After completing the gold triangle tray for Brit + Co, we had a few trays leftover and decided to upgrade some of the smaller ones for our guest room makeover in process. With a few pieces of scrap fabric, a little mod podge, and bright colored spray paint see our take on this simple tray upgrade!
DIY: fabric covered trays
-unfinished wooden tray
-quarter yard of fabric
-straight edge with ruler
-spray lacquer finish
1. Using an unfinished wooden tray, measure the interior width and length. Write these down and set aside. Spray paint the tray with a few coats of your desired color.
2. With your cutting mat, rotary cutter and straight edge, cut a rectangle to size from your fabric with your previously measured dimensions. Place the cut piece inside the tray to make sure that it fits once your tray is dry! Make sure that your fabric is free of wrinkles or folds. If needed, iron out the fabric prior to this step.
3. To adhere the fabric to the tray, paint a coat of Mod Podge on the bottom of the tray, lay the fabric down on it keeping it as straight as possible. Then cover the fabric top with another coat of Mod Podge and let dry.
4. Lastly, finish up your project with a coat of spray finish. Here we used a high gloss lacquer. This will protect your tray from water damage or stains.
Use your tray in a variety of ways- to organize a few small items on a nightstand, serve drinks to your friends, or hold books and remotes on the coffee table!