Painted Trays with Scrapbook Lining

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Today I have a really adorable and easy DIY Gift Idea for you! Scrapbook paper lined and painted trays. These trays are so versatile, they can be used in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or anywhere you want to corral items or have a flat surface available. And best of all, you can change their look in a snap.

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

You can buy unfinished trays at your local craft supply store. While you’re there pick up some scrapbook paper too.

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Materials:

  • Unfinished tray
  • Fine grit sandpaper sheet
  • Damp & dry rags
  • 2 sheets of scrapbook paper per tray
  • Paint (acrylic, craft paint or chalk-like paint)
  • Primer (if you are using other than chalk-like paint)
  • Paint brush
  • Optional: Antiquing Wax, Plexiglass cut to fit bottom of tray

Instructions:

Lightly sand and wipe off tray with a damp rag.

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Prime tray (if using non-chalk-like paint.) Paint tray desired color. For this tray I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

After the paint has dried, brush antiquing wax onto your tray if desired. Buff off excess with a dry rag.

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Cut scrapbook paper to fit inside the tray. When overlapping paper, make sure to line up the repeating pattern.

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

For the best durability, line the tray with a piece of plexi-glass cut to fit inside the tray. (Ask your local Lowe’s employee to pre-cut glass or plexi-glass for you.)

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

I got this paper from Ballard Designs. It’s actually cheese paper, but I loved the design. It doesn’t quite match up, so I just rotated the paper.

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

When you put something on top of the tray, you hardly notice the seam.

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

The nifty thing about these trays is that the decorative paper can be swapped out when you tire of the design.

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Once again, I’m loving this gift idea too much…I might be keeping this one for myself ;-).

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Do tell me, how are you enjoying the Très Frugal series so far?! Have you found any idea you love too much to give away?

Check back tomorrow for yet another great DIY gift idea!

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Comments

  1. Linda Southworth says:

    Brittany, your trays are gorgeous! I have one I picked up from the thrift store and have been undecided about what to do. I like the idea of changing the design with the season or change to another room. Very nice…thank you!

  2. Brittany, we love this idea! Such a cute idea to use on a cocktail ottoman. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I’m looking at those votive candle holders thinking that I could use a spade bit to make some of those, too.

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