Monday, March 21, 2011

DIY Trays

For those of you who don't know............I am moving into my apartment tomorrow! I couldn't be happier! Today was a long day filled with packing and moving (some) things in (not much). Unfortunately I know tomorrow is going to be worse. I can't wait to get settled and share with you some photos of the space. Speaking of photos...I just ordered a camera! It should be arriving between Wednesday and Monday of this week. Woohoo! Anyways, I want to share this great DIY with you from Martha Stewart.Everyone loves the look of trays, they are so versatile. Here you can see the directions to create your own tray using a cookie sheet, some fabric, spray adhesive, felt, and acrylic or glass. 

Tools and Materials
  • 1 yard decorative fabric
  • Aluminum rimmed baking sheet
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Synthetic felt
  • 1/4-inch-thick acrylic sheet cut to fit inside of tray, with corners rounded
Decorative Tray How-To
1. Cut fabric large enough to cover the front and wrap around the back of the baking tray. Cover the front of the tray with spray adhesive.

2. Place fabric on tray so pattern is aligned, leaving enough room to wrap fabric around all sides to the back. Smooth fabric onto tray, pressing out any bubbles.

3. Pull any extra material into corner and push around the edge. Turn tray over. Cover the back of the tray with spray adhesive.

4. Press the fabric over two edges of the tray first, then fold in on each remaining side, as if wrapping a gift. Trim any excess fabric with scissors. Use fabric glue to secure, if needed.

5. Cut a piece of felt to fit the back of the tray and conceal fabric edges. Smooth felt on the back the tray.

6. Place acrylic sheet in center of tray.

Baking sheets available from Bowery Kitchen. 3M Super 77 spray adhesive available from The Home Depot. Custom-designed fabric available from Spoonflower. Beacon Fabri-Tac permanent adhesive available from Amazon. Synthetic felt available from Aetna Felt. Custom-cut acrylic sheets available at local hardware and glass/framing stores.

From The Martha Stewart Show, December 2010
Watch the how to video Martha Stewart


  1. Love the tray idea! & what camera did you order? I've been thinking about getting one and have no idea what to get!

  2. Thanks! I had the same problem. There are so many out there and they range in price so much. I ended up getting this Sony
    My boyfriend found it for $334 on walmarts website but they were sold out and in stores they are $399. Eventually it was back in stock so I ordered. It had really great reviews and seemed like a good starter dslr that wasn't too expensive.