DIY Patterned Tray Project

How to DIY Blue and White Tray via

I am drawn to anything blue and white these days! Maybe there’s just more of it in the home decor stores and magazines, but I see it everywhere. Recently I’ve seen some gorgeous trays featuring bright prints along the bottom. I picked one up in the store but decided I could just make it myself using things I already had on hand!

Several years ago I bought a plain wooden tray at Hobby Lobby that I spray painted white and have used in my kitchen and living room almost constantly. I decided to give that tray a summer makeover! Hobby Lobby has sheets of scrapbook paper for $.59 each, and last week they were 50% off. 🙂 Two sheets of paper ended up being the only thing I purchased for this project!

Making a lovely tray for 50 cents! via

  1. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the tray, then allow the tray to dry completely.
  2. Measure and cut the scrapbook paper to the size you need. If you need one more sheet, make sure you cut the pieces so the pattern matches at the seam.
  3. Place the paper inside the tray to make sure it fits nicely.
  4. Apply the glue to the inside of the tray – a repositionable spray glue works best, but a glue stick works too!
  5. Carefully lay the paper on the inside of the tray and press to adhere.

Keep in mind that this method isn’t waterproof and probably won’t last forever – but what did you expect for 59 cents? 🙂

DIY Blue and White Tray via

I cut a few squares of the extra paper and inserted them in my photo-holding coasters. I love the pop of color and pattern on my end tables!

Put pretty scrapbook paper in photo coasters to add interest to your decor via

Do you have a tray that needs a summer makeover?

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16 thoughts on “DIY Patterned Tray Project

  1. I love the blue + white + yellow color combo. My MIL’s kitchen is decorated in these colors and it’s just so cheery. Love your tray and those lemons are the perfect accessory.


  2. I LOVE this so much! And I bet you COULD make it permanent with some decoupage or epoxy… I feel a #crafternoon coming on. 😉 Thanks for the inspiration!


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