DIY Custom Tray {For Less Than $10}

Good morning, lovely friends! I was in Hobby Lobby the other day and got a fun idea to create a tray for Ridley to use in his new room…that will hopefully be done before the end of time…ha!  I created this DIY Custom Tray for less than $10! Depending on what you have on hand, the cost will vary, so make it work for you!

diy tray

Isn’t it cute? I love how inexpensive and easy it was to make!  Personalized trays make wonderful birthday gifts, housewarming gifts and more.

Supplies needed:

  • Wooden Tray {This one was $3.49 at Hobby Lobby}
  • Scrapbook Paper/Cardstock {$1.20}
  • Spray Paint {Use what you have on hand or use a coupon!}
  • ModPodge & Sponge Brush
  • Scissors, Ruler, Pen
  • Letter pattern, printed letter or use a craft cutter machine
  • Rubber or felt pads

Begin by spray painting the tray whatever color you choose. I used Krylon’s Original Chrome. I LOVE the Chrome spray paint! After you give the tray one coat, allow it to dry. Then, sand it down and re-spray. I’ve found that this brings about a much smoother finish!

diy tray1. Measure the bottom of the tray and then trace and cut out a piece of scrapbook paper to fit.

2. Spread Mod Podge on the bottom of the tray with a sponge brush.

3. Place the scrapbook paper over the Mod Podge. Smooth it down.

4. Prepare the monogram. I traced a letter {reversed to avoid pen lines} onto card stock or other scrapbook paper.

5. Once the paper has dried on the tray, spread another coat of Mod Podge over the top of the paper.

6. Spread the Mod Podge as evenly as possible.

7.  Add the monogram or other embellishments while the paper is drying from #5.

8. When the paper is completely dry, spread a coat of Mod Podge over the monogram to seal it.

9. I added a little strip of the chevron paper to the top of the “R” just to give it a bit of “oomph.”

diy tray

Allow the Mod Podge to dry for several hours. You can use a Mod Podge acrylic sealer to seal everything thoroughly. I didn’t spray this tray yet since it’s been so humid outside. After several hours of drying time, add a rubber pad to each corner of the tray. I really like how the rubber pads elevate the tray off the table.

diy tray

I’m thrilled with how Ridley’s tray turned out. This same concept would make for great personalized Christmas gifts. You could easily crank out several of these at one time.

diy tray

Have you spray painted anything lately? I would love to know your favorite spray paint color!

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  1. Love this Myra! I have a tray I am working on refinishing right now too.

    And interested to find that Chrome spray paint. Have you used it on metal? I have been looking for a good silver/chrome spray paint. Do you think it would work on handles, light fixtures, etc. like the ORB version does?
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    • I think the Chrome spray paint would be fabulous on metal. I haven’t tried it yet, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work! :)

  2. Thanks for the tutorial. I bought a couple of trays in the dollar section at Target a while ago to “do something with.” I’ve never used Mod Podge before so maybe I’ll try it on this project. Thanks!

  3. SO cute! I love it!
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  4. I have a tray I purchased at a Goodwill type store awhile back. It is in desperate need of a makeover… perhaps I’ll try mod podge on it. I’ve never used it so… it would be a good place to start!
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  5. your tray is adorable! and so useful too!

  6. love this tray and the use of chevron!
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  7. Love the tray! So fun!
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  8. I couldn’t agree more about sanding between coats, love the chrome!
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  9. Very fun tray, Myra – love it!
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  10. love this!!
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  11. Super cute! The chevron is fabulous! Can’t go wrong with that print ever! Would love for you to come visit my Get Social Sunday link party and show off your awesome blog!


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