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.
You can buy unfinished trays at your local craft supply store. While you’re there pick up some scrapbook paper too.
- 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
Lightly sand and wipe off tray with a damp rag.
Prime tray (if using non-chalk-like paint.) Paint tray desired color. For this tray I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.
After the paint has dried, brush antiquing wax onto your tray if desired. Buff off excess with a dry rag.
Cut scrapbook paper to fit inside the tray. When overlapping paper, make sure to line up the repeating pattern.
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.)
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.
When you put something on top of the tray, you hardly notice the seam.
The nifty thing about these trays is that the decorative paper can be swapped out when you tire of the design.
Once again, I’m loving this gift idea too much…I might be keeping this one for myself ;-).
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!