customizing your own tray


Back from a wonderful weekend! Zan and I drove up to Santa Barbara for a little wine tasting and paid a visit to my favorite restaurant! It was rainy and we sat right next to the wood-burning pizza oven…  sipping wine and chatting with our lovely server/friend. It was a very relaxing day! Okay, onto my DIY tray project… I bought this tray at Michaels for $2! I couldn’t pass up that price, so in my cart it went. When I got home I painted it white and went from there! What I like about making your own tray is that you can customize it to your event, house, favorite pattern or color. You can even place it in a baby’s room or bathroom and set lotions and powders on top. It’s super versatile and easy!! Read below for the instructions
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Wooden tray, white paint, spray
adhesive, spray acrylic sealer finish,
paper and scissors.


1. Paint the tray any color

2. Fit the paper inside and fold one end to the edge of the tray. This will give you a nice fold to cut on so your paper will fit nicely inside. If it doesn’t cover the whole area, add a second piece of paper.

3. Cover the back of the paper with spray adhesive and press it down firmly to the bottom of the tray. Run your hand over the top to smooth out any wrinkles.
4. This step should be done outside… Place the tray on some newspaper and spray the acrylic finish evenly over the entire paper and wooden tray. The acrylic sealer is a clear, waterproof protectant spray that gives a little shine too. You can do as many coats as you’d like, but I would say at least two.
And you’re done! You can make a bunch of these for an event or a few to have around your house or office!! Easy, right?


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8 responses to customizing your own tray

  1. June 6, 2011

    Such a cute and simple project. Thanks for sharing!

  2. June 6, 2011

    so cute!simple yet cool! Thank you!

  3. June 6, 2011

    i have an old tray i was thinking about making over. thanks for the reminder 🙂

  4. June 6, 2011

    so so cute!! I didn’t know where you wanted me to send my e mail but here it is (:

  5. June 6, 2011

    Adorable Eden!

  6. June 8, 2011

    FABuLOUS ideas on your site!!!!

  7. June 10, 2011

    so easy and a great backdrop for the wine, nuts, flowers – really anything! great idea.

  8. September 19, 2011

    Just found your blog and I’m having so much fun delving through it. Thank you for sharing this project … I’ve been wanting to attempt, but kept worrying about what to use to protect the paper – you’ve found the product for me!

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