DIY Tray – Tutorial

Several things inspired me to create this project and tutorial – the Target dollar section, Pinterest (where you can DIY anything), and our new bedding. Target and Pinterest – it’s a dangerous combination, isn’t it?!

Hayden has taken to my habit of always stopping at the dollar section in Target (hey, I find great deals there sometimes!). As he was browsing through the Superman and Batman notebooks, I noticed a perfectly-sized wooden tray that was calling my name; it led to the following project:

My original intention was to put this on our bed as shown above (picture 8). But I thought of some other ideas, which I plan to show examples of as soon as they are complete. In the meantime, here’s a list of them – serving dish for any holiday or season, small hygiene product tray for guests, or just a decoration. Do you have other ideas? I’d love to hear them in the comments section below!


Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Cardboard / Chipboard

Ink: Old Olive

Stamp Set: Pursuit of Happiness

Accessories: Mod Podge (sold at local craft stores) & Brush, Wooden Tray (Target), Sticky Strip Adhesive, Labels Collection Framelits, Little Leaves Die


(1)  Our new master bedroom comforter that was part of the inspiration.

(2)  Start with a plain black wooden tray – I found this at Target for $2.50. Cut the white card stock to fit your tray. (Mine is slightly smaller so it can be easily removed and replaced for other occasions.)

(3)  Using the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Basic Black Cardstock, and the Little Leaves Die, cut out 12 pieces.

(4)  Arrange the leaves on the white card stock to verify the layout before it’s permanent.

(5)  Use Mod Podge to glue the leaves down. Once dry, cut the excess leaves off the edges of the white paper. Brush Mod Podge on the top and let dry.

(6)  Adhere cardboard or chipboard backing with Sticky Strip Adhesive to the back of white paper.

(7)  I added a stamped quote at the bottom corner with layered pieces of card stock and the Labels Collection Framelits. I brushed Mod Podge over the top to secure it.

(8)  The finished project. Stay tuned for ideas of other replacement inserts as mentioned above!


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