February 24, 2016

Acrylic tray
When I was planning my Living room makeover, I wanted a tray for my new-to-me coffee table. I loved the slatted details of the coffee table and did not want to cover it up with an opaque tray. Instead , I figured an acrylic tray was the way to go. But those pretty things came with a hefty price tag. So a DIY version was in order and a bit of Pinterest-ing later, something came up.

Some of you have asked about this tray on Instagram. Would you believe me if I said you could have it for 5 bucks?

Well you can. The secret is, it's really an acrylic box frame.

All you have to do is drive/walk/take the bus to Michaels- depending on  where you live,  and buy this box photo frame. They come in Red and Green varieties, make sure you get the Red one.

Michaels acrylic tray

Now get back home, remove the wrapping and backing, and ta-da Fancy Acrylic Tray - Check!

Cheap acrylic tray

I bought the 11x14 frame, and after using their 40% off coupon it cost me about 5 bucks.
DIY cheap tray

To add pattern to the base, you can mod-podge some craft paper to the back like Jenna of Rain on a Tin Roof did.

I have to recommend adding felt buttons to the bottom, to prevent scratching whatever surface this tray will sit on. I put this off for later because I was impatient to style it first. Like this.

DIY lucite tray

These trays are so cheap that you could nest a tray, inside a tray, inside a tray, inside a.... Say that 20 times.


cheap tray

I will definitely be going back to get more sizes. Best 5 bucks I ever spent! Don't you agree?


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  1. Whaaaaaat? I've been a fool all along buying acrylic Trays elsewhere. Thanks! Def doing this!

    1. Ha ha ,glad to hear that Teri! I contemplated the title of this post since DIY is a pretty strong word for this project. It's more like a 'DI-Drive'!

  2. Great to see you dropping by on my passion blog Vin, thank you. This tray is definitely worth bringing home, I am tempting to run to Michael's soon with my 40% off of course. Thank you for sharing such an easy and helpful DIY for us the coffee table styling lovers :)

    1. Ha ha yes, 'I have too many trays' - said no one ever right ? ;) Glad you liked the post, Pinky!

  3. This is a super cool post Vin! Love the ease and this is absolutely the easiest and most creative way to get the look. :) Pinned and shared my friend.

    1. Thanks Stephanie! Glad u enjoyed it ! Seriously it cant get simpler than this right ha ha ! Thanks so much for the love , I really appreciate it muah 😘