Thursday, September 19, 2013

DIY: Decorative Tray

I saw this video on how to make your own tray and thought that this would be such a simple craft. Here's the video. Watch Martha get a little snarky, throw in her own ideas, and also say how she hates to mess up. Here's the video.

Inspiration photo:
DIY tray from baking sheets
I couldn't believe it but that same day I found this craft, I found an old baking sheet on the street!! Someone was throwing out a bunch of kitchen items and this was one of them. How crazy! I have no shame in digging through those piles on the sidewalk. You can find some good stuff in there!!

Anyway, I bought this gray and white chevron fabric that I LOVE. I used it on my chair makeover and had some leftover fabric so I used it for this tray. It was super easy to make. Here are the directions from the Martha Stewart site. 
Tray with fabric. It's not perfect. If you want it perfectly flat in all areas, you need a brand new tray. This one had some rust, burnt spots, etc. 


  • 1 yard decorative fabric
  • Aluminum rimmed baking sheet
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Synthetic felt
  • 1/4-inch-thick acrylic sheet cut to fit inside of tray, with corners rounded


  1. STEP 1
    Cut fabric large enough to cover the front and wrap around the back of the baking tray. Cover the front of the tray with spray adhesive.
  2. STEP 2
    Place fabric on tray so pattern is aligned, leaving enough room to wrap fabric around all sides to the back. Smooth fabric onto tray, pressing out any bubbles.
  3. STEP 3
    Pull any extra material into corner and push around the edge. Turn tray over. Cover the back of the tray with spray adhesive.
  4. STEP 4
    Press the fabric over two edges of the tray first, then fold in on each remaining side, as if wrapping a gift. Trim any excess fabric with scissors. Use fabric glue to secure, if needed.
  5. STEP 5
    Cut a piece of felt to fit the back of the tray and conceal fabric edges. Smooth felt on the back the tray.
  6. STEP 6
    Place acrylic sheet in center of tray.
With the glass piece. I got a piece of glass cut at a glass shop for $7. 

All done. A nice tray to hold the remotes!

Nice & Neat

You could make one of these in any shape and for any need. Make a smaller one to hold your jewelry on your dresser or one for your keys by the door. You could make these to hold plants. The possibilities are endless! 

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