Using clearance items from the local craft store is a lot of fun. This Hobby Lobby Cheap Square Tray makeover was super easy and super affordable. Learn how you can do this square tray upcycle, too!
HOBBY LOBBY CHEAP SQUARE TRAY MAKEOVER
Have you ever shopped a Hobby Lobby clearance aisle?
Amazing, isn’t it?
We’re not talking the 60% clearance (although that is pretty fun, too). are we?
Or the 70% off clearance…
We’re talking that 80% or 90% clearance, babyyyy! Amaright?
You know I’m right!
One day last year, I happened to go in on a 80% clearance day, and I found a tray… or maybe it was a piece of wall art…
Well, whatever it WAS… it’s now a tray!
So, let me show you how to do a square tray upcycle!
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What You Will Need for a Square Tray Upcycle
Here are the items I used for this tray makeover.
- A cheap/clearance tray. You can find this at Hobby Lobby, the Goodwill, Salvation Army, or just about any thrift store. BTW, I paid $3.60 for this tray… It was originally $18!
- Varathane Wood Stain in Weathered Gray
- Sponge brushes
- Painter’s rags (for wiping off stain)
- Fabric of your choice, enough to cover the bottom of the tray
- Fiskars Fabric Cutting Set (this is to cut your fabric to the perfect size!)
- Matte Mod Podge
- Two (2) drawer pulls
- A Maker’s Studio Paint in Paris Flea Market
- Paint brush
- 220 grit sandpaper
How to DIY a Square Tray Upcycle
The steps to create this pretty little tray are really quite easy!
- Drill the holes for the handles on opposite sides of the tray.
- At this point, I gave the black drawer pulls a coat of Paris Flea Market paint.
- Stain the sides of the tray with the Varathane Wood Stain. I stained one side at a time and wiped it off immediately. This gave a coastal look that I was going for. (In my haste, I forgot to shoot a pic!)
- Again, if you have drawer pulls that need to be painted, while the stain is drying (it doesn’t take long at all), give the drawer pulls a second (final) coat of paint. When they are dry, distress them with some 220 grit sandpaper.
- After the stain has dried, using a sponge brush, cover the bottom of the tray with Mod Podge and then lay your fabric carefully on the bottom and smooth out.
- Add a final coat of Mod Podge to the top of the fabric and let dry.
- Add your drawer pulls to the tray, and you are all set!
Just a Couple Notes
You can use decorative paper to cover the bottom of your tray, too. I was going to do this and decided I liked the print of this fabric I had on hand much better.
I actually ‘cannibalized’ my drawer pulls from some cabinets sitting by my dumpster! Thus the paint job. You can get LOVELY drawer pulls from you local Hobby Lobby (on sale, of course). Just be sure whatever you use that they fit the tray and don’t extend past the bottom of the tray. If it does the tray won’t lay flat.
Finished Square Tray Upcycle
So, if you’ve been around My Wee Abode for a while, you may recognize these photos from when I showed you how to create a beautiful kitchen vignette.
Well, I thought I would show you some closeups of how I used this Hobby Lobby Cheap Square Tray makeover.
You can see how to make the coastal wood bead garland HERE.
Now It’s Your Turn
So, what do you think? Wanna do a quick DIY square tray upcycle this weekend? Let me know in the comments if you try your hand at making your own inexpensive serving tray.