DIY tray.

Jan 27, 2010

i remembered that i promised to post more of my everyday loves, a promise i have seriously failed at. i have been so forgetful lately to photograph all the little things i create, discover or bake on a regular basis. i pinky swear that i am going to try so much harder to document and involve you in those things. deal? over the holidays, i made a huge effort to embrace my crafty side and make many things myself. one project i jumped into was taking a plain, unfinished wood tray from michaels and transforming it into a pretty place to display trinkets, eat breakfast or sort papers in your office. it is a very versatile and super easy DIY and i hope you like it!

buy an unfinished wood tray (michaels, about $4) and paint the sides inside and out with a craft paint.


cut scrapbooking papers to fit the bottom of the tray. i first laid a sold color in the bottom and ran my fingers along the corners to form a crease, then i just trimmed the paper along the crease to fit perfectly. rocket science, i know! then i added a patterned paper, did the same crease trimming method but then cut it into three sections so some of the solid paper would show through in stripes.


remove the paper from the bottom of the tray and coat it with a thin layer of mod-podge (available by the glues at any craft store) then carefully lay your paper back into the tray, you will get lumps, try to smooth them out as best you can but don’t freak, it only adds to the character of the tray.


then coat the top of the paper with 2 thin layers of mod-podge. wait for it to dry between coats. i then coated the entire painted sides of the tray in a layer of mod-podge too. it gives it a shiny, finished look and is easier to keep clean than a matte paint finish.

IMG_1878(so easy a cave man can do it! yes, adrian even did his own tray. quite beautifully. notice how he holds the brush like a drum stick? love.)

ta-da! instant pretty tray! (yes, i made the felt flower pin too. info coming on another post soon.)


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8 comments | leave a comment

  1. Amber
    January 27th, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    TOO CUTE! Love these posts!

  2. Daireth
    January 27th, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    LOVE IT! So cute, Nicky.

  3. Heather
    January 27th, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    Very cute, Nicky! Well done.

  4. alex evjen
    January 27th, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    I love this tray so much that it is propped up in my kitchen. =) it really brings the room together. thank you for such a thoughtful gift!

  5. Liz O.
    January 27th, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us…I think I should start including fun stuff like this on my blog too!

  6. adrian
    January 27th, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    caveman?? unga bunga.

  7. lucyshouse
    January 27th, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    SOOOO cute!

  8. nicky
    January 27th, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    thanks for all the compliments!! i will definitely try to do more of these posts from now on 🙂

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