Dollar day do over…upcycled tray.


I picked this tray up on one of my thrift store dollar days. All this tray needed was a new color and some flowers, gotta have flowers.


First I had to clean it, just in case there was grease or any kind of dirt that would interfere with the paint sticking.


I used chalked paint so there was no need to prime the tray. If you aren’t using chalked paint then you will either have to sand your piece down a little or paint with a primer first.

I got out several scraps of fabric to look for pretty floral prints to decoupage with. I finally got around to organizing my fabrics in an old file cabinet and it makes life so easy. Any tiny scraps that are too small for the file cabinet I just roll up and store in baskets.



After picking out my fabric, I cut them into little squares.


Before I glued my fabric pieces down I arranged the pieces on the tray to see how they looked together. It is kind of like sewing a quilt pattern.



This tray’s upcycled design was based off of some items that I bought at an Estate sale a few weeks ago.

The glass basket was filled with an assortment of porcelain flowers in all colors and the basket had tiny little red flowers painted all over it. The basket was $2 and the flowers were .50 cents each. I wanted to match the tray to the colors from these items.


Once I had everything arranged the way I liked, I decoupage the pieces on one at a time.


I used Mod Podge to decoupage with (I am not getting anything to promote this) I just like how well it works. If you don’t have Mod Podge on hand then any type of glue with a little water added will work too.


I hand painted little red heart flowers to add to the floral prints, then decoupage them onto tray once dried.



I also painted little green vines around fabric. I got a tiny bit carried away with the detail on this one. I was stuck inside because we had a heat advisory and had records temps the day I worked on this project. That is how bad our temps get. So if you are here in Arizona please drink water, stay in the shade or inside and if you have to go out wear sunscreen…it is deadly out here during the summer. Okay back to my tray.


Last step was to paint tiny red flowers to the sides.


I tried to stick as close to possible to the items I bought at the estate sale. I think it came out really pretty and a nice update to a very dark tray.



I use trays throughout my house to store my craft projects on. When I am ready to quit for the day, I just take the tray and put it away for the next day. This keeps clean up easy if you aren’t finished working on a project.


It also makes a great little tray for tea and a good book to read for one of those relaxing days of doing nothing.


Hope you all find one of these trays out there on your junk day hunting. I would love to see what designs you come up with if you do come across an old tray to redo. Happy upcycling everyone.

Whoops, one more thing before I forget. Alley cat loved this little tray when I first brought it home and always hung out on it.


We called it one of her apartments; she has a lot of apartments throughout the house. When you aren’t using your trays, throw a little pet bed on top for your furry family members. Trays make perfect beds for miniature pets too.



12 Comments Add yours

  1. Chic Mona says:

    Adorable! ❤ I'm drooling over your fabric stash too 😉

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    1. Thank you. My neighbors were clearing out their garage and the original owners had left a whole craft store business in the garage, and the new owners just gave it all to me. It was like Christmas. There were all kinds of vintage fabrics and little craft items from the hobby store someone owned. Then there is all the fabric I have. It was a lot, so glad I was able to organize it. I almost got rid of that filing cabinet then I saw that idea on the web and was happy I kept it.

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      1. Chic Mona says:

        Wow, what a score! Awesome reuse of the filer.

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  2. katedaysaweek says:

    Nice work. And your pictures look beautiful, too.

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    1. Thank you. We bought one of those fancy cameras so taking photos isn’t hard at all, glad you like them. Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day.

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  3. I love how you added a public service announcement in the middle of your post :):) Not only showing us how to make a beautiful tray but also helping us stay safe in high temps :):):) You have created the most amazing tray. It is so pretty, colorful, and looks like it was made that way. Bravo! Trays are wonderful. You can use them for everything. There’s always a time when your “hands are full” that’s when I grab a tray and load it up :):) Trays are also good for setting plants on. If the water seeps out or a little dirt, even any leaves that might fall off, the tray catches it all. Thank you for the great ideas. :):)

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    1. Your welcome, and thank you for all the kind words. Yeah, I do that sometimes, remind everyone in person and online that it gets hot here in Phoenix during the summer. I have about four trays in my house right now, you are right, they are perfect for a lot of things. Never thought of plants, thanks for the tip. Have a very happy Mom’s Day

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      1. You are most welcome. I didn’t think about the plants too much on trays either until I was given a plant that I didn’t manage to kill :):) but sometimes when I’d dust it would be a little water or dirt under it. I grabbed a tray and problem solved :):) Thank you and I pray your Mother’s day is full of blessings 🙂

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  4. mel says:

    It’s so beautiful! I love it! and oh my…what a pretty fabric collection you have. OMG, you got it all by free? You’re so lucky, I love vintage stuff! You can do so many beautiful DIYs with those stuff.

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    1. I know and thank you. I was so surprised when the new neighbors dropped it off. I ended up using some supplies for the kids arts and craft class I volunteered teaching. Some other items got donated and the fabric, ribbon and some craft supplies I kept. That was a fun day going through those boxes.

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  5. Carla Lee says:

    Oh my goodness!!! I loved that redo as a tray… Now I need to be on the lookout… For two…. One for a tray and one for a yorkie bed!!!

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    1. Thank you Carla, and they are everywhere in the second hand shops. A pet bed would be so adorable. When you get a chance to make one I hope you do a post on it, and please let me know. I miss so many posts because I am offline when it happens and after 100 followers it is hard to keep up with everyone when checking in on things. Thanks for stopping by my site too. Have a great week.


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