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Easy Decoupage Tray in a Few Simple Steps!

I’m a huge fan of DIY organization – especially when it’s pretty! Decorate this decoupage tray with Mod Podge and scrapbook papers.

Skills Required: Beginner. It helps to have some experience with Mod Podge so that you can avoid wrinkles. Just follow proper dry times and you should be good.

Easy Decoupage Tray in a Few Simple Steps!

For my latest trick, I’ve added fun papers to the inside of a tray for instant DIY organization. It’s not really a trick, actually – it was too easy to be considered a trick.

It didn’t take long to do, and once you see the original tray you will see what a big difference paper can make. Are you interested in a decoupage tray of your very own? Continue to see how I did it.

Decoupage Tray

Gather These Supplies

It’s a nice tray, but it needed a little something. A little “zhuzh” if you will.

White wood tray

Measure the Compartments

I carefully measured each compartment. The two smaller ones and the two larger ones were the same size.

Measuring the compartments of the tray with a ruler

Measure and Cut Paper

Carefully measure your papers and trim them to fit. Make sure that they fit in each compartment, and if they don’t, keep trimming until they do.

Cutting paper to fit the tray with a ruler and craft knife

Add Mod Podge and Paper

Add a medium layer of Mod Podge to the inside of the decoupage tray compartments. Do one compartment at a time.

Adding Mod Podge to the bottom of the tray with a paintbrush

This is where the squeegee from the tool set comes in handy. You’ll place the paper into each compartment and smooth it down.

The squeegee helps get into the corners. Let the paper dry for 15 – 20 minutes.

Smoothing the paper on the inside of the tray with a credit card

Add Sealing Layer

Paint several layers of Mod Podge over the paper in each compartment. Let the tray dry for 24 hours before using.

Applying Mod Podge over the top of the paper in the tray to seal

It’s the subtle things that count, my friends. I love my new decoupage tray, and now I just need to fill it with tons of crap!

Easy Decoupage Tray in a Few Simple Steps!

Let me know what you think of this project in the comments. If you enjoyed this decorated tray, you might also enjoy these other ideas:


Wednesday 30th of May 2012

This is great! I'd love to do this to our drawers! However, would this be able to be removed easily? We live in an apartment and wouldn't want it to ruin the drawers if they tried to remove the paper. Thank you!

Amy Anderson

Thursday 31st of May 2012

Hi Lindsey! No, it would be able to be removed easily. You could Mod Podge to something else and stick it in the drawer (like posterboard). Otherwise, I'd use contact paper :D

Kayla's Creations

Sunday 18th of March 2012

I just love this! So Simple but so cute & it adds so much :)I am a new follower of you & would love to have you come link up to Sunday Round Up! :)


Thursday 15th of March 2012

This looks so pretty! I need to try it! I would love if you would link up to the Lovely Things Thursday Linky Party!


Thursday 15th of March 2012

love the tray, now you'll have so much fun filling it with little things you have no idea what to do with! great to see you on Craft Schooling sunday, and thanks for sharing !


Wednesday 14th of March 2012

So Pretty!!

Love for you to share it at my Linky Party :) -