How to Make a Decorative Tray

In this no-sew project I’m going to add a pop of color to this plain tray by spray painting it and adding fabric to the bottom. This is a quick and easy way to personalize an otherwise boring wooden tray.

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Materials

How to Make a Decorative Tray Materials

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Instructions

Step 1: Spray paint the tray

In a well-ventilated space with your work surface protected, evenly spray the tray with several thin coats of spray paint. Let it dry.


Step 2: Prepare the fabric

I would suggest using a fabric made out of cotton or another natural fiber because the glue sticks to it best.

Choose what part of the pattern you want for the bottom. Center the tray over it. Trace around the outside of the tray.

Use a rotary cutter or scissors to cut out the fabric. With the Mod Podge, brush around the edges and fold the fabric over about 3/8” or the appropriate amount so that it will fit in the tray.  You’ll have some time to adjust it before it dries.


Step 3: Glue down the fabric

Brush a layer of Mod Podge onto the bottom of the tray. Lay the fabric on the glue and press it down. Add another coat of Mod Podge on top of the fabric. When it dries, the decorative tray will be complete.


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