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Desk Tidy Tray

“A place for everything and everything in it’s place!”

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Hi, it’s Julie from Sum of their Stories. I am so pleased to be back again and this time I have a little DIY to share that might help with any “keep things tidy” New Years Resolutions you might have.

To make it you need:

  • A tray – mine was wooden
  • Paint
  • Paper – quality wrapping or scrapbook paper would work best
  • Mod Podge

I found this lovely wooden tray in a Charity Shop recently and thought that, after a little prettification makeover, it might help me tidy my office space.Charity shop tray

First I gave it a coat of white paint then lined the base with some of the very lovely paper I had left over from the Speech Bubble cards I made last summer. I love the geometric design on this good quality wrapping paper. You want to use a fairly substantial paper, nothing too thin or flimsy for this kind of project.

I cut the paper roughly to size then pressed it onto the tray base, creasing the edges with my finger nail. As it’s wooden, the tray wasn’t perfectly square so this seemed the best way of getting a good fit.

fit paper to tray

 Cut paper to fit

I cut it to size, then brushed a layer of Mod Podge all over the tray base. I smoothed the paper into place then gave the whole thing a coat of Mod Podge.

apply coat of mod podge

 Once that had dried I gave the whole thing another 2 coast of Mod Podge, letting it dry between each layer.

Then I used a clear spray sealant to make it extra hard wearing, giving it 2 coats.

clear spray

 This stuff smells pretty bad so I highly recommend doing this bit outside!

close up pen pot

 I made a little matching pen pot from a gravy granules tub following my tutorial here, just to finish it off.

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 New Year – New Me! Super tidy and organised starting with my desk! (Well I can try can’t I?)

If the tray was a little smaller I would probably have used it on my dressing table instead. Now I’m on the look out for more plain things to cover with beautiful paper and Mod Podge.

Thanks for having me here again Kimber, it’s been a pleasure!

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  1. says

    That came out so well. I love that you used the same paper on the pencil cup as well. The nice thing about a tray is it adds structure, a boundary, and is portable (in case you want to move over near the space heater and work, as I often do!)

  2. says

    I like that the tray and cup match with that geometric design. I would probably use it to hold the remotes or my sewing accessories. The pins always seem to end up in the carpet, lol.

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