She Starts With A Plain Tray - How She Transforms It Is Unexpected. I'm Trying This!
Tahlea Jankoski 2/4/2016
Your bland, old serving trays just got a major upgrade. With these beautiful, unique makeover projects, you won't believe what a difference a few hours and a little creativity can make!
Crafty, portable, and adorable! This lego tray is a quick and easy way to create an area specifically for your kids' playtime. You can easily use this lego tray on the couch, on the floor, or transport it from room to room — without having to topple any of their beautiful creations.
French Chateau Trays
In a few, easy steps, you can transform old wooden thrift store trays into these French-inspired beauties. Start with a coat of black paint, then several coats of white. Sand down some of the edges for a vintage feel. For the centers, one DIY-er transferred the graphics and used black acrylic paint to finish them. Once dry, finish off the look with a final, light sanding.
Flower Petal Tray
Let your creativity "bloom" with this gorgeous tray. After pressing whatever flowers, plants, or leaves you want for several days, arrange them on your tray using a light craft glue to hold them in place. Mix epoxy according to the instructions, pour, and let dry. Once it's set, you'll have a beautiful, food-safe, one-of-a-kind tray.
After staining flat sheets of balsa wood, cut 1/2" rectangular pieces to create this chevron serving tray. Arrange the strips in a chevron, or herringbone pattern, glue them down and you're set! It may sound like a lot of work, but this helpful tutorial makes this tray transformation quick and easy.
Vintage Map Tray
Showcase your own travel memories, or those you've yet to make with this vintage map tray DIY. First, cover the sides of a thrifted tray with matte finish paint (no need to waste time painting the center area, which will be covered, anyway). Next, secure the maps of your choice to the bottom of the tray using decoupage; let dry; then apply one or two more coats on top of the maps to seal them. A final coat of epoxy over everything gives your new tray a beautiful, glass-like finish.
Drawer Serving Tray
Who says trays have to stay flat? Adding some decorative feet, a glass knob and some paint can transform your run-of-the-mill serving tray into a decorative drawer fit for any room and decor.
Tiled Marble Tray
Just like a beautiful backsplash, adding marble (or any other type of stone) tiles to an old serving tray instantly updates its look and feel. After you've selected the tile you want to use, arrange it in your desired pattern, glue it down and let dry thoroughly. Finally, grout the tile and let cure. Viola! Your old tray is now a durable, sophisticated focal piece.
Have a music lover in your life? This easy DIY creates the perfect "harmony" between form and function, so gather up all of your old sheet music, apply it with school glue and cover with a coat of polyurethane for protection.
Who wouldn’t want an all-seasons serving tray? This creative DIY shows you how to take a few coats of paint, some wrapping paper and a small sheet of plexiglass to change out the look and feel of your serving tray as often as you want! Swap in seasonal wrapping paper, dried leaves, photos of family and friends, or anything else you want to proudly display.
Getting a high-end look for your thrifted serving tray doesn’t have to break the bank. After painting your tray with your chosen color(s), choose a stencil that you like and apply to the bottom. Take the edges down securely, making sure there are no pockets of air or wrinkles in the stencil and paint away! Once the tray is completely dry, carefully remove the tape and viola! A picture-perfect tray is yours, quickly and easily.
Need a statement tray that can spice up any room? Try this glitzy tutorial! By decoupaging your favorite art paper or photos, you can create this eye-catching conversation piece in no time. Add some glittery rhinestones around the edges for an extra dose of bling.
A perfect gift for any teacher in your life, this old-fashioned yardstick tray is a way to add a practicality—and a touch of nostalgia—to any room! Simply use a small hacksaw to cut thrifted yardsticks to size, glue securely, and you’re done! For an extra dose of protection, you can add an optional top layer of epoxy, which will keep your rulers in mint condition for years to come.
The beautiful glass-like appearance of this stellar serving tray is easier to achieve than you might think! After painting and applying your desired decorations, this DIY-er used resin and hardener to achieve the perfectly glossy, glass-like finish. You can get the detailed instructions in her helpful tutorial.
Your Tray Can Be as Unique as You Are
With a little imagination and a lot of glue, transforming thrifted or out-of-date serving trays is a breeze. Add flowers, stone, pictures, or even legos to create the perfect tray for your home and decor!