Every time I would see 'sneak peeks' of other blogger's homes, their cute coffee table trays kept standing out in my mind. Ok, really they were basically screaming my name that not only was my home naked without one (or several), but I could DIY them super easily at a fraction of the cost...project time!
I forgot to take pictures along the way but hopefully you'll see from my descriptions that these are so easy to assemble that it's almost silly to call them a DIY, almost :)
I started with 2 adjustable shadow boxes from Michaels (use those coupons - I got them both for 50% off!)
Large one here.
Small one here. (Couldn't find the link for the black version)
For the candle tray, I used a piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper which was awesome - no cutting necessary! Use whatever color and pattern you want to match your color scheme and it can be changed out whenever you want for a completely different look.
For the large coffee table tray, I found some fun wrapping paper at Marshalls and cut one sheet to fit the 16x20 size.
This tray was more of a trial and error. At first, I tried using a few sheets of 12x12 scrapbook paper cut to fit the 16x20 size, but the seams were too obvious and I wasn't happy with how it looked. I realized that I needed to start with paper that was bigger and cut it to size. Wrapping paper was the most easily accessible option and I also had tons of color/pattern choices.
I love the classic houndstooth pattern combined with the bright, fun pop of color!
1. After unwrapping the packaging from the shadow box, take off the backing (may need a screwdriver (phillips head for this brand) for those tab-things if they're tight).
2. Set the glass on the lowest adjustable level to allow for the most depth for your tray. This brand has these thin plastic "frames" that you stack and insert the glass between whichever ones you want to create the adjustable levels.
I stacked them so they would all be on TOP of the glass when the tray is in the right-side up position. (Remember that you're working with it flipped upside down, so the glass will be on top of the "frames" as you're assembling it).
3. Place your paper (pattern side down during assembly) in the frame (or for the larger tray, measure and cut the wrapping paper first to the correct size), add the backing and tighten the tabs on the back (I used a screwdriver to make sure they are really tight).
4. (Optional) I taped down the hardware intended for hanging the shadow box so when I moved it around those pieces wouldn't pop up, scratch or catch on anything.
There ya go! Enjoy your new tray(s) and sense of accomplishment. Seriously, if you are one of those people who says, "I wish I was crafty and could make stuff, but I'd just mess it up!" - that is for sure not true and this is a great project to 'test the waters' :) It's simple (clearly!), and the materials are cheap so if you mess up, you're not out a ton of money.
If you decide to make your own, I'd LOVE to see it! Leave a comment with a link or a picture or send me an email; I'd love to update this post with pictures of your trays :)
As always, thanks so much for reading!