amazing transformation! You would never know it’s what it started out to be! Thanks again for sharing at the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  38. Neat hangers! I always glue gun on bend coke can pop tops. (Dang I am SO cheap!)

  39. Wonderful! Very springy…thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!


  40. love it…love it…love it…
    the title is great
    and love the upcycling of the plater…
    and the fonts you used for Spring…
    and the colors..
    and the floss…
    good times…

  41. So very very cute! What would we do without Shelley and her fabulous creations!!! I totally agree with you on the whole plate hanger things. So glad that disc hangers were invented!!!

  42. I LOVE it!

  43. wow that looked easy and very cute. thanks for the idea

  44. Oh, soooooo much better than tiki guy!

  45. This is too cute. I love that green. I am featuring this as part of ‘Look at Me, I’m SO Crafty!’ Party at Fun to Craft. Thanks for linking it up!

  46. I’ve seenn you at quite a few of the linky parties I ‘attend’ and I’ve always liked your ideas….I decided it’s time to be ‘friends’….AKA…I’m following you know, but in doing so-I need to tell you I just LOVE your crafts! This dish is just another clever, and really adorable example! I’m looking forward to following along! :O)

  47. Still can’t believe this plate started out as Mr. Tiki…fabulous transformation! Thanks so much for joining The DIY Club this month! We greatly appreciate it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  48. I have a question about how you did this. I got inspired by this to makeover a plastic graduation tray. I spray painted it, used no primer. Now if I rub lightly on the tray the paint comes off. Is there any type of sealer I can put on it? I asked the guy at Home Depot and he said I would have to take the paint off and then prime it and start over. I don’t see that you used a primer, so I was wondering what I should do. Thank you! 🙂

  49. I was just reading your old posts and saw this post again. I asked you about how to seal my tray I spray painted, last May. About a month later, I decided to use Mod Podge to seal it!! 😀 It worked! I’ve had no problem since then! Just wanted to give you a follow-up on how I fixed it! 🙂

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